What's on in Cornwall

Events in December 2018

Godolphin Trust10

Date: 25 Mar to 23 Dec / Time: 8.30am - 11.30am

Godolphin Trust10, free 5 or 10K multi-terrain run on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Trust10 is a free way-marked trail run for all abilities to enjoy the Godolphin estate. It's free, it's fun, it's informal.

Godolphin Trust10 is two laps of 5K, so 5K runners and walkers are welcome too.

Registration is at 8.30am at the Godolphin Welcome Hut and the run starts at 9am. The Piggery will be open for teas, coffees, cake and socialising after the run from 10am. The route is only way-marked on Trust10 day, but you can check out the Godolphin Trust10 map from the website and give it a try any time.

This is a multi-terrain trail run, so we definitely recommend trail shoes for clambering over the hedges and negotiating the mud.

Please bring your own timing device if timing is important to you as this is an informal event and we don't provide timing. Marshalling is also limited, and the event relies on volunteers to make the magic happen.

We recommend this event for over 14 year olds to run the 10K, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the run.

For full guidance see the Trust10 FAQs, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/activecornwall

Dogs can join in on the lead, as long as you're happy that they'll be able to manage the hedges. Don't forget to bring your change for the car park (and for cake afterwards if you fancy it) or proof of National Trust membership to park for free.

We have an amazing team of Trust10 volunteers, but we're always looking for more help with marshalling, setting up the route, welcoming the runners and back marking.

If you would like to get involved please contact Email: GodolphinTrust10@nationaltrust.org.uk,
Tel: 07766 422 166

You can also become a National Trust fundraiser and raise money to look after this special place. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/activecornwall for information

26th August
23rd September
28th October
25th November
23rd December

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Highway Rat Activity Trail at Cardinham Woods

Date: 19 Oct to 31 Dec / Time: Daily (Cafe open 10am - 4.30pm)

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on Cardinham Wood's forest trails.

Follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story!

If you spot the Highway Rat or his wanted poster along the way, post a picture to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/forestry.commission.england/) and Instagram with #TheHighwayRat!

The Highway Rat © 2011 Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Trail Information

Follow the Lady Vale Walking Trail.

Buy your activity pack from the cafe for just £3.
(Cafe open 10am - 4.30pm)

Grade - Easy Access
Trail Length - 1.5 miles (2.5 km)


Passing Bells - A Hand Made Tribute

Date: 7 Nov to 31 Dec / Time: n/a


Last year the museum embarked on an ambitious project to collect 9,687 handmade poppies – one for each DCLI servicemen and all other Cornishmen killed during active service in the First World War.

The handmade poppies collected through the museum’s community project are to be used to create a special exhibition at Bodmin Keep, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War in November 2018.

The exhibition opens on the 7th November 2018.
Admission fee.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum
The Keep
PL31 1EG

Telephone: 01208 72810
Email: info@cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org

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Christmas Lights in Cornwall 2018

Date: 21 Nov to 5 Jan / Time: Daily

See the Christmas Lights in towns and villages across Cornwall. Visit the Christmas Lights in Cornwall link on this page for details of lights, late night shopping and more Christmas events. click here


Wonder Nights

Date: 29 Nov to 6 Jan / Time: Every evening during opening hours

For the first time ever – Mount Edgcumbe will be illuminating the historic formal gardens as part of an all-new after dark Christmas adventure.

Enter a wondrous world of sensational sights around every corner. Discover enchanting lands under the stars and glorious gardens illuminated with gleaming delight. Plus no end of festive merriment will ensure that Wonder Nights is one experience you really shouldn’t miss this festive season.

Discover eight themed realms starting with an explosive special effects start through the Door to Enchantia – a beautiful woodland glade where time doesn’t stand still. Then, venture beyond old wrought iron gates and see the beauty of the Earl’s Secret Garden electrified before your very eyes! A mirage of glowing plants and colourful towering trees will totally enhance the landscape.

Even the famous towering turrets of Mount Edgcumbe house will be open in a somewhat haunting overlay named Mystic Mansion. Venture by candlelight through beautifully crafted interiors and explore deeper into its core to marvel at the Great Hall.

Head inside to Sir Piers’ Bar and you’ll find Christmas cheer in abundance. Outside you’ll find a spectacular feast of wholesome winter fodder in feasting tents. Plus the Cafe and all the shopping emporiums around the Stables Courtyard will be open too.

Mount Edgcumbe House
PL10 1HZ

For further information: Tel 0371 789 2000


Trevena Cross Christmas Extravaganza

Date: 1 to 16 Dec / Time: 10am to 4pm

Trevena Cross is hosting the biggest, most magical charity funding raising Santa's Grotto in West Cornwall over the first three weekends of December.

