St Just in Cornwall

In the far south western corner of Great Britain, is a village with mesmerising landscapes, quaint Cornish customs and an ancient intriguing past...
Welcome to St Just. Where Time seems to have stood still...

Dinosaur Egg Beach
The pretty pebbly beach at St. Just is fondly called the “Dinosaur Egg Beach”. And with good reason! Youll see an amazing deposit of gigantic oval-shaped smooth “pebbles”, actually boulders, nesting on the white sands. This geological marvel is a creation of the sea, which has been visiting these shores for more than 120,000 years!
The beach itself is calm and quiet, and waters mild, and there are many fishing spots. And do look out for the seals and dolphins - St. Just is one of their favourite haunts!

History and Heritage
St. Just is steeped in history and is an important archaeological site for understanding the Neolithic, the Cornish and the mining culture and lifestyle. It has relics and remains which date back thousands of years.

Scillonian chamber tomb
Take a walk to Ballowall Barrow, and youll find the remains of the Scillonian chamber tomb. This tomb was built in the Neolithic (New Stone Age) period and is around 5,500 years old!

Plain-an- Gwarry
A stroll to the middle of the town will bring you to the intriguing Plain-an- Gwarry. This amazing amphitheatre was used to stage “miracle plays” in the medieval times! St. Just is one of the few villages which have such a significant piece of Cornish heritage.

Church of St. Just
In the heart of the village youll find the quaint fourteenth-century St Just Church. Inside the church, your eyes will be arrested by an interesting early-age wall-painting of St George and the Dragon.
The other attraction of the church is The Selus Stone. This is a three-foot high pillar with a mystical Roman inscription. And, around 150 years ago, in the north aisle of this old church, archaeologists discovered another piece of history, – a fascinating Greek monogram.
This church definitely has treasures waiting to be discovered...

Mining
Remains of the great mining era of St. Just are all around the village. As you observe the granite cottages, the cobbled streets, the disused tin-mines and the engine houses, youll understand why the St Just area has been granted the important status of a “World Heritage Site”.
And do talk to the locals, many of who are direct descendants of the miners of the old days. Theyll happily relate fond anecdotes that have been passed down through generations...

Lafrowda festival
Every year in July, the village of St Just bursts into life as the locals get set to celebrate Lafrowda Week. Music, dancing, games, dramas, food and everything Cornish, is showcased and celebrated in a riot of colour and merriment. Be there in July and experience the joy and brilliance of this remarkable rustic festival...

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