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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CITY & RURAL DISTRICT

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What’s on

Spring events for your diary

Journey in Time Historical Truro

A World in our City

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International eateries


Welcome to spring in Truro

There’s nothing quite like the first feeling of the sun warming your face while strolling through the city, the backdrop of the Cathedral spires on a blue sky, birds twittering in the trees, and the flowers in bloom – ah, spring! For 2017’s first issue of the Truro Guide, we’re bringing in the season with plenty of ideas and inspiration for socialising, shopping, and things to do in our great little city. The buzz of restaurants, cafes, and bars, and variety of independent and mainstream shops, make the streets of Truro a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed, urban day or evening out; guaranteed to put a spring in your step, whether you’re a local, daytripper, or holidaymaker.

2 S  PRING FEVER Parks, gardens, and urban floral displays 11 TRUE LOVE IN TRURO Wedding day inspiration and ideas 17 HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE Fine wine in the city 22 A WORLD IN OUR CITY Truro’s most culturally diverse restaurants 29 FLOWER POWER Floral home wares, fashion, and gifts 32 SPRING EVENTS Our guide to what’s on this season 40 HALL FOR CORNWALL Spring highlights 42 A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME Historical tales of Truro

Cover story A leisurely Spring day in the city… this issue’s cover was created by Falmouth-based illustrator, Elly Jahnz.

For more information on everything Truro, visit: visittruro.org.uk

45 SACRIFICE, LOVE, AND LOSS IN MUSEUM’S WW1 EXHIBITION Heart of Conflict at the RCM 46 THE LEGEND OF ST. PIRAN Celebrating the Cornish Patron Saint 48 MOTOR MOUTH Independent grab-and-go cafes and delis 54 EASTER AT THE CATHEDRAL Special services and events for the season 56 COVER TO COVER A book-lovers guide to the city’s literary hangouts 62 TRAVEL INFORMATION Getting to Truro and finding your way around

WORKING TOGETHER FOR TRURO

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Spring in Our Step

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Get in touch with nature among Truro’s parks, gardens and urban floral displays.

hen spring comes around, Truro comes to life. There are flower plantings and displays bursting into bloom all across the city. Here are three horticultural highlights to look out for. For a dose of floral parklife, make a beeline for Victoria Gardens, brimming with magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, and with views of Truro’s soaring viaduct, the park is filled with exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. A great spot for a stroll or a picnic; the cultivated surroundings are completed by a water feature, a themed bed and a bandstand, where during the summer months concerts are held every Sunday. The stretch of dual carriageway from Morlaix Avenue to the top of Station Hill is ablaze with yellow at this time of year, when thousands of daffodils show their faces in beds sponsored by Fentongollan Farm, and also in the Marie Curie Field of Hope at the top of Tregolls Road. Meanwhile, in the centre of town, shoppers and workers will notice a 3


preponderance of purple. Truro in Bloom has put a focus on the crocus for the past two or three years, and their hard work is now paying off in abundance. Once again this year, Truro is participating in the national Britain in Bloom finals, representing the south west region in the Large Town category.

Guerrilla Gardening in the City

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ome call it guerrilla gardening – residents and community groups taking the initiative and making the best of neglected, unclaimed plots in their neighbourhoods. It’s going on in towns and cities all across the country, including Truro. One example is the transformation of a tiered planting of Spanish gorse along Fairmantle Street, thanks to Richard Argall, Chair of Truro in Bloom and the city’s Tree Warden. A team from the Truro Parks and Amenities Department and volunteers from Truro in Bloom did the hard slog of clearing out the old gorse and preparing the ground, before local residents joined in to plant over 70 perennials, shrubs and grasses, including pollinatorfriendly plants such as foxgloves, echinops, lavender and sedums. Amelanchiers were also chosen for their insectattracting flowers, autumn colour and edible berries for the birds. Not only has this burst of guerrilla gardening injected colour into a busy street, it has made active gardeners out of the local community, who helped to design and now care for the new displays.

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Swings and Roundabouts

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rafalgar Roundabout, one of the key entrance points to the city, has become a canvas for Truro Parks and Amenities Department in recent years to create eye-catching 3D planting displays. This year the roundabout will spotlight the Rhoda Mary project, which aims to equip teenagers with new skills through the reconstruction and operation of a long-abandoned, Cornish-built, merchant schooner. The Rhoda Mary was famed for her elegance and speed, and operated as a trading vessel for over 50 years until she was retired in 1924. Her remains can clearly be seen on the foreshore of the River Medway in Kent and plans are afoot to salvage the iconic schooner, bring her to Truro, restore her to her original form, and create a preapprenticeship training course for 16 to 19-year-olds based on the vessel. Get your preview of how she’s going to look in the 3D floral display on Trafalgar Roundabout. 6


Child’s Play

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t’s time to let the kids run free, and Truro has just the places for children of all ages to enjoy the outdoors. Boscawen Park is a large slice of open green space just along the Truro River, perfect for cycling, scooters and games. The maritime-themed natural play area is a hit with kids small and not-so-small, with swings, slides, sandpits and climbing frames. For sporty offspring, there are football pitches and a cricket pitch for hire, plus tennis courts being refurbished for the summer season. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the duck pond near Trennick Mill. Close to Victoria Gardens is a treat for smaller kids. 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. Also at Hendra is the skatepark, rated among the best in the south west, attracting skateboarders of all ages and abilities from far and wide. Young nature-lovers can get out and about at Daubuz Moor, an 18-acre wildlife area, just off Moresk Road. The city’s Parks and Amenities Department has recently helped to set up a Friends of Daubuz Moor group, which is looking to improve and enhance the area for wildlife, including developing new nature trails, habitats, events and workshops. 7


Spring into Easter! Art • Music • Worship Exhibitions • Courses • Family fun Food • Shopping • Growth IT’S ALL AT TRURO CATHEDRAL For more information about our services and concerts visit www.trurocathedral.org.uk or tel 01872 276782


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True Love in Truro With the arrival of spring comes the start of the wedding season - we’re feeling the love in the air! If you’re planning your big day or looking for inspiration and ideas, head to Truro and meet the designers, makers, suppliers, and entertainers specialising in making wedding day wishes come true.

