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Welcome to winter in Truro

In this issue, you’ll find an insider guide to Our Great Little Festive City, with plenty of shopping, events and things to do in the run up to Christmas. At this most wonderful time of the year, Truro comes life. The streets are illuminated by a parade of paper lanterns in the City of Lights procession and reindeer parade, Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street is host to some fantastic Christmas markets, and the city’s bars, pubs and restaurants are packed with groups celebrating the year gone by. There’s festive fun for all the family to be had, whether that’s a spot of shopping and a cosy coffee, taking the kids to meet Santa and his helpers at the Royal Cornwall Museum, or enjoying the heart warming sound of one of Truro Cathedral’s carol services.

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44 POOCHES AND PINTS 9 R  OYAL CORNWALL MUSEUM Truro’s dog friendly pubs Christmas crafts 48 WINTER GIFT FAYRE at the museum Our city’s very own undercover 11 F ESTIVE AND FABULOUS dedicated Christmas market Look your best during the 53 T  RURO CATHEDRAL season of social gatherings 'Tis the season for 16 F UELLED FOR song and celebration THE FESTIVITIES 55 H  OTELS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Truro’s cafés serve up Truro’s hotels have the festive a slice of Christmas season all wrapped up 20 E CO CHRISTMAS 58 GREAT LITTLE PHOTO Your guide to COMPETITION a greener Christmas Our 2018 winner is revealed 27 THE MORE THE MERRIER 62 TRAVEL INFORMATION Venues for group gatherings Map and information 30 A  LL THAT GLITTERS on getting around Add some sparkle to your stocking

‘Christmas shopping chic.’ Our festive cover was created by Elisa Cunningham, the illustrator for the Truro Guide 2018.

For more information on our Great Little City visit: visittruro.org.uk Call: 01872 274555

WORKING TOGETHER FOR TRURO This guide is a collaboration between Truro City Council, Visit Truro Tourist Information and Truro Business Improvement District (Truro BID). Published three times a year, the guide is produced by Wolf Rock Marketing. For editorial and advertising enquiries, email abi@truro.gov.uk

The information in the Truro Guide is provided on an ‘AS IS’ basis, and all warranties, expressed or implied of any kind, regarding any matter pertaining to any information, advice or replies are disclaimed and excluded. No representations, warranties or guarantees whatsoever are made as to the accuracy, adequacy, reliability, completeness, suitability or applicability of the information to a particular situation.

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Making the most of

OUR GREAT LITTLE CITY This is the time of year when Truro truly comes to life. The city has some fantastic seasonal events that will get the whole family in the Christmas spirit as we countdown to the final weeks before Christmas.


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n Wednesday 21 November, the city’s streets will be illuminated by the annual lantern parade and Christmas lights switch-on. The City of Lights procession includes music, dance and lanterns made by schools, community groups and professional artists. The parade is a celebration of creativity and community, and has been setting the city a-glow for 22 years! Expect to see lantern creatures great and small, plus plenty of surprises as the Christmas lights, funded by Truro BID, are lit in tandem, lighting the way as the parade moves through the streets. This year’s parade is

set to be particularly special, with a theme of Remember in honour of the First World War’s centenary. Setting off from the Richard Lander Monument, the procession makes it way down Lemon Street onto Boscawen Street and along River Street. It then loops around Little Castle Street onto Kenwyn Street and through Victoria Square, before bobbing back to Boscawen Street, onto Lemon Quay via Princes Street and finally, Green Street. For more information visit cityoflights.org.uk 3


TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF THE ILLUMINATIONS Avoid the traffic and take the Park & Ride! Truro’s Park and Ride service will be running until 10pm this year, allowing visitors to make the most of the festive atmosphere. Arrive early. The City of Lights Parade is one of Truro’s most popular festive events, be sure to arrive early to secure your spot. Wrap up warm. The evenings can be chilly, so grab a cup of cocoa from one of Truro’s independent cafés and don your best Christmas jumper. Make a meal of it. Why not kick the festive season off in style and have dinner at one of Truro’s fantastic restaurants? Book ahead to avoid any empty tummies! 4


