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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CITY & RURAL DISTRICT

WINTER 2016

OUR GREAT LITTLE

Festive CITY

Find something special in Truro

CELEBRATIONS Switch on to Christmas SHOPPING Where to buy great gifts and fantastic food


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. In this issue, you’ll find an insider’s guide to what the city has in store for Christmas, with everything you need to know about shopping, events and going out in our great little festive city. There are so many ways to get into the festive swing of things: the magical parade of paper lanterns in the City of Lights procession; taking the kids to meet Santa and Rudolph; Christmas carols at the Cathedral; or rubbing shoulders with latenight shoppers on a Wednesday evening, exploring Truro’s independent shops, market stalls and big name retail brands. Celebrate city-style with a winter-warming cocktail or two. And catch laugh-out-loud, home-grown panto Jack and the Beanstalk at Hall For Cornwall – guaranteed Fe, Fi, Fo, Fun. A warm welcome awaits!

Cover story The undeniably festive feeling of Christmas shopping in the city… our cover was created by local illustrator, Rose Darling.

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2 SWITCH ON TO CHRISTMAS All things festive in our great little city 10 DISCOVER PANNIER MARKET Christmas in Truro’s bustling indoor market 14 STOCKING UP AND DISHING OUT A feast of foodie inspiration 18 PLUM LINES A visit to Plum Boutique 20 DECK THE HALLS Christmas decorations and sparkle for your home 22 WINTER WARMERS Tempting seasonal cocktails at Mannings

30 THE ALVERTON Christmas and New Year at the luxury hotel 32 FESTIVE EVENTS Our guide to what’s on for Christmas 2016 52 HALL FOR CORNWALL Spring season preview 55 GIFT-WRAPPED GOOD LOOKS Beauty gifts and treatments 59 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Yoga and pilates for the mind and body 62 TRAVEL INFORMATION Getting to Truro and finding your way around the city

24 BLASTS FROM THE PAST Vintage and retro glamour and gifts

WORKING TOGETHER FOR TRURO

This guide is a collaboration between Truro City Council, Visit Truro Tourist Information and Totally Truro Business Improvement District (BID). Published three times a year, the guide is produced by Wolf Rock Marketing. For editorial and advertising enquiries, email truroguide@ wolfrockmarketing.co.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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A city of lights, a city of gifts, a city of traditional delights… Truro is a treat for everyone at Christmas. WELCOME TO OUR GREAT LITTLE CITY!

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Truro’s City of Lights night on 23 November. Thousands line the streets for this annual festival, now in its 20th year, when giant lanterns are paraded through the city centre to mark the start of the festive season. School children, community groups and professional artists spend weeks making the spectacular creations, this year with a ‘Tell Me A Story’ theme. The city’s Christmas lights are switched on as the procession makes its way through the streets. Wending his way through Truro to get late-night shopping underway on 30 November will be the man himself: Santa will be

accompanied by Cornwall Hospice Care’s Santa Fun Runners, and you can meet his reindeer at Victoria Square, from 6pm. There’s a part for our fourlegged friends in any Christmas story, and on 7 December farm animals will throng the centre of Truro for the Primestock Christmas Show on Lemon Quay. Bring the kids to meet cows, sheep, ducks and chickens, and maybe a pig or two. A few days later on Lemon Quay it’s the turn of local food producers, artists and craftspeople, when The Victorian Christmas Market opens for business. Running from 1318 December, it’s well worth

dropping into if you’re hunting for something unique and handcrafted to put under the tree. And even if you’re not, the atmosphere is bound to get you in the festive mood, with the sellers all decked out in Victorian costume and playing their part.

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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 Oscars Illustrated Living Lemonheads Barbers Silver Lemon Jewellery Rosewood Florists Fig Café Simply All Sorts 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.

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fashion, jewellery, homewares and food and drink of Truro’s independent outlets for unique or personalised items that simply can’t be found elsewhere. With four late-night shopping Wednesdays available (on 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December), you’ve got no excuse to miss out. Join the street stalls and town bands, youth bands and choirs performing on Lemon Quay, Boscawen Street, Pydar Street and Victoria Square, and make a memorable evening of your Christmas shopping. You’ll find lots of foodie, beauty and vintage gift ideas, and a little Christmas decoration inspiration, on the following pages.

Make sure you pay a visit to some of the newcomers to the city centre that are perfect for Christmas gifts. Busby & Fox on Princes Street has a stylish collection of women’s clothing, accessories and homewares. Wine merchant The Art of Wine in Nalders Court is a wine shop, art gallery and lounge bar. Check out its automated wine dispenser system that lets you choose from 16 wines and sample before you buy. Steamer Trading’s first

Cornwall store, on Pydar Street, has two floors of high-quality cookware, kitchen appliances and tableware, plus Cornish pottery and textiles. It's been pulling in the crowds since day one, so don’t miss out on a gift to inspire your favourite cook. While you’re in a foodie vein, drop by Truro Farmers’ Market on Lemon Quay for seasonal produce, locally-reared meats, artisan cheeses and Cornish seafood. It’s open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-4pm on Lemon 5


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Quay, and until 9pm on late-night Wednesdays, and there are some extra dates for December. Treat yourself to something tasty while you’re out and about thinking of others. Midtown Deli & Cafe on King Street serves up festive doorstop cranberry, turkey and brie sandwiches, roast beef and caramelised onion rolls and the famous Midtown Nutella orange hot chocolate. Enjoy a stunning view of the Christmas lights on Boscawen Street while tucking into a Victorian-style high tea at Charlotte’s Tea House in

Coinage Hall, with sandwiches and cakes served on a vintage cakestand. Or take a break at Grounded on New Bridge Street, where they’re dishing up slow-roast pork with apple and crackling sandwiches, mincemeat and frangipane tarts, and gingerbread lattes. Remember to save the stress of finding a parking space and make use of the city’s Park & Rides. There are two Park & Ride locations at different ends of the city, with extra services being operated for late-night shopping and the City of Lights night.

festive season than the slapstick, songs and silly jokes of a traditional family panto? Jack and the Beanstalk at Hall For Cornwall between 6 and 31 December is a home-grown Christmas adventure starring Granville Saxton and our very own Kernow King. Oh, yes it is! If ballet is more your bag, head to Truro’s art deco showstopper, the Plaza Cinema, for a live performance of The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet on 8 December. Christmas is all about family and community, and Truro Cathedral is right at the heart of things. There’s lots to enjoy: the cathedral’s huge Christmas tree, its Christmas lunches in the restaurant, the market stalls and music on late shopping 7


nights, or one of the many festive services and concerts. Highlights include an atmospheric candlelit Christmas concert on 3 December, the Big Christmas Sing on 9 December, and the Nine Lessons and Carols services on 23 and 24 December. Check the Events section for dates and details. There’s a busy programme at Truro Methodist Church, too. Events include a Christmas concert by the Cornwall Symphony Chorus on 3 December, an evening of traditional readings and carols on 18 December, and a telling of the nativity on a walk around the historic heart of the city on Christmas Eve. We can’t promise deep and crisp and even, but a winter walk in the National Trust’s Trelissick Garden is always a deep pleasure, with its magnificent woodland 8

trees and far-reaching maritime views. Father Christmas will be visiting throughout December when the garden and house will be magically lit up with twinkling lights. His team of trusted reindeer will also be taking time out to drop in on 3, 10 and 17 December.