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AMANDA K BRIDAL BOUTIQUE n another of Truro’s Georgian Iyou’ll mansions on Princes Street find Amanda K, a boutique

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All About The Dress

COUNTY CREAM BRIDAL BOUTIQUE ased in the beautiful Georgian B Princes House, County Cream is a personal, private (and pretty!)

boutique to find the dress of your dreams. Make an appointment in the intimate setting for you and your nearest and dearest girls. Friendly owner, Elaine Rawlings, will help you get the right fit and style, no matter what your body shape. County Cream stocks the latest collection of 2017 gowns from Ellis, Callista, and Romantica, and almost always has a selection of dresses on the sale rail, catering for a range of budgets. Look out for their gorgeous flower girls range too. Find at: Princes House, Princes Street (appointment only)

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filled with glamour, from the fine designer gowns gracing the rails to the glittering, antique chandelier. Home to many awardwinning dress designers including Maggie Sottero, Jack Sullivan, and Suzanne Neville, Amanda K offers a personal, appointment-only service to help you choose your perfect style. They’ve got your bridesmaids covered too, with gowns from Ebony Rose in their Monroe showroom in a choice of over 60 colours. Find at: The Mansion, Princes Street (appointment only)


THE BRIDAL HOUSE OF CORNWALL acked full of stunning designer P gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, shoes and

accessories, with a personal stylist, a seamstress, and a makeup artist and hairdresser on site, The Bridal House of Cornwall is a one-stop shop for luxury. Situated in an elegant, dreamy space on Quay Street, the boutique even has an elevated catwalk for you to get a full walk, twirl, and look at every angle of your dress in the three way mirror. Designers in stock include Claire Pettibone, Naomi Neoh, Catherine Deane and Justin Alexander, with wedding gown prices ranging from ÂŁ1,000 to ÂŁ3,000. Find at: The Old Mansion House, Quay Street 11


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Finishing Touches ANNA D’SOUZA DESIGNS f you’re looking for unique Iwedding accessories to complete your day look, Anna D’Souza designs bespoke lace shrugs, wedding veils, luxury garters and more. She also offers an alteration or repairs service, particularly for brides wearing vintage or pre-loved. Find at: Princes House, Princes Street

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Brilliant Bouquets ROSEWOOD FLORIST

NICKYS FLOWERS

CELTIC FLOWERS

ituated in the heart of Lemon s Truro’s Interflora florist with un by experienced florist, Sflorists Street Market, highly skilled A over 20 years experience R Tracy, and her team, Celtic Michelle & Frances create in the industry, Nicky provides Flowers use the freshest materials

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beautiful wedding flowers no matter what your budget or desired look. Their ‘tea cup posies’ make cute table settings or gifts for your bridesmaids.

bespoke bouquets or buttonholes, with flowers from all four corners of the world. They also offer a selection of pre-designed styles to choose from.

and locally grown flowers throughout the season, providing everything from traditional handtied bouquets to modern table arrangements.

Find at: Lemon Street Market

Find at: 14, Frances Street

Find at: Unit 75, Pannier Market


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The Art of Cake EMILY HANKINS mily is an artist and designer E with a passion for cake and a love of all things vintage and

handmade. Her bespoke, handpainted cakes, regularly featured in national cake and sugarcraft magazine, are masterpieces that are almost too beautiful to eat! Emily’s quaint and homely kitchen is based in Princes House, the perfect setting for a design consultation over tea and cake. Find at: Princes House, Princes Street (appointment only)

Feather button hole pins by Holly Young Millinery

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Fix up, Look Sharp MOSS BROS

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abelling themselves ‘an editor hilst they don’t specialise his bridal boutique have L for men’, Moss Bros are the W in wedding suits, Trevails T recently launched their ‘Men’s go-to experts in suits and tailoring offer designer formal wear in a Room’ with a range of suits from for your groom and wedding party. The men will be spoilt for choice with a range of two and three piece suits, shoes, and accessories in various styles to buy or hire.

wide range of styles for a variety of ages and sizes. They alter suits and trousers in house, meaning you’re always guaranteed a personal service and a perfect fit.

Find at: 6-7, King Street

Find at: 31-32, River Street

award-winning designer, Peter Posh. Just make sure the bride’s and groom’s appointments don’t clash! Find at: The Mansion, Princes Street 13


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The Ultimate Venue THE ALVERTON rom the flagstoned terrace F and the manicured grounds, to the breathtaking Great Hall

and delicious food, weddings at The Alverton are simply stunning. The centrally located, Grade II listed hotel offers a classic, romantic, and elegant setting for a wedding in true stately style. There’s the added bonus of a dedicated wedding team to help to take care of planning for your ceremony, reception, or even exclusive hire, too. Find at: Tregolls Road

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CLASSICAL ELEGANCE

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Something a Little Different

ocal Soprano singer, Cheryl L Brendish, is a regular performer throughout the south west in recitals, concerts, and on the operatic stage. Book a bespoke performance for mesmerising wedding entertainment that your guests won’t forget. Find at: cherylbrendish.com

MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS

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anary Blue run professional jewellery workshops where you and your partner can spend a day making your perfect rings alongside an experienced jeweller. A relaxing, rewarding, and romantic way to make your wedding bands even more special. Prices start at £275 (plus metal). Find at: 4, Cathedral Lane

HEAVENLY HEADWEAR ovingly handcrafted from the finest materials in her Princes L House studio, Holly Young’s

collection of headwear will be sure to add a creative, standout finish to your wedding look. Choose from her signature feather tiaras, bejewelled hair vines, dramatic floral crowns and more. Find at: Princes House, Princes Street

I SCREAM FOR ICE-CREAM! or a quirky and delicious F finishing touch, Callestick Farm provide a twist on the

classic ice cream cart with their vintage trike. They’ll turn up at your venue laden with tubs of their Cornish clotted cream ice cream to treat your guests. Find at: Callestick Farm, Callestick 15


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HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Whether you’re a wine buff or a casual quaffer, there are some great places to enjoy fine wine in the city. You just need the nose to sniff them out.

