Christmas Gifts in the Tamar Valley

As our thoughts turn to Christmas, leave the hustle & bustle of last-minute shopping to others, and join us at the Tamar Valley Centre to make your own gift, maybe for someone special, or as a treat to yourself.

This Saturday (17th November) come along to our Jewellery Making Workshop, a hands-on class where you can create your own designs, and learn basic jewellery making techniques. Choose from a variety of projects, with lots of examples for inspiration. You will take home at least one completed piece of jewellery at the end of the class.

The workshop runs from 10:30am – 4:00pm and costs £45 per person, to include all materials, tools and refreshments. Please bring lunch. The Tamar Valley Centre is just 5 minutes’ walk from Gunnislake Train Station.

Booking is essential. To secure your place, please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team at the Tamar Valley Centre – 01822 835030, email:

The Centre is also open Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, with a selection of books from local authors for you to buy.

Choose from award-winning Silver River, by Virginia Spiers. This book charts life in the Tamar Valley through the seasons, and is illustrated by local artist Mary Martin. Silver River was published to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For art enthusiasts, Turner in the Tamar Valley follows the footsteps of JMW Turner; readers can see today what the artist saw and recorded almost 200 years ago.


Or, for a glimpse of what life was like when fields and hedgerows in the Tamar Valley were bursting with strawberries, cherries and daffodils, there’s Sovereigns, Madams and Double Whites – an evocative book of photographs and text, interweaving the lives, voices and stories of the market gardeners of the Tamar Valley.

The Seriously NOT Boring Tamar Trails Book is a must for families to let off steam and enjoy some much-needed fresh air over the Christmas holidays. The book features 5 activity trails for children and their families along the old mineral railways within the Tamar Valley AONB.