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10 lovely things to do this week

Jingle all the way to Christmas Day and beyond with illuminations, skating, theatre and the last of the xmas markets - it's our roundup of Cornwall's loveliest things to do this week.

XMAS: Eden Project Festival of Christmas (until Weds 30 Dec)

During the day, enjoy seasonal walks and trails through the Outdoor Gardens, take a whirl on the ice-rink (pre-booking essential), and warm up with a hot chocolate or festive treat.

As darkness falls, the Biomes shine out with a festive welcome. Follow a route around the Rainforest Biome, where the tropical landscape is transformed into a magical world of shadows and light. Cross over to the Mediterranean Biome, where thousands of dancing, twinkling lights create a beautiful backdrop to a joyful celebration of Christmas music, performed live by musicians positioned amongst the gardens and exhibits.

Plus, follow a new Christmas reindeer trail around the gardens and Biomes. Santa’s grotto is now in the Clore centre (pre-booked tickets only).

XMAS: Enchanted Market, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (17-21 Dec)

Christmas market with all sorts of vendors, food and drink and entertainment. Pre-booking essential.

GET OUTSIDE: An enchanting lantern experience, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mon 7 Dec – Sun 3 Jan

Experience the Gardens illuminated by hundreds of traditional lanterns and discover a breath-taking display of wildlife lanterns, illuminated in Heligan’s much-loved and iconic locations.

This year, The Lost Gardens are working with the Lantern Company, a leading UK outdoor arts organisation, which works locally, nationally and internationally, bringing artists and communities together to create spectacular illuminated installations, ranging from intimate encounters to large-scale mass participatory events.

The Lantern Company’s illuminated installation at Heligan holds up a nocturnal magnifying glass to the often overlooked wonders and beauty of the natural flora and fauna on our doorstep. From frogs to foxes, badgers to squirrels and hedgehogs and a joyful burst of snowdrops, this illuminated seasonal trail creates a treasure-filled space for families and friends to discover these beautiful indigenous species.

Pre-booking essential.

THEATRE: Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, Sat 12 – Sat 30 Dec

Multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre returns to the wilds of Tehidy Woods this December with their enchanting winter celebration Winter Wood.

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.

THEATRE: The Mousehole Cat, Drive In Screenings, various locations, Mon 21 -Weds 23 Dec plus at home screening Thurs 24 Dec

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… This show lasts for approximately one hour. Last year it sold out, so book early!

This Christmas experience the festive magic of The Mousehole Cat at drive-in screenings across Cornwall! Live music, “car-participation” and your very own Mowzer Mini Lantern will put you at the heart of this adventure and warm your spirits like a ‘efty piece of star gazy pie!

XMAS: Xmas day swims, various locations (Fri 25 Dec)

I can’t list them all because I’d be here until January but don’t forget to check Facebook or ask locally for your nearest Santa Runs and Christmas Day/ Boxing Day/ New Year’s Day swims. A Cornish Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them – they will no doubt be much more informal this year to comply with socially distancing rules, but I’m willing to bet Santas will be dipping all along Cornwall’s coast this Christmas Day…

GET OUTSIDE: The Lost Gardens Open for Charity, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Boxing Day (Sat 26 Dec)

Take a walk around the gardens for a good cause, and shake off your turkey stupor… All money raised from garden admission on these special days will be donated to this year’s nominated charities which are Cornwall Air AmbulancePeople and GardensSea Sanctuary and Refuge 4 Pets.

GET OUTSIDE: Cotehele (various dates throughout Dec)

Sadly for the first time since 1956, the traditional Christmas Garland which spans the Great Hall at Cotehele will not be able to go ahead this year but the garden will be illuminated and some of the usual festive decoration will make it to the garden.

ART EXHIBITION: Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors, The Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2021) 

The largest UK exhibition to date by South Korean artist Haegue Yang opened at The Tate St Ives at the end of last month, the first exhibition to take place across both the award-winning top-lit gallery in the new building and the spectacular sea-facing gallery in the original building. The exhibition brings together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting. Haegue Yang is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials and are certainly a conversation starter – check out our review here.

ICE-SKATING: Eden Project (until 21 Feb 2021)

Cornwall’s biggest outdoor ice-rink has returned to the grounds of the Eden Project – and due to Covid restrictions you’ll have even more space on the ice-rink itself this year, so plenty of space to practice your axels and spins. The cafe is serving up sweet treats too, just don’t forget your face covering to wear rink side. Pre-booking online is essential, and you’ll need a locals pass or to pay to access Eden itself too.

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