5 waterproof things to do with dogs in Cornwall

Things to do with dogs when it’s raining in Cornwall

The rumours are true…the sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. But a little bit of mist and drizzle doesn’t need to stop you having a fantastic visit. We’ve listed out top 5 days out that you and the family can enjoy along with your furry friend, no matter what the weather. Discover dog friendly museums, art galleries and family friendly attractions and heritage sites in Cornwall too; there are lots of dog friendly things to do in Cornwall for the whole family, even on rainy days.

things to do with dogs in the rain in cornwall

Ideas for a rainy day in Cornwall:

1. Healeys Cyder Farm

You may have read our previous couple of blogs on ‘things to do with dogs at Healeys Cyder Farm‘ and ‘things to do when it’s raining at Healeys Cyder Farm’.With being a dog friendly tourist attraction, why not visit us, situated just outside of Newquay, when the weather isn’t quite good enough for a day on the beach?

2. St Mawes Castle

You and your furry companion can explore the inside of the castle at St Mawes on a rainy day. There is a gunners room as well as the ‘oubliette’ where prisoners used to be kept. Pendennis, the twin castle in Falmouth is equally child and dog friendly and interesting to explore and you can catch a ferry between the St Mawes and Falmouth.

3. St Erth to St Ives Railway

Dogs are allowed on the First Great Western branch line around St Ives Bay and it is listed as one of the most scenic in the UK. Take a trip along the Hayle estuary with the incredible views of the panoramic sands and seas of Carbis Bay before arriving at the Porthminster beach in St Ives – dog are not allowed in summer months, but as it’s raining, we are thinking it’s probably off seaon. Dog friendly places to eat in the town include the Hub Bar & Grill on St Ives harbour.

4. Eden Project

One of the top attractions in Cornwall, the Eden Project is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the family and the dog. It is important to note that not all areas here are dog friendly but a lot of it is. Visit their hands-on learning experience at the education centre, which is suitable for all ages.

5. Take a Trip on a Steam Train

Take a historic journey on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. This 13 mile round trip will take you through the Cornish countryside, with a variety of things to spot along the way. This is a leisurely journey, taken in one of the steam trains heritage carriages, where you can get off and explore one of the many stops – best of all dogs can travel free!


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Places to Visit in Cornwall for Free

Visiting Cornwall on a Budget

Family holidays aren’t always cheap, even if you stay in the UK. If you want to experience Cornwall, one of the most popular part of the country for family holidays, but don’t want to blow your budget, you can.  There are many days out that you can enjoy for free in Cornwall.

Whether you’re heading to the coast or exploring inland, we think Cornwall is a great place to visit, so here are our top 5 free things to do in Cornwall with kids.

things to do in cornwall for free

Visit Healeys Cyder Farm

You can visit our Cornwall Attraction free of charge. You can look around our press house, bottlery and jam kitchen; but don’t stop there. There’s so much more to see, and so much more fun to be had! Find out the top ten things to do at Healeys Cyder Farm over on our blog.

Hit the beach

You can’t go to Cornwall and not go to the beach. Well, you can but our beaches are part of the Cornwall culture. There are a range of beaches from dog friendly to family friendly, surf beaches to tourist beaches. Explore the beautiful coast lines whether you’re making sandcastles and paddling with toddlers or bringing your own surfboards and heading into the waves.

Rock Pooling

It’s not all about buckets and spades either – Cornwall has some great rock pools to investigate, especially Polzeath, Gyllyngvase and St Agnes beaches, with crabs and lobsters, it’s a great and fun activity for the family to enjoy!

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery has won an award for its family-friendliness, with craft sessions, baby painting, sensory play and more than 1,700 artworks in the collection.

Walk to St Michael’s Mount

You’ll need a strong will and a tight budget not to explore the whole of St Michael’s Mount, but if you’re determined not to spend any money, the walk across the causeway is fantastic as you reach this island community. When the tide floods in, their boatmen will ferry you across the water to the island. At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats leave from landing points along the shore at Marazion.



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Things to do around Newquay Cornwall

Things to do in Newquay

Newquay is a great tourist destination in Cornwall but if you’re not familiar with the area, you may not know the best things to keep yourself busy! In Newquay we have lots of action packed attractions to keep all the family happy both in the town and the surrounding area – each one a great day out.things to do in newquay

Healey’s Cyder Farm

First on the list, obviously, is Healey’s Cyder Farm! Our popular family destination offers a range of activities for you and the family (including your dog). If you want to find out our top ten things to do at the farm, click here

Newquay Zoo

Release your inner animal as you journey around Newquay Zoo.  From adventure play areas to hands on experiences, there is something for all ages.