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hilling nicely in Nalders Court is The Art of Wine, a wine merchant, lounge bar and art gallery. It has sourced over 100 different wines from small boutique wineries, lesser-known regions and unusual grape varieties from around the world, some of which you can try before you buy with the shop’s automated winetasting system. Nibble on some tasty tapas and sharing platters while you’re sampling the goods, and book a place on one of its regular wine tasting events or foodie nights. 17


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restored listed Georgian townhouse on Lemon Street is home to Bustopher Jones Wine Bar and Restaurant. This stylish yet relaxed bistro has a wide-ranging menu that focuses on seasonal Cornish produce, as well as an extensive wine list, put together by sommelier Gordon Lawrence from Liberty Wines. Highlights include Argentinian Malbec, Finca Los Primos, perfect with a Sunday roast, or a fullflavoured 2015 Viognier for easy drinking on warm spring evenings. 18

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pened in November 2016, The Sanctuary on Old Bridge Street is both a fine wine merchant and wine and champagne bar. It serves Monmouth Coffee by day and hand-picked quality wines and champagne by night, with small plates of fresh-baked bread, olives, artisan cheese and handcarved Serrano ham. Increasing its selection to 120 wines, the wine merchant and bar is showcasing wines that truly stand out and impress, from classy bottles for special birthdays to more affordable weekday reds. 19


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grade II-listed former convent offers the perfect surroundings for enjoying a leisurely glass or two of wine. Head for the bar or brasserie at The Alverton on Tregolls Road and choose from the hotel’s extensive wine and champagne menu, featuring a well-balanced collection of new, old and Cornish wines and some of the best examples from key wineproducing countries. The wine list is approachable and accessible while including lots of options for the more discerning drinker.

he cosy, quirky, family-owned Thomas Daniell, opposite the Lander monument at the top of Lemon Street, is a gastropub with a cool, creative vibe and a modern take on classic hearty dishes. Alongside its range of ales and beers from local breweries and suppliers, the pub offers an interesting wine list of six whites, six reds and two rosés, plus champagne and sparkling wine, refreshed regularly to suit the seasonally changing menu and keep the loyal crowd of locals on their toes.

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f you’re en route to the theatre or cinema, or in need of post-shopping refreshment Mannings Bar on Lemon Street is wellpositioned. Adjoining Mannings’ own excellent restaurant, it has a cellar stocked with an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary fine wines, with bartenders well-versed in what’s available. They’ll introduce you to a new favourite tipple or help choose some bubbles if it’s a special occasion. A glass of crisp, chilled Sancerre or a Bollinger Rosé Brut, anyone?

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A WORLD IN OUR CITY The Truro Guide team trial and taste some of our most culturally diverse restaurants 22


Xen Noodle Bar What we ate:

Crispy Wonton, Tempura Prawns, Vegetarian Noodle Soup with Tofu, Xen Special Noodles with Satay Sauce.

What it's about:

Canteen-style restaurant mainly offering Chinese noodles and rice dishes, with a smattering of Malaysian, Japanese, Thai and other Asian influence. There is plenty of seating available making it a good choice for bigger parties or private functions. All dishes are MSG free.

What we liked:

The hearty portions were more than enough to warm us up on a crisp spring afternoon. Refill jasmine and iced lemon tea went perfectly with the grub.

“Refill jasmine and iced lemon tea went perfectly with the grub” Budget:

£4.00 to £5.00 for starters and sides; £8.00 to £10.00 for mains. Half portion mains available for £6. Find at: 47-49 Calenick Street 23


Chorley’s What we ate:

Sharing platter with boerewors bites in Chorley’s glazed onions, ribs & boneless chicken thighs, and mini bunny chow, with chunky fries and sweet potato fries – Smoked Hot BBQ sauce and Habanero sauces on the side.

What it’s about:

This recently opened South African restaurant offers dishes inspired by their family-recipe sauces infused with sweet garlic and peri-peri chilli sauce. The special Chorley’s recipe comes from Zimbabwe and is now made right here in Cornwall.

What we liked:

The sauces were sweet, hot, and smoky – a great pairing for both the selection of the meats and to dip our chips. The African music and décor add to the mood. Sauces are available to buy bottled from £3.50 – we’ll be picking some up for BBQ season!

“The staff Chantek were friendly, What we ate: Chicken & Crispy Duck Rolls, attentive and Satay Massaman Lamb, Prawn Panang, knowledgeable” and Pad Thai Noodle. What it’s about:

Budget:

Thai and Asian fusion restaurant with contemporary décor and an open kitchen to see the skilled chefs at work. Upstairs can be hired out and seats 15-50 people – perfect for private functions.

Find at: Old Bridge Street.

What we liked:

Main dishes range from £5.95 to £10.49; sharing platters from £8.49 to £29.99.

The staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Everything was beautifully presented and the Massaman curry was particularly delicious – mildly spicy with just the right balance of nutty and creamy.

