Lose the St George's flag, Redruth is in Cornwall, not England.
I figured I'd better leave an up to date description of Redruth as the last one was left five years ago.
Lately Redruth has had some attention paid to it by the council. We have new pavements and new seating throughout the town centre.
Admittedly Redruth is a dying town, and we have recently lost our Co-op which generated alot of the town's business.
Redruth cinema has also recently been updated. It now has a bar, and a new screen which has leather sofas for it's seating. It's pretty cool.
The Redruth Pound Shop, just off the town centre in Symons Terrace, is one of the locals favourite. They also sell cans of pepsi, coke, sprite etc for 25p, which helps with the current inflation that we are going through. I think it's safe to say we've all felt the pinch.
But anyway, Redruth has now even lost Gamer'z, which almost killed some of the socially deprived nerds that used to shop there.
On the other hand, we do have a pimping new soap shop, like a not so well known Lush.
The town has also recently started having a farmer's market in the town on Friday's, which in a sense, brings the community together.
Now for the youths. Yes, there is a rivallery between Redruth and Camborne. But compared to Camborne, Redruth is by far better. If you don't feel safe in Redruth, then you definitely won't feel safe in Camborne. You'll be running out with a nappy full of poo, if you like.
But all in all, Redruth is not the worst of the Cornish towns and I would advise a visit, if you're around the area, cos really, we could do with the money...
Redruth means Red River, in Cornish. There's a fact for ya'! Anyway, on with the review! Redruth is a town in the centre of Cornwall. You would think it would be easy to write about a town that you have lived in for the whole of your life, but it's hard to know where to start. Firstly, I should say that it has great transport links. It has frequent and reliable* bus service which runs to practically everywhere in the county. We also have a train station, which is on the main route, so no inconvenient changeovers to just get two stops away. Also, all coaches that run to and from the county go through Redruth, so no problems there. But, if you have a car, you will have no problem in finding space to park your car. Redruth has many car large carparks, and so there shouldnt be a problem. Now thats sorted, all that is to be said now is accomodaion. Unfortunatly, Redruth doesnt really offer that many hotels and B&Bs, but what we do have is good quality. Penventon hotel is a very nice complex, of the 5 star variety, I think. There is also Tricky Dickies, which have motel accomodation, this is set in a beautiful location in the countryside. There is other accomodation spread out around the area. Cornwall itself is famous for it's pastys, rugby, and lots of well, countryside. Cornwall is very green, and so Redruth has many parks in which to take a nice break and have a walk through. The nicest of which is probably victoria Park. This is a really nice place to have a picnic, and it provides lots of seating. The town centre isnt full of big chain stores, Redruth prides itself on being a place where new business' can start up. You can buy anything in Redruth from laptops to rugby tops. There is a disadvantage to the town though. It's all built on a very steep hill. Some times it is a real struggle to pull yourself up the hill (yes, it is that bad!) So one piece of advise is to not buy too much in one go or else you may
not survive carrying your shopping and yourself up the hill. At the bottom of town, we have a four-screen cinema, with one of the screen's being huge! Well, it's big for cornwall anyway. It's called the Regal Cinema. You cant miss it. It's £5 for adults and £3.50 for children, and they show all the latest films all day, everyday. Every year, the town celebrates a man called William Murdoch. He was a Redruth born man who invented the Gaslight. I wish I could remember the year that he did, but I dont know it, sorry! And so, every year, all the school kids dance up through the town. There is also a fair, and there is a market all the way through town. Any chance to party! :) Redruth, being in the centre of Cornwall, is near to many attractions and locations. The first is Portreath beach. This is Redruth nearest beach and is only a 10 minute drive away. Clean and safe, this beach is on the north shore. It's sheltered by cliffs, and also has a little feature called Lady Bassetts bath. Lets see if you can find it in the cliffs. Redruth is chadowed by a hill called Carn Brea. This is a big hill, with a monument and a castle on. It's worth a walk up to visit as the views are amazing. If you like that type of thing, a bit further away, in the opposite direction is St. Agnes Beacon. Both are great for an evening walk. Talking of walks, there are many coastal paths, and country footpaths that can be used. A really nice walk, is in Tehidy Woods. This is a large wood in which has lots of opportunities for picnics, and feeding the ducks. Woohoo! On the outskirts of the town, are many large superstores. These include BigW, B&Q, Halfords, Comet, and Tesco. So there'll be plenty of places to spend your pennies! Plus, there is also a McDonalds!! Yummy! If you havent been to Cornwall before, you probably wouldnt have heard of Meaderies. These are a chain of cornish restaurants, where you are
