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5 things to do this weekend

How is it almost the end of November already? Here are five things to make the most of your weekend... which starts on Thurs, obvs!

SOMETHING FOR OTHERS

Eden Sleep Out, 25 Nov

For the last seven years the Eden Project has hosted an annual Sleep Out outside the Biomes and the events have raised thousands of pounds for two charities, St Petrocs and the Amber Foundation.

Last year people were invited to join in remotely on the night, sleeping outside in your garden, otherwise on the floor at home – and 84 participants raised £10,000. This year, with proof of vaccination and/or a negative PCR or Lateral Flow Test, Eden is once again opening its doors for the real life, Sleep Out experience in 2021 – tickets cost £25.

Alternatively, put together a Christmas Dinner in a Box for Cornwall Christmas Box – the charity and local volunteer businesses collect them all up at the start of December and them distribute them to people in Cornwall who need them the most.

SOMETHING FESTIVE

Festive Late Night Shopping, Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, Lostwithiel, 25 & 26 Nov, 5.30pm (and selected Dec dates too)

It’s loyalty cardholders only to the first festive late-night shopping evening at the gorgeous Duchy of Cornwall Nursery on 25th (but they are easy to get and free in store!) Lostwithiel Town Band will be playing seasonal, cheery tunes and there are complimentary mince pies, mulled wine & apple juice on offer, making it a magical evening for one and all. Book supper and make a night of it! Everyone welcome on the 26th, and selected dates in Dec too.

Fowey Christmas Market, south Cornwall, 26 – 28 Nov

Festive activities and shopping opportunities take place throughout this charming port town, with fabulous Christmas Markets spread across the stunning Fowey Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street and Town Hall venues. Expect all the hits: glowing lights, artisan gifts, festive tipples, and plenty of food.

SOMETHING MUSICAL

Sundowner Sessions, The Greenbank, Falmouth, 26 Nov

On the last Friday of each month The Greenbank’s popular Water’s Edge bar host local musical talent at their brand new Sundowner Sessions. From 7pm until 10pm on 26th November, Ashley Harding will be taking to the stage, so you can sip your tipples listening to relaxing acoustic tunes whilst drinking up the incredible harbour views. This event is free and welcome to all.

SOMETHING ARTY

Krowji Christmas Open Studios, Redruth, 26 -28 Nov

This annual event is back again, and is a rare opportunity to look inside the studios at Krowji, to meet the makers and buy work direct from artists.

St Ives Winter Festival, Tate St Ives, 27 – 28 Nov

After a two year gap the St Ives Winter Festival is back this weekend with local choirs and performances taking over Tate St Ives, new family activities and three new community-focussed art commissions launching at once. The launch of the three new commissions and the switch on of AVIARY will take place on Saturday 27 November with late-night opening until 7pm. The celebrations will continue into Sunday 28 November with a special entry fee of only £1 on each day.

If you’re in more of a lucky / philanthropic mood, you could buy a ticket for the Hall for Cornwall Art Raffle. Hall for Cornwall is giving people the chance to own their own unique piece of art for just £10 with the launch of an Art Raffle featuring 23 original works by noted artists.

Long-term Hall for Cornwall supporter and ex-trustee, Clare Latimer, worked with the Hall for Cornwall team to approach several renowned UK artists with a shared affection for Cornwall, asking for their support by kindly donating artworks for a community raffle.

Artists including Alan Cotton, William Oxer, Bryony Hill, Susie Ray, Evelyn Binns and Lady Frances Sorrell are among those who have donated works with themes ranging from Cornish gardens and landscapes, to fishing and flowers.

SOMETHING FOODIE

Gralefrit Restaurant pop-up supper evenings at Little Palais, St Ives, 26 & 27 Nov

Gralefrit Restaurant pop-up suppers are run by Ethan Friskney-Bryer (head chef of Fitzroy & North Street Kitchen restaurants in Fowey), his wife Hazel and brother Joel, who can usually be found at Lovetts in Newlyn. Using produce from their walled garden across the river and locally sourced fish and some meat, these supper evenings this weekend are at Little Palais wine bar in St Ives… Email gralefritrestaurant@gmail.com to book.

Brimoncourt Champagne supper, The Bottle, Newquay, 28 Nov

The Bottle wine bar and deli in Newquay, Cornwall, is hosting a four course feast in association with Brimoncourt Champagne to kick off the festive season – tickets includes a menu curated by up-and-coming guest chef Ben Green, and each course will be paired with a glass of Champagne from Brimoncourt.

Book in for Sunday lunch at Lula – escape the storm by the fire (they only take bookings on a Sunday). On the menu this week is Piri Piri roast chicken and beer braised Cajun pork belly served with Creole spiced roasted root vegetables, sweet potato and potato wedges, south American spiced roasted cauliflower, nacho cheese, crushed tortillas, salsa de carne also vegetarian option of Crispy halloumi steaks.

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