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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CITY & RURAL DISTRICT

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What’s on

Spring events guide

Flower power

Our city gardeners are blooming champions

Eat & sleep

Hide away in nearby boltholes

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Welcome to spring in Truro

The release of the spring edition of the Truro Guide is one of the highlights of our calendar. The worst of the winter weather is behind us and we can look forward to longer days and warmer weather. In the city, spring is everywhere. The award-winning gardens are beginning to bloom; restaurants, bars and cafĂŠs are introducing their springtime menus and shops have shed their wintry displays. We hope the first edition of the 2018 Truro Guide gives you plenty of style inspiration, tips and insider info that will help you make the very most of your time in the city. Enjoy!

3 SPRING FORWARD Behind the scenes of Truro’s gorgeous gardens

20 OLD BAKERY STUDIOS Inside Truro’s alternative music and arts venue

6 200 YEARS OF HERITAGE Inside the Royal Cornwall Museum’s makeover

22 COINAGE HALL The history of Coinage Hall

9 E AT AND SLEEP Truro’s countryside boltholes 12 INTERIORS Truro’s top-drawer interiors stores 15 ST PIRAN’S DAY How Cornwall will be celebrating its national day

25 GIN GUIDE Top spots for a G&T 26 HALL FOR CORNWALL Spring Highlights 28 TRURO CATHEDRAL Seasonal events at the cathedral 30 TRAVEL INFORMATION Getting to Truro and finding your way around

16 SPRING EVENTS Our guide to what’s on this season

THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CITY & RURAL DISTRICT

S P RI NG 201 8

What’s О

Spring events guide

Fler per

Our city gardeners are blooming champions

Eat & slp

Hide away in nearby boltholes

Cover story Style in the city. Falmouth University graduate and illustrator Elisa Cunningham took inspiration from vintage Vogue covers to produce the striking image for spring.

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

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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CAFÉ IN THE PARK Open from 8am daily Situated in the popular Boscawen Park, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes. Perfect for meeting up with friends or relaxing after tiring the little ones out in the playground. BOSCAWEN PARK, TRURO, TR1 2SU


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d r a forw Truro is gearing up for a season of gorgeous gardens and some extra spring cleaning around town.

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Blooming Marvellous

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hey say spring comes early in Cornwall, which is especially good news for anyone visiting Truro. Carefully nurtured and tended to all year long, the city’s award-winning parks and gardens burst into life with floral displays to brighten any day, from the picture-perfect formal beds and bandstand of Victoria Gardens, to the incidental blurs of colour in plantings at roadsides and roundabouts. All the devotion and labour from council staff and community groups is bringing its reward. Having won gold in the Large Town category of the annual national RHS Britain in Bloom awards last year, Truro is taking a step up in 2018. The city has been invited to take its place as one of just six destinations in the Champion of Champions

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category – the Premier League of civic horticulture. The Parks Department at Truro City Council will be working closely with volunteer group Truro in Bloom on the city’s entry, along with Truro Business Improvement District (BID) and other community and Friends groups. The elevated status calls for an extra focus on improving the look of street furniture, such as seats and bollards, and new signs highlighting the city’s main historic features. This spring, Truro City Council will also be refurbishing the eight tennis courts at Boscawen Park, providing a hard-wearing, all-weather playing surface, with further plans to create a new pavilion and cafe. Champion of Champions followed by a Truro tennis champion? You never know…


Park Talk Behind the scenes with horticulturist Liam Shoesmith, Deputy Parks Manager at Truro City Council. Liam also writes for the West Briton and features on BBC Radio Cornwall's Gardenline.

The mixed borders we plant at Boscawen Park always give me satisfaction and they’ll be there for many years to come.

What does your typical day look like? No day at Truro City Council is typical! I start in our yard at Boscawen Park in the morning, speaking to all the staff and working out the day’s tasks. Then it’s looking at ordering or dealing with specific works. I’m very much involved in the design and ordering of the bedding displays throughout Truro, getting very little time to actually work in the gardens these days. What’s your favourite part of the job? My job is very rewarding. I love to see people sitting in Boscawen Park enjoying the flower displays during the summer months. I also enjoy designing and planting the perennial displays. The mixed borders we plant at Boscawen Park always give me satisfaction and they’ll be there for many years to come.

