Your November Muddy Guide
November is here in all its crisp autumn loveliness! In Cornwall, the month will kick off with fireworks and end in Christmas fairs but there’s plenty of tempting foodie nights, live music and theatre to enjoy along the way.
Get the month off to a banging start (see what I did there?) with one of Cornwall’s bonfire night spectaculars.
We love a fireworks display by the water in my family and here are my pick of the best ones in Cornwall. There are also big ones at Heartlands in Pool, Bodmin (accompanied by sci-fi music), Truro (scroll down on Penhaligon’s FB page for all the info) and Penzance (another musical extravaganza). And you can find full fireworks listings here.
Emperor’s New Clothes, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Sat 4 Nov
Following sell out performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Stuff and Nonsense return to Hall for Cornwall with their latest production, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Don’t miss this classic, eccentric tale that tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. Recommended for ages 3+
Cheshire Cats by Gail Young, Tavonians Theatre Company, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Thurs 9 Nov
This play follows the emotional journey of a group of girls as they aim to speedwalk their way to fundraising success in the London Moonwalk, while also enjoying a girly weekend away in the capital. Trainers and wildly decorated bras are in, high heels and designer labels out – but a last minute substitute to the team doesn’t meet the physical criteria!
Ray Mears: Born To Go Wild, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 14 Nov
Send your menfolk for a masterclass! From a young age Ray discovered the joys of exploring the wilderness, the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit and creativity.
Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life With Elephants, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 16 Nov
Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.
Kneehigh’s The Tin Drum, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 21- Sat 25 Nov
Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Gunter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. Recommended for ages 14+
Signs and Wonders Light Spectacular, Redruth, Fri 24 Nov
Dubbed ‘a magical adventure through illuminated landscapes’ – this is the first of four light shows around Cornwall. The “Spirit of Light,” will dance to the rhythm of the drum, leading you on a magical adventure into illuminated landscapes. Wrap up warm, put on your walking boots and come and experience 4 stunning and iconic locations. See their stories brought to life with projections, animations, light installations, lanterns, procession, music and of course hot food and drinks to warm you on your journey.
Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 3, 10, 17 and 24 Nov
Every Friday night through autumn and winter, Newquay beach venue Lusty Glaze will be hosting its chilled out Woodburner Sessions. The acts lined up this month include John Adams, a singer/songwriter/busker from Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys, young, southwest folk singer Chris Webb, local talent Adam ‘guitar’ Parfitt and Devon surf roots artist Sam Green.
Louella Jade Eke, EP Launch, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Sat 4 Nov
Fresh from the summer’s festival circuit (including a performance at Glastonbury), rising local star Louella Jade Eke is coming home to for her EP launch. It’ll be a fun-filled evening with support from Ben Thorpe and some of the finest musicians in Cornwall.
Martyn Joseph, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Thurs 9 Nov
He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews – though Martyn stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
Transparent Water, AMATA, Penryn, Fri 10 Nov
Transparent Water is an exquisitely beautiful new collaboration between the seven-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa from Cuba, and the award-winning Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita. Following the worldwide release of their debut album Transparent Water on 24 Feb 2017, the pair are taking to the road in together this November with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles to give UK audiences a thrilling live experience of their new recording.
Afro Celt Sound System, The Dhol Foundation, Princess Pavillion, Falmouth, Sat 11 Nov
The ground-breaking European and African based collective – formed by producer Simon Emmerson – perform music from new album The Source, their most ambitious record to date. They deliver exhilarating live shows that range from full-on club energy to moments of intimacy, taking their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level.
3 Daft Monkeys, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat Nov 11
The 3 Daft Monkeys Year of the Clown Tour Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their recently released album Year of the Clown. Festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys will perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat fiddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4-piece line-up, the band is taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights.
Wildwood Kin, Old Bakery Studios, Fri 17 Nov
The acclaimed anglo/americana trio Wildwood Kin from Exeter will be doing their first headline show at Truro’s newest live music venue gem. Comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney, the family trio formed four years ago. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies.
Me & My Friends, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 18 Nov
English folk collides head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and Caribbean beats. This London-based folk outfit will be bringing their sun-drenched, soulful afro-folk beats to our north coast venue with a vibe all its own. Regularly played on BBC Radio 3, the band are being championed by legendary DJ Giles Peterson. Don’t miss out on this, their only date in Cornwall and part of their winter tour.
The Langan Band, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Fri 24 Nov
Glasgow power-trio The Langan Band create a dynamic sound that is rooted in Celtic Folk but encompasses Balkan, Roma and Flamenco elements, fuelled by a visceral punk spirit. The Langan Band have toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally, and gained themselves a large and loyal fan base along the way.
Feed the 300, Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn, throughout November
Chef Ben Tunnicliffe’s pub, The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, will host a ‘Feed The 300’ celebration this November to mark the 300th birthday of the historic maritime inn. During the month, 300 guests will dine on a three-course menu featuring Ben’s favourite dishes from a career in cooking, with Cornish seafood playing the starring role. Tables are available every Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout November. £28 per person, including recipes for recreating the dishes at home and a £10 voucher for next time.
Shine for ShelterBox Suppers and Feast Nights, various Cornish locations, Nov & Dec
The Shine for ShelterBox campaign is all about feasting with friends to fundraise for people who need a little light in their lives. Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox provides essential relief to people who have lost everything in disaster and war zones. And it couldn’t be easier to help out! There are 6 Shine for ShelterBox suppers coming up at some great Cornish restaurants and pubs (and many more further afield).