meant to eat with your hands (dont have to though) and can drink lots and lots of mead. Mead is a strong, and fruity wine, and it gets you drunk very easily! The one in Redruth is big, and can hold many parties. Try it - you'll love it! As I mentioned earlier, The Penventon Hotel is a very delectable place to go. (I've no idea what delectable means- but it sounds good! 'Posh' would be another good word to use.) But the hotel is actually part of a complex. Next door, is a popular pub, called The Spice Of Life, and next door to that is a night-club called The Zone. These are all under the same management. The zonme is open on Thursday nights (Student night), Friday night (70s, 80s, and 90s music), and saturday nights (Dance music). Great fun! Also, just outside Redruth, there is Radnor Golf Course, for all you sporting folk. I've never actually been there, but I've heard that its very good. Also, if you are into sports, we have Carn Brea leisure centre. This inlcudes a gym, swimming pools, running track, squash courts, and many other activities to try. *As reliable as any bus service can be! Go on, give us a try. Redruth not be the best for accomodation, but it has lots to offer.
Rarely is someone actually content with where they live. People always try and improve upon where they currently are. It would be wonderful if everyone just said that they love living where they do, but that simply isn't the case. Include me in that if you will, because I hate where I live. Where do I live? Redruth, unfortunately. Well, that could cause an argument actually, as I do not technically live where most locals would consider to be Redruth, but sure enough, Redruth is on my address. I live pretty much in between Redruth and Camborne. If you were to time yourself walking from my home to either Redruth or Camborne, then it would be quicker to walk to Redruth, but I think of myself as living between the two towns, and most people agree with me. Amongst Cornish, more notably Cornish youngsters (I guess I could be included in that), Redruth is not looked upon too well, and has a very bad reputation, for a variety of reasons. But, as I see when looking on dooyoo's description of my home, it is looked upon as a very different place. Here is what dooyoo think of Redruth: "The town of Redruth was used by medieval pilgrims as a stopping place on their way to St Michael's Mount. However, it wasn't until the late 18th century when Redruth and the neighbouring village of Camborne became affected by a mining boom, that the town underwent major transformations and grew into a thriving industrial centre." Hmm, what a load of bollocks. Sorry dooyoo, but have you just read a history book or something, probably written by a drunk? It seems that way, because Redruth may be many things, but it certainly isn't "a thriving industrial centre". I guess that sounds very rosy for tourists, as they may be fascinated by the history of it all, but really, that is nothing like the Redruth of 2001. Sure, there are some factories here and there, and yes, they provide a large percentage of employment, but "thriving&quo
t;. Hell no dooyoo, hell no. The history of Redruth is a very interesting one, to people outside of Cornwall that is. But to people like me, who has to walk past all of the old mining places and suchlike, they are not the least bit interesting to me. Nor to anyone else for that matter. Kids of Cornwall are roughly taught/told about our history, but they don't care about it, and are more concerned with the McDonalds that has opened across the road. So, fanatic tourists aside who seem to love taking pictures of buildings I see every day, Redruth's history is not a big deal, and the description is slightly eluding to be honest. Many adults seem to point the woe of all Redruth to it's youngsters, and that may be fair, but is also a tad harsh in many respects. If you are a teenager (as I'm 19, I fall into that category obviously) then walking into Redruth may be a little dangerous, especially if you are familiar with the local gangs and factions that seem to love intimidating everyone that goes past, including me. A typical walk into Redruth from my house may not to be too hazardous, but it all depends, and you will never truly feel safe if you are in your teenage years. This is going to make Redruth seem really bad now, but I will describe my most dangerous walk into Redruth ever. I set off from my house with a friend, going into the town to buy a CD. A few hundred yards walked, nothing but stares thus far. As you approach the bus stop, there are two youths of a slightly older age who mutter something in your direction, with a cigarette in their mouths. You continue walking to find yourself walking past a few lads who seem to unfairly have it in for you. The tension is obvious, and they may smack their shoulders into you as you walk past. By the time you reach Barncoose Hospital someone in a car has thrown some water out of their window onto you. You are not totally sure who it was, and if it was even water, but you continue to walk on.