Favourite outdoor space in Truro? I think Kenwyn Churchyard would be my favourite open space. This area has many happy memories from my childhood. Right next door was Truro Cathedral School, where my father was Head Gardener. I would go to work with him during the school holidays and was amazed how I could get plants to grow from seeds and cuttings. Along with an abundance of wildlife, the churchyard has some fantastic views of both the countryside and the city.

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PROMOTION

200 YEARS OF HERITAGE Celebrating the past, present and future of Cornish culture.

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his spring marks the Royal Cornwall Museum’s 200th anniversary. Founded on a passion of learning and culture, the museum has stood as a testament to Cornish ingenuity ever since. To date, more than half a million objects have been collected and exhibited there – showcasing the outstanding contribution Cornwall has made over the centuries to science and the arts. From February 2018 the museum will be re-opening its doors to the public following an interiors refresh, made possible by a grant from the Department for


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The Cornish word ‘hireth’ has no direct English translation but describes an intangible feeling, a longing for familiarity and comfort of a place. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Wolfson Foundation. RIC200 will offer a fascinating learning experience that will take visitors on a journey from Cornwall to Africa and beyond. The museum has approximately 321, 000 items in its collection. In The Secret Life of Objects exhibition visitors will discover exactly what happens to these pieces once they arrive, and how they continue to offer invaluable insights into days gone by, long after they are acquired. The Joy of Science exhibition is a celebration of exactly that, the scientific and technological advances made through the ages.

Cornish Astronomy Heritage/Dark Skies Project 13 APRIL The refurbishment includes the addition of a giant Ordinance Survey floor map of Cornwall from 200 years ago and digitally created underground mining maps. The World Wide Wonders exhibition is a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful objects including the bones of a giant Moa, African fertility masks, and much more! RIC200 will see curation at the Royal Cornwall Museum turned on its head, shining a spotlight on local talent and empowering the community to share what Cornwall means to them as part of its Hireth: Changing the Cornish Landscape exhibition.

Charles Causley’s Poetry: A celebration 24 MAY

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Eat & sleep BOLTHOLES

For those seeking a hideaway close to the city with beautiful interiors and delicious food, take a look at these three nearby boltholes on the outskirts of our great little city.

ROSE IN VALE, Mithian

THE VALLEY, Bissoe

estled in ten acres of woodland and gardens alongside a stream, Rose in Vale is a four-star country house hotel hidden between Truro and St Agnes. Stay in the luxurious rooms or just choose to eat in the 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, which serves everything from traditional afternoon teas to a la carte fine dining – always using locally sourced ingredients. Paul and his team are also able to turn any event into something magical, and the fully licensed bar, extensive wine list and over 100 cocktails make it perfect for any celebration.

he Valley is a selection of 5* gold luxury self-catering holiday cottages just outside of Truro in Bissoe. The Valley offers 2 heated pools, a squash court, a tennis court and plenty for kids too – and with our great little city on your doorstep, there’s no shortage of entertainment! Relax in Cornwall’s countryside, and tantalise your taste buds with their restaurant, Café Azur. It features a menu inspired by local produce and has earned rave reviews from all over the county – plus, children under 5 eat free!

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PLUME OF FEATHERS, Mitchell

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boutique hotel and restaurant with 12 converted outbuildings forming the rooms, and a chef who has cooked for Michel Roux Jr. on Masterchef; The Professionals - The Plume of Feathers is not to be missed. Find it just outside Truro in Mitchell, a short taxi journey from the city and a beautiful retreat into the Cornish countryside. The menu features pub classics all made with local ingredients – Doom Bar battered Cornish fish and chips, homemade short-crust pies and a Sunday roast that lures diners from all over Cornwall. 9


SPRING TIME SHOPPING

SPRING SCENTS

Brush off the chill of winter with a fresh new fragrance for spring! ScentStore owner Linda White gives us her top 5 perfumes to lighten your mood and awaken your senses this spring.

Kenzo, KENZO WORLD

Escada, SORBETTO ROSSO

Paco Rabanne, OLYMPEA AQUA

Paco Rabanne, INVICTUS AQUA

enzo is a bold fun, young K and alternative A and playful brand for women brand, Escada

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with an artistic approach to their packaging. Their fragrance Kenzo World is beautifully presented in the “all seeing eye” bottle and is packed with pear, peony and almond blossom scents with undertones of Orris root from the Iris flower. Great for everyday out and about exploring and edgy soul seekers.

back the trend of aquatic fragrances for women with editions inspired by the athletic spirit and competition from the Olympics. With a base of salted vanilla and tones of lemon blossom, jasmine and calamondin this perfume is busting with freshness! One to invigorate the senses and easy scent for everyday wear.