Budget:

Starters from £6.95 to £8.25; mains from £11.95 to £15.25. Pre-theatre set menu is £14.50 for 2 courses. Find at: New Bridge Street. 24


Mustard & Rye What we ate:

2 meat & 2 fixins from the Smokehouse menu (flame grilled half-chicken with peri-peri, St Louis BBQ ribs, sweet potato fries & house slaw), Piggy Back Burger, a side of 6 chicken wings, and a side of BBQ beans.

What it’s about:

Big flavour smoked meats, burgers and hot dogs. The mustardyellow leather seated booths, US memorabilia on the walls, and self-serve pancake station make it a fun American diner experience. Transforms into a bar in the evening, hence their tagline ‘Eat Now Dance Later’.

“The smoked meats were tender and What we liked: The smoked meats were tender flavourful” and flavourful, and portions were large in true American style. Washing it all down with fizzy Vimto at the drinks refill station added to the fun.

Budget:

Mains from £6.95 to £19.95. At The Pancake Station you can get two for £2.50 or four for £4.95. Find at: Calenick Street 25


The Back Room What we ate:

Mezze board with a salmon & lemon kebab, hummus, rocket, baked feta, ginger & chili pickled red cabbage, sumac roasted sweet potatoes, coriander & lime slaw, Turkish bulgar salad, and griddled flatbread. Hallumi wrap with citrus, walnut & sultana couscous salad.

What it’s about:

Authentic, fresh, and homemade Middle Eastern dishes in a laidback, glam environment. A tuckedaway spot for cocktails and DJs in the evenings.

What we liked:

A rare cuisine to find in Cornwall, we thoroughly enjoyed the combination of flavours and the passion from chef, Gemma, exuded in the taste and presentation.

Budget:

Mezze boards from £11.95; toasted wraps for £7.95. Find at: River Street

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“Authentic, fresh and homemade Middle Eastern dishes”


GOT A TASTE FOR MORE? Truro’s teeming with choice when it comes to international eateries and takeaways.

Indian & Nepalese

Ganges, St Clement Street Yak & Yeti, Kenwyn Street Kathmandu, Old Bridge Street Shanaz, Edward Street Truro Tandoori, Lemon Street

Piero’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Thai

Thai & Eastern Takeaway, St Mary’s St Mews

Mexican

Habaneros Burrito Bar, Kenwyn Street Chiquitos, West Truro Retail Park, Threemilestone

What we ate:

Sardinian sharing board with parma ham, Sardinian cured sausage, pecorino cheese and olives; Pizza Capricciosa, Homemade Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli.

What it’s about:

Good, honest Italian cooking with a Sardinian twist. One of Truro’s oldest restaurants, remembered with great affection by many local people.

What we liked:

The authentic, friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere. The lunch menu was varied, quickly served, and good value.

“Honest Italian cooking with a Sardinian twist”

Chinese

Mandarin Garden, Kenwyn Street Yue Restaurant, City Road Shanghai Lounge, New Bridge Steet

Italian

Pizza Express, Boscawen Street The Italian, Kenwyn Street Ask, Lemon Street

American-style

HUBBOX, Kenwyn Street

Global Street Food

Sonder Café Bar, Princes Street

Budget:

Lunches from £7.00 to £9.00; evening mains from £7.90 to just under £20. Find at: Kenwyn Street 27


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FLOWER POWER

SPRING INTO THE NEW SEASON WITH PRETTY FLORAL TREATS – THE PERFECT PICK-ME-UP FOR YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES, OR YOUR HOME.

Kaffe Fasset range From £10 The Clementine, 8 St Mary's St

Burleigh Felicity Teacup and Espresso Saucer £16 and £10 Steamer Trading, 2-3 Pydar St

Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Collection £63 Scentstore, 10-11 Cathedral Lane

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Talland Dress, Painted Daisy Flint £69.95 Seasalt, 6-7 Duke St 30


Cuddle Hooded Jersey Jacket Available from 0-24 months £27.95 Joules, 1 Pydar St

Various fabrics From £12.99 per metre Truro Fabrics, Calenick St

Floral & Stripe Cotton Scarf £14.99 Uneeka, 5 Boscawen St

Carolyn Gardner Cosmetic Bag Ditsy £14.99 Bay Tree Home, 3 Cathedral Lane

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SPRING 8

MARCH

Live Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 Truro Cathedral Arrive to be seated by 3.15pm for a 3.30pm performance by Truro Cathedral Choir.

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MARCH

trurocathedral.org.uk

Family Fun

St. Piran’s Day Parade High Cross A celebration of the patron saint of Cornwall. Take part in the parade, starting at 11am at Waterfall Gardens and explore Cornish heritage and culture. If you can stick around, Truro and its pubs will be alive with activity all day. facebook.com/stpiransdaytruro Did you know that St Piran is said to have resurrected soldiers from the dead? And that his first disciples were a badger, a fox and a bear?! Find our more about the legend of St Piran on page 47.

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Sanctuary Week The Sanctuary, Old Bridge Street A full programme of tastings, food, events, talks, and general all-round good cheer - with a couple of parties thrown in for good measure. Watch the 'Sanctuary Times' and their Facebook page for details. facebook.com/ TheSanctuaryTruro

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Family Fun MARCH

Babe, The Sheep-Pig Hall for Cornwall Meet the loveable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. Based on the classic novel by Dick King-Smith, coming alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry, original music and featuring a West End cast of eight actor-musicians. hallforcornwall.co.uk


EVENTS SPRING EVENTS

13-18

MARCH

Cornwall Music Festival including the Spoken Word Methodist Church Competitive festival of music and poetry for talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities.