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refreshment to any Christmas shopping spree. Mannings on Lemon Street (see page 22) and The Old Grammar School and Vertigo – both on St Mary’s Street – all serve cocktails that will warm your cockles. If a craft beer is more your style, Sonder opened on Princes Street in May. A cafe and bar over three floors, Sonder offers

a regularly changing range of craft beers and ciders, and international street food. At restaurant and wine bar Bustopher Jones on Lemon Street, your only difficulty will be choosing your tipple. Its new drinks menu features more than 80 innovative and unusual drinks as well as the usual favourites. The menu is separated into chapters, making it easier to navigate for the indecisive drinker or exhausted shopper: Tang & Twang, Silky Sours, Giggle Water, High Spirits, Something for Dessert, StoneCold Classics and 0% Proof. Using high-quality house spirits, homemade bitters and tinctures, the cocktails set out to delight the eyes and the tastebuds. The restaurant has two- and threecourse menus for Christmas parties, including pancettawrapped turkey breast and panfried pollack. At Saffron on Quay Street, the Christmas set menu includes Cornish scallops, seared sea bass, butternut squash arancini and char-grilled ribeye steak. Another lively Truro favourite for Christmas parties and family nights out is Sam’s in the City on New Bridge Street, where steaks, burgers, seafood, salads and music and film memorabilia are always the order of the day.

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annier Market is no-frills shopping at its best: a world of its own with every square inch devoted to the bargains, curiosities and specialist goods on display. From vegetables to vintage vinyl, sweets to soap, haberdashery to herbs and spices, there really is something for everyone here. It’s been a home for small independent traders for more than 30 years, but the building has stood on Back Quay for much longer. In the 1930s, it was a garage and workshop, and in the 1939-45 war it was used as a makeshift factory for Spitfire wings. When it first opened as a market, it was a chilly, open-ended place, but improvements and additions have

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helped to create a warmer, more welcoming environment. The traders are as diverse as ever. Roach Fine Foods, which includes The Market Butcher, The Veg Patch and The Pick and Mix Shop, is a local, family-owned institution. The butcher sources a wide range of Cornish meat and cheeses, and is taking orders for Christmas. Its homemade hog’s pudding is a Cornish delicacy, made using a well-guarded family recipe. Pick up bags of goodness from The Veg Patch, the greengrocer that has as much fresh Cornish produce as it can lay its hands on. Look out for Celtic Flowers, which uses only the freshest materials and locally-grown


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flowers to compose modern and traditional arrangements for every occasion, as well as Christmas wreaths, garlands and table decorations. For household essentials there’s Burgess China, with mugs, teapots and plates from ranges including Cath Kidston, Churchill, Blue Willow, Sophie Allport and Jamie Oliver. Burgess Bedding has a huge selection of bed linen, towels and household linen, and they embroider names and initials while you wait. Stitches is a haberdashery and wool stall, selling wool and knitting needles, fabrics and sewing accessories, buttons, beads and sequins. All About Frames stocks a range of picture frames from bare woods to the more traditional. Ready-cut mounts are available, as well as bespoke mounts and a cutting service. Truro Imaging is conveniently

located next-door − print photographs of any size here to fill your frames. Inscriptions offers engraved glass gifts for all occasions. It has a wide selection of crystal and glass, all of which can be engraved with your message while you wait. For the tea or coffee lover in your life, Tugboat Brews offers seasonal and classic loose-leaf teas and freshly-roasted coffee beans. Everything that you see and smell here has been ground, blended and bagged on the premises. Perfect for Christmas presents, Tugboat’s tea and coffee gift boxes fly off the shelves. Seasonal specials include rich, winter-warming teas, such as Gingerbread Chai, made with smooth vanilla rooibos, cinnamon and kibbled ginger, and spiced rum Christmas coffee. There are also ingenious tea infuser mugs for the office or tea on the go, easy-touse portable coffee makers and thermal cafetiere mugs – ideal bits of kit for your tea or coffee connoisseur. Scents of a different kind will draw you to Soul and Soap, an oasis of aromatic, indulgent handmade bath and

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body products amid the hurlyburly of the market. This small independent produces hand-cut soaps, aromatherapy bath bombs, face and body scrubs, shower gels and soufflés, bath foams and salts, and body milks and yogurt, using natural ingredients. Soul and Soap offers beautifully-presented gift boxes for Christmas that can be bought off-the-shelf or made up in-store just the way you want from the shop’s range of handcrafted items. Put together a soap, scrub and soufflé for a fragrant treat no one could resist! If your household harbours a vinyl junkie, then this is the place to satisfy their craving. Music Nostalgia is exactly that: a not-so-secret stash of new and secondhand LPs and singles, plus CDs, music DVDs and posters.

There is high-quality browsing for every music taste and era. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on their shelves, they offer an order service with instant quotes on price and availability. And when you need to refuel, there’s Fodders, where you can grab a coffee and bite to eat in the espresso bar downstairs or stop a little longer for lunch upstairs. The restaurant serves everything from a simple sandwich or baked potato to salads and daily specials, all prepared on the premises.

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No need to search high and low for foodie gift ideas and festive delicacies, Truro’s specialist shops offer a feast of inspiration. Whether you need a gift hamper of local goodies or deli delights for your vegan friend, a nice bottle of fizz or a Cornish bird for your Christmas dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Truro. 14

GREATTASTING GIFTS Delicious relishes and condiments are essential at this time of year… and they make great gifts, too. Head to Halzephron Herb Farm in Lemon Street Market for everything from jams to chutneys, dressings to seeds, marinades to mayonnaises. Halzephron’s products are all handmade in small batches to keep the flavours spot-on. Pick up a ready-made gift set or


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hamper from the Truro store, or assemble something tailor-made for the food fan on your list. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Roly’s Fudge Pantry on Lemon Street. The shop uses traditional recipes to make fresh fudge every day. Look out for their fudge selection box containing two Great Taste Award-winning fudge flavours – Vanilla Clotted Cream Fudge and Salted Maple and Pecan Fudge. And you can stock up on sherbet dips, fruit pips, love hearts, jelly babies, liquorice allsorts, gobstoppers, pear drops and flying saucers

at traditional sweet shop Pennyworths, next to Truro Cathedral on High Cross. A big hit with vegetarians, vegans or those looking for healthy alternatives, Archie Browns on Kenwyn Street offers a selection of foodie gift ideas and hampers full of tasty produce designed to meet the different needs and preferences of its customers. The health food shop and vegetarian cafe provide a friendly service in an uplifting environment – a calm and guiltfree diversion from the usual Christmas shopping circuit.

