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9 Things To Do This Week, Jan 5-11

Think Cornwall gets a bit quiet in January? Think again. From live music and theatre to park runs and film tours – here’s your Muddy Guide to the week ahead.
the-eagle-huntress-newlynfilmhouseThe Eagle Huntress, Newlyn Filmhouse, Wed 4 Jan-Wed 11 Jan

If you’re into space epics you may already be promised to Star Wars or Passengers this week but as an alternative, may I steer you towards our favourite Cornish filmhouse and Otto Bell’s documentary, The Eagle Huntress. The Mongolian tale follows thirteen-year-old Aisholpan, as she learns the family trade, becoming the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations. Inspiring stuff and breathtaking cinematography!


Woodburner Session with Adam Parfitt, Lusty Glaze, Fri 6 Jan

One of the best places to catch live music in Cornwall, Lusty Glaze is hosting its popular (and free) woodburner sessions every Friday this winter. On Jan 6, it’s the turn of local favourite Adam Parfitt, a professional musician and session guitarist who has shared a stage with Jack Johnson, Jose Gonzalez and Ben Howard, to name a few. Expect a mix of contemporary and classic pop/rock, including tunes from The Beatles, Mumford and Sons, Led Zeppelin the Killers and more.


Cornwall Park Runs, Lanhydrock, Penrose & Trelissick, every Sat

If running and getting outdoors more are on your New Year’s agenda, why not check out Cornwall’s beautiful Park Runs? If the craze has passed you by, Park Runs are organised and timed (but free) 5k runs, taking place in parks across the UK. In Cornwall, you can join one of three Park Runs on Saturday mornings at 9am, at National Trust estates, Lanhydrock, Trelissick and Penrose. Running in a group is great motivation and all abilities are welcomed (as are volunteers to help organise these weekly events). And if you want to stride out this Sunday too (keen!), local organisation Freedom Racing is hosting their first race of the year at Clowance Woods, a historic estate in Praze an Beeble, not normally open to Jo public. The four-mile race starts at 11am and costs £14 to enter.


Degol Stul, Festival of Cornish Music and Dance, Heartlands, Sat 7 Jan

If taking all the Christmas decs down has you feeling blue, you need a day out! Join the festivities at Degol Stul – a special celebration of Cornish Celtic music and dance to mark Twelfth Night. Held at Heartlands, there will be live music, from acts including fiddle duo Salt & Sky (pictured) and workshops all day, with a Nos Lowen dance night following at 19.00. Entry is £12 (plus £4 for two workshops), £10 for Nos Lowen. Food is available at the Red River Café and kids can blow off steam at the brilliant adventure playground.


Sunday Fundays at the Carnmarth Hotel, every Sunday in January

Do you have children? Do you enjoy Sunday roast? This one’s for you! The lovely folk at Newquay’s Carnmarth Hotel will entertain and feed your children absolutely free every Sunday until April. For the second year running the hotel is running free kids’ parties on Sundays from 12pm. Hosted in the indoor marquee, there’s a DJ, entertainment and games to keep kids busy and help them work up an appetite. Then you can all retire to the C-View Bar & Restaurant to re-fuel and enjoy the amazing views over Fistral Beach. Delicious roasts, made with quality local produce, cost £11.95 and one child eats free with every adult meal.


The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Memorial Hall

Even better known in our house than The Night Before Christmas, the tale of The Mousehole Cat is a Cornish classic every child should read. And this year, they can watch it too. If you haven’t been to see the production at The Solomon Browne Memorial Hall in Mousehole yet, it runs until Sat 7 Jan, so there’s still time. Actors and puppets are joined by local guitarist Scott Fleming to tell the story of a brave local fisherman and his loyal cat Mowzer, who save the village from famine. Proper cockle-warming stuff!


Warren Miller Ski Film Tour, Hall For Cornwall, Mon 9 Jan

An evening of pure escapism for ski fans at Truro’s Hall for Cornwall. Snowsports film pioneer Warren Miller’s latest cinematic journey, Here There and Everywhere, follows some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders as they sweep across the expanses of Alaska, Montana’s Glacier Country, Deer Valley, Greenland, Switzerland and more in the pursuit of the perfect turns. The perfect inspiration for your own winter adventures. Shoop, shoop, shoop!

Book tickets (from £14)


The Simon & Garfunkel Story 50th Anniversary Tour, Hall for Cornwall, Tues 10 Jan

The critically acclaimed, concert-style tribute show is back for 2017. Enjoy familiar hits from the world’s most successful music duo for one night only (in Cornwall anyway). The Simon and Garfunkel Story has now been seen by over ¼ million people worldwide and is described by The Stage as ‘authentic and exciting’. Using huge video projections, original film footage and a full live band, this moving show includes classics such as Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Boxer.

Book tickets (£16-£24)


An Evening with a Masterchef, Gylly Beach Café, Wed 11 Jan

Unlike many Cornish eateries that go a bit quiet in January, the award-winning Gylly Beach Café is open all year round and has a special evening planned this week. Head Chef Dale McIntosh (formerly of The Merchants Manor and The Pandora Inn) is offering diners the chance to try out some of the dishes he created for Monica and Marcus on the latest series of Masterchef: The Professionals. The 4-course menu will set you back £35 per head and includes bubbles on arrival, ceviche, venison, fish butty and Dale’s mouthwatering chocolate fondant. Call to book… 01326 312884

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