Lovely things to do this week
Suddenly found yourself seeking lovely things to do this week? We've rounded up some of the nicest things to do in Cornwall.
GET OUTSIDE: Winter Walks
Our guide to Boxing Day walks with pub drink stops is coming soon – in the meantime, for when the pubs are closed, here are some fab winter walks to try around the Duchy – pack a flask and pull on your walking boots – sadly frost and the sun not guaranteed.
XMAS: Tablescaping (Xmas Eve & Xmas Day)
Unexpectedly smaller Christmas this year? Distract the mind with a little floral faffing – see what you can pick up locally, or, my personal fave, take the secateurs out for a walk and snip a few bits as you go. Then raid the linen cupboard for a sheet if you don’t have a suitable tablecloth, dig in your cupboard for the candles and set up the table like you’re in a restaurant. Won’t be the same, but might help make things more special. (See also last year’s post on tablescaping for more ideas plus Le Manoir’s tips on acing dinner– including making the best roasties.)
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… (a couple of tidal pools here, Jubilee Pool obvs closed).
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 Ambulance, People and Gardens, Sea Sanctuary and Refuge 4 Pets.
XMAS: Eden Project Festival of Christmas (until Weds 30 Dec)
**Closed due to flooding until 27 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).
GET OUTSIDE: An enchanting lantern experience, Lost Gardens of Heligan, (until 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.
THEATRE: Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, (until 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.
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)
**Closed until 27 Dec**
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)
** Re-opens 27 Dec, currently closed due to flooding**
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.