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Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea

Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: The first book in the Polwhipple series

  • ISBN: B01HBUL89I
  • Genre: Humour, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is famed for selling the best ice cream for miles.

When Ferdie, the owner of Ferrelli’s, falls ill, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out, leaving her boyfriend, Max, in London. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was a teenager,

Enchanted by Polwhipple’s golden beaches and friendly faces, Gina sets about restoring the Palace to its former glory with a themed Brief Encounter night, roping in her old friend Ben to help. But can one night alter the fortunes of this beautiful old picture house by the sea…?

Travel Guide

Visit Cornwall


Polwhipple is sadly a fictional place but is set somewhere near Newquay and Fistral Beach. It sounds such a delightful place as there are yellow sandy beaches, ice cream parlours with ice cream flavours to die for – pina colada and brown bread flavour anyone? The art of gelato is a sacred one and a dying art for one family who are very keen to keep it alive.

imagine eating at the Mermaid’s Tail Inn,getting an ice cream from the parlour of magical flavours, spend hours in the Ocean Pearl bookshop and step inside the vintage magic of the Picture house by the Sea?

Mewgan Porth

A nice little place up the coast and this is where Ferdie gets a holiday rent. A nice place to stay and there are many caravans and holiday homes to stay in. It’s not far from the other villages and easy to drive back and forth to Newquay or why not tack the South West Path as Ferdie does. Windier but a lot more scenic


The place to go which is said to be a bit more showy compared to Polwhipple but it’s where Ferdie bumps into Ben again so head on down here yourself, pretend to surf and who knows who you might meet

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea

Destination: Cornwall, “Polwhipple”, Newquay Author/Guide: Holly Hepburn Departure Time: 2000s

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