Set your own pace, take it slow and submerge yourself in our peaceful oasis by the sea, or let off some steam and discover everything this Zoo has to offer.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach with its consistent surf and epic days has earnt it’s name as the Home of British Surfing. With the International Surfing Centre based on the beach which is home to cafe’s, restaurants, a surf hire & surf school alongside shops it is the perfect location for everyone’s beach day. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, the Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is definitely worth a visit.

Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel. Blue Reef Aquarium show you all the fantastic creatures that live in our seas and oceans. Their displays take you on an undersea tour; from the British coastline to faraway tropical reefs and lots more in between. During your visit, you’ll come face to face with incredible sea life with everything from giant crabs and lobsters to seahorses and tropical sharks and you’ll get a chance to find out more about these creatures’ amazing lives in over 40 naturally recreated displays. Blue Reef is one of the UK’s leading aquariums with a commitment to providing education about the marine environment but in a fun and entertaining way.

Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is one of the few coastal beaches to have been rich in iron ore. To the right-hand side of this 120 acre site, a cave, once 200ft deep was mined for its minerals and abandoned in the late 1800’s.

Lusty Glaze has, to this day, retained an element of this charm; purpose-built wooden huts replace the canvas stripes and it is favoured by the local community and families who prefer its quirkiness to the mass of tourism on the main Newquay beaches.

The beach is now home to a fabulous team who cater for sun-worshippers, holiday makers, adrenaline junkies, food lovers, wedding couples and those simply seeking some escape from the daily grind.

Pirates Quest

Pirate’s Quest is an immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.

Your pirate guide will lead you through several different sets and scenes; mystical caves, murky streets, and even an eighteenth century Tavern! Eventually you’ll arrive at the Captain’s Ship, ready to set sail!

The last section is self-guided so spend as much time as you like exploring Below Decks and the Captain’s Cabin, before returning to the Treasure Shoppe with your completed Treasure Map to claim your Pirate Booty!

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches; known for it’s immense expanse of sand, and strong film and celebrity connections (Jamie Oliver, anyone?) The Premier in advert with Lenny Henry. This website is dedicated to providing visitors with a comprehensive knowledge of the area and the establishments that call this place home.

Watergate is one of the few year-round dog friendly beaches, offering nearly 2 miles of sandy shoreline at low tide. In addition to the large beach, it has a multitude of exciting caves and rock pools to explore.

Other facilities include a large selection of restaurants and cafés both on the beachfront and in the immediate surroundings.

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Best places to visit in Cornwall

What are the best places to visit in Cornwall?

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What do you fancy doing whilst in Cornwall? Maybe a beach one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active like a surf or a coastal walk? We have it all here in Cornwall.

If history and heritage is more your thing you’ll love our historic castles, museums and World Heritage Sites.

And don’t forget our iconic attractions; St Michael’s Mount, Tate St Ives, Land’s End and Healeys Cyder Farm are not-be-missed!

Our Top Attractions in Cornwall

Healeys Cyder Farm

healeys cyder farm

Family days out don’t get much better than a visit to Healeys Cyder Farm in Cornwall and we’re a perfect venue for when you are looking to find out what to do near Newquay.

Land’s End

Land's End

Land’s End really is a stunning place to visit. You can visit the most western point of Cornwall with the stunning scenery and outstanding natural beauty. There is something for everyone at Land’s End.

Here they highlight everything you can do at their attraction, from free to paid for activities.


St Michael’s Mount

St Michaels Mount

At low tide, you can reach St Michael’s Mount by foot. Setting out from the beachfront at the Godolphin Arms, it takes just minutes to walk across the ancient cobble causeway which stretches from the mainland to the island.

When the tide floods in, St Michael’s Mount’s boatmen will ferry you across the water to the island. At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats leave from landing points along the shore at Marazion for the Mount’s ancient harbour.

The Lizard

the Lizard

Lizard Point with its lighthouse is the most southerly point in Great Britain.

Around the coastline you’ll find little fishing ports with huge granite sea walls to protect from the Atlantic gales, restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood, and gorgeous sandy bays with jagged black rocks jutting out in to the sea. Stand right on the tip of the Lizard and look out to sea.