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he annual Primestock Christmas Show brings the countryside to the heart of our Great Little City and is a firm favourite with farmers, country folk and townspeople alike. From 9:30am on Wednesday 5th December, visitors will be able to enjoy a day that truly celebrates Cornwall’s agricultural community. Competition in the cattle, sheep and farm produce exhibitions are fierce, with entrants from across the county, competing for a much-coveted 'Champion' title. This is followed by an auction of the cattle and sheep – a must-see spectacle for anyone who hasn’t been to a Primestock show. There’s also a fantastic selection of farm produce, cookery, preserves, floral art, photography, crafts

and much more. Believed to be the only Primestock Show in Britain to be held in the centre of a city, we are incredibly proud to host this fantastic event on Lemon Quay each year. Admission is free, and the show’s schedule of activities continues right through into the evening to coincide with Truro’s late night shopping. What better way to take a break from the Christmas shopping crowds and keep the kids entertained, than a quick pit stop to meet the pigs, ducks and chickens in the Primestock tent! Not able to make it? The following weekend Truro Primestock returns to Lemon Quay for its annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair. For more information visit truroprimestockshow.co.uk 5


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n Wednesday 28th November Truro will welcome Santa and his real reindeer as they lead a parade through the city to mark the start of late night shopping. Catch a glimpse from 6pm in Victoria Square before the parade starts at 6.45pm. After the procession, why not grab a cup of mulled wine, ooze in the atmosphere and enjoy a bit of festive-retail therapy? Arrive early to secure your spot!

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rom Wednesday 28 November, and taking place every Wednesday (9am – 9pm) and Saturday (9am – 4.30pm) until Christmas, the Boscawen Street market will be filling our Great Little City with the sights and smells of all things festive.

fter a hugely successful first year, the Winter Gift Fayre is returning to Lemon Quay. From Wednesday 12th – Thursday 20th December visitors will be able to enjoy Our Great Little City’s very own dedicated Christmas market. Stalls will be selling luxury gifts, quality keepsakes and festive treats for all the family. A must-see if you’re visiting Truro, the twinkling lights and evergreens of the Winter Gift Fayre are sure to make even the biggest Scrooge feel festive. For a list of exhibitors and more information visit trurowintergiftfayre.co.uk


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o New Year's Eve celebration would be complete without the technicolour sparkle of some fireworks, and Truro’s Lemon Quay display is one of Cornwall’s best and brightest. Whether you choose to wrap up for the elements, or don your best fancy dress, the free midnight display is there for all to enjoy. For more information visit visittruro.org.uk 7


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n Sunday 9th December the Royal Cornwall Museum is hosting its first ever Christmas Craft Fair. Between 10am and 4pm families are invited to join Santa and his helpers for a day of all things festive, with free admission. If you’re looking to buy locally this Christmas, there will be plenty to choose from on the

37 stalls in the Museum’s Main Gallery, where some of Cornwall’s finest craftspeople will be showcasing their handmade delights. Expect locally produced jewellery, art, ceramics plus a whole host of eco-inspired treasures and Christmas keepsakes. Those in the mood for some festive refreshment will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, whilst listening to traditional Christmas stories, which will be told by Mike O’Connor in the Bonython between 1pm and 2pm. The museum will also be filled with the sound of a seasonally inspired string quartet performance between 11am and 1pm. Creativity won’t be reserved

for the traders. Bookable wreath and print card making workshops will be taking place throughout the day, and the museum’s elves will be running drop-in make and take sessions for all the family. Santa will be stationed in the Bonython Gallery, where children will be able to visit him in his grotto and receive an early Christmas present! Not to be missed, the Royal Cornwall Museum’s Christmas Craft Fair will be jam-packed with delights sure to leave the whole family feeling merry and bright this December. For more information and booking visit royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk 9


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OWN AND COUNTRY KITCHEN on Old Bridge Street opened its doors this summer and has quickly become a firm favourite of locals and visitors, offering a welcoming atmosphere and a great breakfast and lunch menu. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Truro’s main high street, it’s the perfect location to rest your feet and look through your purchases and whilst enjoying a sweet treat. The café will be serving festive mac ‘n’ cheese with pigs in blankets, chestnut and mushroom soup, Baileys hot chocolate and Christmas pudding cheesecake.

