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What's on - January 2009

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

1 January - Bodmin and Wenford Railway Mince Pie Special.  Ride a steam train and enjoy a complimentary drink and mince pie.  Great for kids and grown-ups alike!  Bodmin Station from 11:00am

3 - 4 January - New Year's Resolution Walk .  Enjoy a guided informal walk around the Trelissick Estate to find out how 2008 was for the team and what's going to happen in 2009.  The restaurant will be serving healthy smoothies and low carb foods!  11:30am Trelissick Gardens, Feock.

5 January - 31 January - Eden Project January Tales.  Come and meet the Eden Team, discover what Eden's all about and what goes on behind the scenes: why we built it, how it's run and a few horticultural tricks of the trade.  The Ice Skating Rink is also there if you need to work off a few pounds after Christmas.

6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 29, 30 January - Tours of St Michael's Mount Castle.  Tours leave from the Island Cafe and are led by the knowledgeable and head Guide of Castle Steward.  The tours offer an interesting behind the scenes look at the castle.  Normal admission prices apply.  St Michael's Mount, Marazion.  11:00am and 2:00pm.

8 January - Cats Cradle.  The first stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel, performed by the miracle Theatre Company.  This classic satire on modern science explores serious themes through laughter.  7.30pm Roseland Community College, Tregony.  

9 January - Tango Tango.  Be transported to Buenos Aires with this passionate and intimate dance.  The melancholic voice of the bandoneon provides the authentic sound of the tango, and this show features some of the great tangos from the golden era.  7.30pm, Hall For Cornwall, Lemon Quay, Truro.

11 January - The Woodland in Winter, Trelissick Estate.  Learn to identify a variety of trees by their bark, habit and buds with a guided walk around the gardens at Trelissick, where flowers bloom throughout the winter.  Normal admission prices apply.  11:00am, Trelissick Gardens, Feock.

13 January - Cats Cradle.  The first stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel, performed by the miracle Theatre Company.  This classic satire on modern science explores serious themes through laughter.  7.30pm Veryan Parish Hall, Veryan

Saturday 17 January - Wassail on "Old Twelfth Night", Trelissick Estate.  Ensure a good harvest in the orchard at Trelissick through the tradition of Wassailing.  Help scare away any evil spirits with as much noise as possible and celebrate the apple trees in the Cornish orchard.  Bring a torch and some warm clothes!  6:30pm, Trelissick Estate, Feock.  

Saturday 17 January - Charity Burns' Night.  Enjoy a welcome drink, three-course dinner, wine, coffee, shortbread and a wee dram.  Join in the Ceildh dancing to "Silver and Gold".  Black Tie etc.  The Upper Deck Gallery, Kingsley Village, Fraddon, from 7:30pm.  All proceeds to Precious Lives.

Wednesday 28 January - Cornish Smugglers:  Brutal Thugs or Harmless Free Traders?   The traditional image of smugglers is of generous, jolly and harmless chums, but how accurate is this stereotype?  Were real-life smugglers actually more like today's Mafia or Triads? Find out more with Richard Platt at this entertaining talk followed by dinner.  6.30pm National Maritime Museum, Falmouth.  

Friday 30 January - The Commitments.  See the band live at the Hall For Cornwall hammer out their standards with the usual passion and aplomb.  7.30pm, Lemon Quay, Truro.