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Mon 11 - Sun 17 Nov

FILM FESTIVALS

Cornwall Film Festival returns for its 18th year to The Poly – a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for emerging filmmakers to meet alongside eminent personalities from the world of media. The festival attracts passionate film audiences with an International film programme, masterclasses, speakers, director Q&A’s, as well as homegrown Cornish talent (15 – 17 Nov).

MUSIC

Cornwall Rocks in pretty Looe. Acts include The Quireboys, Diamond Head, JOANovARC (below) and Massive Wagons, with accommodation included in the price too (15 – 17 Nov).

THEATRE 

Brontë Tavonians, a detective story about the Brontë sisters (16 Nov) Sterts Theatre, Liskeard.  Meanwhile at Regal Theatre in Redruth, you can see ROAST theatre company’s West Side Story, 40 years after the company first performed the musical – expect songs, romance and awesome choreography (13 – 15 Nov).

And finally, for kids there’s Devon-based children’s theatre experts Soapbox Theatre’s Robin Hood packed with puppetry, physical theatre and everyone’s *favourite* – audience participation (16 Nov).

EVENTS

Yoga pop-up, Old bakery Studios, Truro, 12 Nov 

Old Bakery Studios in Truro hosts this drop-in event. No need to worry if your downward dog is a bit rusty, the session is for all abilities.

Healing the nation, Launceston Town Hall, Fri 15 Nov

Comic, writer and Mock the Week regular Andy Parsons is on tour again. This time, he is trying to bring some happiness to heal raw wounds in this currently divided country.

CRAFTS

Get your craft on at a Seasalt Quilting Workshops but with a twist – you can’t take your creation with you. Instead, remnants will be re-worked into one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt creations by attendees and then donated to St Petrocs, who are working to end homelessness in Cornwall. St Petrocs gives many people a place to call home in their time of need, and the creations from the workshops will help bring colour and warmth to their accommodation. St Michael’s Mount, Marazion (12 & 13 Nov)

quilt blocks made of remnants beside a vintage sewing machine

 

SHOPPING

Seaside Saturday, Perranporth, 16 Nov

Plenty of bargains to be enjoyed from some of Cornwall’s finest online businesses, a great way to start the Christmas gift-buying and keep your spend local.

CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE

Christmas Fair at The Eden Project which raises a ton of money for Cornwall Macmillan each year (13 – 14 Nov).

The Etsy Local Christmas Market moves into a bigger venue for 2019, moving from St Ives where it’s been for the last three years to Penryn, meaning there will now be 70 makers, designers and illustrators (30 more than last year) selling quirky Christmas gifts and handmade goods (15 – 17 Nov).

Cotehele‘s annual Christmas garland returns, now in its 64th year! Made out of 30,000 dried flowers grown on the Cotehele Estate and painstakingly created by volunteers to create a 60-foot garland that hangs in the Tudor Hall, the garland truly is a sight to behold. Opens 16 Nov (runs to 5 Jan).

Healey’s Christmas Market at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm in Newquay will have arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder with the markets are set against the beautiful backdrop of a working farm. A family experience with cobbled courtyards lit with magical lights, freshly cut Christmas trees, choirs, carols singers, farm animals, tractor rides, Sunday roasts and mulled cyder (from 16 Nov).

The Etsy Local Christmas Market moves into a bigger venue for 2019, moving from St Ives where it’s been for the last three years to Penryn, meaning there will now be 70 makers, designers and illustrators (30 more than last year) selling quirky Christmas gifts and handmade goods (15 – 17 Nov).

FURTHER AFIELD:

INTERIORS: Country Living Christmas Fair, Business Design Centre, London, 13 – 17 Nov

It’s Christmaaaaas! Well, not just yet, but head London’s Business Design Centre this month and you’ll find heaps of festive stalls from hundreds of British designers, makers, food artisans and crafters. As well as shopping there’ll also be live workshops and talks, plus Prue Leith will be chatting to Country Living’s Editor about all things food at Christmas time on Wed 13.

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