Roots Reggae Roast, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sun 5 Nov
The best veggie and vegan roast ever, accompanied by music from guest DJs. Roots Reggae Roasts are back for the winter at Mount Pleasant Eco Park and this unique Sunday lunch experience is not to be missed. There will be 3 delicious main course choices, one will always be vegan. All roasts are served with seasonal vegetables, roasties, Yorkshire pud and your choice of rich veg or Paul’s ‘Special Jerk’ gravy. Adults £10/ Kids £6.
Bonfire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Sun 5 Nov
A special feast night Guy Fawkes would approve of. Bedruthan’s bonfire feast will serve up mouth-watering, warming fare, including fire-cracker beef and bang bang chicken with apple fritters and treacle parkin for pud. The evening will finish around the fire pit toasting marshmallows. £22.50pp for 3 courses.
Pop-Up Curry Night, Ben Tunnicliffe, Sennen Cove, Fri 10 Nov
Something new and a first – Ben and the team, together with their friends at MahaMasala are hosting a warming, pop-up Curry Night. At Ben’s Sennen Cove restaurant, they will be offering an exciting pop-up Indian dining experience with fabulously warming traditional Indian spices and flavours to tempt you to this autumn evening.
Three-Course Feast, Camel Studio, near Wadebridge, Sat 11 Nov
A new venue to know about, hosting an exciting mix of feasts, workshops and live music events. This affordable feast night is all about Mediterranean-inspired food. Paying special attention to the ingredients, renowned chef Liam Smith-Laing is all about using local produce and marrying the right tastes to create something, quite simply, delicious. Guests will eat by candlelight with the woodburner warming the barn. £25pp.
Fish Curry Night at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay Hotel, Fri 17 Nov
For this November event, The Beach Hut is looking to India for inspiration. Expect curries in a range of aromatic flavours, in a 3-course seafood menu. The fish curry night also includes a bonfire on the beach and live music from Andy Quick. £25 per person.
Sing & Supper with Claire Ingleheart, Fri Nov 17
Join the inspirational Claire Ingleheart for an autumnal ‘Sing and Supper’ evening at the Eco Park. Experience the joy and exhilaration of singing in 3 or 4 part harmonies. Expect Sea Shanties, Folk, African and more. A relaxed singing workshop in the Barn will be followed by a delectable autumnal sharing feast, in La Cantina, with flavours inspired by cultures from around the world. End the evening with a campfire at sundown and sing under the stars not far from the coast in a sheltered part of the Park. £20 per person, includes singing workshop, welcome drink & supper.
Early Christmas Happenings
Cornish Winter Fair, Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge, Sat 18 Nov
Celebrating all that’s great about Cornish farming and food, The Cornish Winter Fair is a free event, held entirely under cover within the Exhibition Halls at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre. There will be plenty of farm animals that you can get up close to, it’ll also be a great place to kick off your Christmas shopping, with an array of Cornish food and drink producers, as well as craft stalls selling fantastic locally made gifts.
Sterts/ British Horse Society Winter Ball, Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club, Sat 18 Nov
A special fundraising evening hosted by Sterts Theatre. The Sterts/British Horse Society Carousel Winter Ball is all about music and fun, lovely food and good company. There will be a three-course meal, live music, an auction, raffle and dancing. £50pp.
Truro City of Lights, Wed 22 Nov
The biggest lights switch on event outside of London. Each year City of Lights attracts an audience of 30,000 people, serenaded by at least 100 local musicians and dancers and showcasing over 600 lanterns, made by local artists, school children, college students and community members. In 2016, the parade celebrated its 20th anniversary and still it remains true to its original aim, which is to use simple materials (withy and paper) to create lanterns large and small, which are made by the local community. The theme for 2017 is ‘Glow’.
Festival of Christmas, Penventon Park Hotel, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Nov
This family Xmas Festival opens with Carols by Candlelight on Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday the festivities will include an artisan gift market, Christmas wreath making workshops, festive street food stalls, a Winter Gin tasting bar, Christmas cake decorating, children’s theatre performances and a children’s treasure hunt in the hotel grounds. Entrance is free but theatre performances, carols by candlelight and workshops are at an extra charge and need to be booked.
Christmas Craft Fair, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Sat 25 – Sun 26 Nov
Browse over 50 stalls of contemporary craft, art, ceramics, illustration, homewares, textiles, decor, gifts, fashion, jewellery, accessories and food and drink. Tickets for the Christmas Craft Fair are £1.50 and can be bought online. Worth knowing that the hotel car park can get very busy during the fairs, so Newquay Lions Club are providing a free shuttle service from Mawgan Porth beach car park up to the hotel.
The Christmas Makers’ Market, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 25 Nov
On the same day as Penzance Christmas lights switch on, The Exchange brings you work for sale by the best local and regional makers, with products in ceramic, jewellery, prints, textiles and more.
Make a start on your Christmas shopping or treat yourself! If the gallery gift shop is anything to go by, this will be a good one.
Christmas Fayre, Alverton Hotel, Truro, 26 Nov
A fun and festive event at the beautiful Alverton Hotel. Expect music from Tresillian Ladies Choir & Four Lanes Male Choir, food and drink stalls, unique gifts, handmade crafts and a FREE visit to Father Christmas. £5 per person (under 14 free) includes tea/coffee and a mince pie.