THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CITY & RURAL DISTRICT
SUMMER FUN FOR ALL Food & Drink EVENTS
Top notch tipples, relaxed fine dining and a warm Cornish welcome. Celebrate summer the Alverton way.
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Welcome to summer in Truro
In this issue you’ll find ideas for keeping the kids entertained in the holidays, suggestions for how to enjoy great outdoors in and around the city and some top tips for a summer’s day in Truro. For foodies we have plenty of recommendations for the best places to eat and drink including where to grab lunch on the go, the best restaurants for evening eating and where to watch the sun setting whilst enjoying a drink in the city. A visit to Truro isn’t complete without a little retail therapy. Our bustling high street and independent stores have plenty to choose from. We’ve selected some of our favourite clothes and accessories for the season along with some suggestions of where to purchase souvenirs to take home. Plan your summer activities with our events guide, from live music to family fun – there’s something for everyone.
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2 T HE GREAT OUTDOORS Enjoy our parks and gardens
42 SUPER SAVER MONDAYS Weekly treats in Truro
9 S UMMER FUN Fun come rain or shine
46 SUMMER DRINKING Alfresco refreshment
13 TRURO’S FOOD FESTIVAl A celebration of Cornish food
48 GREAT CORNISH FOOD Truro’s dedicated Cornish food store
15 CRAB SANDWICHES, PASTIES & CREAM TEAS The three Cornish favourites
51 TOUR DE TRURO Walking tours around the city
18 SUMMER FASHION Boldly go - fashion favourites
52 T HE CORNISH CONNECTION Do you have Cornish ancestors?
21 ONE SUMMER’S DAY A dazzling day out
54 C ORNWALL’S CATHEDRAL Visit the cathedral this summer
24 R OYAL CORNWALL MUSEUM Fun for all at the museum
57 O UTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS Outdoor fitness around Truro
26 L UNCH ON THE GO Grab a take-away lunch
58 S OUVENIRS Take home a piece of Cornwall
30 EVENING EATING Where to dine around the city
60 TAKE TO THE WATER Enjoy Truro by boat
32 S UMMER EVENTS What’s on this summer
64 T RAVEL INFORMATION Getting to Truro
Falmouth University graduate Sophie Melissa created our summer cover illustration.
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The Great Outdoors Get out and enjoy Truro’s parks and gardens this summer
uring the summer months Truro transforms into a blaze of colour, the city streets and parks illuminated with award-winning floral displays and hanging baskets. It’s the perfect time to get out and explore the greener parts of the city, strolling the gardens, taking the kids to the park to let off steam or packing a picnic to enjoy lunch alfresco, with birdsong as an accompaniment. Let kids run free in one of the many outdoor spaces on offer in Truro. The large open green spaces of Boscawen Park are ideal for cycling, scooters and games. There is a maritime-themed natural play area for the little ones whilst sporty offspring will revel in the football and cricket pitches as well as the tennis courts. While there, don’t forget to visit the duck pond near Trennick Mill. Slightly closer by, Victoria Gardens is a treat for smaller kids and office lunch breaks. Besides the swings and slides at Hendra Play Area, there’s a programme of children’s entertainment throughout the summer,
including bouncy castles, magicians and more and plenty of lawn for picnics. Those seeking tranquility can roam about at Daubuz Moor, an 18-acre wildlife area, just off Moresk Road. The city’s Parks and Amenities Department has assisted in the set up of a Friends of Daubuz Moor group, which improves and enhances the area for wildlife, including developing new nature trails, habitats, events and workshops. Tucked next to Truro’s iconic cathedral, Cathedral Green is the perfect place for some lunchtime contemplation whilst Furniss Island, a community green space surrounded by trees and foliage, is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle without leaving the city. For those willing to jump in the car, the large area of mixed woodland at Idless Wood is a must. It’s a favourite stomping ground for dog-walkers whilst the large tracks and off-piste paths, which trail through towering trees and past a middle age fort, draw cyclists and walkers alike. 3
Q&A with Head Gardener – Liam Shoesmith
Head Gardener, Liam Shoesmith has been working at Truro City Council for 13 years. He enjoys working with other like-minded colleagues, who take pride in the area they live and work, along with local communities to support residents. Q: What makes Truro unique? Truro is unique in its diversity. There are three rivers running down into an estuary. We have woodland and open park areas. There are the beginnings of a salt marsh and, along with many garden areas, we have an extensive wildlife population. The gardens must be mentioned too – they are as diverse as our wildlife and this is one of the reasons we have so much wildlife. The bedding displays, pond and shrub gardens all add to Truro’s beauty and appeal. Q: What can visitors expect when they come to Truro? Visitors can expect to find an interesting, historic and colourful city with a friendly community. The bedding is always the first thing people notice in Truro but there is so much more. We have peaceful garden areas throughout the city as well as unique places to shop and relax – it really is a city with the feel of the countryside.
Q: What can you tell us about ‘Wild Truro’? ‘Wild Truro’ is working on creating a habitat within the city for wildlife. We’re all aware of the loss of important wildlife and ‘Wild Truro’ aims to demonstrate how easy it is for everyone to help this situation. Through some simple thought into our parks and home gardens, we can make a massive difference. Gardening with wildlife in mind also teaches good horticultural practice. Q: What’s your favourite thing about Truro in the summer? During the summer one of my favourite times is early in the morning. There is a real peace walking through Boscawen Park before the rush of the day. In addition, walking through Daubuz Moor on a summer’s evening whilst listening to the chirp of the crickets helps anyone to de-stress. Sometimes we forget to enjoy the simple things in life but if you just stop for a moment you’ll always find somewhere to relax in Truro.
Truro's Bandstand Concerts
What could be better on a sunny Sunday afternoon than listening to Cornish town bands in the relaxing Victoria Garden? 2 JUNE
City of Truro Wind Orchestra
Camborne Town Band 11 AUGUST
St Stythians Band
City of Truro Male Choir
Newquay Town Band
Redruth Town Band
Truro City Band
Wadebridge Town Band
West Cornwall Concert Band 7 JULY
Bugle Silver Band 14 JULY
Mount Charles Concert Band 21 JULY
St Erth Concert Band 28 JULY
Lanner and District Silver Band
SAT 31 AUGUST
Hamble Area Youth Band 1 SEPTEMBER
Bodmin Youth Band 8 SEPTEMBER
Lostwithiel Town Band Sunday afternoon concerts take place in the Bandstand from 2.30-4.30pm visittruro.org.uk 7
COME RAIN OR SHINE The Cornish weather might be hard to predict but a visit to Truro is guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained this summer. Keep young minds and bodies active with our checklist of fun-filled things to do around the city and local area.
Rainy day UNCOVER THEIR CREATIVE SIDE AT TRURO ARTS COMPANY WORKSHOP Offering holiday workshops throughout the summer, budding artists can learn how to sculpt, print, paint and more. Adults can join in the fun too and there’s a shop packed with art materials for any creative projects. For a list of upcoming workshops visit truroartscompany.co.uk
BE BOWLED OVER With eight lanes, a games arcade and a restaurant, Truro Bowl can keep the whole family amused for hours.