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MARCH

Duchy Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty Hall for Cornwall The entrancing tale of Princess Aurora who sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a handsome Prince, is the new production by Duchy Ballet. Inspired by Tchaikovsky's score, choreographer Terence Etheridge has adapted and invented a bewitching spectacle. hallforcornwall.co.uk

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MARCH

Walk on Fire for Marie Curie Truro Cricket Ground Dare to kick off your shoes and walk on fire, raising money for Marie Curie nursing care. Registration opens between 4.30pm and 6.00pm at the Truro Cricket Ground.

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MARCH

Daffodil Show Trelissick Garden, National Trust A dazzling array of daffodils are showcased in Trelissick’s annual show, from some of Cornwall’s finest breeders and growers. nationaltrust.org.uk/ trelissick-garden/whats-on 33


SPRING EVENTS

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Family Fun APRIL

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Trelissick Garden There’s lots of Easter fun at Trelissick throughout the holidays, with a trail to do, clues to find, and a chocolate prize to claim!

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Free Guided Tours Truro Cathedral

APRIL

Swimathon Truro Leisure Centre

Monday to Thursday at 11am. If you’re visiting specifically for a tour, contact the Cathedral Office to check that it’s running.

The world’s biggest annual fundraising swim for Marie Curie, taking place at over 600 pools across the UK.

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Sign up to take part at swimaton.org

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nationaltrust.org.uk/ trelissick-garden/whats-on

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APRIL

Family Fun

Easter Fun for Children & Families Truro Cathedral Free drop-in craft activities and 'trails' to follow. trurocathedral.org.uk 34

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APRIL

Truro Family Fun Day Lemon Quay, Victoria Square, and Union Place

Family Fun

Children’s rides and activities, music and bands, activities and promotions in shops and cafes… a day out in Truro for the whole family to enjoy. visittruro.org.uk


SPRING EVENTS

9-16

APRIL

Holy Week and Easter Truro Cathedral A variety of services to celebrate Easter. See website for full list of services and events. trurocathedral.org.uk

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Family Fun APRIL

Easter Fun for Children & Families Truro Cathedral More free activities at the Cathedral. trurocathedral.org.uk

17-22

APRIL

Dirty Dancing Hall for Cornwall This worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Family Fun APRIL

Tregothnan Charity Open Weekend Tregothnan, Tresillian Tregothnan opens its usually private gates to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall. The sheer scale of the garden, over 100 acres, means there will be plenty of peace and space to explore the unequalled diversity

of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful River Fal. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities, games, and demonstrations, followed by a BBQ lunch, cream tea, or ice-cream. £10.00 per ticket for adults; aged 16 and under go free. Dogs on leads welcome. Tickets available online and on the gate and all proceeds benefit St. Petroc’s Society. tregothnan.co.uk 35


SPRING EVENTS

28-29

APRIL

Cathedral City Markets Lemon Quay Arts, crafts, food and drink, gifts, and more. ccmarkets.co.uk

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Beating the Bounds Around Truro Revive the centuries old tradition with a sponsored walk around the boundaries of Truro. Total distance is approximately 15 miles but 5 or 10 mile sections can also be walked, raising funds for ROC. Visit the Truro Lions website for more information: e-clubhouse.org/sites/trurolions

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The world's largest Male Choral Festival featuring keenly contested competitions, evening concerts and daytime events held in all parts of the county at churches and major tourist attractions. Kicks off with the International Gala Concert at the Cathedral (7.30pm on the 27th April). Tickets available via Hall for Cornwall; morning and all day rates available.

A celebration of Cornish music and art, with life-size puppets, a drum band and a giant effigy of the legendary Cornish giant, Bolster.

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SPRING EVENTS

‘The best of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals’

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Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Hall for Cornwall Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets. Starring The X Factor winner, Joe McElderry as Joseph. hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Free activities and trails for all of the family.

A Bite of Cornwall – Truro Food & Drink Festival Lemon Quay

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The Addams Family Hall for Cornwall Everyone's favourite kooky family is now on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical, Jersey Boys. Starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders Ronnie Mitchell), Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell, in ITV’s Coronation Street) and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). hallforcornwall.co.uk


At the top of Tregolls Road in Truro, heading out of town on the right. Offering delicious food and drink whilst training people and volunteers both in and out of the kitchen. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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HALL FOR CORNWALL SPRING HIGHLIGHTS Introducing this season’s sensational shows at Cornwall’s biggest performance venue.

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ward winning comedian and actor, Omid Djalili, is back on a nationwide tour, Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night1 (2 March). Earning praise across the world for his performances, with credits ranging from Hollywood to television to the West End stage, Omid’s stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining. A brand new show for 2017, Brendan Cole: All Night Long2 (3 & 4 March) promises a

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spectacular production hosted by everyone’s favourite Strictly Come Dancing star, Brendan Cole. Featuring guest dancers, a new leading lady, superb choreography and a 14 piece band live on stage, it’s going be a party you won’t want to miss! Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement In Stone3 (6-11 March) starring Andrew Lancel and Sophie Ward. Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on

Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery in Babe, The Sheep-Pig4 (13-15 March). Based on the best-selling book by Dick King Smith, this enchanting family favourite which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, stunning puppetry, original music and a West End cast of eight actor-musicians. Adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG), follow the incredible story