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HARLOTTE’S TEA HOUSE in Truro’s Coinage Hall on Boscawen Street is one of the city’s longest standing cafés. The menu is everything that you’d expect from a traditional teahouse, with an extensive range of teas, coffee, savoury lunch options and sweet treats. Keeping with the traditional-vibe its festive menu includes mulled wine, minced pies, Christmas cake and turkey sandwiches.

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UMMY SCRUMMY BAKERY on Quay Street will be serving rolls packed with locally sourced hot turkey, stuffing and cranberry and hand carved honey roast ham and apple sauce all December. If you’re fancying something sweet, how do giant mince pies and hot chocolate sound? For late night shoppers, the cafe and bakery will be also serving a selection of tasty street food from its newly refurbished courtyard. 18


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Just a few small changes can make a big difference.

has seen Truro become cleaner, greener and less wasteful. Earlier this year, Truro BID and other community leaders organised the first-ever City Clean Up Week, with over 250 bags of litter collected from in and around the city centre by volunteers. Businesses large and small from across Our Great Little City joined forces to support various initiatives including The Final Straw and Refill campaigns, and Truro became the UK’s first city to gain Plastic Free Communities Approved status.

A fantastic achievement, and something that everyone can continue to support, whether you’re a café or restaurant offering free tap water refills, or simply someone who passes on a plastic straw next time you go for a drink. Another way you can support Truro’s eco-initiatives, particularly as we enter the season of Christmas shopping, is by keeping an eye out for gifts that are green as well as gorgeous. Whether they’re wrapped in biodegradable packaging, or made from natural materials, Truro’s high street has plenty to choose from. Independent furniture

and lifestyle store Uneeka on Boscawen Street has a fantastic selection of eco-inspired and ethically sourced products ranging from jewellery and fashion, through to wellbeing and kid’s toys. Plan Toys are made from sustainable 100% natural rubber and organic, water-based dyes. The Clementine offers homeware, gifts, art, jewellery and much more in its Old Bridge Street. Its seasonal range of cork placemats and coasters make perfect plastic-free presents and would look great on any nature-inspired Christmas table. Archie Browns has been promoting greener, cleaner living 21


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ast year, Britons used around 88-square-kilometers of wrapping paper. That’s enough to cover Truro, Portreath, St. Agnes and Perranporth! CHECK YOUR PLASTIC PACKAGING All plastic packaging should have a recycling symbol to show whether it can be recycled. Check with your local authority if you’re not sure or visit recyclenow.com for more information. BE GREEN NOT GLITTERY If you can scrunch your wrapping paper and it stays in a ball, then it can be recycled. All except metallic and glitter papers. MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER Why not get creative and up-cycle? Old maps and calendars can make colourful, and unique wrapping paper.

since 2008 and is a must-visit for shoppers with ‘sustainability’ at the top of their list. Its Kenwyn street store is full of vegetarian and vegan treats, perfect for plant-based stocking fillers. It also stocks a range of reusable bottles and coffee cups, plus plenty of organic and cruelty-free toiletries. Lush Cosmetics on Pydar Street is the place to go for fresh, handmade cosmetics. Its Christmas range includes strawberry flavoured Santa soap and bucks fizz body conditioner, and is wrapped entirely in reusable or recyclable packaging. 22

DITCH THE PLASTIC SANTA SACKS Instead of a non-reusable plastic sack, pop Santa’s pressies in a pillowcase. Completely reusable, and the kids will be too busy playing with their toys to notice!