STEP BACK IN TIME AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL MUSEUM A whole host of activities, workshops, and exhibitions take place at RCM throughout the summer. Entry is free for children and activities include explorer backpacks, interactive exhibitions and special workshops. Check out the natural history discovery centre, build a Greek temple, play the Ancientopoly board game, and have a go in the mummy factory. royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
READY PLAYER ONE? Fancy driving a race car, cracking an Escape truro-bowl.co.uk Room or shooting some EYES ON THE BIG zombies? Visit Truro’s SCREEN AT THE newest virtual reality PLAZA CINEMA attraction on Charles Popcorn and the latest Street for rainy day fun. movies – who doesn’t Choose from a variety love a trip to the cinema?! games suitable for ages 6+ and all tastes. Play Find out what’s on at individually or as a group. wtwcinemas.co.uk/ trurothe-plaza-cinema
GET LOST IN A LITERARY WONDERLAND AT TRURO LIBRARY Head to Union Place and trawl the shelves, jam packed with fascinating reads. Be it action-adventure or fairy tale, science, crafts or dinosaurs, pique their interest and spark their imagination.
TOUR THE CATHEDRAL Free to enter, Truro Cathedral offers a range of interactive children’s trails, spotter guides and messy tables with craft activities during the school holidays. Wrap up your visit with a tempting treat at the Cathedral Restaurant or book in for a Sunday carvery.
TAKE A TRIP TO THE SHELTERBOX VISITOR CENTRE Find out what it takes to respond to disasters around the world. Explore their exhibition about the world’s biggest storms, discover the science behind storms and try packing one of their iconic green ShelterBoxes.
FIND YOUR TRIBE! With a focus on parental and child wellbeing, Truro’s new Tribe Café offers a family-friendly hub where little ones can explore and play whilst the adults chat among friends. Join one of the holistic workshops, browse their wide range of hand picked child friendly products or simply sit back and relax. joinourtribe.co.uk 10
TRY OUT THE TOYS AT THE ENTERTAINER The UK’s largest independent toy retailer on Boscawen Street has a huge range of action figures and dolls, Lego, dolls, games, cars, electronics, and outdoor toys. thetoyshop.com
National Trust and photographer Hilary Daniel
Fresh air fun
EXPLORE TRELISSICK This beautiful garden has plenty of opportunities for family adventuring, from climbing trees, to searching for wildlife and woodland walks. Take part in the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11.’ Events throughout the summer holidays. Find out more at nationaltrust.org.uk/ trelissick-garden/whats-on
ON YOUR BIKE! Explore the wider area on two wheels. Hire a bike and cycle the Mineral Tramways coast-to-coast track running from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the south coast. For another adventure, take a short trip on the King Harry Ferry running between Feock and Philleigh. It’s one of only five chain ferries in England. GET AFLOAT Take to the water and cruise along the gorgeous Fal River on an Enterprise boat from Truro to Falmouth or St Mawes, calling at Trelissick. A dedicated Area of Outstanding Beauty, these routes takes you past maritime locations, historic houses and landmarks. You’ll also cross the third deepest natural harbour in the world when you reach Falmouth with its bustling docks overlooked by two Tudor castles. Runs from the end of March to October. Dogs are welcome on leads.
GO ON A TREASURE HUNT Purchase a Treasure Trail from Visit Truro Tourist Information and explore the city on a self-guided themed walk. An easyto-follow route will encourage you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the city’s sights along the way. SWING, SLIDE AND SKATE Hendra Play Area is under the viaduct within easy reach of Victoria Gardens. Adjoining it is the skate park, rated among the best in the south-west, attracting amateur and pro skaters of all ages from far and wide. During August there will be clowns, Punch and Judy, magicians and more, with a different free show every day of the week. visittruro.org.uk/thingsdo/hendra-skate-park
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TRUROâ€™S FOOD FESTIVAL A new Food Festival is coming to Truro this year. Taking place on 27th-29th September, this celebration of Cornish food and drink will be centred on Lemon Quay with pop-up events and activities taking place across the city. Daytime events will include chef demonstrations, gourmet street food stalls, a local produce market and live entertainment. During the evening, visitors can expect a beer and cider festival and live music.
The Truro Food Festival will officially be opened with a charity benefit gig with all profits donated to the Trussell Trust, a charity that aims to end hunger and poverty in the UK. This new Food Festival is a great opportunity for local suppliers and businesses to work togher to provide an exciting event for our visitors and residents to enjoy, adding another reason to visit Our Great Little City.
Lemon Quay, 27th-29th September 2019 trurofoodfestival.com 13
CHARLOTTEâ€™S TEA HOUSE
CRAB SANDWICHES, PASTIES & CREAM TEAS Cornwall is renowned for its fantastic local food scene and whether it's just one of Cornwall's divine trinity you're hungering for or all three (and who could blame you), it pays to know where the locals go. Take a gastronomic tour of Truroâ€™s top ten purveyors.
DUKE STREET SANDWICH DELI Duke Street
or grab and eat freshly made food head to Duke Street Deli. Build your own salad box, indulge in a hearty jacket potato or sit and enjoy a coffee in their outdoor seating area. Take your pick from an array of freshly prepared sandwiches, including Duke Streetâ€™s crab sandwich complete with Marie Rose sauce, mango salsa and crisp iceberg lettuce, on granary bread. 15
ARTS CAFE River Street
djacent to the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Arts Company, the spacious Arts Café serves tasty breakfasts, lunches and cakes. Treat yourself to a cream tea with scones baked each morning, Boddington’s Berries strawberry conserve and Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream. The cafe also serves white crab sandwiches, with creme fraiche, dill and lemon.
THE CORNISH FOOD BOX CAFE Walsingham Place
TRURO CATHEDRAL COFFEE SHOP AND RESTAURANT High Cross
et on one of Truro’s most historic streets, The Caff is a top spot for Cornish Food and drink. Housed in a former maltings, coffin store, boxing club and socialist meeting room, this quirky cafe offers Ann’s Pasties, handmade on the Lizard, as well as crab sandwiches served with mixed salad, apple slaw and crisps, and sweet and savoury melt-in-the-mouth scones. Head down to the shop afterwards and peruse the varied local offerings.
o enjoy a Cornish cream tea in inspirational surroundings, head to the coffee shop and restaurant in Truro Cathedral’s Chapter House, where the service includes two scrumptious scones (fruit or plain), Rodda's Cornish clotted cream and locally-produced strawberry jam with a pot of tea.
Cornwall has some of the best suppliers and produce in the world and you can get a taste for it, right here in Truro.
THE CORNISH VEGAN Kenwyn Street
he Cornish Vegan is the home of wholesome home-style plant-based vegan food, aiming to excite both vegans and non-vegans alike. Indulge in their delicious cream tea, which includes two scones, a choice of strawberry or raspberry jam, ‘clotted cream’, plus a pot of tea. All ingredients are local, seasonal, organic and ethically-sourced where possible.
