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Poldark and beachcombing savvy

We’re not encouraging you to go wrecking, as you may end up in the same predicament as ravishing Ross in the last episode of the first series shown couple of weeks ago. Not for us a clifftop arrest – but making beachcombing finds is something we all do in Cornwall.

The night of wrecking in Poldark, when the miners made off with the goodies from the grounded Warleggan’s ship The Queen Charlotte, was filmed at the aptly named Dollar Cove (which is rumoured to have hidden treasure). Silver dollars have occasionally been found here from the wreck of a 17th century ship! Probably where Winston Graham, author of the Poldark series, got his inspiration from.

We’ve put together some of the five best things to look out for on Cornish beaches. There’s nothing more thrilling than browsing the high water mark as the tide goes out to discover what’s been washed ashore.

Sea glass


These roughly polished gems of broken bottles are usually white, blue and green. They have become extremely popular in Cornish jewellery making, but if you collect enough you can have a go at making your own. With bigger pieces you can wire wrap them and hang them on a chain. Check out directions on YouTube – it’s easy when you know how!

Top tip: Find these tiny pieces of treasure mixed in with the small pebble layer of the sand.



Old money, new money, any money – you probably need a metal detector for this, but due to the amount of shipwrecks around the Cornish coast and idle beach goers dropping their small change, you can definitely lay your hands on some hard currency. Some may only be old pennies, but Roman and early English coinage has been found regularly. We’ve even found pound coins and 50ps. It’s a great hobby that gets you down to the beach on warm summer evenings. And when you’ve made your fortune, watch the sun go down with a pasty supper.

Top tip: Best go at low tide at the end of the day, so that you get as much of the beach to yourself.



‘LEGO Lost at Sea’ came from a shipwreck in Cornwall. Lost nearly 18 years ago in 1997, we’re still finding tiny LEGO pieces. Beachcombers are competing to find the rarest toys, including little dragons, cutlasses and spear guns. Look out for these brightly coloured gems wedged in the rocks and between stones – some are very rare and worth keeping an eye out for.

ToP Tip: We recently found this little flipper hidden amongst the seaweed at Polkerris beach near Fowey, which is apparently a hotspot for LEGO dragons.


candles shells

You can do anything with shells – decorate photo frames, stick them to old jam jars and pop a tea light in. Or as we have done, find a nice plate (we stumbled upon this one in the local charity shop) and surround some church candles with them. We’ve also put bits of sea glass and pretty pebbles in. Of course, you can also drill little holes in them and attached them to a necklace or a key ring to create your own mermaid look.

Top Tip: We find the loveliest ones on nearby Gyllyngvase and Castle beaches, although they can be found on any beach around Cornwall.



There is a bit of a craze for things made from driftwood. Most of the gift shops in our lovely little coastal towns have bits and bobs that use it. But it’s much more fun to go out and collect your own. You can use a hot glue gun to secure your finds to mirrors, photo frames and large candles. Just remember to let it dry out thoroughly before you use it.

Top Top: Get a bit more arty and create gorgeous candle holders – then you can get a real Poldark moment into your home with candlelight and beach finds…now where’s the number for Mr Turner?

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