Newly opened alongside Waitrose at Tregurra Park, the Great Cornish Food Store works with more than 90 local producers to offer the best of Cornish food and drink. It’s the perfect place to find locally-made treats and items for a Cornish-themed Christmas hamper, and if you’re shopping for yourself there’s an in-store butcher and fishmonger with the freshest catches from across the county. Should browsing make you feel a bit peckish, head to the cafe for a seasonal dish or a coffee and handmade pastry, and if you’re in a hurry, there’s a deli counter for tasty take-away soup, sandwiches and cakes. Housed in a former maltings and socialist workers hall (don’t miss the 1920s slogans on the beams), the Cornish Food Box Company on Walsingham Place brings together the very best of Cornish fare and makes it available through its Truro shop and cafe, and home delivery food box service. Put your name down for a hamper of local goodies, or a Christmas dinner food box with a free-range Cornish turkey, bacon, veg, cranberry sauce, a luxury Xmas pudding and cream – delivered to your door. Place an order for your Christmas meat from Roach Fine Foods’ family-run butcher in Truro’s indoor Pannier Market. They’ll be taking orders for local turkeys, geese and capons, beef, pork and lamb, as well as a range of cooked meats and cheeses. You can also stop by the family’s vegetable stall nearby for all your Christmas fruit and veg. 15


TO WASH IT ALL DOWN Wine merchant The Art of Wine in Nalders Court mainly works with small boutique wineries, making it a great place to find original gifts for your wine-loving friends or star attractions for your Christmas wine supply. This isn’t just a wine shop, it’s also an art gallery and a lounge bar with a tapas menu, and you can try before you buy with the shop’s automated wine-tasting system. Voted as one of the UK's Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants 2016, Old Chapel Cellars on St Clement Street stocks an impressive selection of awardwinning wines. Pick up your favourite tipple or advice on wine to accompany your Christmas feast or cheese board. If you’re looking for a special gift, its fine wine is available as single bottles or in mixed cases and gift boxes. 16

Pop along to Skinner’s Brewery on Newham Road for some award-winning Cornish ales and ciders, including coppercoloured bitter Betty Stogs, golden ale Cornish Knocker and pale ale Cornish Trawler. The shop stocks the full Skinner’s range, plus gift sets, branded t-shirts, glasses and there’s no better way to serve Skinner's ale than from the brewery’s unique growlers. If you’d like to see the brewery in action, book a place on a Skinner’s brewery tour.


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PLUM LINES Secret Truro blogger Amanda Williams tells us about one of her favourite womenswear independents, Plum Boutique, in Nalders Court, off Pydar Street.

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here’s nothing nicer than clothes shopping with a friend. All that nattering, browsing and trying on takes me back to teenage years trawling the chains in Oxford Street with Cyndi Lauper blasting out of the radio. As I’ve got older (still love a dose of Ms Lauper), I’ve become more interested in the offerings of independent shops. Fortunately, Truro has a great choice of indie fashion outlets catering for all tastes and pockets. I met the owner of Plum Boutique, Sam Salvoni, while writing the seasonal fashion edit for Secret Truro. Trained milliner Sam has always had a keen eye for fashion and used to create bespoke headwear for royal garden parties – you’ll see some of her millinery blocks dotted around the shop. She launched Plum in Twickenham in 2008, and Plum Truro followed in 2012. You’ll find a good selection of European fashion in Plum, with premium denim brand Paige being just one of Sam’s favourites. Others include Dutch brands Maison Scotch and Rabens Saloner, along with Ilse Jacobsen boots and Nigella’s favourite ‘Bombshell’ dress by Katya Wildman. I’ve got my eye on a bang on-trend dark floral blouse from Rabens Saloner to wear on Christmas Day. Sam also has a lovely range of jewellery from Olia, Sandwich and Boho Betty. Plus, Plum is the only Truro stockist of Inlight Organic Skincare featuring butter-soft cleansers and soothing facial oils, and gift sets that make perfect stocking fillers. I’ve fallen in love with the AW16 range from Belgium’s Bellerose, which includes snuggly bomber jackets with patterned linings, soft knits and silky blouses with pie-crust collars. See – told you I was an 80s girl!


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1. TREE DECORATIONS These raku-fired hanging stars, moons and hearts (£5) are by ceramicist Demelza Whitley, whose work is influenced by folk tales and myths and the everyday things in her life. She’s part of The Guild of Ten, which sells original work by a cooperative of craftspeople living in Cornwall.

2. STAR LANTERN A range of paper star lanterns are available from Inhabit, which also boasts games, gifts and fun, personalised products. They’re a nod to the Scandinavian tradition of hanging advent stars in each window at Christmas. The lanterns are available in three sizes and are priced from £19.

3. WINTER BIRDS Bay Tree Home, in the picture-perfect shopping parade of Cathedral Lane, offers a variety of Christmas decorations and gift ideas from Gisela Graham, Heaven Sends and Sophie Allport, including these cute standing birds in tartan hats and woolly scarves (£8.99).

4. CATHEDRAL BAUBLES Visit Truro Cathedral’s Christmas shop in the north transept for a selection of advent calendars, cards, nativity sets and Christmas tree decorations, including jewel-coloured embroidered crowns and these hand-painted baubles featuring Truro Cathedral (£8.99).

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5. ECLECTIC DECS You’ll find a hand-picked selection of eclectic and nostalgic Christmas tree baubles at Busby & Fox, many of which are hand-blown – perfect for a one-off gift or to add to your own collection. They’re included in the shop’s range of stylish women's clothing, accessories and homewares.

6. POLAR BEAR Have a cool, cool Christmas with this Nordic polar bear table decoration (£15) from lifestyle boutique Illustrated Living in Lemon Street Market. If you’re looking for contemporary, designled gifts, its range of British and Scandinavian products is a great place to start.

7. WINTER CANDLE This hand-poured Winter Botanical Candle (from £26) will fill your home with the warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove and orange. Curl up with this inviting seasonal scent, available in the Truro branch of The White Company, along with its covetable collection of clothing and homewares.