CHARLOTTE’S TEAHOUSE Coinage Hall, Boscawen Street
or those with a hankering for great British baked goods served with a pot of tea then Charlotte’s Teahouse is a must. Located in Truro’s notable Coinage Hall, Charlotte’s is a Victorian tearoom offering freshly baked cakes, high teas and of course a traditional Cornish cream tea. It's all served on vintage china and in authentically genteel surroundings, with a sweeping view down Boscawen Street.
ROWE’S CORNISH BAKERS Truro Piazza and Victoria Square
othing beats the traditional pasty but if you need something that pushes the (pastry) envelope, try Rowe’s. The southwest chain opened in Falmouth nearly 70 years ago and its chefs are always on the lookout for fresh and original twists on the old favourites. The bite-size pasties are a satisfying mouthful whilst the Reggae Reggae pasty provides a taste of Cornwall with a kick.
BOLD & BEAUTIFUL KIT OUT THE WHOLE FAMILY IN THIS SEASON’S BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Liga Zebra children’s T-shirt £17.50 The Clementine, Old Bridge Street
Floral Children’s Dress £37.00 Lizzie Shirt Guild of Ten, Old Bridge Street
Gant All Over Floral Piqué Rugger £85.00 Gant Regular Sunbleached Shorts £80.00 Gant ‘Frank’ slip-on sneakers £55.00 Trevails, River Street
Small leather Tote Bag £39.00 Uneeka, Boscawen Street
Cheerful Peacock Flip Flops £28.00 Busby & Fox Prince’s Street
Native Youth Geo Flora Cami Suit £45.00 Illustrated Living, Lemon Street Market
Jellyfish Brooch £70.00 Busby & Fox, Prince’s Street
Church Fields Sandal £45 Seasalt, Duke Street
Savannah Beaded Earrings £25.00 Busby & Fox Prince’s Street
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Summer’s DAY IN TRURO
You won’t find a British city further south than Truro. And you won’t find one better set up for the summer months, either. Start here to plan a dazzling day out in our great little city.
rom the pedestrian-friendly, cafe-cultured city centre to its riverside walks and award-winning, picnic-perfect gardens and parks, there’s no end of good reasons to spend a summer’s day in Truro. When the heat is on, you can enjoy shopping without dropping. Truro’s compact historic centre is perfect for a leisurely browse of top-name brands and fresh, independent outlets waiting to be discovered. Explore the summer collections at stores like The White Company, Jack Wills, Joules, Seasalt, JoJo Maman Bebe, White Stuff, Monsoon, Superdry, M&S and Debenhams, or seek out something unique at Bishop Phillpott, The Vor Store, Busby 21
the Truro River are also great fun (for grown-ups!). When the sun’s out, there’s no better way of whiling away and Fox or vintage specialists an hour or two than in one Tootsie & Tiger. On Wednesdays of the city’s award-winning and Saturdays, there’s the treat parks and gardens. In 2018, of the Truro Farmers’ Market on Truro was crowned ‘Champion Lemon Quay, a feast of fresh fare of Champions’ in the Royal from around the county: breads, Horticultural Society’s annual cheeses, chocolate, cakes, flowers, Britain in Bloom community plants and preserves, as well as the gardening competition and finest fish and meat to sling on the summer sees the city’s green barbecue. Enjoy a delicious morsel spaces ablaze with colour. as you meander around the stalls, Take your pick from the take a pew in the piazza or settle formal landscapes and Sunday at one of the city’s cafes; in the bandstand entertainment of summer months, there are eateries Victoria Gardens and Boscawen around every corner offering Park, with its open spaces and outdoor seating, where you can shipwreck-themed play area. kick back and order a coffee, a There’s also free children’s sandwich or something sweeter. entertainment every afternoon Summer is the time to book a in August, except Sundays, from place on a walking tour of the city 2pm at Hendra Play Area. and see the sights in the company Too much to do in one day? of an expert guide. Learn about Then make a weekend or week the locally-born historical and of it. Book in at one of Truro’s portrait painter, John Opie (aka the stylish city-centre hotels, a ‘Cornish Wonder’), and the city’s family-run B&B or a self-catering links with the Titanic, explorers cottage. Or get into the summer and famous entertainers. Tours are spirit and pitch up at one of the free for children and leave from outstanding rural campsites for Visit Truro Tourist Information caravans, motor caravans and tents every Wednesday throughout the that ring Truro and offer a great summer at 11am. The daily tours of base for exploring the city and its Skinner’s Brewery on the banks of surrounding district. 22
TOP 10 Summer
Here are our top ten tips to discover our Great Little City. 1. ATTEND A CONCERT OR SERVICE AT TRURO CATHEDRAL 2. DISCOVER HISTORY AND HERITAGE AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL MUSEUM 3. HEAD TO BOSCAWEN PARK AND TAKE A STROLL BY THE RIVER 4. ENJOY A PICNIC IN ONE OF TRUROâ€™S AWARD-WINNING PARKS AND GARDENS 5. BE INSPIRED AT THE SHELTERBOX VISITOR CENTRE 6. BROWSE INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUES AND MARKETS 7. DISCOVER THE CITY FROM THE WATER WITH ENTERPRISE BOATS 8. SIP ON A COCKTAIL OR LOCAL CRAFT BEER 9. EXPLORE THE COBBLED STREETS WITH A WALKING TOUR 10. TUCK INTO A TRADITIONAL CORNISH CREAM TEA
THE ROYAL CORNWALL MUSEUM T he Royal Cornwall Museum, located in the heart of Truro, aims to use its unique collections to provide a welcoming, dynamic and lively cultural hub which inspires people to explore, learn about and enjoy Cornish heritage and its links to the world. If you have a passion for history, the museum is the place to be this summer, with plenty of opportunities to delve into its collection of treasures. The perfect day out for children and their parents, entry is free for under 16s with numerous
hands-on activities to partake in, most of which are free! As well as a variety of family friendly activities, there are a number of thought-provoking and fascinating exhibitions and events hosted at The Royal Cornwall Museum. The Royal Institution of Cornwall lecture series is a high quality events programme, featuring world-renowned speakers, showcasing academic excellence. Visit the website for a full list of whatâ€™s on this summer and how to book tickets.
Located on River Street, the museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4.45pm royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk 01872 272205
Finds Liaison Officer for CornwallAnna Tyacke
MUSEUM CLUB Learn Mummification with our Dummy Mummy FREE – WEEKLY SESSIONS Mummification sessions throughout the day. To book a place on this 45 minute activity please email enquiries@ royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
Hands on History Hub FREE – DAILY SESSIONS Handle historic objects during these sessions and get your hands on some real history.
Messy Mondays FREE - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ON MONDAYS For children aged 5 years and older, let the museum displays inspire your children to get creative.
Anna Tyacke will be speaking about new finds from Cornwall, to co-incide with the 2019 Festival of Archaeology. JUNE
Algorithmic Art- Tariq Rashid Algorithmic art, art forms where the significant element of its design is created by mathematics or data, is growing in prominence and popularity. This introductory overview will cover some of the recent art forms, demonstrating how mathematics can be unexpectedly beautiful as well as reflecting on our increasingly digital age.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm £5
Look up at the stars! Manga Drawing Workshop To celebrate our exhibition about Cornish astronomer John Couch Adams, we’re holding manga drawing workshops with artist and writer Keith Sparrow. Unleash your imagination and help us create a gallery of interstellar creatures and characters! Suitable for all ages with materials supplied.