Sorbetto Roosso is a limited edition for 2018 that captures the true spirit the colourful Amalfi coast. Smell intoxicating scents of watermelon blossom, citruses, pears with sweet undertones of amber and pralines. Perfect for a pick me up on a grey day when you’re dreaming of you next holiday.

Paco Rabanne’s new fragrance Invictus Aqua is zingy cool fragrance for men that’s inspired by victory and aimed at the modern man! With an energetic combination of grapefruit, pink pepper and marine notes with a woody amber base, it’s just right for athletic outdoorsy types.

Jimmy Choo, BLOSSOM SPECIAL EDITION

fun yet A sophisticated brand, Jimmy Choo Blossom Special Edition has a light exotic fruit scent mixed with undertones of sandalwood and hit of the Frangipani flower. Perfect for a lunch out with the girls!

Try out these fragrances and more at Scentstore 10-11 Cathedral Lane, 01872 263663 scentstore.co.uk

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Perfume . Aftershave . Cosmetics . Skincare

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10 Cathedral Lane Truro, TR1 2QS Tel: 01872 263663

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TRURO’S TOP-DRAWER INTERIORS As the saying goes, your home is an extension of yourself. Whether that’s minimalist chic or decadently detailed, Truro’s interiors shops have something for every style. 12


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hen it comes to decorating, spring is the perfect time to give your home up a spruce up. The season of ‘new beginnings’ brings with it lighter evenings, warmer weather and bursts of colour as nature stirs from its wintry slumber. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into some tired looking furniture with a DIY project, or completely transform your living space, Truro has a great range of interiors shops that are sure to leave you feeling inspired. Truro Fabrics is your one-stop-shop for all things haberdashery, stocking a fantastic selection of fabrics, fastenings and sewing essentials. Their sewing enthusiasts can offer expert advice on even the most ambitious of projects. A new edition for spring, and a great choice for beginners are the ‘Create your own lampshade kits’. Starting at just £9.99 1, these super simple kits can be completed in an hour – the tricky part is choosing your fabric! If you’re less handy with a needle and thread, Cotton Mills Interiors specialises in fabrics, furnishing and design. This spring sees the opening of its new showroom, Angel House, which will feature a wide range of interiors products including soft furnishings and flooring, lighting

and furniture. Paired with award winning consulting services, the opening is an exciting addition to Truro’s interiors offering. Fired Earth Truro combines traditional craftsmanship with bespoke design and the highest quality. Its Little Castle Street showroom has a beautiful selection of tiles, paint, wallpaper and bathrooms that would make a statement in any home. For eclectic style done ethically, head to Uneeka. The Home store has a great selection of furniture, soft furnishings and fittings sure to set the tone if you’re looking for something a little different and on trend. Looking to add some Cornish ‘cool’ to your home? Truro’s smaller boutique-style stores are brimming with beautiful mementoes and keepsakes that will add an elegant touch whatever your budget. Bay Tree Home, nestled in Cathedral Lane, is the place to go if you’re looking for unique, yet chic style. The Clementine Cornwall has some fantastic coastal inspired and contemporary pieces. Its selection of home ware including furniture, prints, rugs and lighting, 13


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Celebrating

ST PIRAN’S DAY

St. Piran’s Day on the 5th March is a key date on Cornwall’s cultural calendar. Hundreds gather and celebrate our famous Cornish saint.

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riginally observed by the mining community, St. Piran’s Day was re-established in the late 19th century and is now widely acknowledged as a day to celebrate Cornwall’s history, heritage and culture.

According to legend, Irish born St. Piran was able to perform miracles, leading to him being thrown into the sea with a millstone round his neck at the command of jealous tribal kings. Instead of sinking to his demise, he floated to safety, landing on the sandy shores of Perranporth where he established a church. Events and parades take place across the county, with Truro hosting the longest running parade of its kind. Expect to see participants dressed in traditional Cornish tartan, and faces painted with the black-and-white Cornish flag. The parade begins at 1pm from St George’s Road and will pass through the streets to High

Cross. Once at the Cathedral Steps the Dean of Truro and Bishop Chris will lead a discussion on the life and values of Piran before a rendition of Cornwall’s “Trelawny” anthem.