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a sound revolution wrapped up in sleek, stylish designs. PMC speakers will bring the New Year in in style, playing Auld Lang Syne like you’ve never heard before, or bring the festivities to life with Arcam’s latest offering, delivering audio performances so lifelike it’ll seem like Slade are live in your living room. The Bang & Olufsen range of stunning headphones, speakers and earphones is all about the four Ps; premium, portable, powerful and perfect for stocking fillers. Why not ‘deck’ the halls (literally) and play your vintage vinyl on a Pro-Ject

turntable for outstanding sound quality this festive season? We understand it can be daunting to know which products are right for you but we’re here to sieve out the jargon and keep it simple, so come and see us in the heart of Truro for a friendly chat and great coffee. With finance options to suit all budgets, anyone can give the gift of sublime sound and amazing audio this Christmas. Senso Systems can be found at 26 Boscawen Street or online at senso-systems.co.uk


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Start planning your big night out with our guide to the city’s top places for group gatherings.

is the season of social gatherings. Diaries quickly fill up with office parties, family meals and overdue catch-ups with friends. Once you’ve co-ordinated diaries, the next challenge is finding the right venue – good food, welcoming atmosphere and plenty of room for large groups. If you’ve been tasked with organising a brilliant festive bash this year, Truro has a number of places that love catering for crowds, but be quick: reservations will be filling up fast! If you’re looking for easy eats and a laid back atmosphere, HubBox’s menu

of burgers, beer and cocktails is a winning combination. The Kenwyn Street restaurant caters for all and there’s plenty of space for large parties. If you’re feeling fishy, Hooked on Tabernacle Street has a great selection of locally caught seafood on its seasonally inspired menu. Split over 2 levels the restaurant is a popular choice for office parties and can cater for groups up to 34. Don’t be fooled by Sonder’s snug-looking exterior. The Prince’s Street bar and restaurant has an extensive 27


range of world craft beers and ciders and its build-your-own style menu is ideal for keeping different taste buds happy. Its upstairs private room is bookable for parties up to 30. Bustopher Jones on Lemon Street is offering a dedicated Christmas menu, and is the ideal venue for an office party or family gathering, with a choice of 2 private dining rooms or a table in the restaurant. Mannings on Lemon Street has put together a delicious Christmas menu for parties over 10 people, with accommodation options throughout the whole festive period. For a Christmas gathering in a sumptuous setting, The Alverton on Tregolls Road is a great choice. Whether it’s a festive lunch, an evening dinner and entertainment, or a full festive break, the hotel will ensure that your Christmas goes with a bang. 28


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ALL THAT GLITTERS If you’re looking to buy that special someone something sparkly this Christmas, Truro is home to some of the South West’s finest independent jewellers and watch retailers.

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or over 60 years, family owned Michael Spiers1 has sold and crafted exclusive, luxury jewellery. The Lemon Street shop offers a bespoke jewellery making service enabling you to design the perfect piece, as well as a selection from some of the world’s leading brands. Klimek Jewellers2 deals in diamonds, pearls, precious stones and metals. The family run business can be found on Lemon Street and promises the highest possible customer care, quality pieces and value for money. For jewellery with a twist (quite literally!) Victoria Walker’s3 studio in Princes House is well worth a visit. Her botanical inspired kinetic pieces are created using traditional techniques with precious metals and diamonds, with each petal hand formed and precisely engineered. For eclectic, stylish and locally produced jewellery

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head to The Guild of Ten4. The Old Bridge Street shop is run by a co-operative of Cornwall based craftspeople, and showcases a beautiful range of intricate pieces. Nestled in Truro’s beautiful Cathedral Lane, Cathedral Jewellers’ 5 collection includes diamond and gem set jewellery in platinum, gold and silver. With over 40 years experience and on on-site goldsmiths workshop, Cathedral Jewellers is also able to create beautiful bespoke commissions and restorations, engraving and restringing. Radmore’s of Truro on Duke Street is like entering a time capsule. Specialising in rare and unusual antique diamonds and gemstones, the shop’s collection is impressive, with pieces spanning as far back as the Georgian period. As specialists in antique jewellery, they also offer restoration, repairs and commissions.