8. CHRISTMAS WREATH Pick up a luxury, handmade Christmas wreath to adorn your door at Rosewood Florist in Lemon Street Market. Choose a ready-made wreath or order one to your own design, with festive trimmings such as dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, red berries and baubles. Prices start at £15.

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Gift shopping looks a whole lot more tempting with a Christmas cocktail at the end of it. Find your fringe benefit in a frosted glass at Mannings.

the festive season they’ve come up with a collection of Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers. Adding their own festive twist to some traditional favourites, the team has concocted winter warmers such as a Vanilla-Scented Eggnog, a Blood Orange and Rosemary Old Fashioned and a Roasted Chestnut Sour. annings on Lemon Street They could be just what has been serving the city Santa ordered. And what you of Truro with its favourite might order as a reward after a cocktails for more than 20 Christmas shopping expedition in years. Whether it’s a Whisky Sour the city, or as a way of getting the to wind down with after work, evening started before the theatre, a pre-theatre Peach Bellini or a a movie or a meal out. Mannings celebratory Vodka Martini, the Bar is moments away from the talented mixologists behind the Hall For Cornwall and the Plaza Mannings Bar will never let you Cinema, and adjoins Mannings’ down with the classics. But they own excellent restaurant. like to get creative, too, and for The lively cocktail bar mixes

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it up all year round, not just at Christmas. Among locals, it’s well known for its everchanging menu, which includes old favourites, variations on the classics and the bar’s own creations, offering innovative and enticing new flavours each week alongside a cosmopolitan selection of beers and wines. If you’re looking for the perfect Passion Fruit Mojito, a modern take on a Conker Collins, a chocolate creation in a cocktail glass or something entirely bespoke, the Mannings Bar stands ready with shaker in hand. Mannings, Lemon Street, Truro manningshotels.co.uk


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Tis the season to dress up in vintage, or make a gift of a nostalgic knick-knack. Everyone loves a bit of retro, you just need to know where to find the good stuff. Somewhere in Truro’s vintage hidey-holes, you might just find what you’re looking for… or something else entirely.

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Quirky Gifts Pick up an original gift for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, from your arty teenage daughter to your notoriously difficult-to-buy-for best friend.

Tucked away in the People’s Palace off Pydar Street is Rare Bits, seven rooms of vintage and retro furniture and homewares. It’s a haven of kitsch. The shop is stuffed to the gunnels with vintage toys and games, lampshades, ornaments, tins, kitchenalia, glass, cushions, mirrors and more, sourced by owner Nuala Parris. If you’re looking for something unique, you won’t be disappointed.

Vinyl records are a failsafe retro gift for music lovers. Music Nostalgia in Pannier Market stocks thousands of new and secondhand LPs and singles for every music taste and era. From doo-wop and rockabilly to punk and new wave, from reggae and dub to Motown and Northern Soul – you’ll find it here in heaps, and much more besides. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on their shelves, they offer an order service with instant quotes on price and availability. Think ‘upcycle' and save money on all types of one-of-a-kind gifts to go under the tree. Newlyopened Reloved on New Bridge Street offers the full range of Annie Sloan chalk paints, brushes, stencils and waxes, plus furniture painting workshops to help you achieve a professional quality finish. 25


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Treat someone to an exclusive Roald Dahl limited edition artwork this Christmas Bespoke picture framing, art restoration, tapestry framing, and a wide selection of original art. 4 Nalders Court, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 2XH 01872 223171 | www.original-artshop.co.uk

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Festive Glam Christmas parties are all about sequins, glitz and LBDs. Find yourself a standout outfit for the season in one of the city’s vintage or secondhand shops.

Tootsie & Tiger is all about glamour. Strutting its stuff in Tinner’s Court, it’s a treasure trove of vintage clothing from the 1920s and upwards, including some high-end couture pieces. Inside you’ll find rails of striking vintage dresses for the day or evening, all hand-picked by Delia Hardwick, who has a background in fashion and modelling and comes from a line of actors and performers. There’s also a large choice of vintage shoes, hats, bags and jewellery, a colourful array of 1950s-inspired swing dresses, and a men’s section with good-quality suits, coats and jackets. The team offers a dressing service as well. If you’re looking 27


for an outfit for a themed party or event, they’ll sort you out with clobber to suit a certain era or vintage look, including outerwear, shoes and accessories. Combining original pieces and retro items, they’ll tailor your ensemble to suit your size, shape and budget. If your style is more ‘retro eccentric’ than vintage glamour, head to Enjoy Clothing in the People’s Palace. Also owned by 28

Nuala Parris of Rare Bits, Enjoy is like a big dressing-up box with clothes from the 50s to the present day. Rummage among the shop’s eclectic range of styles and you’ll come across glitzy party dresses to team with feather boas, masks and flamboyant headwear, 60s mini skirts with white go-go boots, and psychedelic 70s shirts – perfect for New Year’s Eve fancy dress ensembles. For label-loving fashionistas, Smart Exchanges on New Bridge Street is a must. Among its high-

quality secondhand designer and high street fashions you’ll find a selection of partywear, ball gowns and cocktail dresses from brands such as Gucci, Armani and Karen Millen, for a fraction of the price of new. And you can’t go wrong with the addition of a designer handbag or shoes. Whether you’re a vintage newbie or a seasoned secondhand shopper, give retro a go this Christmas. Healthy for your bank balance and the environment, it’s the most eco-savvy way to shop; and you’re bound to get brownie points for originality, too!


Mannings has a reputation for dining with a difference… We are proud to be featured in the 2017 Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide 2017. From mid-November Mannings are introducing our winter/spring core menu with many exciting new dishes to explore from around the world. We also have seasonal specials showcasing the very best Cornish produce with our distinctive take on world cuisines. Enjoy dishes such as the delights pictured here from our Autumn Specials Menu: Crab and Sweetcorn Panna Cotta, Fresh Halibut and Locally Farmed Venison. All special dietary requirements are catered for with special attention paid to coeliac and vegetarian diners. Why not hold a special occasion with us where our chefs will create a tasting menu tailored your taste and budget. We look forward to surpassing your expectations now and in the New Year. Mannings… the place to be seen in the city

COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF WINE The new Mannings ‘4 Till 6’ menu is only £12 for two courses. Bring along this article when trying the new menu to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your meal. www. manningshotels.co.uk | 01872 270 345


THE ALVERTON COURTS CHRISTMAS IN STYLE Whether you’re looking for a festive getaway treat, a base camp for a shopping expedition, or a venue for a memorable Christmas bash, The Alverton is tailor-made for the holiday season.