See the Lizard’s list of things to do here.


Newquay Zoo 

newquay zoo

Release your inner animal as you journey around Newquay Zoo.  From adventure play areas to hands on experiences, there is something for all ages.

Set your own pace, take it slow and submerge yourself in our peaceful oasis by the sea, or let off some steam and discover everything this Zoo has to offer.

Fistral Beach

fistral beach

Fistral Beach with its consistent surf and epic days has earnt it’s name as the Home of British Surfing. With the International Surfing Centre based on the beach which is home to cafe’s, restaurants, a surf hire & surf school alongside shops it is the perfect location for everyone’s beach day. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs.

Pendennis Castle 


Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.

Tate St Ives

tate st ives

Visit the iconic Tate St Ives, situated in a stunning location a stone’s throw away from Porthmeor Beach. Part of the Tate family of venues that includes Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Today that history continues to inspire its seasonal exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, presented within the gallery’s dramatic spaces with breath-taking views of the beach.

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Top 10 things to do in Cornwall at Healeys Cyder Farm

Top 10 things to do in Cornwall

Cornwall is full of great attractions, from amusement parks to zoos, beaches to coastal walks.

There are so many things to see and do in Cornwall and we want you to make the most of your holiday. We are less than 4 miles from the popular beach of Perranporth meaning you can easily visit the beach after your visit.

If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall you have come to the right place. We have created an infographic to show you the top ten things to do at our farm.

top 10 things to do in cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall

Family days out don’t get much better than a visit to Healeys Cyder Farm in Cornwall and we’re a perfect venue for when you are looking to find out what to do near Newquay.

things to do in cornwall

Visit us at our working cyder farm, situated very close to Newquay and Truro. We provide a jam-packed, great value family day out in Cornwall.

You’re welcome to come down and see the farm in action for yourself. There’s plenty to do for free – from petting our farm animals to sampling our products and picking up souvenirs in our farm shop – or you can discover all the amazing things we do with our apples by taking a tour, or tractor trip.

For all the latest information please check our visit us page and blog. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Things to do in Cornwall with Dogs at Healeys Cyder Farm

Dog Friendly things to do in Cornwall

Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall are on the rise. Dogs love Cornwall; running around on the dog friendly beaches, strolling through the miles of coastal footpaths and visiting the dog friendly Cornwall tourist attractions.

Although Cornwall can be great fun for dogs, it is sometimes a little bit restrictive for their owners. Healeys Cyder Farm understand that our dogs just want to enjoy the days out in Cornwall with us, not to miss out on any of the fun.

Whether you’re on holiday or planning a holiday in Cornwall and looking for things that are dog friendly or you live in Cornwall and are looking to take your dog for a fun day out, we always enjoy seeing a waggy tail and a big grin. You’ll also find lots of other dog friendly attractions through Cornwall.


Dog Friendly Places to visit in Cornwall- Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Here at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, your canine chum is more than welcome to join the fun. They can follow your lead and explore our tourist attraction with you.

When the beaches become too hot and crowded, or maybe when it’s raining and you don’t know where to go, we have plenty of fun activities.

At Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm admission to the farm for all the family (including the dog) is free of charge. Your dog is welcome to roam all of our outside areas and can join you for a spot of lunch in the courtyard!

To help you see where your dog can go on our farm, we’ve put paw prints on the areas which are dog friendly:

things to do in cornwall with dogs

As you can see, your dog is welcome to explore the shop and all our scrumptious fresh produce, visit our museum, distillery and cellars and they’re even welcome to join your for a tractor ride!


Dog Friendly Beaches Nearby

If you’re looking to visit a beach with your dog before or after your visit, Perranporth is only a five-minute drive and is dog friendly. You can even pick your dog up a dog-friendly ice-cream from the local ice-cream shop.


We love to know whether you (and your dog) enjoyed your visit to the farm, so if you have any pictures of you and your dog on the farm, pwe’d love to see them. Share them with us over on our Facebook Page and don’t forget to leave us a review!


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Things to do with kids in Cornwall at Healeys Cyder Farm

Things to do with the kids in Cornwall

Cornwall has recently been voted the most family friendly holiday destination in the world. Cornwall’s combination of beautiful beaches joined with award winning attractions means it simply cannot be beaten.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cornwall with the kids, look no further than Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. Our award winning Cornish cider farm has become one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations with over 400,000 people visiting the attraction last year, all thanks to our guided tours, tractor rides, free cider tastings and our menagerie of animals.

things to do with kids in cornwall

Top 5 Kid Friendly Things to do in Cornwall

1.Visit our Farm Animals

We love our farm animals and they’re certainly a hit with the kids! Head down to our farm area where you’ll find Goats, Cornish Black Pigs, Chickens, Rabbits, Shire Horses and much more! Our farm is free to visit, making it all the more fun for the parents too!