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Sam Fender Old Bakery Studios One of the UK’s mostly hotly tipped artists, Sam Fender will be heading to Truro to play the first of two headline shows in the south west oldbakerystudios.co.uk

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Contemporary Music for All Truro Cathedral A gateway into the world of contemporary music for all ages and abilities, the weekend of new music activities will feature a variety of workshops , taster sessions and performances. trurocathedral.org.uk

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Luxury Wedding Weekend The Alverton Hotel Showcasing the finest selection of wedding services available in Cornwall over two days, the magnificent former monastery is a mustvisit for brides-to-be. Saturday and Sunday 11.00-15.00. thealverton.co.uk

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Mother’s Day Seed Planting at Trelissick Garden Trelissick Garden Looking for a special gift to give your mum this Mother’s day? Pick your sunflower seed, plant it into a little pot to take home as a special gift for your mum this Mother’s Day. Saturday and Sunday, 11.30-14.30. nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick


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Cornwall Music Festival Methodist Church A celebration of all types of music, vocal and instrumental, as well as verse speaking in English and Cornish. cornwallmusicfestival.co.uk

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Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web Redannick Theatre T.A.O.D.S presents a comedy thriller. Tickets at the Hall for Cornwall box office taods.co.uk 17


SPRING EVENTS

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Made in Cornwall Easter Fair Lemon Quay Recognising and showcasing genuine Cornish produce from food and drink to crafts and cosmetics. madeincornwall.com

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APRIL

Children’s Day Truro A day for young children and families to celebrate the variety of children’s retailers and businesses in Truro.

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APRIL

Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening Tregothnan Tregothnan will open its usually private gates to the largest, historic, botanic garden in Cornwall. Open for one weekend, visitors can experience Tregothnan’s diversity of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful river Fal. tregothnan.co.uk

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SPRING EVENTS

MID-MAY

Weekly band concerts Victoria Gardens Every Sunday from mid-May to mid-September, a different brass band from Cornwall performs in the bandstand. 13 May: Bugle Town Band 20 May: Indian Queens Band.

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The Roseland Festival Roseland A quirky and eclectic mix of cultural happenings that take place across the Roseland Peninsula each spring. roselandfestival.co.uk

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Fal River Festival The community festival includes events varying from music and drama, the arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming and walking. falriver.co.uk

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OLD BAKERY STUDIOS

Inside Truro’s alternative music and arts venue

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n 2016, work began to restore the abandoned bakery, and has since become a raw, coolly renovated space that now functions as a welcoming, independent fringe venue. With performers and audiences recognising it as a space that could fill the gap in Truro’s nightlife, it is steadily growing in popularity thanks to its diverse, varied events calendar. The Old Bakery hosts The Comedy Cupboard, cabarets, theatre nights, live music, and silent discos. 2018 sees more exciting events added, including

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Sam Fender (named on the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 list) and family theatre afternoons. The owners of The Old Bakery Studios are committed to sensitively restoring the historic buildings to their former glory – albeit with a drastically different purpose. With the eclectic, creative studios and vegan-friendly coffee house, as well as the events space, The Old Bakery is a thriving hub for the community. It lends a hand to creative artists in need of workspace, performers

"The Old Bakery is a thriving hub for the community"

showcasing their talents, and those in Truro looking for quality, friendly entertainment of any genre. Head to their website to view the 2018 calendar, and discover Truro’s coolest arts and music space.


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 DISCOVER THE AMAZING STORY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING HUMANITARIAN AID AGENCIES BASED IN CORNWALL. SHELTERBOX, A CORNISH CHARITY FOUNDED IN 2000, NOW RESPONDS TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. The Shelterbox story is told through a series of interactive displays, giant globes & live weather patterns. This family friendly attraction features a full size shelter kit and tropical and cold climate tents as well as the opportunity to pack a box.

COME AND BE PART OF THE ACTION www.visitshelterbox.org Charles Street, Truro, TR1 2PH

Charity No: 1096479


View of Boscawen Street with War Memorial and Coinage Hall.

View of Boscawen Street from Coinage Hall.