LGBTQ Stories at the Museum- Dan Vo Dan Vo founded the awardwinning volunteer-led LGBTQ Tours at V&A, London and developed Bridging Binaries for University of Cambridge Museums. He works with museums and galleries to shine a light on objects which explore gender and sexual identities through a queer lens.
Western Rising of 1549 – the so-called ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’ Prof Mark Stoyle Professor Mark Stoyle is a Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton. He specialises in exploring the cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700. 25
LUNCH ON THE GO Your Non-Stop Guide to Grab and Go in Truro
If you’re in a hurry for a bite to eat and keen to try alternatives to the usual bakeries, fish-and-chip shops and sandwich chains then you’re in luck. Truro has more than its share of independent cafes and delis, each dishing up freshly made grab-and-go options.
GRAB AND GO Many go to Grounded on New Bridge Street for its Olfactory coffee and DeBara bakery bread, but its tasty lunches are a big draw too. Try a toasted ciabatta sandwich, stew, pie or selection of scotch eggs for the ultimate lunchtime treat. The small but perfectly formed Blend 71 on Lemon Street, nestled next to the Plaza Cinema, is a sandwich hotspot. Get stuck into a doorstop wedge with pulled pork, roast chicken or jerk ham hock, or a smoked bacon or pork sausage ciabatta. Top a salad box with a meat of your choice or dunk a chunk of bread into some piping hot soup. Town and Country Kitchen is a little independent coffee shop
located behind the cathedral. They serve freshly made sandwiches as well as healthy treats including vegan, raw and gluten free options. They also make a fantastic Flat White! Set on bustling River Street, Emily’s specializes in stunning salads and tortilla dishes making it always worth a look-in if you need something healthy in a hurry. Many of their recipes have been developed by Masterchef quarterfinalist (and friend of the café), Kate Attlee. For that sugar hit, grab a gluten-free brownie, flapjack or banana muffin with your freshly brewed coffee. Plus, you can tuck into a stack of American pancakes, topped with blueberries or chocolate chips. Archie Browns on Kenwyn Street has become a Truro institution with a takeaway food 27
bar next to the main health food shop, as well as the ever-popular vegetarian cafe upstairs. Stars of the menu include the mixed salad bowls, Homity pie and sweet potato, refried beans and greens and cheese Quesedilla. For takeaway Mexican food simply bursting with flavour, there’s Habanero’s Burrito Bar on Kenwyn Street serving up big burritos with locally-sourced ingredients and homegrown chillies. It also has tacos and fajitas, rice boxes, vegetarian options, bare burritos (without the tortilla wrap) – and hot, hot sauces. Perfect for that hearty lunchtime treat.
SUGAR RUSH For a cup of freshly ground coffee and a sweet treat, check out the brownies, chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins at locals’ favourite 108 Coffee House on Kenwyn Street. Doughnut Addict on Duke Street specialises in hand-crafted, hand-dipped filled artisan doughnuts. This independent Cornish brand offers hand-made brioche doughnuts with an extensive range of chocolate bars, fillings and toppings! Don’t forget a coffee to accompany your delicious doughnut! For the best Artisan Gelato, head to Anglelato based in St Mary’s Mews. Their passion is the art of making Gelato, which is why all their Sorbets and Gelatos are freshly made in store. They offer vegan, organic and gluten-free options as well as some amazingly colourful handmade Macarons with more than 20 different flavours to choose from!
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EVENING EATING Enjoy the warm summer evenings in Truro by visiting some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Here are our favourite places for evening eating in Truro. 30
The Alverton ndulge in fresh IHead seasonal dishes from Chef Simon
George and his brigade in the Alvertonâ€™s two AA Rosette classiccontemporary bar and restaurant. Enjoy an intimate dining experience and choose from their extensive wine and Champagne wall whilst eating out in style.
his cosmopolitan Trelaxed restaurant offers dining with a
personal touch and modern classics in an informal setting. Serving up delicious food, cooked to perfection, Mannings is the perfect place for dinner and cocktails.
Sam’s in the City
n essential stop-off Astreet for American-inspired food, craft beers
ombining the true spirit of Cornwall with a focus on providing a fun-filled and entertaining experience for their customers, Sam’s in the City is floor-toceiling music and movie memorabilia with signed guitars and posters representing a lifetime of collecting and the personalities of those who work at Sam’s. New Bridge Street
open plan kitchen at Hooked! As well as serving up the best freshly-caught seafood, Executive Chef Rob Duncan and his young team make much of their food in house, from bread to ice-cream.
ourcing the freshest Cornish ingredients, Bustopher Jones creates dishes with little twists inspired from around the world offering something for everyone and every taste. Their ever-evolving menu embraces fresh and quality local Cornish ingredients, finished with flair and perfection.
Hooked! njoy the view of Ebeing fresh Cornish seafood prepared in the
and special recipe maltshakes. Hubbox has an extensive menu of award-winning burgers, made using 21-day dry-aged Cornish rare breed beef. Simple but delicious food, done really well. Kenwyn Street
The Great Estate Festival Scorrier House The most rambunctious Garden FĂŞte! Expect major international headline acts, a mix of comedy, theatre, music and the arts, all within the beautiful grounds of Scorrier Estate. greatestatefestival.co.uk
Open Garden in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust Little Park Farm, Malpas Visit this south-facing hillside garden with stunning views over the Malpas Passage and down river to Kea and beyond whilst raising money for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/ events/open-gardens
City of Truro Wind Orchestra concert Victoria Gardens Enjoy listening to this communitybased orchestra in a secluded garden in the heart of the city cotwo.org.uk/concerts
Grand Concert in support of We are MacMillan Cancer Support Truro Methodist Church Featuring St Stythians Male Voice Choir, Mabe Ladies Choir and Oll An Gwella Singers. Tickets available from Visit Truro TIC. 01872 274555
Boo Hewerdine & Darden Smith – Evidence 30th Anniversary Tour Old Bakery Studios Two of the finest songwriters to grace this planet! ‘Evidence’ is acknowledged as a perfect album in the acoustic guitar-based melodic rock genre. oldbakerystudios.co.uk/whatson
Roots Culture Summer Market Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan Featuring an array of makers, interactive events, food and drink and great music held under a covered atrium inside a timber-framed barn. mpecopark.co.uk
The History of the Royal Cornwall Museum Royal Cornwall Museum A special lecture from Sue Coney to commemorate the opening of the RIC building in 1919 – 100 years ago on this date. royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/ whats-on 33
Open Garden in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care Lamorran Gardens, St Mawes
Truro Choral Society with Cornwall Wind Quintet – Music for a Summer’s Evening Truro Cathedral A glorious mixed programme from Truro Choral Society, accompanied by Cornwall Wind Quintet. trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on
The Cornwall Hospice Open Gardens Programme offers the chance to visit this stunning Mediterranean style garden with glistening sea views over Falmouth Bay. cornwallhospicecare.co.uk
Royal Institution of Cornwall Lecture: Algorithmic Art – Tariq Rashid Royal Cornwall Museum Tariq will be giving an introductory overview of the algorithmic art, covering some of the recent art forms, demonstrating how mathematics can be unexpectedly beautiful. royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/ whats-on
21 – 22
Truro School of Samba National Music Day & Solstice on the Quay Lemon Quay Inspired by Rio’s magnificent carnival and the rhythms of Brazil, Truro School of Samba have been entertaining in Cornwall for over 10 years. truroschoolofsamba.co.uk
ROC 5K Run Lemon Quay This annual charity fun run includes people of all abilities. Minimum entry age is 11 years old. roc5k.co.uk
Truro 5K Race for Life Richard Lander School Rally your friends and family to enter into this 5K Race For Life starting at Richard Lander School. cancerresearchuk.org 35
Merlin Family Fun Run Trelissick Gardens Starting in front of the National Trust Trelissick House, this is an off-road run around private parkland where you’ll enjoy some fantastic views of the stunning River Fal. crbo.co.uk
10 - 13
Green Truro Festival Lemon Quay Celebrating everything green in our Great Little City!