1-2, 8-9, 15-16 December 2018

Grotto entry £6 per child, all proceeds to local charities, the Invictus Trust for Cornwall, Cornwall Air Ambulance, plus very local community causes.

The grotto will be accompanied by a 60 stall food & craft Christmas market, live music, festive entertainment, Christmas gift and tree shopping, and plenty of fun for the whole family!

Free parking and good disabled access. Core hours 10am-4pm.


High Street Angel Festival

Date: 2 to 16 Dec / Time: Please see below

Come and see the Angels and choose your Angel of the West, enjoy live festive music and refreshments.

Weekdays 3pm - 6pm
Weekends 11am - 4pm

Angel Carol Concert
Thursday 13th December

High Street Methodist Church
Corner of High Street and Taroveor Road
Penzance TR18 2AA


Miracle Theatre’s Aladdin

Date: 7 Dec to 5 Jan / Time: Please see link below

Following its past sell out productions, Miracle is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth with a new & not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all, Aladdin.

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.

The few guests who have been permitted to witness these rare soirées have spoken of being swept away by eccentric singing, exotic dancing, breath-taking magical effects and of being frequently moved to tears of laughter.

This year, as an act of seasonal charity, the family has decided to embrace the epithet of ‘great art for everyone’. Stopping short of actually allowing the general public to soil the carpets of their splendid house, 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.

People & friends of Cornwall… brace yourselves for all the fun of traditional panto and a whole lot more!

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth TR11 4AR

For more information
Miracle Theatre Website


The Santa Series

Date: 8 to 16 Dec / Time: See below for details

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Cornwall Hospice Care’s long established Santa Series that collectively attract more than a thousand Santa’s every year who run, walk and cycle in their jolly red suits.

Choose from 5 locations across Cornwall and register today

Your registration includes a free santa suit and medal so why not kick off Christmas with a cracker, whilst supporting your local adult hospices and all that we do for those with terminal illness across Cornwall.

Wadebridge 8th Dec 8k Cycle - Starting at Bridge Bike Hire PL27 7AL

Padstow 8th Dec 2k run - Starting at The Padstow Centre PL28 8LA

Truro 9th Dec 3k - Starting at Truro Methodist Church TR1 1EP

Falmouth 15th Dec 1.5k or 5k - Starting at Falmouth Methodist Church TR11 3PG

Helston 16th Dec 1.5k and 3k m- Starting at The Bowling Club TR13 8ER

Under 3 free
Children £7.50
Adults £13.50
Family £37.50

For more information and details of how to take part: Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Series

Email: fundraising@cornwallhospice.co.uk

Tel: 01726 66868 (option 3)


Rogue Theatre's Winter Wood 2018

Date: 8 to 30 Dec / Time: Please see below

Magic is in the air!

Step this way
Through the trees

Experience the wild magic of the woodland in midwinter.

There is a wood in the wildest part of Cornwall
Where the land meets the swirling sea
And here in the middle of winter
You will find old magic in the trees

All new stories

1pm, 4pm and 6.30pm performances available.

Tickets are now on sale. Book here

Don't delay as some performances have already sold out!

Rogue Theatre

(WOCA Award Winner for Best Theatre Show 2017)


Wadebridge Christmas Weekend

Date: 14 to 16 Dec / Time: Times to follow

Free parking at Co-op car park & lower levels
Egloshayle car park
Wadebridge library car park

From 4pm, Friday 14 December
All Day, Saturday 15 December
All Day, Sunday 16 December

Events at the Town Hall, Cricket Club and on Jubilee Field.

Late night shopping

Provisional activities include:-

Craft Stalls in the town Hall and Molesworth Street and Piazza

The Bungee Rope will be back again and possibly the carousel.

Free Santa's Grotto Face Painting

Pirate FM.


Redruth Christmas Market

Date: 14 to 15 Dec / Time: Please see below

Friday 14th December - 3pm till 7pm

Saturday 15th December - 10am till 2pm

In Market Strand and Market Hall

Pop along to stock up on lovely handmade goodies for Christmas presents or just a treat for yourself.

Then why not explore the hidden gems of Redruth from the bottom of Fore Street to the top, then visit Alma Place and Green Lane but don’t forget the lovely shops in Bond Street, Chapel Street, Penryn Street and Falmouth Road.


Penzance Festive Market

Date: 15 Dec / Time: 11am - 5.30pm

Festive market.


Humphry Davy Birthday Lantern Parade

Date: 15 Dec / Time: 5pm - 8pm

The parade begins at Causewayhead and proceeds to Humphrey Davy Statue which will be illuminated, then continues down Chapel Street to the Methodist Chapel for mince pies and drinks provided by The Turks Head.

Penzance, Cornwall


Christmas Craft Fayre in aid of St Francis Home for Animals

Date: 15 Dec / Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink for sale to raise money for St Francis.