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Film & Discussion with John Blight Royal Cornwall Museum

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Cathedral City Markets Truro Piazza

Evening dedicated to the artist, archaeologist and writer led by Selina Bates and Keith Spurgen.

Arts, Crafts, Food, Drink and Gifts from the south west – all under one roof.

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Riverside Fireworks Display The Heron Inn The riverside fireworks extravaganza returns with a Halloween theme. Display starts at 6:30pm. heroninnmalpas.co.uk 32

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12 Makes of Christmas: Advent Tree Workshop Learn how to make your very own advent calendar to treasure for years to come! ÂŁ15 per person, attendees must be 10 years or older. hobbycraft.co.uk/truro

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WW1 Remembrance Service Truro Cathedral

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Tremorvah Fireworks Tremorvah Playing Fields The annual bonfire display with glow sticks, sparklers, hot food and refreshments starts at 5pm.

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3.15pm Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance.

Three Spires Singers Truro Cathedral An evening with the Three Spires Singers, one of Cornwall’s premier choral groups in Cornwall and the South West. Tickets available from the Hall for Cornwall box office: 01872 262466. trurocathedral.org.uk 33


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City of Lights and Christmas Lights Switch-on Our Great Little City will be illuminated by the City of Lights procession in tandem with the Christmas Lights Switch-on funded by Truro BID. In the event of bad weather, this will take place on 22 or 23 November. cityoflights.org.uk

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Cathedral City Markets

West Side Story The Burrell Theatre

Food, crafts, jewellery and art.

The modern take on the classic Romeo and Juliet story, 7.30 – 9.45pm.

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The 3 Daft Moneys – Circus Party! Old Bakery Studios ‘One of the highlights of Glastonbury’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. oldbakerystudios.co.uk


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First Late Night Shopping City Centre The first night that the shops stay open late! Enjoy the festive atmosphere with street markets, music and entertainment.

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Trelissick Christmas Craft Fair Handmade gifts by Trelissick staff and volunteers. nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

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Storytime Christmas Activities Truro Library Free stories, songs and Christmas card making, 2pm

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Reindeer Parade City Centre See Father Christmas and his real reindeer from 6pm at Victoria Square, followed by a street procession at 6.45pm.

Made in Cornwall Fair A fabulous selection of local produce, creative arts, jewellery, cards, cheeses and chocolates all under one roof. madeincornwall.com


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Cornwall Hospice Care Light up a Life Carol Service Truro Cathedral

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Santa Fun Run Union Place

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The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet Live Plaza Cinema Enjoy a live performance of the Christmas classic. wtwcinemas.co.uk 38

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Storytime Christmas Activities Truro Library Free stories, songs and Christmas card decoration making, 2pm.

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Launchpad Christmas Encounter Truro Baptist Church Crafts, activities, games and music from 4pm. trurobaptist.co.uk


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Storytime Christmas Activities Truro Library

Storytime Nativity Story Truro Library

Free stories, songs and Storytime Christmas Party – Fancy dress encouraged! 2pm and 10am.

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Mayor’s Charity Day Lemon Quay Charities from across Cornwall will come together on Lemon Quay for a day hosted by the Mayor of Truro. The event features a variety of charity and non-profit organisation stalls raising funds and awareness. Free entry, 9.30am - 4.00pm.

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Winter Gift Fayre Lemon Quay Locally produced festive treats and gorgeous gifts to tick off your Christmas list.

Last Late Night Shopping City Centre The last night to shop late – enjoy a festive atmosphere with music, entertainment and street markets while picking up your last minute gifts.

