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Mon 25 Nov - Sun 1 Dec

It may only be the last week of November, but Cornwall’s festivities get underway in earnest this week!


Step into the magical world of Enchanted Saltram, Plymouth, and become spellbound by what you see. Follow the illuminated trail through the garden after dusk and discover the fairytales through the treasure rooms of the house (25 Nov – 30 Dec)

Like gin? And crafts? Then this Crafted in Cornwall with Tarquin’s Cornish Gin might be just the ticket. They are hosting a series of events to celebrate the hand-crafted products of Cornwall as well as a chance to hand wax your own gin purchases. Visit the distillery in the Tarquin’s cattle-shed just outside Padstow. This month’s event is on 27 Nov and features short talks from Open Surf (custom surfboards, annual subscriptions and shaping masterclasses), West Apothecary (natural, herbal lifestyle products) and Lynher Dairies (serving award-winning cheeses).

The Cowshed Spa at the St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick (near Rock) have their annual Christmas Shopping Event with mince pies, fizz and discounts on products/treatments booked on the night (27 Nov).

christmas decorations up at the cowshed spa at the st moritz hotel trebetherick rock cornwall

The Made in Cornwall Christmas market/fair is being held at Lemon Quay, Truro. Visit stalls from nearly 100 artisans, artists and food and drink producers – it is what it says on the tin: all made in Cornwall. (27 Nov – 1 Dec)

The Godolphin Arms in Marazion is hosting a Cornish Christmas Market full of the usual local traders. (28 Nov)

Late night shopping at Hawksfield on the A39, where shops and boutiques including Jo&Co, Finisterre, The Goose Shed and more will be serving up cocktails and showcasing seasonal gifts. One of Muddy’s favourite cafes, Strong Adolfos, is hosting a quiz (28 Nov).

line image of hawksfield

Illuminate Light Festival 2019 is back from 28 Nov – 1 Dec at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth. A spectacular immersive light festival, there are also additional installations at the Barbican, Sutton Harbour and Mount Edgcumbe.

Cotehele‘s annual Christmas garland has returned, 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. Open daily (runs to 5 Jan).

Plus, regular late night shopping evenings in Truro, Plymouth, Plympton and many more get underway on Wednesday / Thursday evenings.


The first of the season’s pantos get underway with Oh No It Isn’t! by the Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre opening at The Old Library, Bodmin on 27 November (until 22 Dec).

They’re the best of sisters onstage but the worst of friends off it. It’s the final performance of Cinderella in a moth-eaten, regional theatre and backstage tensions threaten to boil over onstage. Will the egotism, one-up-manship and politics remain confined to the dressing room? Will the ugly sisters keep the professional professional and the personal personal?

The biggie for kids this Christmas is  Nativity! The Musical at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The show has had two sell-out seasons on the West End and this year will again star Love Island’s Dani Dyer – feel-good family fun at its finest (26 – 30 Nov).


If you’re looking for some Cornish art for your walls or just for a peaceful mooch, opening 26 Nov is Stillness at the Tregony Gallery, Truro. The exhibition takes its title from the diminishing light as we enter into the darkness of the long winter months, brightening up the gallery with modern British and contemporary art. (Until 14 Dec).


Orange and Blue Harbour by Euan McGregor


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