12 – 14
Tropical Pressure Festival Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan An immersion in the cultures of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean through music, art, food and dance. tropicalpressure.co.uk
Bike and Trike Show Lemon Quay This charity event is a must for everyone who loves bikes, fun and friendship. Featuring stalls, refreshments, music and lots of bikes and trikes on display. 36
Steve Knightley – new one man show ‘Roadworks’ Devoran Village Hall To end Devoran Acoustic Sessions’ 10th season, Steve Knightly returns with his new one man show ‘Roadworks’. This stripped-back show is infused with wit, warmth and alchemy. crbo.co.uk
Benji Matthews – Fundraising Concert for Truro YoungStagers The Truro Playhouse X-factor contestant, Benji Matthews, is a young male vocalist from Cornwall who writes and performs his own music, along with covers from many various artists. crbo.co.uk
Stithians Agricultural Show The Showground, Stithians
Inflatable 5K Cornwall Stithians Showground The UK’s best inflatable obstacle course has got even bigger, bouncier and more incredible with 15 gigantic obstacles to tackle! ukrunningevents.co.uk
Offering a traditional taste of rural life, Stithians Show has something for everybody: displays & demonstrations, animals , fairground, vintage vehicles, food & crafts and much more! stithiansshow.org.uk
CluedUpp: Truro Detective Day Truro
Amphitheatre Summer Sessions – Call of the Blues Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan An evening of outdoor live music with views across the countryside to the north Cornish coast. mpecopark.co.uk
Playfest Truro Cattle Market
Clued Upp is the exciting detective game that’s just like a giant, outdoor version of the board game Cluedo!
Part of National Playday, this festival celebrates children’s right to play. Expect circus skills workshops, have-a-go sessions, performance shows, entertainers, fairground rides and much more!
Tregony Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre Tregony Sport Club community field A spectacular day out for all with displays of heavy horses and Shetland ponies, dog and birds of prey shows, sheep shearing, food and drink, trade and craft and live music throughout the day and into the evening. 37
14 – 17
23 – 25
Lots of genuine local Cornish goods to sample and take home.
A 3 day event packed full of live music, family-friendly entertainment, food stalls, shopping, show ‘n’ shine and VWs
Made in Cornwall Summer Fair Lemon Quay
Cornwall Volkswagen Jamboree 2019 Stithians
Circus Funtasia Hendra Park Back with a new show for 2019, bigger and better than before. This all-human circus features a dazzling assortment of acts to amaze and amuse.
National Garden Scheme Bosvigo House Visit this 2 acre garden surrounding a Georgian House and enjoy the dazzling displays of vivid colour and plant harmonies. ngs.org.uk
Perranporth Extreme Surf Triathlon Perranporth Recognised as one of the oldest and toughest Triathlons. Challenge yourself amidst the beautiful Cornish landscape. perranporthslsc.org.uk
Babe Rainbow Old Bakery Studios Psychedelic Rock all the way from Byron Bay, Australia oldbakerystudios.co.uk/whatso
Home and Lifestyle Show Lemon Quay This free event brings together the best designers, makers and suppliers Cornwall has to offer, including a variety of fine furniture, soft furnishings, artwork, ceramics and more all under one roof. cornwallhomeshow.co.uk
Truro Day Boscawen Park Celebrating our Great Little City with something for all the family to enjoy truroday.co.uk
CORNWALL GIN SUPERSTORE JUST TO THE LEFT OF THE MAIN CATHEDRAL ENTRANCE www.juniperclub.co.uk 39
Truro Half Marathon Lemon Quay 13.1 miles from Truro out to Feock and back via Playing Place and Porth Kea. trurorunningclub.org.uk
Royal Institution of Cornwall Lecture: Western Rising of 1549, Prof. Mark Stoyle Royal Cornwall Museum
13 – 15 SEPTEMBER
Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow A charming Cornish party with some big live bands, a groovy silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping. Plus a huge range of delicious ciders from across the UK! cornwallciderfestival.co.uk
Professor Mark Stoyle is a Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton. He specialises in exploring the cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700. SEPTEMBER
Skydive Perranporth – 2019 Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West Perranporth Airfield, St Agnes Test your nerve with a tandem skydive, jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet, to raise smiles for families and children with life limiting conditions. chsw.org.uk
27 – 29
Truro Food Festival This city-wide celebration of Cornish Food and Drink will be centred around Lemon Quay with pop-up events and activities taking place across the city. trurofoodfestival.com
Pay us a visit on Boscawen Street to ﬁnd out more about our Great Little City.
Food and drink Jewellery Souvenirs Homewares ...and more!
WHERE FOOD & DRINK TO STAY CITY THINGS TO DO SHOPPING
WHAT'S ON TICKETS & OFFERS
Opening hours: Weekdays 9.30am – 5.00pm | Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm Find us on Boscawen Street or give us a call on 01872 274555 | visittruro.org.uk
Get the most out of Mondays with
Check out the deals at VisitTruro.org.uk or @Trurosupersavermonday on Facebook
WEEKLY TREATS IN TRURO WITH SUPER SAVER MONDAY Enjoy different £5 offers every Monday
ruro’s £5 Super Saver Monday scheme has 34 different £5 deals offered by over 20 different Truro businesses so you can kick start every Monday with a treat or a bargain. Originally founded by the Plaza Cinema and now supported by Truro BID, Super Saver Monday is designed to liven-up Mondays in the City with a variety of special £5 deals across food, drink, entertainment & shopping. Super Saver Monday is a brilliant way to support our great little city at the start of the week. With so many Super Saver Monday deals available you can choose from a variety of £5 offers for any time of day. Enjoy food or drink with friends or family, a lunchtime take-away, watching a film or getting £5 off a purchase or service. There are even a couple of £5 Cornish Pasty and Cream Tea deals! Ask for Super Saver Monday when you visit the venue of your choice. For details of offers follow the scheme on Facebook @Trurosupersavermonday, go to visittruro.org.uk or head to the Visitor Centre at Boscawen Street. Please note: All offers correct at time of publishing.
