29 Nov - 1 Dec
In Redruth there’s Christmas Open Studios at Krowji. The event is a rare opportunity to inside the studios at Krowji, meet the makers and buy work direct from artists. There’s a launch night on 29 Nov with festive entertainment and live choral music (you’ll get first dibs too!), and then the studios are open from 30 Nov – 1 Dec with pop-up performances from local musicians. Oh, did I mention it’s all free?
It’s your last chance to catch artist and former illustrator Stephen Lavis’ first major public show of work at the Far & Wild Gallery in Perranporth alongside Henrietta Dubrey (ends 30 Nov).
The Poly launches its second year of Jazz at the Poly with saxophonist Andy Williamson and more (29 Nov).
Oh No It Isn’t! by the Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre, The Old Library, Bodmin (until 22 Dec) is a moving play set in the dressing room of a moth-eaten, regional theatre and it’s the final performance of Cinderella. The actors playing the ugly sisters are the best of sisters onstage but the worst of friends off it. Backstage tensions threaten to boil over onstage. Will the egotism, one-up-manship and politics remain confined to the dressing room? Will the ugly sisters keep the professional professional and the personal personal?
Not your usual panto, this has layers, and soul. We recommend.
The biggie for kids this Christmas is Nativity! The Musical at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The show has had two sell-out seasons on the West End and this year will again star Love Island’s Dani Dyer – feel-good family fun at its finest (26 – 30 Nov).
The Wintergreen exhibition and celebration of local makers and artists, billed as “a curated feast of handcrafted gifts and workshops” gets underway at Tremenheere Gallery. The preview evening, with drinks by Tincture Gin, is on Friday 29th November, which kicks off the shopping weekend. The exhibition and workshop programme is from Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th December.
The Tate St Ives Winter Festival is a series of pop-up 10-minute talks, activities, installations and choral performances (30 Nov).
Over in Penzance, the Christmas lights will be switched on and the Christmas Editions of The Makers’ market will be in full flow on at The Exchange (30 Nov).
The insider’s pick for Cornish Christmas lights is Angarrack, near Hayle where the 12 Days of Christmas will be portrayed through lights by the villagers across rooftops, houses and rivers. The big switch-on is on 1 December.
Meanwhile, over at the Eden Project, the Festival of Christmas gets underway from 30 Nov. 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.
FOOD & DRINK
MMW Kitchen are hosting outstanding chef Tim Spedding for a sardine dinner, inspired by his latest trip to Japan. Meals at MMW are always pretty special thanks to the detail the team put into sourcing the produce and the authentic means to cook it. (29 Nov)
Lovetts, a new wine bar that opened in Newlyn this year, has a wine tasting at Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole on Sunday evening. Get in touch with them to book, tickets £20. (1 Dec)
If beer and ale are more your thing, the St Austell Brewery is hosting their 21st Annual Celtic Beer Festival including a brand new Gin Bar, in the ancient and atmospheric brewery cellars. Sample different ales, stouts and lagers and listen to live music – a beer festival like no other. All profits go straight to St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust which has raised more than £224,000 since 2003 (30 Nov).