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of one piglet's rise to become the world famous sheep-pig. Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s blissfully funny Nell Gywnn5 (4-8 April) comes direct from critically acclaimed, sell out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre. This warm hearted, bawdy comedy tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King. Starring Olivier Award nominated actress, Laura Pitt Pulford, Nell Gwynn is brought to the stage by English Touring Theatre.  Dillie Keane takes a short break from her gal pals to present her first solo show, Fascinating Aïda’s Dillie Keane6 (13 April). With brand

new songs to grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love, and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. Enjoy a fascinating evening with Dillie and the very talented Michael Roulston on piano. Following their hugely successful tour in 2015, the Yamato drummers are back in the UK by popular demand with their new show, Yamato: The Challengers7 (15 April). Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences across the globe as the drummers challenge and push themselves to their absolute limits. Yamato will leave audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive show. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (16-20 May) continues on its record breaking tour, starring X Factor winner, Joe McElderry. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph (Joe McElderry), his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

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Truro Grammar School, 1880

“Walking through Squeezeguts Alley you can conjure the voices, and possibly tobacco laden coughs, of many a past Grammar School boy�

Image courtesy of Dave Upton

Cornelius Cardew, Mayor and longest serving Master of the School

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A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME

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hen Henry VIII shut down Truro Priory, the train of events in 1549 led to Truro Corporation and the Church jointly endowing Truro Grammar School in St Mary’s Street. The schoolroom is still ‘The Old Grammar School’ and you can always get a platter of tapas there to remind you of Tudor times! From 1770 for thirty-four years the reputedly stern disciplinarian, Cornelius Cardew, was both Mayor and Headmaster, thus employing himself. He was the longest serving Master of the School. Immediately opposite the Grammar School is Squeezeguts Alley (it’s a tight fit), the only ‘alley’ in Truro. Pedestrian cuts such as this are usually called ‘opes’ – pronounced ‘opps’. Its surface is granite and sandstone and is the original, probably laid in the early 18th century. Walking through you can conjure the voices, and possibly tobacco-laden coughs, of many a famous Grammar School boy - Sir Hussey Vivian (hero of Waterloo and Liberal MP), Henry Martyn, (missionary and unrequited lover), Richard Polwhele (historian and landowner), Sir Humphry Davy (scientist, poet, raconteur), Admirals Boscawen and Pellew, or the notorious Samuel Foote (father of stand-up comedy, actor, writer and monoped!). On the other side of Squeezeguts is Duke Street, named after the Duke of Cornwall whose assayers regularly chipped corners from each ingot of tin,

the Duke’s ‘due’. Here stood the Market House, with the council room above. From Duke Street, look across to the right of Uneeka and you’ll see a bolted door. Walk along Lower Lemon Street past Hendra Health Store and Mannings, formerly known as Royal Hotel, to Lemon Quay. Beside the Market Inn you can still see the old ope leading from the bolted door – once used by the stevedores (and schoolboys) as a cut through to the Quay. In fact, you’ll notice if you look carefully that many of the opes of Truro are directed towards Lemon Quay, which was the focus of Truro’s trade. Imagine how two hundred years ago, Richard and John Lander, Cornish explorers of the River Niger, would have seen ships arriving and leaving. Samuel Enys, an import and export merchant who made Truro a centre of fashion from the 18th century to this day, would have done much of his business here. Lemon Quay, now a public space, was covered in 1928 to provide the first town centre car park in Cornwall and to deal with the unhealthy stench of sewage that polluted the River Kenwyn! For nearly 450 years the Grammar School educated great Cornishmen. They ran through Squeezeguts and between the warehouses and shops to the Quay, where they would hear tales of the wonders of the wide world – getting a taste of toil, freedom, danger and adventure.

Birt Biscoe portrait courtesy of Jon Jacobs

Poet and historian, Bert Biscoe, tells a tale of some of Truro’s most notable characters, Lemon Quay in its trading heyday, and the old Grammar School and its pupils skittering about the opes of the city in a day gone by. Wander the streets and envisage the sights and sounds of life in Truro, hundreds of years before now.

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THE LEGEND OF ST. PIRAN

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elebrated all over Cornwall on the 5th of March, this day is dedicated to the Cornish patron saint of tin miners. Legend has it that Irish born St. Piran was able to perform miracles. Back in the 5th century, this led to him being thrown into the sea with a millstone round his neck by the King of Ireland’s heathen command – intending to drown him. Astonishingly, he managed to survive and floated to Cornwall. Piran lived the life of a hermit and continued to perform miracles, gaining a following of Christian converts. Although Piran has been celebrated in Cornish culture for centuries, particularly amongst miners, it was only during the late 19th century that festivities were re-established by Cornish revivalists, providing the county with a national day of celebration. St. Piran’s Day is celebrated all over Cornwall, with nearly every traditional Cornish pub participating in the “Trelawney Shout” at 9pm – otherwise known as a mass rendition of Cornwall’s anthem – often done for charity, with the county raising over £8,000 in 2015. A true celebration of all things Cornish, from the beautiful countryside to our rich mining history, Truro and its pubs will be alive with activity on the 5th of March, so make sure you join in and bask in the greatness of the Cornish patriotic spirit. Take part in the parade from 11am at Waterfall Gardens, St George's Road.

He re-discovered tin as the metal oozed from the hearth stone of his fire in the shape of a gleaming cross – its white against the black of the stone giving us the ‘St Piran’s cross’, the emblem on our national flag.

St. Piran is said to have resurrected soldiers from the dead.

Piran was said to have lived for 200 years – however his death was brought about by his love of drinking, and he fell down a well after a few too many.

Visit the dunes on Perranporth on the nearest Sunday to St. Piran’s Day (this year it actually falls on the Sunday), and you will see the story of St. Piran re-enacted on them.

His first disciples were a badger, a fox, and a bear.

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Sacrifice, Love, and Loss in Museum’s WW1 Exhibition

Cornwall’s flagship museum throws a spotlight on life in the county during a time of great adversity with Heart of Conflict: Cornwall’s World War One, in collaboration with the Bridging Arts charity.