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he Alverton, a fiveminute walk from the city centre on Tregolls Road, is Truro’s only four-star hotel. Now there’s more room at the inn with the recent unveiling of The Courtyard, a new complex of 15 individually-designed luxury bedrooms and suites. In its own separate building, The Courtyard weaves together the fabric of the grade II-listed former convent with up-to-theminute features and fittings. Rooms feature original archways and exposed brickwork as well as monsoon showers, 30

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DAB radios, and designer and bespoke soft furnishings and fabrics. In the suites, roll-top baths are a highlight, and guests staying in The Courtyard’s Chapel Suite won’t fail to miss the stained-glass window at the heart of the former place of prayer. It’s the perfect setting for a Christmas celebration. Get your party hats on with colleagues, friends or family at a lunch in the hotel’s two AA-rosette brasserie or a private dining room, with impressive British cooking from head chef Simon George, and a stylish bar on hand to serve up some of Truro’s most celebrated cocktails. You can also organise a Christmas party night with a roast turkey dinner and music from the hotel’s DJ. Or push the boat out with one of The Alverton’s renowned two- or three-night Christmas Breaks, which include a seven-course Christmas lunch with champagne and all the trimmings. And if you’re planning your New Year’s Eve, there’s The Alverton’s Grand Gala Night to think about, or a special two-night New Year’s Eve Break.


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Pride and Prejudice Hall For Cornwall Following sell-out performances at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Pride and Prejudice comes to HFC in an adaptation by Simon Reade. As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match. Pride and Prejudice stars Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones's Diary, Alan Partridge, The Durrells) as Mrs Bennet, and Matthew Kelly (Of Mice And Men) as Mr Bennet. Celebrating the legacy of Jane Austen as we approach the bicentennial year of her death in 1817, this is Austen “still dazzling after 200 years” (The Observer). hallforcornwall.co.uk 32

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Tregony Bonfire and Fireworks Tregony Social Club and Football Ground Come and warm yourself at this bonfire and fireworks display, with food and drink and a Guy Fawkes competition.

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Turkey Carving Demonstration and Dinner Grounded, 5 New Bridge Street Get ready for the main event at an expert carving demonstration at Grounded by Will Martin of Treway Farm Cornish Turkeys, a producer of free-range bronze turkeys near Grampound. This will be followed by a delicious dinner. Tickets are £22.50. BYO wine. facebook.com/groundedtruro


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Chinese State Circus Hall For Cornwall The internationally-acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns to HFC with a spectacular new production, Dynasty. Thirty world-class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors. From start to awesome finale, thrill follows thrill and what seems impossible becomes reality. No gimmicks... no fakes... quite simply... the incomparable Chinese State Circus!

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André Rieu: Christmas with André Plaza Cinema

Get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day presents its brand new 2016 Christmas Show. The UK’s most popular rock ‘n’ roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! hallforcornwall.co.uk

Audiences will be treated to a new 90-minute recorded Christmas concert with André Rieu performing all the festive favourites, including Hallelujah, Jingle Bells and White Christmas. He’ll also be taking fans on a live tour of Maastricht’s Christmas highlights, as well as participating in a live Q&A. wtwcinemas.co.uk

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Truro City of Lights Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-On City Centre Nothing heralds the start of the festive season quite like the City of Lights, Truro’s midwinter lantern festival. Come and see a dazzling procession of willowstick-and-tissue lanterns, handmade by artists, schools and community groups, float through the city streets. This 20th anniversary parade, made possible with support from Truro City Council and Totally Truro Business Improvement District (BID), takes the theme of ‘Tell Me A Story'. Alongside the visual spectacle, City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes and drums. The procession sets off from 34

the Richard Lander Monument, down Lemon Street onto Boscawen Street and along River Street. The lanterns will then loop around Little Castle Street onto Kenwyn Street, go through Victoria Square back to Boscawen Street, and make their way via Princes Street and Green Street to Lemon Quay. The parade will leave a city of lights in its wake, as the

Christmas illuminations, funded by Totally Truro BID, are switched on in tandem with the lanterns moving through the streets. To safeguard the future of this much-loved event, a series of new fundraising initiatives are being launched, with a Crowdfunder appeal, sponsorships, donations and collections on the night itself. cityoflights.org.uk


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Santa will be in his grotto at Truro Community Library. Come and write a letter to Santa, and then pay him a visit him in the Community Garden. Tickets are £3 and include the letter-writing activity, meeting Santa and a gift. Buy your tickets in advance from the library, as spaces are limited. facebook.com/ trurocommunitylibrary

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Father Christmas and His Real Reindeer Visit Truro City Centre

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Made in Cornwall Christmas Market Lemon Quay

The perfect opportunity to buy some Cornish Christmas gifts handmade by staff and volunteers from Trelissick.

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See Father Christmas and his real reindeer from 6pm at Victoria Square, followed by a procession through the streets of Truro at 6.45pm. The procession will be led by Camborne Youth Band and accompanied by some Santa Night Run entrants. Mallett’s Home Hardware is supporting and collecting for Children’s Hospice South West.


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The Santa Night Run City Centre Santas – lots of them – are coming to town! Cornwall Hospice Care’s annual Santa Series returns with eight events across the county, including the Late-Night Santa Fun Run in Truro. Open to men and women, boys and girls, young and old – all are welcome to join Team Santa in this festive fundraiser, and everyone who signs up will get a free Santa suit. But places are limited, so hurry! cornwallhospicecare.co.uk

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Cornwall Hospice Care's Light Up A Life Service Truro Cathedral A special carol service to remember loved ones at Christmas, in association with Cornwall Hospice Care. All are welcome. cornwallhospicecare.co.uk

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Father Christmas and Late-Night Lights at Trelissick National Trust Trelissick Father Christmas and his team of elves are in his parlour from 11am-5pm, and there’s lots to explore after dark at Trelissick (from 4pm), when the garden and house will be magically lit up with twinkling lights. Don’t forget to come and visit the reindeer, too (on 3, 10 and 17 December).

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Reindeer at Trelissick National Trust Trelissick The festivities at Trelissick continue with a chance to meet Santa’s trusted team of reindeer in the stableyard. nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

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Cornwall Symphony Chorus Christmas Concert Truro Methodist Church Always a popular event, the annual Christmas Concert by the Cornwall Symphony Chorus will once again create a magical festive atmosphere at Truro Methodist Church. Singers from across the county form what is recognised as one of the top choral groups in the west of England. cornwallsymphonychorus.co.uk

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TRURO CATHEDRAL From attending special services and spectacular concerts, to finding the perfect gift in the Cathedral Shop; enjoying a delicious Christmas lunch in the restaurant, or simply taking five minutes to sit and reflect and light a candle, the cathedral really does offer something for everyone this festive season.