2.Take a Ride on our Tractor

Kids absolutely love our tractor rides! They get to ride Big Bertha, our 1950’s Fordson Major Tractor, exploring the orchards that lie beneath the farm. Once you’ve experienced the tractor ride, why not enjoy one of our guided tours?


3.Sampling Juice

Okay, so this one is more for the parents as you get to taste all our tasty cyders and wines, but there are also juices for the kids to try. This is where you get to find out just why Healeys is so special, and can also stock up on the cyder essentials for when you get home.


4.Lunch in the Restaurant

We offer hearty home-cooked meals, using the freshest local produce. We offer a selection of options for the kids from small pasties to sausage, beans and chips. The kids can enjoy a nice hot chocolate on a cold day, or one of our Healeys apple juices during the warmer months.


5.Ice Cream in the Shop

After you’ve had a spot of lunch, why not pop into the farm shop where we sell local Cornish ice cream. Whilst you’re in the shop, why not have a quick browse? This is where we sell all the products we make, as well as souvenirs.

So, as you can see, there are lots of exciting and fun things to do at our Award Winning Cornwall Attraction. We look forward to seeing you!


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Things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining at Healey’s Cyder Farm

Rainy Days out in Cornwall

things to do in cornwall when it's raining

One thing we can always guarantee in Cornwall is a little bit of rain, whether it’s during the summer holiday, Easter holidays, or just a weekend during the winter months. The good news is that Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is on hand to ensure you can still have lots of fun with the family, even when it’s raining.

You can visit our Cornwall Attraction free of charge. You can look around our press house, bottlery and jam kitchen; but don’t stop there. There’s so much more to see, and so much more fun to be had!


Six things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

At Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, we have a variety of activities, allowing for fun for all the family in Cornwall. We’ve listed our favourite things to keep your family entertained whilst the beaches are not a viable option.


1. Cornish Cream Tea

Come and visit our cream tea room and chose from an apple, cheese or traditional scone. At Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm we can always guarantee a fresh scone with our very own homemade jam and lashings of Cornish clotted cream alongside a perfectly brewed tea.

And the most important question of all – Do you like your scones the Cornwall or the Devon way? Cream then jam, or jam then cream?

2. Cyder Tasting

Head to our sampling bar and try out some of our cyders, wines and juices before you buy. It’s completely free and will give you a taste for just why Healeys is so special.

3. Tractor Ride

So you’re looking for fun activities for the family in Cornwall, that’s also waterproof? Look no further than a tour on Big Bertha, our 1950’s Fordson Major tractor. You’ll travel through our orchards, seeing where we get our apples from to make our delicious cyder.

4. Guided Tour

We have a variety of tours available, from viewing the cyder making process, to exploring our distillery and cyder museum. Find out about all our tours here.

 5. Visit the Shop

If you’re in Cornwall, why not pop into our farm shop? We stock all the products we make as well as lots of other souvenirs and goodies like our Rattler towels or Rattler sunglasses. Yes, I know you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall in the rain so maybe sunglasses and a beach towel won’t be top of your list? We’ve got lots more goodies on offer, so buy a bottle, have a tipple and let us know your thoughts.

6. Lunch in the Restaurant

Visit Mowhay’s Restaurant for a spot of lunch. We offer hearty, home-cooked meals, using the freshest local produce. Our restaurant is open all year round, offering a warm and cosy place in the colder months, and a lovely outside courtyard for those warmer but wet days.


We hope to see you soon and don’t let the rain spoil your fun with our great selection of undercover and indoor wet weather attractions!

We always love to hear about your experiences so do leave us a review or talk to us over on our Facebook page.


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‘Spirit of Cornwall’ whiskey and cider tour launched

View through to Healeys Distillery

Taste England’s oldest whiskey in a unique distillery and cellar experience this winter.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and unique aromas of a traditional distillery and gain a new-found understanding of the craftsmanship that goes into making England’s oldest whiskey, made right here in Cornwall.

The new ‘Spirt of Cornwall’ whiskey and cider tour at Healey’s Cyder Farm near Newquay is running for three weeks during the lead-up to Christmas, running from November 28 through to December 19.