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housands of men and women left Cornwall between 1914 and 1918 to endure terrible hardship fighting the Germans in France and further afield. For those left behind, these were years of privation, anxiety, grief and extraordinary sacrifice. “Heart of Conflict looks at how people in Cornwall kept body and soul together during those years, how they lived and how they loved,” says Bridging Arts director, Susan Roberts.

“We’ve worked with local people to uncover previously untold stories of human bravery and endurance.” The exhibition features women who struggled to make ends meet while waiting for their men and sons to return home, and young women who worked on the land, in munitions factories and in the mines. It also tells the stories of men forced to stay at home to do vital work such as mining, farming or fishing to keep the war machine going.

Exhibition runs until the 2nd of June 2017. Normal opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pm. Open Bank Holidays. Admission charge £5.50 (including a £1 voluntary donation). Free for Under 16s. Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ. Tel: 01872 272205 heartofconflict.org.uk 47


MOTOR MOUTH Your Non-Stop Guide to Grab and Go in Truro

In a hurry for a bite to eat? Looking for an alternative to the usual pasty places, bakeries, fish-and-chip shops and sandwich chains? Truro has more than its fill of independent cafes and delis dishing up a host of delicious grab-and-go options all day long.

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hit with office workers and shoppers alike is Duke Street Sandwich Deli on – you guessed it – Duke Street. Build your own salad box from an array of freshly-prepared options: roasted vegetables,

coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad, bulgur wheat, chickpeas, tomatoes, grated carrots and sweetcorn. Or, take your pick from the soups, sandwiches, toasties and baked potatoes. And catch some spring sun in the outdoor seating area at the front. Many go to Grounded on New Bridge Street for its Olfactory coffee, but its tasty lunches and breakfasts are a big draw, too. Start your day with homemade granola, porridge with fruit compote or a hearty local pork sausage sandwich. When lunchtime comes around, try a toasted ciabatta sandwich, stew, pie or, on a Thursday, a selection of scrummy scotch eggs, including black pudding and chorizo. Grounded also hosts regular pop-up foodie evenings, such as four-course suppers with suggested wine pairings. In the thick of the city’s main shopping area is Midtown Deli and Cafe on King Street, offering a wide range of sandwiches, salads, smoothies, coffee, pastries and cakes. Grab a slice of homemade quiche and a side salad from the

deli counter downstairs, or if you have more time, savour a generous helping of carrot and lemon cake in the lounge upstairs. Keep an eye out for Midtown’s Creme Egg Hot Chocolate special for Easter. The small but perfectly formed Blend 71 on Lemon Street, next to the Plaza Cinema, is another sarnie hotspot. Get stuck into a doorstop sandwich 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. There’s some top-notch Cornish grub on offer in The Caff, 49


upstairs at the Cornish Food Box Company, Walsingham Place. Housed in a former maltings, coffin store, boxing club and socialist meeting room, this quirky cafe serves sandwiches and platters with Cornish meats and cheeses, hotpots, and pasties handmade on the Lizard, plus pies, quiches and salads, cakes and scones, as well as Origin coffee and Tregothnan tea.

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newcomer to River Street in November 2016, Emily’s changes its menu on a daily basis, making it always worth a look-in if you need something healthy in a hurry. The Emily in question trained as a dietician, and her typical lunchtime line-up will see dishes such as vegetable bolognese on spiralised sweet potato alongside soups, salads, sandwiches and Greek yogurt parfaits. Look out for more chilled options in the months ahead, including cold noodle and rice dishes, and grab a gluten-free brownie, flapjack or banana muffin with your coffee. Plus, you can tuck into a stack of American pancakes, topped with blueberries or chocolate chips, in the welcoming upstairs space if you’re in town on a Saturday morning. Archie Browns on Kenwyn Street is becoming a Truro institution, with a takeaway food bar next to the main health food shop, as well as the ever-popular vegetarian cafe upstairs. Stars of


the takeaway menu include the beetroot and quinoa burger, black bean and cacao chilli, filled pittas, soups and mixed salad boxes. And if they hit the spot, head back for an after-work event, such as a pop-up supper and beginners’ meditation evening. For super-fresh juices, smoothies and milkshakes, as well as coffee, frappés and a range of hot and cold food, there’s also B Juicy, in The Leats. Pick up a salad, sandwich, fruit salad or granola and head off with a spring in your step.

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or a cup of Joe and a sweet treat, check out the brownies, chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins at locals’ favourite 108 Coffee House on Kenwyn Street. Here you can also grab a slice of banana bread, porridge, toast or pastry with your coffee in the morning, or a filled roll or savoury tart for lunch. Or drop by Baker Tom’s Bread in Lemon Street Market, for one of its melt-in-the-mouth pastries, tarts or cakes, and take home a speciality loaf, baked using traditional methods and local, organic ingredients.

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or takeaway Mexican food 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. Inspired by their travels and background in the food industry, Craftworks Street Kitchen offers global street food from a converted shipping container on Truro’s Lemon Quay, using produce sourced from local suppliers. Sample one of their amazing burgers, which include one topped with Cajun king prawns and bbq chorizo and a double blue cheeseburger with a Padron tapas pepper wrapped in smoked bacon. Plus, veggie burgers, Moroccan street salad and shredded Cornish beef brisket in a bun.


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Easter at the CATHEDRAL

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It’s a busy time of year in Truro’s most iconic building – step inside and enjoy a choral performance, a morning out with the kids, or simply shelter from the rain and appreciate a moment’s calm.

A warm welcome

A visit to the Cathedral will reward you with breathtaking views of stunning architecture and a warm welcoming atmosphere all year round, but as Spring approaches, you can look forward to a wide variety of Easter events and special services.