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CENTURIES OF

COINAGE HALL This majestic building in the heart of Boscawen Street is a pivotal landmark in Truro’s history with many rich stories to tell.

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n 1351, the Duke of Cornwall’s steward was ordered to find, buy or build a house in Truro “pour le coignage et la garde d’estyn” or, “for coinage and the guarding of tin”. This command meant Truro would become a Stannary Town, where tin would be taxed and tested for its quality by having a corner – or “coign” in French – removed and weighed. Because of this, a building close to this site became Coinage Hall. Tin mining was so important that miners were granted their own law and parliament, with courts every three weeks and parliaments, convened by the Duke by request of the Stannators when necessary, sometimes in Truro. The Lord Warden of the Stannaries, who would have been highly regarded throughout all Stannary towns, presided at the parliament – at one point this position was even held by Sir Walter Raleigh. Coinage Hall sustained its importance for many centuries after this, and in the 18th Century it even played host to royalty! Prince William (eventually to be crowned King William IV) was entertained by Lord Falmouth after mooring his ship off Tregothnan. Lord

Falmouth took William to the Coinage Hall, which was also a venue for occasional concerts and performances when not in use for its intended purpose. By 1790, Truro was growing rapidly, thanks, in part, to the passing trade of miners visiting Coinage Hall. Cornwall was producing the most tin and copper in Europe, bringing so much prosperity that Truro was described as “the handsomest town in Cornwall” by a passing traveller. However, in 1838, the Duchy ceased taking the coinage, making Coinage Hall redundant – a decade later it was demolished. Shortly afterwards, a new, Victorian, building was constructed on exactly the same spot, which housed a bank – and this is the building that you see today. It still has a water pump just outside, which was a feature of the old hall, and remains a feature of Boscawen Street. Today, Coinage Hall is home to Charlotte’s Tea Room, which is a far cry from its original purpose, but the building’s regal interiors are an echo of past importance. Call in and allow yourself to be transported back through the decades of prosperity in our great little city.

Truro was described as “the handsomest town in Cornwall” by a passing traveller.

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GIN guide Hidden amongst Truro’s eateries, pubs and bars, gin lovers will find their haven. With several Cornish distilleries on the road to becoming household names it’s only right that Cornwall’s capital has a fair selection of places to showcase these award-winning gins…

BEST FOR… Variety OLD ALE HOUSE

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he Old Ale House has Truro’s largest – and quirkiest – selection of gins, with around 30 to choose from. Try gins from all over Cornwall, including the Isles of Scilly and Fowey, or go further afield and explore the world via spirits. Tastes of mint, cocoa, and rare black tomatoes all feature, so pair them with refreshing Fever Tree tonic and put your taste buds to the test! Cosmopolitan Style MANNINGS

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n the heart of Truro lies the sleek, chic hotel, restaurant and bar that is Mannings. With crisp interiors, a beautifully stocked bar, and a range of high-end gins such as Monkey 47, it is the go-to place for gin cocktails. Try their most popular, the Chelsea Rose, or go for a more classic gin martini – either way, the team will serve you first-class gin with a dash of first-class knowledge.

Taking Home RED ELEPHANT

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aunched in 2013, Red Elephant Beer Cellar is the craft beer and Cornish spirit specialist of Truro. Red Elephant don’t just stock the big names in the Cornish distillery business - pick up a bottle of Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin, try Jynerva, with notes of juniper, or simply take your pick from the 23 that they offer! A Night Out OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL

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ollowing a mini re-fit after Christmas, The Old Grammar School is looking and feeling cooler than ever. With 13 gins and a range of Fentimans tonics to choose from, this bar is the best place to start your night out with its laid-back, energetic atmosphere, on-trend interiors and lively bar team. 25


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

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harge (2 & 3 March) is the incredible new multi-media show from dance-circus company Motionhouse1, all about the electrical charge that sparks human life. Performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. In an exciting fusion of art and science, digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies.