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Candlelit Christmas Concert with St Mary’s Singers Truro Cathedral The Candlelit Christmas Concert has become a festive tradition for the St Mary’s Singers, Truro Cathedral's volunteer chamber choir. This year, the choir and orchestra perform Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata and Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass against a backdrop of hundreds of flickering lights. Tickets from Hall For Cornwall Box Office, 01872 262466 hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Jack and the Beanstalk Hall For Cornwall From the creative team that brought you last year’s hit show, Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, comes a brand new gigantic adventure, Jack and the Beanstalk! Somewhere deep in the heart of Kernow, Kenwyne and Aunty Flo are trying to take a holiday, but they get much more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, Cousin Jack and his Mum are bickering, their farm’s failing, the rent is through the roof and, to make matters worse, the village is being terrorised by the legendary giant, Cormoran. Starring Cornwall’s very own Kernow King and the much-loved Granville Saxton, HFC is proud to present this home-grown Christmas adventure for the whole family.

This popular show brings the countryside and farming into the heart of the city. See the very best of Cornwall’s prime cattle and sheep exhibited, judged and auctioned, and admire a show of farm produce, cookery, preserves and a host of other exhibits. This is a unique opportunity to see show cattle and sheep in Truro’s city centre. Attractions continue through the evening with pigs, ducks and chickens for children to see and enjoy. Entry is free. truroprimestockshow.co.uk

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Father Christmas Visits Pannier Market Pannier Market Father Christmas will be in Pannier Market, greeting and spoiling children in the Barber's Unit.

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Meet Santa Truro Community Library Garden Santa will be in his grotto at Truro Community Library. Come and write a letter to Santa, and then pay him a visit him in the Community Garden. Tickets are £3 and include the letter-writing activity, meeting Santa and a gift. Buy your tickets in advance from the library, as spaces are limited. facebook.com/ trurocommunitylibrary

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DECEMBER 7.15pm

The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet Live Plaza Cinema Watch the Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The Royal Ballet celebrates choreographer and director Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his production of this classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score. wtwcinemas.co.uk

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Primestock Christmas Craft Fair Lemon Quay More than 30 craft stalls offering a range of goods, including giftware, jewellery, ceramics, clothing, candles, soaps, paintings, prints, Cornish food hampers and confectionery. Entry is free. truroprimestockshow.co.uk

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Truro’s BIG Christmas Sing Truro Cathedral Enjoy a BIG Christmas sing-along to your favourite carols as the Cathedral aims to get 1,000 voices singing for sheer enjoyment. Also performing will be Cornwall Youth Choir, St Gluvias Choir and Callington Gospel Choir. trurocathedral.org.uk

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Charities from across Cornwall will come together on Truro’s Lemon Quay for a day hosted by the Mayor of Truro. The event, supported by Deborah Martyn Events, features a variety of charity and non-profit organisation stalls, raising funds and awareness. Entry is free.

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Christmas Carols and Nativity Truro Community Library The Studio 61 Choir will be performing Christmas carols as well as accompanying the Threemilestone Showtime Academy in its staging of the nativity story. This is a free event – drop in and join in! facebook.com/ trurocommunitylibrary

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Reindeer at Trelissick National Trust Trelissick The festivities at Trelissick continue with a chance to meet Santa’s trusted team of reindeer in the stableyard. nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

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TAODS Christmas Carolare St John’s Church Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (TAODS) invites you to share in its annual Christmas Carolare, an enjoyable evening of festive favourites, with a mix of traditional and modern songs and more. taods.co.uk

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Handel’s Messiah with Three Spires Singers and Orchestra Truro Cathedral Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Handel’s Messiah. The Three Spires Singers and Orchestra and a glittering array of soloists will once again be performing the famous oratorio in Truro Cathedral. Tickets from Hall For Cornwall Booking Office, 01872 262466. hallforcornwall.co.uk

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Christmas Storytime Truro Library A Christmas party at the library, including stories, songs, crafts and food – fancy dress optional!

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Meet Santa Truro Community Library Garden Santa will be in his grotto at Truro Community Library. Come and write a letter to Santa, and then pay him a visit him in the Community Garden. Tickets are £3 and include the letter-writing activity, meeting Santa and a gift. Buy your tickets in advance from the library, as spaces are limited. facebook.com/ trurocommunitylibrary

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The Victorian Christmas Market Lemon Quay Now in its twelfth year, the Victorian Christmas Market is one of the highlights of the city’s Christmas calendar, with almost 70 traders, producers and exhibitors at this six-day market on Lemon Quay, housed in a heated marquee. The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the stallholders in their Victorian costumes, sample local food and drink, and buy unique Christmas gifts. Entry is free. 42

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Father Christmas Visits Pannier Market Pannier Market Father Christmas will be in Pannier Market, greeting and spoiling children in the Barber's Unit.

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Christmas Storytime Truro Library A Christmas party at the library, including stories, songs, crafts and food – fancy dress optional!

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Traditional Readings and Carols Truro Methodist Church This evening event is a festive musical treat for all, with Bible readings and singing of carols, led by an organ, orchestra and choir. Come along and get into the Christmas spirit.

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Truro Farmers’ Market Lemon Quay Head for the green-andwhite-striped stalls on Lemon Quay to sample the fresh, local delights of Truro Farmers’ Market. Also trading Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-4pm (until 9pm on late-night shopping nights).

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Reindeer at Trelissick National Trust Trelissick The festivities at Trelissick continue with a chance to meet Santa’s trusted team of reindeer in the stableyard. nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

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Dickensian Evening Truro Methodist Church

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On Christmas Night – A Christmas Concert by Truro Cathedral Choir Truro Cathedral Get into the festive season the traditional way with beautiful arrangements of Christmas carols sung by Truro Cathedral Choir with its boy and girl choristers. Tickets from Hall For Cornwall Box Office, 01872 262466

Dr Mark Crees and Becky McGlade will be performing an evening of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', with readings and music. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are £5 on the door, with takings being shared between the Farming Community Network and Reprieve charities. truromethodist.org.uk

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Meet Santa Truro Community Library Santa will be in his grotto at Truro Community Library. Come and write a letter to Santa, and then pay him a visit him in the Community Garden. Tickets are £3 and include the letter-writing activity, meeting Santa and a gift. Buy your tickets in advance from the library, as spaces are limited.

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Truro Farmers’ Market Truro Nativity Lemon Quay Truro Methodist Church Head for the green-andwhite-striped stalls on Lemon Quay to sample the fresh, local delights of Truro Farmers’ Market. Also trading Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-4pm (until 9pm on late-night shopping nights).

