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Featured Event: A guided online tour of the Palace of Westminster

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In a 45-minute free online talk your presenter takes you on a guided 360° virtual tour. You will have a detailed look inside several rooms including the Commons Chamber, Lords Chamber and Central Lobby with its magnificent octagonal ceiling.

The presenter will share some of the fascinating history of the building, and talk about how each room is used today to support the work of UK Parliament.

Also included is Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the building and scene to many historic occasions including the trials of Guy Fawkes and King Charles I. 

For more details and to book a time slot see this page on UK Parliament website.


Learn A Language with Cornwall Libraries

 You can access over 80 free online language courses with your Cornwall Library card:  Details here

 Cornwall Library also provides members with free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, More details here.

Free Plays, Musicals, Classical Concerts and Operas

  A daily guide to events available via this link


   Links to other theatres and Concert Halls


A vast amount of information about various aspects of The Edinburgh Festival still available on-line. Here are a selection of links:-


Museums and Galleries

Links to Virtual Tours




 Vikings: Live from the British Museum

Free Films



A selection of websites offering free films


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Books and Reading

 The Great Big Book Club   "........set up by authors for book lovers in the time of lockdown. Watch interviews and live-streams with your favourite authors.  Read reviews from our favourite bloggers. "


 Writers Against COVID19 -  The project was begun when the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, with a short story published every day


  YouTube Videos

Links to Live Events, Sports, Cooking, Study, Workouts,  Music and much more.  Visit YouTube Spotlight Page 

Family History Resources



  • Free access to the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland available from  15th May  and continuing for a week, until 21 May. The Dictionary can be accessed here.
  • TheGenealogist​ is offering a free package of their most useful record sets, their image archiveand digital magazines for beginners to use for 3 months. No card details, no subscription.  Details here.
  • A large number of documents held in the British Library can currently be accessed for free. Suggest  you start here to explore.
  • Access The National Archives for free


  Virtual Garden Visits




Real Garden Visits


Restormel Castle Re-Opens 1st August  - Instructions for Lostwithiel Residents



From a facebook post 26th July 2020

"Restormel Castle will be re-opening on Saturday 1st of August 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming back all of our visitors especially locals from Lostwithiel.

During these challenging times we need to restrict numbers of visitors coming to the castle therefore English Heritage has implemented an online booking system for all visitors.
You will need to book on line through English Heritage, Restormel castle and click on book now. Book your date and time slot and select corporate member option.  As a local visitor please bring your ticket, along with photo id and proof of address.

There will be no admittance without a valid ticket even for locals due to restriction on numbers, we appreciate your understanding at this time.



29th May - Lanhydrock House Grounds Now Open

Lanhydrock House May 2020

Lanhydrock House 29th May 2020.
   Image Credit:  Lindsay Southgate

Lanhydrock National Trust Grounds are now open. However, you must pre-book a timed car park space in advance. Details here.


 3rd June -  Trelissick House

Trelissick House - geograph.org.uk - 27242The car park, garden and countryside are open.

You need to book your visit in advance, by 3pm the day before your visit.

You'll be turned away if you arrive without a booking. Bookings open weekly every Friday: More details here



Lost Gardens of Heligan 

Heligan Northern SummerhouseThe Lost Gardens of Heligan will re-open on Wednesday 10th June.  COVID-19 government guidelines have been implemented with new essential measures across the Heligan site to keep our visitors and staff safe.

One of the main changes is the introduction of pre-booked timed tickets which enables  staggering visits throughout the day making social distancing possible.  More details on their website..

 Also, find out more about what has been happing at Heilgan via their June Newsletter.


Eden Project

Edenproject2009 From 6 June the Eden Project’s Outdoor Gardens are open to a limited number of people who are able to safely visit.

All visits must be booked online in advance in timed slots.

Details on Eden Project website.



  Other U3A Group Webpages 

Lostwithiel U3A Groups with recent updates to their webpages

Several of our groups have added extra information to their webpages;

 For Example:-


Connecting with others

During April BT partnered with ITV  to run a series of daily tech lessons to help you and your family stay connected.  Episodes are available on-line via  Top Tips on Tech.  

On-Line Courses



A vast number of other on-line courses are available. Try searching these links to find a topic of interest:-.


Local Links


Nancy Morris is making a knitted Christmas tree for St Winnow Church and is looking for people to knit 6 inch squares in any pattern and any size. More details on Lostwithiel.org.uk website




Royal Voluntary Service


The RVS has set up a Virtual Village Hall with lots of information including:-

  • Creative, Arts & Crafts,
  • Recipes & Baking
  • Health, Wellbeing & Exercise
  • Something Different
  • Technology Skills

Other Links