What’s On This Week: Mon 10 – Sun 16 Dec
MON 10 - SUN 16 DEC
There’s some unique, Cornish Christmas fun to be had this week. Mousehole’s famous lights will be switched on this weekend and there’s a choice of three Christmassy light shows at Eden, Heligan and Trelissick.
Shadows & Light, Eden Project, Bodelva, various dates until Weds 30 Dec
An all-new after-dark experience this Christmas, as Eden is transformed into an ever-changing landscape of shadows and light. With lights shows and illuminations throughout Eden. Free with Eden admission.
A Dickensian Christmas on tour, various dates and locations until 22 Dec
1869, Victorian London. The household staff of 48 Doughty Street gather on Christmas Eve for a tradition long carried out, but seldom spoken about. That is until the arrival of an unexpected visitor in the winter cold. All he wants is a room for the night, and in return, he’ll entertain with his finest festive stories. But what’s the catch? A Dickensian Christmas is a festive story-telling romp through some of English literature’s most loved Christmas fables, poetry and music from Dickens to Hans Christen Anderson.
Healeys Christmas Market, nr Newquay, every weekend from 24 Nov until 16 Dec
Healeys Christmas Markets will run every weekend from 24 Nov until 16 Dec. From arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder, the markets are set against the beautiful backdrop of a working farm. A family experience you won’t find anywhere else with cobbled courtyards lit with magical lights, freshly cut Christmas trees, choirs, carols singers, farm animals, tractor rides, Sunday roasts and mulled cyder.
Near.Ta Theatre Christmas. Time, venues around Cornwall, Sat 1 Dec – Thurs 27 Dec
Bringing bucketloads of Christmas spirit, and back for its tenth anniversary tour, is Near-ta Theatre’s festive comedy, Christmas. Time. Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!
Trelissick Illuminated, Trelissick Gardens, various dates 1 – 23 Dec
Trelissick becomes an illuminated wonderland as the sun sets. Meander along the garden paths and enjoy a magical experience of colour and light. Admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.
Yes, there are Christmas lights in towns all over Cornwall but these are the particularly special and famous ones and I can’t resist a visit every year. In Mousehole the harbour and town is lit up with everything from sea monsters to star gazey pie and Angarrack’s display depicts the twelve days of Christmas.
Twilight Sensory Spa Garden & Fondue, Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, various dates from Weds 6 Dec
As the evenings draw in treat yourself to an evening Sensory Spa Garden where you’ll adventure through seven stages of hot and cold therapy. Enjoy the starlight in the deep-seated hot tubs, the warmth and aroma of cedarwood sauna and two beautiful scrubs. Then head to the Wild Cafe for a delicious classic fondue made with Gruyere and Comte cheese, flavoured with sherry and kirsch, served with a selection of cured Cornish meats and salamis, green salad, sautéed potatoes, homemade sourdough and pickles. £45
Aladdin by Miracle Theatre, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Fri 7 Dec – Sat 5 Jan
Miracle Theatre is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion with a new & not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all! Every Christmas for the last fifty years the Willoughby-Brown family have gathered at their country seat in Cornwall to eat, drink, laugh and bicker and, with the help of their loyal staff, to provide their own entertainment in the form of a home-made pantomime. This year, as an act of seasonal charity, the family has decided to embrace the epithet of ‘great art for everyone’. They have offered to install themselves on the stage of the Princess Pavilion, where they invite you to assemble and share their unique interpretation of the oriental fairy-tale Aladdin.
Amelies Festive Feasts, Port Eliot, Saltash, Sat 15 Dec
An exclusive three course Christmas feast in Port Eliot’s enchanting orangery. Gather your friends, loved ones or colleagues together for a festive feast night in sumptuous surroundings. This promises to be a magical music and food-filled festive evening, Port Eliot style. £42pp.
Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, Sat 8 – Sun 30 Dec
Multi award-winning Rogue Theatre returns to the wilds of Tehidy Woods this December with their enchanting winter celebration; Winter Wood (with all new stories). 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 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.
Heligan by Night, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, various dates Weds 12 Dec – Sat 5 Jan
This December, step in to ‘Heligan by Night’ and experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen returns to reveal the night time magic of Heligan’s historic plantings. Journey through an after-dark Lost Gardens and delight in the incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by Pedersen’s thought-provoking illuminations.
Winter Wonderland with Badger Forest School, Wheal Martyn, St Austell Fri 14 Dec & Cardinham Woods, Fri 21 Dec
Join the Muddy Award-winning Badger Forest School team for Winter Wonderland 2018, proudly supporting Children’s Hospice SouthWest (CHSW). The annual winter lantern walks include lantern making, festive nature crafts, a unique after-dark lantern walk in gorgeous settings, carol singing around the campfire, yummy hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies and treats.
The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, Sat 15 – Mon 31 Dec
A magical puppet and live action production of Antonia Barber’s classic children’s story, The Mousehole Cat, performed in the heart of Mousehole alongside the village’s famous Christmas light display. 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… almost as much as an ‘efty portion of stargazy pie! This show lasts for approximately one hour. Last year it sold out, so book early! All tickets £10.
Feast Wild with Pencoose Pantry & Wild Tipi, Trewithen Gardens, nr Probus, Sat 15 – Sun 16 Dec
Nestled away beneath the trees a Tipi awaits… Inside, the fire crackles and glasses chink in raised cheers as sumptuous smells drift from the kitchen, awakening our senses. Joy and laughter drift up past boughs of holly, towards the twinkling lights above us, as we dance and feast and celebrate coming together as friends, old and new. Enjoy a night of deliciously cooked, seasonal food, ceilidh dancing, music and laughter around the fire.
£2 Entry Weekend, Cornwall Birds of Prey Centre, St Columb Major, Sat 15 – Sun 16 Dec
With everything from golden eagles to vultures, buzzards to snowy owls, if you haven’t visited Cornwall’s Bird’s of Prey Centre, I’d really recommend taking the kids for this special £2 entry weekend.