Join Truro Methodist Church on Christmas Eve as they set out to tell the nativity story on the streets of Truro. Hear the story unfold around the historic heart of the city, then return to the church to discover the new arrival. truromethodist.org.uk

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Nine Lessons and Carols Truro Cathedral

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Christmas Eve Communion Truro Methodist Church A traditional service of Holy Communion. truromethodist.org.uk

This Christmas tradition started in Truro in 1880 and has since spread nationwide. The innovative ‘Nine Lessons with Carols’ format for carol services was the brainchild of the first Bishop of Truro, Edward White Benson, who adopted it for the first time at Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880. The format quickly travelled to other churches and its place in history was secured when Eric Milner-White adapted it for King’s College, Cambridge, from where it has been broadcast almost annually on Christmas Eve since 1928.

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Midnight Mass Truro Cathedral Make your way to the stunning setting of Truro Cathedral for the carols and prayers of Midnight Mass.


TUCKED AWAY ON NEW BRIDGE ST, GROUNDED IS ONE PLACE NOT TO BE MISSED WHEN VISITING TRURO Inside, with a contemporary and somewhat industrial feel, Grounded is a quirky and atmospheric place to enjoy great coffee, some breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat. Our focus is on freshly made sandwiches, seasonal soups and savouries and delicious cakes and pastries, all made from locally sourced fresh produce. Gluten free options are always available. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear about our pop-up dining and cocktail nights during the festive season.....or come in for a coffee and browse our range of retail products for some Christmas gift inspiration. @groundedtruro


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Christmas Day Eucharist Truro Cathedral Join Bishop Tim and the Cathedral Choir at this uplifting Christmas Day service. trurocathedral.org.uk

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Winter Sales – Boxing Day and Beyond City Centre Many of Truro’s shops will be open for trade on Boxing Day, a great opportunity to grab some sale bargains. Check with individual stores for their opening hours.

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Christmas Morning Worship Truro Methodist Church All are welcome to join a short service of worship and celebration. The wearing of Christmas jumpers, socks and onesies is actively encouraged! truromethodist.org.uk

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Children and Pets Carol Service Truro Cathedral A lively carol service for twoand four-legged friends. No pet too big, no child too small! trurocathedral.org.uk


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Top Five for New Year’s Eve! Truro New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Lemon Quay

See in the New Year in style – come and watch the spectacular fireworks from Lemon Quay. Fancy dress is optional! Entry is free.

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Grand Gala Night in the Great Hall. Expect a red carpet, gourmet buffet, the Swing Kings live and a fantastic view of the city's fireworks display.

70s-themed New Year’s Eve party. Set menu is available. Everyone is welcome!

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Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe, Truro Seven-course dinner, each dish from a different country, with cocktails, live music and champagne at midnight.

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Popular New Year’s Eve bash on the beach. This year with a Rolling Stones tribute band. thewateringhole.co.uk

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From the creative team that brought you last year’s hit show, ‘Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat!’, comes a brand new adventure.


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Granville Saxton, Kernow King Fe,Fi,Fo,Fun! & Joanna Monro


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with its unmistakable score performed by a live orchestra. A timeless story of love, despair and hope comes to town in a brand new production of Ghost The Musical3 (23-28 January). Late one night, a tragic encounter on a walk back to their apartment sees Sam murdered and his beloved wife Molly left alone. But Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly with the help of a fake psychic, in the hope of saving her from grave danger. The double Academy Awardwinning movie, starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. This innovative musical reimagining

takes its inspiration from the film, with new music, original staging, and the film’s most iconic and moving scene preserved, performed to The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which has sold over two million theatre tickets and played to packed houses across the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production, A Judgement in Stone4 (6-11 March). This is adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell. Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for


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bewitching traditional songs to create moving, intensely human work. This revival is the first time the work has been seen in the UK since 2003. Ghost Dances is presented in a triple bill alongside two 4 new Rambert creations. Each of the pieces is accompanied her awkwardness, long hidden and by live music, and together they deeply buried, leads inexorably to showcase the range, dynamism a terrible tale of murder in cold and virtuosity of Britain’s blood – on Valentine’s Day. Ruth national dance company.  Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels Dirty Dancing6 (17-22 April) a lifetime of deceit, despair and is back! Exploding with heartcover-ups which, when revealed, pounding music, breathtaking brings a shocking revelation emotion and sensationally sexy almost as grizzly as murder itself. dancing, this smash hit has been The masterpiece of seen by millions worldwide. world-famous choreographer It tells the story of Baby and Christopher Bruce, Ghost Dances5 Johnny, two fiercely independent (23 and 24 March) is possibly the young spirits from different most popular work in Rambert’s worlds, who come together in history. It tells stories of love what will be the most challenging and compassion, as death – in and triumphant summer of the form of the iconic ‘ghosts’ – their lives. This sensational new interrupts the daily lives of a series production features 35 hit songs, of ordinary people. Created as a including Hungry Eyes, Hey response to political oppression Baby, Do You Love Me? and in South America, it uses imagery the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) from the Day of the Dead and The Time Of My Life.

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FESTIVE FIZZ & WINTER GLAMOUR

Host your Christmas party with a difference at No3 Champagne and Nail Bar, to add extra sparkle and an air of glamour to your soirée. We’ll provide festive canapés and Christmas inspired champagne cocktails, all served in our stylish winter wonderland venue.

Get the perfect festive flutter with our bespoke "Christmas Eye Couture" treatment. Lash extensions and brow sculpting are our specialty – all No3 girls are trained to perfection and are here to get you

We will be offering some exciting new treatments in the new year including • No3 Microblading • No3 Lash Couture American volume lashes • No3 Brow Lift and sculpt Register your interest at No3 to be the first to try these new and exclusive treatments.

Looking for a glam gift to pamper your loved ones? We also offer a beautiful range of stocking fillers and gifts from Chelsea Beautique, Nailberry & Billion Dollar Brows; including our No3 Gift Vouchers, presented with a mini bottle of Prosecco or hand wrapped in a gold bow. 54

We advise booking in advance. T 01872 271304 E no3lashandbrow@gmail.com W www.no3lashandbrowbar.com St Mary's Street Mews, Truro

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WRAPPED GOOD LOOKS From pampering presents to party preparation, let Truro cater for all your beauty needs this festive season. Whether you’re looking to indulge yourself in a makeover for the Christmas party, or treat a loved one to a new fragrance, our great little city has got you covered.