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A Christmas Music Hall Redannick Theatre 7.30pm Where Christmas meets Victorian Music Hall, join Truro’s amateur society for a festive celebration of sweet melodies, comic hilarity and general variety. taods.co.uk

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The Arts Society Truro Lecture Mylor Theatre at Truro and Penwith College Richard Box tells the Christmas Story through art. theartssocietytruro.org.uk

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Hark! The glad sound of Cornish Carols Royal Cornwall Museum royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

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The Last Baguette Company Presents ‘The Little Match Girl’ The Burrell Theatre A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale.

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Midnight Mass Truro Cathedral DECEMBER

Christmas Street Market Boscawen Street The final market of 2018, 9am – 4.30pm.

Make your way to the stunning setting of Truro Cathedral for the carols and prayers of midnight mass. Doors open at 10.30pm service starts at 11.30pm. trurocathedral.org.uk

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Live Nativity Truro Methodist Church

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Truro Cathedral Much-loved service, devised first in Truro in 1880. trurocathedral.org.uk 40

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Procession through the streets of Truro led by Mary and Joseph, followed by the Christmas story and sing along, 2.45pm – 4.00pm.

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Christmas Day Service Truro Baptist Church 10am – Christmas Day Service for all.


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Christmas Day Service Truro Cathedral Join the Cathedral Choir at this uplifting Christmas Day service from 10am. trurocathedral.org.uk

Winter Sales – Boxing Day and Beyond

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New Years Eve Fireworks Lemon Quay Truro’s annual midnight display. visittruro.org.uk

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WE HAVE MOVED! A new home for Truro's Great Little Visitor Information Centre

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arlier this year Visit Truro relocated, moving from its former location next door to the Hall for Cornwall, to the opposite side of Boscawen Street. Over the summer, the team has welcomed locals and visitors through the doors, helping hundreds of people to make the most of Our Great Little City and the surrounding areas. The former clothing shop has been transformed, giving the Visit Truro team visitor information centre that they can be truly proud of. The retail space is full of gorgeous Cornwall-inspired items, from lifestyle and home ware, to locally produced food and drink, and traditional souvenirs. Perfect for Christmas presents or as a treat for yourself! Next time you’re in Truro, be sure to pop in and see for yourself! Open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm and Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm. visittruro.org.uk

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POOCHES & PINTS

The season of cosy pubs and wintery walks is upon us. There’s nothing better than getting dressed up in your waterproofs and embracing the great outdoors before settling down in front of a fire and enjoying a pint of Cornish tipple – heaven! If you’re planning a day out with your pooch, Truro has some great options to choose from.

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estled in the charming lanes of Truro with views over the cathedral, The Rising Sun has a delicious seasonal menu, a well stocked bar, and a stash of doggie treats. Pick a pint a watch the world go by in The Old Ale House. The Skinners Brewery pub has one of the best collections of beers, seasonal ales and ciders in Cornwall. 45


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With stunning views over Truro and Tresillian River, The Heron Inn is perfect for those looking to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Malpas Park and ooze in the autumnal atmosphere of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before wetting your whistle in this fantastic pub. If you’re spending the day exploring the beautiful National Trust owned Trelissick Gardens in Feock, The Punchbowl and Ladle is a must-visit. Dating back to the 15th century, the pub is full of cosy nooks and corners for you and your four-legged friend to nestle yourselves in. A seasonal, locally sourced menu and ever-changing roster of ales makes it popular with locals and visitors alike. Nestled deep in the heart of the stunning Roseland Peninsula and just a mile from the King Harry Ferry’s Roseland port is The Roseland Inn. The perfect place to quench your thirst after a walk around estuary, or to visit for a leisurely lunch,

with its roaring fire and welcoming atmosphere, it offers everything you could want from a Cornish pub. On the other side of Truro, heading towards Newquay, is The Plume of Feathers in Mitchell. Combining the cosy warmth and character of a traditional inn, with a menu created by Head Chef and former Masterchef – The Professionals contestant, Nat Tallents, this is country dining at its finest. Only a few miles from Cornwall’s north coast, it’s the perfect pit stop to refuel after a long walk on the beach.