Up until you actually reach the town centre, nothing else happens. But as you stand outside a chip shop... eating chips, you are greeted by an older male who asks for some chips. You recognise the girl he is with, and as the male is hawked by several others, you are in no position to argue really, so you let him have some chips. You get the CD, and apart from a few shouts and questions from a drunk claiming to be Jill Dando's murderer, your walk home is safe. Well, I hope I haven't put you off going into Redruth, and you will probably be fine if you are an adult, it is just the youths who can be dangerous. This is partly down to the shockingly intense rivalry Redruth and Camborne have, especially the youths, usually representing their schools. As I was a pupil of Pool School, which just happens to be slap bang in the middle of both towns, this was even more dangerous, as unless you had friends in the towns you could be victims of attacks on the basis of your school affiliation. Basically, a teenager living in this area is not likely to be constantly safe, and will probably make a few enemies along the way. Oh, I feel like I have completely wasted my time writing that, as all you want to know is whether you should visit or not, right? Dammit. Well, I best try and persuade you I suppose, although it could be hard. If you are looking for a Shopping centre, then do not come to Redruth. The town isn't that bad, but it isn't very good. The fact that it has no Woolworths and no WHSmiths may put a lot of people off, but it does have a few gems. Second Spin is a superb CD shop that caters for mainly Rock fans, and is a place where you will be able to find CDs that are not sold in the major high street shops. John Olivers is another great shop, and it sells books, CDs, stationary, games and videos, although the prices tend to be high, so this is largely hit and miss. One shop you simply must visit however is Greens Newsagents. Yes,
you should make this your number one priority when visiting Redruth's town. Why? Well, I won't lie, it sells the usual range of chocolate, crisps, sweets etc. and it has an impressive selection of magazines. Cards are also sold, and you can even do the Lottery or top up your Electric here, magic! I'm not telling you why I am adamant you visit Greens, but just make sure you do! OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST: - Penventon Hotel (Four-star hotel nearby) - Zone Nightclub (popular nightspot within the grounds of the Penventon Hotel) - Dry Ski-slope - South Crofty and Wheal Jane mines (the latter, still working and open to public) If you are on holiday in Redruth and are looking for something to entertain the kids, then you are in the wrong place my friend. Fair enough, Redruth has a cinema, and a good one at that, but that is literally it as far as amusement or entertainment goes in Redruth. My advice is to go into Camborne, or even Pool, as you can go Bowling, Swimming, play Tennis or Squash, play a game of Lasers, and go Karting. Heck, a Paintball facility is opening in Redruth soon, so you could well be lost for ideas. But, if you're going in the Summer, then why not take a 5 minute drive down to Portreath beach? The kids can take a swim with their bodyboards in the sea, which usually supplies fairly large waves, and you can top up your tan on the beautiful sandy beach. If you are looking for adventure then while your there you should go into the caves, and do a spot of exploring. But, even if you see locals do it (I do) DO NOT go up on the cliffs to go jumping, or even to take a walk. You emmets are thick when it comes to this, and one of you dies every year from falling off. Leave it to the Cornish please, and stick to the floor, yeah? Go on, just for Smark. There isn't really anything else to say about Redruth of any interest. It is basically like any normal town, but with a few added Cornish delights, such a
s Carn Brea, which I can see out of my bedroom window y'know. I won't bore you more than I already have with details about the schools, housing etc, but I feel I have given you enough information to decide whether you should come to Redruth or no. While the tourist chiefs will urge you to come, the locals won't. I don't mean to be mean here, but we don't want you in our county, taking the mick out of our accents or whatever else you find humorous. We have some of the most beautiful countryside in the world in Cornwall, and we like it how it is. Well, I want to move out of Cornwall and all, but the thought is there.