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What's on - December 2008

Irrespective of the season, there's always something going on in Cornwall.  We've set out below some ideas for great days out. There's also a very useful publication called Inside Cornwall that provides much more information and can be purchased in almost all newsagents in the County.  Two other good sources of information are King Harry's Cornwall and the Visit Cornwall websites.


Great days out

December - February - Ice Skating at Eden.  The ice skating ring at The Eden Project opens in early December.  The full festive wonderland festival runs from 28 November 2008 - 4 January 2008, complete with a Christmas market, choirs, an alternative Father Christmas, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.  

3 December - Christmas Delights Master Class.  A cookery masterclass at Archie Browns restaurant.  They'll teach you to make anything from stollen and biscotti to chocolate truffles.  There's also great ideas for home made christmas presents.  Archie Browns, 106 Kenwyn Street, Truro from 4pm - 01872 278622.

4 - 7 December - Padstow Christmas Festival. With late night shopping, a traditional market, carols, music and entertainment, this is an ideal venue for visitors and locals alike.  The Harbourside, Padstow.

6 December - Fifteen Cornwall Christmas Farmers Market.  A bustling market hosted by Fifteen Cornwall with more than 30 stalls selling a variety of local goods.  Fifteen's Executive Chef and apprentices do cookery demonstrations and share useful tips.  Extreme Academy Car Park, Watergate Bay,  Newquay from 9/30am.  

6 - 7 December - Fowey Christmas Market.  More than 80 stalls selling food, drink and crafts plus seasonal entertainment.  The Quayside, Fowey from 10:00am.

7 December - Tree Dressing Day .  Make your own decorations from natural and recycled materials and help dress the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's tree.  Five Acres Nature Reserve Allet, Truro 11:oo am and 1:30pm.

8 December - Heligan Christmas Shopping.  Lobb's Farm Shop and the Heligan Garden Team have got together to sell home-produced food and gifts.  A selection of refreshments are to be served beside the fire.  There's also a lantern-lit tour of the gardens with local choirs in attendance.  Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell from 5:30pm.

8 December - Daphne du Maurier Lecture Lunch.  A two-course lunch followed by a talk about Daphne du Maurier by Ella Westland.  Trelissick Estate, Feock.  12:30pm, booking essential.

9 December - Truro Cathedral Christmas Carol Concert. A carol concert hosted by Jonathan Delbridge.  Featuring a Cornish male voice choir, brass band and participation from BBC Radio Cornwall staff.  Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Street, Truro from 7:30pm.

13 - 14 December and 20 - 21 December - Christmas at Trelissick.  A traditional Christmas atmosphere, with a working blacksmith, live nativity, carol singing, roasting chestnuts and Father Christmas.  Trelissick Estate, Feock, from 11:00am.  

23 December - Festival of Nine Lessos and Carols.  Music and readings to celebrate Christmas.  Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Street,  Truro from 7pm.