If you fancy brunch or lunch there are £5 deals at Blend 71, Café Uneeka, Colours Café, Duke Street Sandwich Deli, Grounded, Karen’s Café, Martin’s Bakery, Oggy Oggy, and The Cornish Food Box. For drinks head to KC’s Bar and Grill and Prime. For coffee and cake or a sweet treat, you can choose Merchant House Hotel and Karen’s Café, and for a cream tea for two head to Oggy Oggy or The Old Cheese Shop. If you’re after hot food during the day or into the evening choose from deals at Fish’ N Go, Hubbox, Sam’s in the City, Sole Plaice, Vertigo and Xen Noodle Bar. You can also enjoy selected cocktails at The Old Grammar School, selected margarita’s at Vertigo and an espresso martini at Zafiros. For fashion and beauty bargains you can get £5 off over a certain spend at Save the Children and The Comfort Zone. If you fancy a spot of entertainment head to the Plaza Cinema and watch a film for a fiver. With so much choice you can enjoy a different Super Saver Monday £5 deal each week! 43
A CHANCE TO WIN!
great little photo competition TO WIN A NIGHT AT THE ALVERTON HOTEL
With its cobbled streets, lively events on the Quay, beautiful green spaces and iconic Cathedral backdrop, Truro has plenty of moments and scenes worth capturing. Enter our photography competition for the chance to win a night's stay for two in Truro’s characterful and historic 4 star hotel, The Alverton.
Your photograph can be taken using any camera or device and should show us what you love about Truro, our great little city. Submit entries to email@example.com along with an image title, a brief description, your name and your telephone number.
The best five images will be published in the Festive issue of the Truro Guide, of which 40,000 copies are circulated. The overall winner will receive one night’s stay for two people in one of our beautiful Courtyard bedrooms including two cocktails on arrival and breakfast in the morning.
Terms and conditions • Competition open from 24th May to 15th September 2019. • Only one entry accepted per person. • All photographs must be taken within the city of Truro. • Your image should be at least 1mb in size. • Prize can be taken anytime from
1st October 2019 to 31st March 2020 (excluding Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day). The prize has no monetary value and is subject to availability. If the winning entrant is under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult for the stay at The Alverton Hotel. • The entered photography must
not have been published elsewhere or won a prize in any other photography competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any submitted image has been taken with the permission of the subject and does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that
the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it. • We reserve the right to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of Visit Truro’s or The Alverton Hotel’s publications, websites and/ or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
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SUNDOWNERS SUMMER DRINKING IN THE CITY
Whatâ€™s better than sitting in the sunshine, sipping on something cool and watching the world go by? Whatever you like in your glass, youâ€™ve got to agree that the continental culture of alfresco refreshment is well worth adopting. Here are our top suggestions for sundowners in the city. 46
The Old Grammar School
The Barley Sheaf
The Heron Inn
aving recently he beautifully or the ultimate Hbirthday, celebrated their 10th T refurbished decking F sundowner, The Vertigo is the and riverside garden at Heron Inn at Malpas
St Mary's Street
St Mary's Street
The County Arms
The Wig & Pen
his sunny courtyard in front of a schoolturned-bar on St Mary’s Street was once home to hop-scotch and playground chatter between Latin and algebra lessons. Now the only critical thinking you’ll need to do is choose something from their delicious tapas and cocktails menu. Decisions, decisions!
number 1 party house in Truro! During the summer they have BBQs, live DJs and some pretty nice cocktails for you to enjoy. Party throughout the summer evening in their sun-filled garden and keep an eye on their website for events and special offers throughout the summer.
the Barley Sheaf is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down with a stunning view of the cathedral. Enjoy food and drinks, live music and televised sports in this relaxed pub. Families are welcome with seasonal children’s activities and fun. Old Bridge Street
takes some beating. Hop in the car or enjoy a pleasant evening stroll along the Truro River. Sit and watch the boats bobbing on the tide and spot the herons on the opposite shore of Old Kea while you enjoy an evening drink. Trenhaile Terrace, Malpas
The Rising Sun
uninterrupted atch the world BTheoasting views across the valley, Wrush past whilst County Arms is a enjoying an alfresco
or a refreshing drink in his award-winning Fsetting, a slightly more green T gastropub offers not pull up a chair only fantastic food but
warm and welcoming pub located on the outskirts of the city Serving award-winning St Austell Brewery Ales, this is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the sun set.
and watch the world go by with a cool beer at Trennick Mill. Stroll there via Boscawen Park on Malpas Road and admire the flower beds in bloom whilst breathing in the fresh air.
drink at the Wig & Pen. This friendly pub serves homemade food (including a hearty Sunday Roast) and has a vast array of beers, wines and spirits including many Cornish favourites.
great atmosphere too. Their courtyard is a lovely spot to enjoy a chilled glass of wine or perhaps a Pimms and is also host to several festivals throughout the year. Mitchell Hill
... AND THE LIVING IS EASY The sun’s out, the sand is warm and the sea is inviting. So why spend precious time in the kitchen when the Cornish outdoors beckons?
he Great Cornish Food Store has the answer for anyone looking for quick, easy, top quality, no-fuss food packed with flavour. Right next to Waitrose and the Tregurra Park & Ride on the edge of town, it’s probably the largest showcase of Cornish produce you’ll come across anywhere. Every morsel within the big, bright and beautiful store is produced locally, either by the in-house chefs or one of the 150 or so carefully selected suppliers.
With its own full-service butchery, fishmonger and deli counter, this is where good old fashioned skills and service meet 21st century style and convenience. Fancy a BBQ on the beach? Family descending for the holidays? Packing a picnic? Party nibbles needed? Or maybe the ultimate office lunch? The talented team at the Great Cornish Food Store is on hand to do as much or as little of the legwork as you need. Always using the very best, fresh, local, seasonal ingredients of course. Open 7 days a week: Mon to Sat 8-7, Sun 10-4 Lots of free parking greatcornishfood.co.uk Call 01872 306060 for orders and enquiries.
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uneeka.home living, dining & outdoor furniture | lighting soft furnishings | accessories | ironmongery City Road, Truro, TR1 2JL
uneeka.life scarves | jewellery | stationary homewares | gifts for him & her 5 Boscawen St, Truro, TR1 2EL
cafĂŠ.uneeka Our cafĂŠ prides itself on its locally sourced produce, home made cakes & exceptionally brewed coffee. Serving freshly made breakfast & lunch with vegan & gluten free available. Situated in the heart options availabl of Truro, relax & unwind whilst taking in the views of the city. 5 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2EL
FANCY EXPLORING FURTHER AFIELD?
TOUR DE TRURO TRURO’S A SMALL CITY SO WALKING TOURS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET TO KNOW ABOUT ITS PAST AND PRESENT.