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WINTER GIFT FAYRE Lose yourself in the magic of Christmas at this years’ Winter Gift Fayre on Lemon Quay this December. With the halls well and truly decked with twinkling lights and hanging lanterns, local Tregothnan trees lining the entrances and festive tunes playing in the eaves, if you weren’t feeling the Christmas spirit then the Winter Gift Fayre will get you in the mood.

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he atmosphere and décor isn’t the only attraction of this festive fayre – with over 80 stallholders, ranging from treasured national brands to local producers, you’ll be captivated by the variety of products that are perfect for Christmas time. From luxury foods and award winning drink, to beautiful accessories and quality festive decorations, whether you’re after a gift for loved ones or a treat for yourself; you won’t be disappointed! The Winter Gift Fayre opened its doors for the first time last 48

year, proving a huge success, and showcasing glorious gifts and perfect presents from an array of quality stallholders. The Fayre will be taking place from Wednesday the 12th December until the 20th, making it the final Lemon Quay Christmas market before the big day – ideal for those last-minute presents. So – grab a glass of mulled wine, get your scarf on and experience the magic of the Winter Gift Fayre this Christmas.

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High Tide Jewellery pride themselves in their wearable art, in a range of styles to suit all tastes. A beautiful gift for a friend, or a touch of festive sparkle for yourself; make sure you have a browse. 50

Jo Downs has five shops and galleries across Cornwall – a testament to her beautiful handmade glass products. A wonderful present and home accessory - be sure to visit her stall.

Tarquin’s gin is quickly becoming a household luxury spirit – and it’s no surprise. Distilled in Cornwall by Southwestern Distillery, this gin makes the perfect tipple – whether a gift for yourself or others!

Atlantic Blankets produce cosy, soft blankets that are perfect for snuggling into on a cold winter’s evening. These blankets and throws make great stocking fillers, or the perfect accessory to any sofa!


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TugBoat is passionate about producing fantastic tea and coffee. The Truro store is full of fascinating flavours and original blends, as well as a whole host of reusable cups and eco-accessories.

Keltek Brewery produces awardwinning ales by hand with care and craftsmanship, using the finest whole hop flowers, British malts and handpinched yeast.

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CHRISTMAS AT TRURO CATHEDRAL Truro Cathedral prepares to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with concerts, carolling and much more.

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s the nights draw in, the lights of Truro Cathedral burn brightly across the city as preparations for another busy Advent and Christmas season get underway. In addition to the usual daily services, Truro Cathedral will host six major concerts and over a dozen seasonal services throughout the festive period, welcoming around 10,000 visitors through its doors to experience and share what is the most uplifting and joyous of seasons. There's lots to organise to ensure everything runs smoothly. There are rehearsals to book,

hundreds of orders of service to create, Truro’s tallest Christmas tree to be delivered, a very important crib to construct… the list goes on! As the birthplace of the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service, one thing is certain – the atmosphere, the music, and the joy of the cathedral at Christmas time is something quite extraordinary, and everyone is warmly invited to be part of it. However you plan on spending this Christmas, we hope that it is full of love and laughter, and from everyone at Truro Cathedral we wish a very happy Christmas to one and all.

To find out more about the events and services taking place this festive season, visit trurocathedral.org.uk

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A Taste of The Alverton Top-notch tipples, hearty award-winning food and cosy corners to sink into. Dine at The Alverton this winter. T H E A LV E RTO N.CO.U K STAY@T H E A LV E RTO N.CO.U K | 0 1 8 7 2 2 76 6 3 3


HOTELS FOR the Holidays Merchant HouseHotel

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his cosy hotel is perfect for those needing a place to stay in Truro after a Christmas party or some festive shopping! Situated just a five minute walk from the city centre, Merchant House Hotel is offering discounted rates throughout November and December so that you can enjoy Truro’s festive atmosphere without breaking the bank. Their stylish rooms are complimented with a hearty breakfast, and the hotel also offers afternoon tea if you’re in need of a touch of respite from Christmas shopping! 55


