It is no coincidence that this village on the opposite bank of the Penryn river from Falmouth shares its name with a city in the Netherlands, aka Vlissingen. The Cornish Flushing was originally called Nankersey, or “valley of the reed swamp”, but was renamed Flushing by the Dutchmen who built the three main quays here. The village is graced with a number of impressively grand houses, built by various ships’ captains who decided to settle here. By the 1800s the mild climate was proving a draw for those with a sickly disposition.
Nowadays, Flushing’s main draw is the annual regatta, which consists of far more than just a mass of yachts bobbing around the surrounding waters. There are a host of fun activities such as a beach fun day, a Snail Grand Prix, Bath Tub Racing, to name but three, all liberally lubricated by the beverages served at the Royal Standard and Seven Stars pubs.
Map of the area.
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