Popular weekly walking tours of the city run from start-May to end-September, leaving from outside Visit Truro Tourist Information on Boscawen Street every Wednesday. Hear about the Cornish Wonder, the historical and portrait painter John Opie, and Truro’s links with the Titanic, explorers and famous entertainers. Pass through indoor and outdoor markets and art galleries, and be introduced to all that today’s Truro has to offer. Adults £7, Children FREE Please call to book 01872 274555
Finesse Chauffeurs offer two popular Cornish Tours on Mondays and Wednesdays. After being collected from Truro at 9.30am you can sit back and relax in your chauffeur-driven car whilst learning about what makes Cornwall famous. TINTAGEL & PORT ISAAC (MONDAYS) Visit Tintagel to learn about the legendary King Arthur and his knights of the round table and discover Merlin’s Cave. Explore the small fishing village of Port Isaac location of the hit TV Series Doc Martin. WEST CORNWALL (WEDNESDAYS) Visit St Ives, a haven for artists with many galleries including the renowned Tate gallery. Journey to Botallack Mine, a popular location for Poldark fans. Finish your day at Marazion, a quaint village overlooking St Michael’s Mount. Tours are £45 per person. For more information or to book contact Finesse on 01726 810804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 51
THE CORNISH CONNECTION Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Where your ancestors lived and worked? Whether you are connected to Cornwall?
hether you’re a local with numerous family members living in Cornwall or a tourist visiting our beautiful county, you can now find out your own Cornish connection. Truro’s Cornwall Family History Society offers a research service run by volunteers with experience in family history research. This skilled team can help to obtain family documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates and copies of wills as well as copies of pages from the Cornwall Parish Records of baptisms, marriages and burial registers. They can also provide you with photographs of places your ancestors lived and headstones in Cornwall. The society was formed in 1976 and now has a great number of active members. Many live outside Cornwall with members 52
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and other countries. The society maintains a Research Library in Truro for society members and the general public. One of the main aims of the society is encouraging research into Cornish family history. Another aim is the co-ordination, transcribing and indexing of original records by volunteer members. This information is stored in a large database which is available to members able to visit Truro or online to Cornwall Family History Society members for a small extra fee. The library and office in Truro are staffed by society volunteers. The society is run by an elected executive committee who are the trustees of the charity. A journal is published quarterly, free to members, and is one of the main means of sharing contacts. Cornwall Family History society is a member of the
Federation of Family History Societies. The society has established contact with other organisations that have similar interests – ranging from the official Cornwall Record Office and Register Offices in Cornwall to local history societies and other family history groups at home and abroad.
One of the main aims of the society is encouraging research into Cornish family history.
Truro Grammar School, 1880
Based at 18 Lemon Street, the Cornwall Family History Society is open every day except Tuesdays. It also opens on the first Saturday of the month. No appointment is necessary, just drop in to learn more about your family history.
Image courtesy of Dave Upton
OTHER INFORMATION HELD INCLUDES: • Parish Register Transcriptions • Cornish Census – data from 1841 to 1901 • Family Pedigrees • Monumental Inscriptions Lemon Quay in its trading heydey
OPENING TIMES Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11.00am - 15.00 Closed 11.00am - 15.00 11.00am - 15.00 11.00am - 15.00
1st Saturday 10.00 - 13.00 of the month 18 Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2LS cornwallfhs.com 01872 264044
Cornish family portrait from the archive 53
CORNWALL’S CATHEDRAL Cornwall’s Cathedral is situated right in the heart of Truro. Its three tall spires and amazing architecture dominate the whole city; it is undoubtedly one of the iconic buildings of Truro.
oaring above the surrounding rooftops, Truro Cathedral is located in the centre of this thriving Cornish city and wonderfully situated in the middle of the county of Cornwall. Designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, it is one of only three cathedrals in the UK which has three spires. Completed in 1910 it is a magnificent example of gothic revival architecture. A must-see place to visit in Cornwall with free entry. Along with its heritage, Truro Cathedral provides sacred space and common ground for all. Led by the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev’d Roger Bush, the cathedral team extends a warm welcome to people of all faiths. Open 365 days per year, the cathedral offers regular, daily services, in addition to special services,
such as Nine Lessons and Carols, Truro Cathedral being this festival’s historical home. The cathedral is at the heart of the Cornwall community and is a central hub for Truro events including arts, learning and Cornwall music. The esteemed Truro Cathedral Choir regularly perform concerts and sing at Truro Cathedral Services. Enjoy a tour of the cathedral with one of our experienced guides. Find out about how the cathedral came into existence; its unusual foundation stone; its historic windows; Celtic Saints; the unusual church within a church and the ‘blue’ light. Free tours take place Monday to Thursday at 11am. Donations to support the life and work of the cathedral are appreciated.
MORE TO DO
Family friendly events and concerts taking place this summer WEEKLY
Children’s Summer Fun Table Enjoy some free children’s art and craft activities during your visit to the cathedral every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the summer holidays from 11am to 2pm. There are free fun trails available to enjoy everyday too!
4 – 13
MON-SAT 10:00 – 16:00 SUN 12:00 – 16:00
Combined Truro Schools’ Art Project Exhibition Secondary school pupils in the Truro area have worked together on a shared theme of ‘Our World our Planet’ giving them the opportunity to mix with other schools and make art, dance and music together before having their work exhibited in the cathedral.
Truro Choral Society: Music for a Summer’s Evening A glorious programme of classical uplifting music including several Mozart pieces. Accompanied by the Cornwall Wind Quintet.
Truro Cathedral Choir Summer Concert: Ascending into heaven The finest choral music from the professional singers of the Truro Cathedral choir Tickets: Full Price: £14.00; Supporter Tickets: £15.50 (£1.50 from each ticket goes directly to support the cathedral choir); (U18s free).
Three Spires Singers and Orchestra: Baroque Concert An evening of baroque music conducted by Christopher Gray Tickets: (£21-£12, under-18’s FREE on the night)
AUGUST 10am to 3pm
Family Fun Day Come along with all the family to enjoy a free fun day in the cathedral, complete with bouncy castle, craft activities and games from tombola to fishing for ducks. Take home a tasty treat from the cake stall, a pre-loved story from the book stall or even a handmade teddy. Visit trurocathedral.org.uk for more details.
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OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS Exercising outdoors comes with a range of perks for the body, mind and the wallet and whatever your workout or sport of choice, Truro offers plenty of opportunities to step outside and get fit.
ruro and the surrounding area offers acres of woodland, golden sandy beaches and tranquil river trails all ripe for pursuing outdoor activities whilst admiring the natural beauty of Cornwall.
ON YOUR BIKE
ON YOUR LEGS Prefer to have your feet firmly on dry land? Then lace up and explore the range of running and walking trails around Truro, a fantastic way to set your heart racing whilst exploring this urban environment and Georgian architecture as it unfolds onto the banks of the river. If you’re keen to get off the beaten track then make for Idless Woods, a beautiful area of mixed woodlands offering miles of routes, perfect for those needing to build up some miles for longer runs. And if the training goes well why not sign up to one of the organised runs this summer including the ROC 5k (25th June), the Race for Life (7th July) and Truro Half Marathon (15th September).
