The idyllic, compact harbour town of Mousehole is situated on
the shore of Mount's Bay, on Cornwall's south coast. In years gone
by, the town was once a major part of Cornwall's thriving pilchard
industry, and virtually everyone in Mousehole was employed in this
trade. Every 23rd December, the residents still mark Tom Bawcock's
Eve. The festival celebrates the man who, according to legend,
rescued the town from famine by braving stormy seas to land an
especially large haul of pilchards.
Nowadays Mousehole is better known as a beautiful tourist spot.
Its picture-perfect location, with a clutch of cottages gathered
around the picturesque harbour, has ensured Mousehole is now widely
regarded as one of Cornwall's most appealing villages.