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Fri 27 - Sun 29 December

Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, (until Sat 30 Dec)

Last chance to see multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre in the wilds of Tehidy Woods this December with their enchanting winter celebration Winter Wood (with all-new stories for 2019).

Follow the path deeper into the Winter Wood, land of myth, legend and festive magic as Old Man Winter’s world of stories, faeries and winter wonders comes to life.

Created by Cornwall’s immersive and highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic.

Treasure Island by Miracle Theatre, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Yo, ho, ho and a bucket of… fun. Miracle will be back at Princess Pavilion this December with a brand new festive treat, full of music and laughter, freely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

This epic nautical adventure story, full of swashbuckling sea shanty singing characters, will have all the saltiness of the original nineteenth-century setting with the added flavours of Miracle humour and seasonal fun.

The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, Sat 14 – Tues 31 Dec

A magical puppet and live action production of Antonia Barber’s classic children’s story, The Mousehole Cat, performed in the heart of Mousehole alongside the village’s famous Christmas light display. Based on a well-known Cornish legend this uniquely heart-warming story of the friendship between a fearless fisherman and his devoted cat will warm your cockles… almost as much as an ‘efty portion of stargazy pie! This show lasts for approximately one hour. Last year it sold out, so book early! All tickets £10.

For adults and children who might benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability, the 11.30am shows on 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29 Dec are designated ‘relaxed performances’.

General festive outings

Trelissick Illuminated, Trelissick Gardens, various dates 1 – 31 Dec (including some late nights)

Trelissick becomes an illuminated wonderland as the sun sets. Meander along the garden paths and enjoy a magical experience of colour and light. Admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.

Over at the Eden Project, the Festival of Christmas has started. Highlights include festive music in the magical Mediterranean Biome and the site beautifully lit up including the spectacular Avenue of Lights to the Biomes, where giant willow lanterns light up the night. The ice rink and Santa’s Grotto also get underway.

For the first time ever, Cotehele Mill, near Plymouth, is open at Christmas for a family-friendly celebration of Victorian Christmas traditions. Starts 29 Nov.


Cotehele’s annual Christmas garland has returned, now in its 64th year! Made out of 30,000 dried flowers grown on the Cotehele Estate and painstakingly created by volunteers to create a 60-foot garland that hangs in the Tudor Hall, the garland truly is a sight to behold. Open daily (runs to 5 Jan).


St Michael’s Mount  (29-31 Dec)

Last chance to visit St Michael’s Mount before it closes until Spring 2020. The mount will be open free-flow (no guided tours) – take the pilgrimage across the cobbled causeway or, should the tide be in, take an adventure on the island’s amphibious vehicle, the St Michael and uncover stories from the harbour, legends and historical castle – children can race to find the Giant’s heart.

Art and Exhibitions

Muddy favourite Kurt Jackson’s Frenchman’s Creek exhibition is still on at the Jackson Foundation in St Just. Jackson created these pieces around and sometimes in the Helford River (below). The place where the woodlands meet the tide famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek. The gallery is open 26 – 31 Dec & 2- 4 Jan before closing again until February half term.

Over at the Tate St Ives you can see the ongoing exhibition of Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work, From Where I Standwhich showcases the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (until 5 Jan).

You can also catch Tate St Ives in Colour – a new immersive and interactive light installation by Peter Hudson. Take control of the colour and intensity of the light by playing with the sphere, creating cycles of colour and pulses of light inside + outside (Until 5 Jan)

Tate St Ives © Kirstin Prisk

Elsewhere at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange you can see an unusual collaboration between surgeon Dr Grace Pailthorpe and artist Reuben Mednikoff entitled Tale of Mother’s Bonesabove, which explores duo’s experimentation with surrealism and psychoanalysis through 90 works (until 4 Jan).

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