Free entry and well behaved dogs welcome!

Crantock Village Hall
Halwyn Road
Tr8 5rx

Tel: 07912443550

Email: m.richards@penmellyn.co.uk

In aid of St Francis Home for Animals (registered charity 205823)


Halwin School Christmas Fayre

Date: 15 Dec / Time: 10am - 12pm

Christmas Fayre includes Santa’s Grotto, turkey, stuffing and cranberry rolls, Teas and Coffees, Cakes, Raffle, Tombola stalls, face painting and Tattoos.

TR13 0EG

Tel: 07866674400
Email: neetystreety@gmail.com

In aid of Friends of Halwin (registered charity 1085482)


St Andrew's Carol Concert

Date: 16 Dec / Time: 6pm - 7pm

Candle-lit carol concert with Redruth Town Band.

Minced pies and mulled wine afterwards.

St Andrew's Church
Clinton Rd
TR15 2FJ


Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Date: 17 Dec / Time: 7pm

Landewednack Church
Church Cove Rd
TR12 7PH


'Sounds of Christmas'

Date: 20 Dec / Time: Doors open at 7pm

Join us, 'The Suitcase Singers' in a festive charity concert in the stunning and magical St Laudus Church, Mabe Burnthouse. TR10 9JG.

An evening of festive songs from around the world, and you the audience will have the chance to participate as well. Concert starts at 7.30pm

There will be a retiring collection for our two chosen charities, Shelter Box and St. Petroc's, thank you.

Limited parking, so car share or drop off is a good plan of action.

Free Entry.


Montol Festival

Date: 21 Dec / Time: Please see below

Penzance hosts a midwinter festival, the Montol Festival, a programme of events to mark the winter solstice including the 'Rivers of Fire Lantern Parade', cultural events, workshops and a market.

Montol is the Cornish word for the Midwinter Solstice according to Edward Lhuyd in his 1700 MSS Vocabulary. See the Montol Festival website for details of the events.

The team behind Montol would love as many people as possible to dress up in mock formal and masks and partake in this annual event.

There will be street entertainers and market stalls from 12 Noon.

The evening proceedings will begin at 4pm with The Guise and Children’s Sundown Procession which will start at the top of Causewayhead and end on Chapel Street. This year’s ‘Lord of Misrule’ will then be chosen, followed by the 6pm procession leaving from Chapel Street to the burn the sun effigy at The Princess May Recreation Ground.

Between 7pm and 8pm the Guise Guilds will choose their Masters and will roam establishments with different themed performances (information on how to join the guilds can be found on; https://www.facebook.com/montolfestival )

Meeting outside Lloyds Bank at 10 pm, the procession will then continue down to The Barbican area picking up Guise Beasts along the way and culminating with a winding serpent dance to The Admiral Benbow where the Lord of Misrule’s Reception will be held.


Carols 'Round the Christmas Tree

Date: 24 Dec / Time: 7pm

Carols 'Round the Christmas Tree is Chacewater’s traditional get together to celebrate and [if they’ve been good!] a chance to meet Father Christmas bringing treats for the children.

The Big Tree
Chacewater Car Park


Regular Events in December 2018

Penzance Salsa
Wednesdays 8pm - 11pm

Salsa Penzance at The Royal British Legion, Bread Street, Penzance TR18 2EQ every Wednesday. Entry £5.
Beginners 8pm
Improvers 9pm
Freestyle 10pm - 11pm

For more information:
Email: martinwebster1959@gmail.com


Truro Green Walks

Monthly Green Walk

Third Sunday of every month from 2-4pm

Meet in front of Truro Cathedral (High Cross side)

Open to all – dogs included!

Email: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com

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Porthcurnick Community Beach Cleans
10am - 11am

Suitable for all ages. Children welcome with accompanying adults.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Meet at Porthcurnick Beach, near Portscatho. SW879360

Please wear robust outdoor clothing and stout shoes.

Accessibility is limited with soft sand and shingle.

No booking required. Just turn up. First Monday of the month 10am - 11am

For more information: Emma Shepherd
Email: emma.shepherd@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Roseland Community Beach Cleans at Pendower
2pm - 3.30pm

Meet in the afternoon on the first Monday of each month - 2pm - 3.30pm

Gloves, bags and litter-pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so.

Suitable for all ages. Child with accompanying adults.
Dogs on leads are welcome.

Meet at Pendower Beach, near Veryan. SW899 382

Please wear robust outdoor clothing and stout shoes.

Accesibility is limited with soft sand and shingle.

No booking required. Just turn up.

For more information: Emma Shepherd
Email: emma.shepherd@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Cornish Language Classes around Cornwall 2018/19
See individual groups for details

Find a Cornish Language Course in your area of Cornwall.
Click here for a list of
Cornish classes around Cornwall

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