Musical magic

The lunchtime concert season begins with Friday organ recitals (1.10pm, March to October), piano recitals (usually on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1pm, May to September), and community concerts and recitals (on a number of Saturdays at 1pm throughout the year). These concerts are free with a retiring collection taken. Special choral performances include the Truro Choral Society singing the St Matthew Passion by Bach (11 March), Three Spires Singers performing Haydn’s Creation (1 April), The Sixteen singing music by Palestrina and Poulenc (26 May) and this year, the Cornwall International Male Choir Festival Gala Concert (27 April) – kicking off the world’s largest Male Choral Festival.

Tours and trails

Learn all about the fascinating history of the Cathedral on a Tour with our experienced team of Guides (Monday to Thursday at 11am, from April to October). If you’re looking for ways to keep the children entertained during the Easter holidays and half term, come and enjoy a range of free, drop-in craft activities, ‘trails’ to follow, and fun ‘spotter guides’ (3-5 April, 10-12 April, and 30 May-3 June). Whatever you’re popping in for, a lovely way to finish your visit is with a browse in the gift shop and relaxing in the restaurant with lunch or a coffee.

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On Easter Sunday, the 16th of April, a full day of celebration takes place, including The Easter Festival Service at 10am and Easter Evensong at 4pm. Enjoy an Easter Day lunch in the restaurant – pre-booking required. For booking and further information trurocathedral.org.uk or 01872 276782 facebook.com/trurocathedral twitter.com/trurocathedral 55


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The Must-Read Guide to Truro’s Literary Hangouts

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f you’re on the hunt for the latest bestseller, a coffee table tome, a book to inspire young readers, or an expert volume on Cornish history, Truro could have just what you’re looking for. For new books and latest releases, the obvious destination is Waterstones on Boscawen Street, with two floors of fiction and non-fiction, gifts, games and cards. The comprehensive children’s section is a book-loving kid’s dream-come-true and there’s a Costa Coffee upstairs for a hot drink, cake and literary debate. The shop runs a monthly reading group, a writing group, a young adult reading group and a craft group, as well as numerous author events. If it’s a rummage through secondhand volumes and collectable editions that you’re after, Truro can keep you busy

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browsing for hours. Tucked away in Pydar Mews off Pydar Street, Just Books offers a large selection of secondhand and some antiquarian books on a range of topics. Downstairs are books on fine art and the shop’s speciality, Cornish history and topography. Climb the stairs for crafts, cookery, children’s books, poetry, travel and sport, and a wall piled high with good quality secondhand fiction. Drop in to Charlotte’s Victorian Tea House in The Old Coinage Hall on Boscawen Street for some vintage refreshment before seeking out Churchill Books. Hidden among the warren of antiques shops, it’s a tiny goldmine of books on Cornwall, poetry, politics, music, social history and natural history. Golf-lovers should make a beeline for Churchill’s collection of golf memorabilia and


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“Truro can keep bookworms of all ages browsing for hours”

books, old and new, on the history of the sport over the past 150 years. Bonython Bookshop on Kenwyn Street has been in business for 18 years and is crammed with collectable and antiquarian books, mainly non-fiction. It’s strong in books on Cornish history, art and literature, with a focus on St Ives' artists and the Newlyn School, plus collections on mining, archaeology, transport and travel, topography and natural history. It also stocks children's illustrated books. At Oxfam Bookshop on New Bridge Street you can get your hands on secondhand fiction, biographies and children’s books, all for a good cause. If comic books turn your pages, there’s Bazbo Comics, a warehouse-style space on New Bridge Street with thousands of editions of Marvel, DC and other comics, plus graphic novels, action figures and card games. Pick up the latest charttoppers, children’s books, crime, cookery or colouring books at Truro’s WHSmith on Pydar Street, or discount books at The Works on St Nicholas Street. For further browsing pleasure, there’s Truro Community Library on Union Place. The main and junior library, cafe and lounge, WIFI and computer access make this a favourite for bookworms of all ages. There’s the added bonus of the library’s community garden at the rear of the building, and an array of events and activities, such as book groups, poetry groups, children’s storytime sessions and author talks. 58


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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.

TAXIS

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

BY BOAT

Fal River boat services run from Town Quay. For more information, visit: falriver.co.uk

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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BY CAR

PARK & RIDE

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A variety of ticket options are available for the Park & Ride, from day tickets to multi-journey tickets. Guide dogs can travel on the service.

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

DISABLED PARKING

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

PARK FOR £1.50

Coming to Truro for the evening, or dropping by on the way home from the beach? The following car parks are just £1.50 after 4pm: • • • • • •

Edward Street Garras Wharf Moorfield Moresk, Oakway Pydar Street Viaduct

There are two Park & Ride locations on the outskirts of the city, Langarth Park (TR4 9AN) and Tregurra Park (TR1 1RH).

To find out more, visit: parkfortruro.org.uk

CAR SHARE

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

TRURO SHOPMOBILITY SCHEME

Based at Truro’s Moorfield car park, the scheme provides a range of scooters and manual wheelchairs to hire for use within the city centre. truroshopmobility.org.uk


Truro’s diverse food, lifestyle, fashion and art experience Enjoy our indoor individual shopping experience, perfect for browsing and meeting friends. Offering an excellent range of products for gifts and entertaining this season, The Lemon Street Market is a friendly, relaxed alternative to high street shopping. Baker Tom Halzephron Illustrated Living Lemonheads Barbers Silver Lemon Jewellery Rosewood Florists Fig Café Ula Clothing & Lifestyle Cliffside Clothing The Gallery Café Lander Gallery Cornish Art and Craft Find us between Lemon Street and Moorfield car park. A quick shortcut between Victoria Square and the Piazza.

The Lemon Street Market, Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2QD | lemonstreetmarket.co.uk


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