The tour includes exclusive tasting of Healeys very own 3 and 10 year old brandy and England’s oldest whiskey which the family still produce in collaboration with St Austell Brewery.

Visitors will also get a tasting tutorial by one of the tour guides who will introduce the group to the 23 different ciders, wines and juices produced on the farm.

The tour will run exclusively from November 28 – December 19, and will cost £39 per person. To book call 01872 573356 or email [email protected] and for more information, visit www.healeyscyder.co.uk.

For more details on the tour and how to book visit the Spirit of Cornwall Distillery Tours page.

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Maple, whiskey and Rattler Cyder cocktail

Rattler Cyder, Whiskey and Maple Syrup cocktail

Christmas is just one month away and the season for celebrating with friends, food and drink has arrived. Here at Healeys we have a great selection of juices, ciders, and spirits to compliment the festive season. Our ever popular Rattler Cyder is guaranteed to boost the festive spirit but there’s more to the cider than just enjoying it in a cool tall glass.

This typical Thanksgiving cocktail recipe is as much at home here in the U.K. as an autumn/winter warmer drink and reflects both the falling leaves in our orchards as we gather the apple crops and the glow that comes from enjoying our whiskey distilled here on the farm.

So enjoy the festive season with this Maple, whiskey and Rattler Cyder cocktail


  • 2 cups Rattler Cyder
  • 1/4 cup of whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (Or a strong flavoured honey)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a medium size saucepan over low heat, or in a slow cooker set to low, combine all ingredients and stir.
  • Ladle into cups and serve warm, not hot.
  • The recipe can easily be multiplied to serve a large crowd.


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Taste of the South West finalists

Rattler tanks at Healeys Cyder Farm

We are delighted to have been selected as finalists for the Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year accolade at the Taste of the South West 2016 awards.

Taste of the South West has become the largest regional awards scheme in the UK and this year was a particularly special event with the awards celebrating its 25th year of honouring South West food and drink producers for their great products.

There were many qualities the judges were looking for from each of the entries, including innovation and business development, quality and efficiency of production, markets and marketing, distribution and corporate responsibility.

We are very proud that our business has grown over the years to become Cornwall’s longest-standing independent Cornish cider maker, with the largest commercial orchard in the county, and we are always looking to develop our product range, so we were delighted that was recognised by the awards committee.

One big change that has made a huge impact on the business is the investment in the new £3.7 million new visitor centre, production facility and café created in the last 18 months. These changes were all made with our customers in mind, and our aim to produce great quality drinks for people to enjoy.

A selection of our products were recognised in the Taste of the South West product awards including this year too including:

We are very grateful for the recognition from Taste of the West, and hope our customers feel the same. All of our great products are available online. https://healeyscyder.co.uk/shop/

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Deck your cake with a glaze of cyder

WIll Torrent's Mulled Cider Chocolate Cake

Fancy a slice of Chocolate and Mulled Cyder Cake?

As much as we absolutely enjoy our cyders cool and straight from the glass we are always on the lookout for exciting and delicious recipes to add them to. We’ve found this irresistible Chocolate and Mulled Cider Cake recipe by Will Torrent in an old issue of Jamie Oliver’s food magazine and simply had to share it as it’s just screaming out for a dose of our Ratter Mulled Cyder:

Serves 10

125g salted butter, plus extra for greasing
125g self-raising flour
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of ground cloves
a pinch of ground nutmeg
250g caster sugar
40g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
125ml mulled cider
75ml whole milk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the mulled cider glaze:
50ml mulled cider
100g dark chocolate
grated white and dark chocolate to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm bundt tin or large ring mould tin, then dust lightly with flour, making sure to tap out any excess. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Slowly melt the butter along with the cider in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and add the milk, egg and vanilla, then carefully mix into the dry ingredients.

Spoon into your prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the top of the cake bounces back when pressed. Leave to cool upside down in the tin to ensure the bottom of the cake is flat.

To make the glaze, heat the cider in a saucepan over a medium heat. Break the chocolate up into a bowl and then pour over the hot cider. Stirring from the middle outwards to make a smooth ganache. remove the cold cake from the tin and pour over the ganache. Sprinkle with white and dark chocolate shavings and serve.

You can buy our Rattler Mulled Cyder by visiting or farm shop or going to our online store.

Find out more about Will Torrent or Jamie Magazine on their websites.

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