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G7 Summit in Carbis Bay

January 25th, 2021

Well… no one was expecting that announcement last week! Carbis Bay, St Ives to host the 2021 G7 Summit in June.

JUST WOW! It took us all by surprise – local residents and business owners through to local party councillors. This is Carbis Bay…

Here’s the i newspaper’s taken on it, a far more articulate description of what’s going on that I’ll manage: Carbis Bay G7 summit: Cornwall gears up to host world leaders.

What’s next?

Your guess is as good as ours. No one has a clue how this corner of the world is going to handle the world’s leaders descending on it but we do know this – it’s HUGELY EXCITING. It’s a great opportunity for Cornwall to showcase that it’s not all ‘Poldark and Pasties‘, as Mark Duddridge so eloquently put it.

Cornwall has been hugely important in the development of renewable energy and green technology and now is the chance to shout about that.

5 things you might not know about Cornwall

  1. The mineral-rich granite beneath Cornwall contains globally-significant reserves of lithium, a key ingredient in batteries used to power electric vehicles.
  2. Cornwall’s grantie is HOT, like 200 degrees hot and the first ever geothermal power plant is nearing completion in Redruth. This is a whole new way of developing carbon-free electricity.
  3. Cornwall is the windiest place in Europe (no great surprise to regular visitors and residents of this county) and this is why the UKs first commercial windfarm was built here over 30 years ago.
  4. Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio message from Cornwall in 1901 and you can visit the site of the birth of global communications at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum near Lands End.
  5. Cornwall has one of the fastest growng tech sectors in the country and one of the best broadband networks in Europe. You can experience this yourself when staying at Cohort where we have Superfast fibre-to-the-premises WiFi throughout the building.

All this and we haven’t even touched on Goonhilly Earth Station and the fact that Bodmin Moor was the first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to achieve International Dark Sky Park status in the UK: With West Cornwall hot on its heels to do the same.

It’s not just about G7

The summit itself will be brief – 2 days over a weekend and maybe a week or so of a festival-like buzz. While we (me especially) would love Joe Biden or Angela Merkel to pop round, the chances of locals catching a glimpse of anyone in real life is pretty slim.

No… the real excitement for us is the chance to put St Ives and Carbis Bay on the international map. Ensuring that these areas (and Cornwall in general) become known for being more than beautiful holiday destinations.

A real education

Cornwall is already a popular destination for schools, St Ives in particular attracts art groups from all over the country. However, schools and FE institutions are still looking abroad for things that could well be found down here in West Cornwall – unique geology and high and low pressure coastlines, spectacular vistas, exciting tech development, a committment to sustainability and geothermal innovation.

The G7 summit will hopefully bring all this higher up in people’s consciousness, attracting people year round to explore all aspects of this amazing county.

Let’s face it – if you’re not just in it for the sunbathing Cornwall has so much to offer in the off season (cheaper too!).

Get in touch

Due to the current situation we are still not sure when and how we will be able to open so are currently only taking private room bookings from 1st April. However, we would be delighted to talk to you about a group booking of any size so please send an email to Lee at hello@stayatcohort.co.uk and we can have a chat.

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