Mullion village, that ‘tiny gem set twixt sea and serpentine’, is found at the head of three valleys which lead to separate coves on its dramatic west coast. Mullion is built around the historic 15th century church, St Mellanus and is surrounded by family-run farms, open moorland and woodlands. As with all communities, Covid has had a big effect on the locality but Mullion is still a thriving working village, steeped in history, ‘proper Cornish’ and rich in community and the perfect setting for a holiday in Cornwall. Mullion is the largest village on The Lizard Peninsula, with a population of around 2100, which more than doubles in the summer. Alongside local supermarkets are a Post Office, pharmacy, estate agent, hairdressers, beauty salon, electrical goods, gifts, clothes, beach supplies, art galleries, crafts, restaurants, camping sites, holiday parks, inns and hotels. As well as the stunning Mullion Cove Harbour there is a park with a play area, zip slide and outdoor gym, two free car parks and community gardens.
The two nurturing and successful schools are cherished. Mullion Community Primary School offers a wonderful environment with outstanding teachers. Mullion Secondary, a specialist school in the performing arts, is one of the highest achieving in Cornwall and was selected by Tatler magazine as one of the UK’s top 20 state schools.
Our doctors, based at the modern Mullion Health Centre, are held in extremely high regard by patients and proved their excellence during the pandemic. The fire station, Coastguard Centre, RNLI and First Responders are operated by experienced, well trained and brave local volunteers.
The community includes Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches, providing Sunday Schools, parent groups, youth clubs, bellringing, and an inter-denominational choir. The spectacular Scarecrow competition held over the August bank holiday weekend is organised by the Methodist Chapel whilst the Friends of St Mellanus arrange the charity ‘Teddy Bear Parachute Jump’ from the church tower and a ‘free’ Seniors Christmas dinner.
Mullion’s successful community organisations include the Gull’s Theatre Group which stages plays and a Grand Music Hall; Mullion in Bloom creates beautiful displays throughout the village and has achieved the Green Flag Award; the Old Cornwall Society arranges special ‘pilgrimages’; and Mullion Horticultural Society runs an annual show followed by the ever popular Cornish Evening and the Garden Safari.
Thousands of pounds are raised annually within the village by and for various charities and Age Concern has its own mini-bus and arranges regular outings. Mullion also has long established football and cricket clubs which welcome visitors.