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he Alverton is one of the most magical, atmospheric places to be in Truro for Christmas. Just a 5 minute walk to the city centre, it’s the perfect place to bed down after an evening of late night shopping, but if you’d rather experience the full package then The Alverton has plenty to offer. From their stunning suites with a chic take on classic style, to the relaxed bar with something for everyone, and the restaurant offering food that looks as good as it tastes – The Alverton is the luxury Christmas stay you’ve been looking for. Join them on Christmas Day for an impressive five-course lunch, Boxing Day for a four-course lunch and New Years’ Eve for a seven-course dinner, live music and magnificent views of the city’s fireworks.

his Christmas, the Rose in Vale in Mithian are offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas at home. Head to this stunning country manor just outside of Truro, and prepare to be treated like royalty for the weekend – with three or four night breaks that include live music, A la Carte menus and, of course, fizz! This beautiful hotel is as grand as it is cosy, with high ceilings and impressive Christmas trees as well as roaring fires and sofas that you’ll sink into. Located just out of the city, Rose in Vale offers plenty of places for a Boxing Day stroll whilst being close enough to get a short taxi back from town after a mulled wine and a festive feast.

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annings is a modern, sophisticated hotel in the heart of the city. If you want to see out the festive season in style, why not reserve one of the luxurious bedrooms or apartments in its Grade II-listing building and converted stable block? Whether it’s office party night, or you fancy making the most of Truro’s late night shopping, an evening in Mannings is a great way to finish off an evening of festive fun. Standard doubles start from just £70 per night, including complimentary car parking and a Continental buffet breakfast.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

We received lots of fantastic entries for our Great Little Photo Competition this year, but after much deliberation, we are delighted to name Simon Devatta as our 2018 winner with his shot of Truro’s historic Walsingham Place. Congratulations Simon, we hope you enjoy your stay at The Alverton Hotel! 58


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Simon Devetta


BEST OF THE REST A huge 'thank you' goes out to all who entered. Here's our selection of highly commended entries.

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Santa has his sleigh – here are your ways in and out of Truro for the Christmas season PARK & RIDE

There are two Park & Ride locations on the outskirts of the city, Langarth Park (TR4 9AN) and Tregurra Park (TR1 1RH). Additional Park & Ride services will be operating for the City of Lights Parade and Christmas Lights switchon. Then each Wednesday from 28 November to 19 December for late night shopping, with pick up points at Quay Street and Victoria Square. Last buses to leave the city centre at 10pm. To find out more, visit: parkfortruro.org.uk

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.

BY PLANE

Cornwall Airport Newquay is just 12 miles away. newquaycornwallairport.com

BY BIKE

The city’s on two National Cycle Routes, 3 and 32. There are bike parks at both Lemon Quay and Union Place.

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PARK FOR FREE

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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 for parking.

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

CAR SHARE

Looking to share a ride? Try Car Share Cornwall. carsharecornwall.com 64

Park for free from 4pm in long stay and 5pm in short stay Cornwall Council car parks throughout Truro. Edward Street Garras Wharf Moorfield Moresk, Oakway Pydar Street Viaduct

DISABLED PARKING

For free parking in Cornwall Council car parks, register in advance. Phone: 0300 1234 222

TAXIS

There are two city-centre taxi ranks – Boscawen Street (next to Coinage Hall) and Quay Street (short walk from Lemon Quay).


City of Lights & Switch-on 21 November

Reindeer Parade & first Late Night Shopping

28 November

Boscawen Street Markets

Wednesdays and Saturdays from 28 November

Winter Gift Fayre

12 – 20 December

New Years Eve Fireworks on Lemon Quay visittruro.org.uk @visittruro


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Truro Guide Winter 2018  

In this issue, you’ll find an insider’s guide to what Truro has in store for Christmas, with everything you need to know about shopping, eve...

Truro Guide Winter 2018  

In this issue, you’ll find an insider’s guide to what Truro has in store for Christmas, with everything you need to know about shopping, eve...

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