GET IN THE WATER! Water babies will be in their element at Loe Beach, just a short drive from the city. This sheltered bay, with tranquil waters, is the perfect place to enjoy a range of water-based activities including paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Heading there for the day? Be sure to call in at Loe Beach Watersports where you can hire a range of equipment, book a lesson or find out more about their kids' club which offers multi-activity days throughout the summer holidays. Book online at loebeach.co.uk
If you’re happiest on two wheels, then you’re in luck, Truro is home to some of the best cycling routes in Cornwall and forms part of the Cornish Way which connects Bude to Land’s End. Join the route from Newham and choose to explore the stunning Roseland peninsula or the Mining Trails from Bike Chain Bissoe (five miles outside of the city) and if you don’t have your own bike, rent one for the day. The trail will take you across Cornwall to the historic mining harbour of Portreath on the North Coast, a spectacularly scenic route that will give you a unique insight into the area’s mining heritage. There are a range of cycling maps and information leaflets available from Truro Tourist Information Centre, you can also find out more about the Truro Bike and Trike charity event on 14th July, a must for all bike fans. 57
Take home a piece of
CORNWALL From rum to statement jewellery, why not take home a special memory of your Cornish holiday? All of these items are made in our county. Cornish Engine House £15.00 Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street
Dynamite Valley Brian Amber Bitter £3.30 The Red Elephant Beer Cellar, Quay Street 58
Rathlee Rum £29.99 Johns Wine and Spirits, Lemon Street Market
Cornish Sea Salt crystals 225g £2.50 Truro Visitor Centre, Boscawen Street
Pirates of Penryn children’s puzzle £29.99 Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street
Cornish Ketchup £3.50 Condimental, Green Street Mews
Liga Tide Clock £49.95 The Clementine, Old Bridge Street
Silver Shell Necklace £160.00 Sharon McSwiney Jewellery, Guild of Ten, Old Bridge Street
Tregothan Tea £15.00 Truro Visitor Centre, Boscawen Street 59
A FERRY NICE DAY Take to the water to enjoy Truro from a different view along the River Fal. 60
he Truro river is a stunning waterway that flows into the larger river Fal, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the world’s third largest natural harbour. Whilst the Truro river is no longer navigable by larger vessels, passengers can enjoy a leisure trip along the water, courtesy of Enterprise Boats. A haven for wildlife, these boat trips make for a perfect day out and are a wonderful way to explore some of the local attractions. So why not make a day of it this summer? Gather the family (and dog!), pack up a picnic with local produce sourced from one of the many fantastic food stores in Truro and catch a ferry to the gorgeous Trelissick. One of the loveliest National Trust properties in Cornwall, Trelissick is renowned for it’s beautiful gardens, miles of
dog-friendly parkland, woodland and waterside walks. Leaving from Truro, passengers meet at the Enterprise offices on Town Quay then, depending on the tide, you will either embark here or board a bus, travelling down to the jetty at Malpas. This is walkable for those who fancy strolling there or back; you could even take the opportunity to enjoy a pint whilst soaking up the riverside views at picturesquely situated ‘The Heron’. Once on board, sit back, relax and let the knowledgeable Enterprise crew ensure you don’t miss a thing, with their informative commentary and keen eyes for wildlife. On disembarking at the Trelissick pontoon wander through the 300 acres of gorgeous riverside gardens, admiring the idyllic views across the Carrick roads through the
trees. Make for Trelissick beach and while away a few peaceful hours beachcombing, skimming pebbles or with your nose buried in a book and picnicking. Commanding views down the Fal river, it really is hard to find a more picturesque spot. Leaving the beach behind you, set off back through the historic woodland, where ancient trees play home to an array of wildlife and birds. Call in at the gift shop before catching the return ferry back to Truro, watching as the impressive cathedral spires rise up from the horizon. Visit falriver.co.uk for more info and timetables. 61
P Y DA R ST R E E T
T ST C L E M EN T ST R E
Truro Crown Court
HIGH C ROSS
E’ PL O
HOLA ST N I C
TREET YN S
Park & Ride
S ST R EE
B O S C AW E
Lemon Street Market
S S T
RE ST N
N I C K L AN
Shelterbox Visitor Centre
Truro Playhouse Theatre
O RO AD
M PLAC E HA
Park & Ride
T I P P E TS BAC K L E T
Train Station 15 min walk
TO N K I N S OPE
R O B E RT S
S ST REE T L IT T LE CAS T LE S T
TR G S
THE LE AT S
Royal Cornwall Museum
C H U RC H WA L K
E DWA R D ST R E E T
I N F I R M A RY H I L L
Richard Lander Monument 5 min walk
LL H ILL
MI TC H E
IE PF M
PA ’S TE RR
Public Toilets CAMPFIELD HILL
Public Telephone Police Station HILL
Place of Worship
OLD BRIDGE ST R E E T
ST M A RY ’S ST R E E T MEWS
C AT H E D R A L LANE
Park & Ride
Main Shopping Area
Old Bakery Studios
Bus Station WO RT H’S Q U AY
TOW N Q U AY
L L Post
Short Stay Car Park
to Langarth to Tregurra
LEMON Q U AY
TA B E R N AC L E ST R E E T
Long Stay Car Park
ES S TR
M A L PA S
L S T
Q U AY ST R E E T MEWS
Hall for Cornwall
LE M O N
STRE E T
E DUKE STR
T MAR Y ’S
COAC H PA R K
EET Boscawen Park 15 min walk
ALL ROADS LEAD TO TRURO Truro is extremely easy to access and can be reached by road, rail or water BY BUS AND TRAIN
Truro’s bus and coach stations are next to Lemon Quay, right in the heart of the city. On the mainline between London Paddington and Penzance, Truro train station is a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.
There are two city-centre taxi ranks – Boscawen Street (next to Coinage Hall) and Quay Street (short walk from Lemon Quay).
Fal River boat services run from Town Quay. falriver.co.uk
Cornwall Airport Newquay is just 12 miles away. cornwallairportnewquay.com
The city’s on two National Cycle Routes, 3 and 32. There are bike parks at both Lemon Quay and Union Place. 64
PARK & RIDE
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A variety of ticket options are available for the Park & Ride, from day tickets to multi-journey tickets. All companion and assistance dogs are permitted to use the site and travel on the service at the driver's discretion.
Just a short distance from the A30, the dual carriageway that links Cornwall to the M5, driving to Truro couldn’t be easier. A30 Eastbound to A390 A30 Westbound to A39 From Falmouth, the A39 From St Austell, the A390
See map on page 62-63 for parking.
For free parking in Cornwall Council car parks, register in advance. Phone: 0300 1234 222
Coming to Truro for the evening, or dropping by on the way home from the beach? Most car parks are free or just £1.50 after 4pm.
There are two Park & Ride locations on the outskirts of the city, Langarth Park (TR4 9AN) and Tregurra Park (TR1 1RH).
Looking to share a ride? Try Car Share Cornwall. carsharecornwall.com
CAR HIRE BY THE HOUR Newly launched by Co-cars, you’ll find cars to hire from just £3.75ph at Truro Train Station. co-cars.co.uk
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SHUTTERS, CURTAINS, BLINDS & UPHOLSTERY MADE TO MEASURE & FITTED
1 Infirmary Hill Truro TR1 2JB
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full price product with this voucher when redeemed at Rieker’s Truro store (conditions apply)
9 River Street | Truro | TR1 2SQ Tel: 01872 263055 | www.rieker.co.uk
Visit the great little city of Truro this summer.