Viv Robinson

Profile updated 14/12/18

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

01209-821295, 07775-774083

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Based between Falmouth & Truro in Cornwall, I am an experienced South West England Blue Badge Guide covering Cornwall,Devon,Somerset, Avon,Gloucestershire,Wiltshire and Dorset. My themed coach tours & walks in towns and cities aim to bring places alive with entertaining commentaries and interesting facts. My former career as a teacher and lecturer has given me experience of leading residential visits here in the UK and abroad.

I provide familiarisation tours, study tours, general panoramic tours and special interest tours. e.g Literature, Film and TV and Cornish Mining History

Rosamunde Pilcher novels & films, based around the St Ives & Penzance area, produced for German television, Doc Martin and bespoke Poldark Tours in and around Port Isaac & North Cornwall in general for coach companies and discerning travellers are a specialism.

Tours for cruise ship passengers calling to Penzance, Falmouth, Fowey, Plymouth, Torquay, Ilfracombe and Portland.

Themes tours for small groups & individuals include Gardens and Stately Homes, Art & Artists of the Newlyn School & St Ives Artist Colony and general cultural and heritage tours of Coast and Countryside.

My personal interests include walking, travel and Cornish research.

An interest in industrial archaeology has led to my being a Champion for the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites and more recently a 'Cultural Ambassador ' for Cornwall. Being 'Cornish' I enjoy sharing knowledge of local culture and traditions.

Working with inbound and UK groups I guarantee providing a well organised tour delivered in a friendly and enthusiastic style. Mayflower 400 tours from Plymouth Torquay Dartmouth. Ancestry tours across Cornwall and Devon.

Please contact me with any queries or bespoke requests .
Twitter @absolutoursuk

Personal Interests:

Literature -Rosamunde Pilcher, EV Thomson, Winston Graham - Poldark,
Town, City and Country walks- Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives, Helston, Plymouth, Exeter.
Gardens & Historic Houses- Eden project, heligan, St Michael's Mount, Cothele, Lanhydrock, Pencarrow,
Coast & Countryside-Walks & panoramic tours -Lizard , Land's End, Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor National Park
Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites - industrial and social history - ancestry
Legend & Folklore & traditions - Cornwall
TV and Film Poldark Doc Martin

Special Interests:

Folklore & Traditions

Cornish Landscape, Legend, Folklore & Traditions. Discover stories of giants,mermaids,ghosts and individuals who have shaped Cornish culture. Get involved with Trevithick Day, Murdoch Day, the'Obby 'Oss, Helston Flora and more.

Geography & Geology

Landscapes and the underlying geology have shaped lives, bringing fame, fortune & ruin to many great families associated with the copper and tin mines that were so important in the past.The geology of the ancient Lizard peninsula gives rise to unusual formations. The unique landscape is very scenic with interesating flora , fauna and great walking along the SW Coast PAth.

Industrial Heritage

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites, rich in industrial archaeology, gives fascinating insight into the ingenuity, engineering skills & lifestyles of past tin and copper mining communities. Hear stories of boom and bust and how many miners emigrated to far flung lands which has given rise to Cornwall's close connections with teh USA. Many picturesque harbours associated with fishing, tin & china clay export are of interest.

Lecture Subjects

Cornish towns and their history. St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay


Rosamund Pilcher walks & tours. Winston Graham - Poldark walks and tours

Regional Tours

South West Heritage - Devon Cornwall Somerset Avon

Walking Tours

Heritage town walks, landscapes, legends and folklore of Cornwall, Maritime walks, town orientation walks. Poldark Walks

Additional Qualifications:

Cert.Ed. B.Ed. HNCLeisure & Tourism Mgt. ITGTrainer

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