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(27 – 31 March) is back. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary iconic status. Starring two of musical theatre’s Olivier Award-winning English most outstanding leading Touring Opera return with performers; Madalena Alberto two productions this Spring. (Les Misérables) and Gian Marco In Mozart’s classic comedy Schiaretti (Tarzan), the show The Marriage of Figaro (13 features some of the most March), Figaro and Susanna must iconic songs in musical theatre overcome every obstacle put including, Don’t Cry For Me in their way by Count Almaviva Argentina, On This Night of a and his cronies before they can Thousand Stars and Another finally be united as man and wife. Suitcase in Another Hall. Also coming to Truro, is Puccini’s Dare to experience one-act operas Il tabarro and the dangers and delights of Gianni Schicchi2 (14 March): one Dinosaur World4 (2 & 3 April) in is a moody romance ending in a this interactive new show for all grotesque murder on a barge in the family. Grab your compass Paris, and the other is a sparkling and join our intrepid explorer comedy about a family inheritance across unchartered territories in Florence. to discover a prehistoric world Following its smash hit run of astonishing (and remarkably in London, Bill Kenwright’s lifelike) dinosaurs. Meet a production of Andrew Lloyd host of impressive creatures, Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita3 including the Tyrannosaurus


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Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Jonathan Pie is heading to Truro with his brand new live show, Jonathan Pie: Back To The Studio5 (7 April). The frustrated news reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie tries to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs, whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos. The legendary Blood Brothers6 (9 – 14 April) tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs

Johnstone that she has played many times in the West End. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in the award-winning West End smash hit comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong7 (17 – 21 April). The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery but, as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accidentprone thesps battle on against all the odds, hilarious results ensue! Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, The Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Wonder Women Tour’8 (1 May) takes Britain's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years, the Wonder Women Tour celebrates in style with iconic appearances including Cher, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and even Wonder Woman herself!

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CATHEDRAL HIGHLIGHTS Whether you’re soaking up the history, enjoying a choral performance or simply finding a haven of calm in the middle of the city, Truro’s most iconic building will welcome you with open arms.

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by Truro Cathedral Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra, which will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tickets for this are £12 (under 18’s go free) and can be bought from the Hall for Cornwall, while the organ recitals are free with a retiring collection taken. Additional choral events include Truro Choral Society and Truro Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Requiem (10 March), the St. Mary’s Singers and orchestra performing the St John Passion by Bach (25 March), and The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage, featuring music by Cornysh and Britten (18 May).

The Cathedral rewards its visitors with amazing views of intricate Gothic architecture and a peaceful, warm atmosphere at all times of year, but with Spring approaching you can expect a range of Easter events, special services and choral performances. MUSICAL MAGIC Friday May 9th sees the organ recital series return for 2018. It begins with Joseph Wicks, the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral with different players throughout the weeks. Musical delights continue with a concert

SEASONAL SERVICES Combine delicious food with stunning opera on the 3 March, and be serenaded in the Cathedral Restaurant by fabulous singers performing some of the great opera arias. For more details on this, please contact the Cathedral office. Of course, March also brings St. Piran’s day – the day of Cornwall’s patron saint. The Cathedral will hold two services to mark St. Piran’s day, an Evensong on Sunday 4 March, and a Eucharist on Monday 5 March to pay homage to the Cornish saint. Easter and the Holy Week welcome plenty of activity in the Cathedral. Be sure not to miss the Palm Sunday Service and procession around the Cathedral

led by the donkey to remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (25 March). This will be followed up with the Good Friday Service and Evensong sung by Truro Cathedral Choir and its boy choristers, and with plenty of events throughout the Holy Week – keep an eye on the Cathedral website for updates. On Easter Sunday, April 1st, The Easter Festival Service takes place at 10am. With plenty of drama, music and symbol at this service, it is a spectacle to behold as you contemplate what Easter really means. 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. Visit trurocathedral.org.uk for more information on our services and events.


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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. falriver.co.uk

BY PLANE

Cornwall Airport Newquay is just 12 miles away. cornwallairportnewquay.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. 32

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 30-31 for parking.

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

parkfortruro.org.uk

DISABLED PARKING

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

EVENING PARKING

Coming to Truro for the evening, or dropping by on the way home from the beach? Most car parks are free or just £1.50 after 4pm.

CAR SHARE

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

CAR HIRE BY THE HOUR Newly launched by Co-cars, you’ll find cars to hire from just £3.75ph at Truro Train Station. co-cars.co.uk


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Truro Guide Spring 2018  

Discover all the great things to eat, drink and do this spring in Cornwall's Great Little City!

Truro Guide Spring 2018  

Discover all the great things to eat, drink and do this spring in Cornwall's Great Little City!

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