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ive your locks a bit of loving this season and head over to Afina hair salon on River Street for an expert blow dry – they’ll have you looking your best and ready for the office party in no time! Afina also offers gift vouchers and luxury haircare products, so give your loved ones the gift of beautiful hair this Christmas. The newly-opened trendy yet friendly Steam Barber Shop in Green Street Mews gives

gentlemen a fresh cut for New Year’s Eve or a beard trim for the party season. Spoil the man in your life with a gift card for one of their many special treatments, from hot towel shaves to topnotch products. For a failsafe beauty gift, follow your nose to boutique perfumery Scentstore on Cathedral Lane. With such a large selection of aftershaves and fragrances, the team is always on hand to help you decide on the perfect gift 55


or find your own signature scent. Scentstore has also opened Cornwall’s only official OPI Nail Bar, which offers everything from express gel nails to full-blown luxury-feeling, arm-massaging manicures and pedicures. For nails with fizz, head to No. 3 Champagne and Nail Bar in St Mary's Street Mews. Oozing with designer glam, this place will make you feel like you’ve

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just stepped into a Sex In The City-style beauty parlour, perfect for a quick fix or a full set of rockstar shellac! After having your nails revamped, wander next door to No. 3 Lash & Brow Bar to complete your luxury look. From eyelash extensions and microblading, to waxing and tinting, make sure you’ve not got a hair out of place this winter – the talented team will help you

achieve the perfect eyebrow shape for your face. Perfect for pamper vouchers, The Great Escape offers a range of amazing packages. With massages, manicures, and relaxation therapies, there’ll be something to suit everyone. The experienced Great Escape team can be found beautifying happy customers in two salons on New Bridge Street, so pop in and choose a treat from the extensive treatment menu. If holistic therapies are your thing (or you know someone who loves them), why not pay a visit to Aromatika on Cathedral Lane. Its extensive range of natural and organic skincare products includes moisturisers, body and hand creams, and shampoos and body washes, plus soaps from sister company Devon Soap and mineral make-up from Lily Lolo. Go for a treatment in the boutique beauty salon above the


shop or if you don’t have time, buy some products for an evening of pampering in the comfort of your own home. Aromatika’s beautiful bottles and luxury lotions also make the perfect present – even if it’s something small for a stocking or a gift-wrapped selection for a special someone. Also new to Cathedral Lane is The Beauty Studio at Bay Tree Home. The studio’s menu of treatments includes a BeautyLab anti-ageing facial, a

TRURO’S OPI NAIL BAR For your Christmas party prep or a relaxing pamper, we’ve got it covered. Located within Scentstore at 10 Cathedral Lane, we are proud to be the only accredited OPI Gold Salon in Cornwall. Treat yourself or someone special to a professional treatment using the world’s leading nail brand. Gift Vouchers available. OPI Nail Bar @ Scentstore, 10 Cathedral Lane, Truro, TR1 2QS 01872 263663 | www.opinailbar.co.uk

Jessica manicure or pedicure, and its signature body treatment of a cleansing foot soak and full body massage, using Kernow Spa products. Hendra Health Store on Lemon Street should also be on your ‘go-to’ list for exclusive skincare products such as Neal’s Yard, Dr Hauschka and REN, and a long-established hair and beauty salon upstairs for that essential ‘up-do’ or facial for those festive nights out.


CORNWALL’S BEST KEPT YOGA SECRET Weekly Yoga Classes Workshops Yoga Retreats World Renowned Teachers 1-2-1 Teaching

www.limehouseyoga.com | 01872 572620

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Get ahead of the New Year stampede and check out these havens for mind and body.

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et’s face it, we all put fun before fitness over Christmas and New Year. And January always arrives with resolutions to correct the balance. Yoga and pilates are a way of restoring well-being without the need for pounding music or high-impact exercise, and these four studios in the Truro area welcome men and women of all ages and abilities. So there’s no excuse: beat the crowds and sign up! The philosophy of Cornwall Yoga Centre on Green Street is that by learning simple techniques, anyone can use yoga practices to improve the quality of their life. The centre is run by Aimee Blackman, an expert in using yoga for therapy. One-to-one sessions and regular classes in pregnancy yoga, seniors yoga, yoga for women, dynamic yoga and Hatha yoga are offered by a small team of dedicated yoga teachers. Cornwall Yoga Centre is open six days a week, with classes running in the morning at lunchtime, after work and in the evenings. At specialist pilates studio Pilates Hub, on the second floor of the Old Bakery Studios on Malpas Road, Susan King provides pilates apparatus instruction to small groups and in private sessions.

“Anyone can use yoga practices to improve the quality of their life”

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We drop, you shop! We will be operating for the Festival of Lights on Wednesday 23 Nov and late night shopping on Wednesday’s 30 Nov to 21 Dec, with the last buses at 10pm from the City Centre. Two sites and one ticket will get you around all day! Postcode for Sat Nav users:

Fares from £2 on Wednesdays and £1 on Saturdays.

Langarth TR4 9AN Tregurra TR1 1RH

HABANERO'S BURRITO BAR 11, Kenwyn Street ,Truro, TR1 3DJ 01872 596302

Big Burritos bursting with flavour, is what you’ll find here. Fresh ingredients, locally sourced, and homegrown chillies make for the tastiest grab and go option in town. We also have vegetarian and vegan options, tacos, rice boxes and gluten free wraps to satisfy anyone’s hunger.

VISIT•TRURO•TOURIST• INFORMATION•CENTRE 01872•274555 | tic@truro.gov.uk Drop into the Visit Truro Tourist Information Centre on Boscawen Street, where our friendly team can offer advice on: •• Local and UK accommodation bookings •• Excursions and activities •• Advance purchase tickets for the Eden Project and Fal River ferry service, and local theatre tickets Plus, we stock maps, guides and souvenirs, including Cornish food and locally-made jewellery

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“Designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility and wellness” The peaceful, daylit, loft-style studio welcomes students of all levels from complete beginners to advanced. Susan practises pure pilates and says her teaching style is informed by current ideas about movement and anatomy, such as biotensegrity, biomechanics, natural movement and anatomy trains. Breathe Health and Fitness is a yoga, pilates and personal training studio in Robert Ope Stores off Boscawen Street. The studio, created by Dan and Ori Parnwell, specialises in hot yoga. Breathe Hot Yoga involves a series of classic Hatha yoga poses performed in a heated space with a bamboo

floor, and is designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility and wellness. The high temperature makes it easier to stretch your muscles, burn calories and detoxify your body. A ten or 15-minute drive from the centre of Truro, near Perranporth, is Lime House Yoga, a purpose-built yoga studio and retreat centre with stunning sea views, just a short walk from the beach. Founded and run by yoga instructor Jock Orton and his partner Emma Rowse, Lime House Yoga aims to give clients everything they’re looking for: peace, tranquility and space – and, at the workshops and retreats, great food cooked up by Emma. The studio has underfloor heating, and there’s a lawn area and decking for outdoor classes during the summer. There are weekly classes, workshops and retreats, some led by internationallyrenowned guest yoga teachers, for all ages and levels. Drop-in classes include mixedability Vinyasa yoga, holistic Hatha yoga and restorative Yin yoga, and the studio organises evening workshops on topics such as meditation, rounded off by a light supper. 61


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LEAD TO TRURO Santa has his sleigh – here are your ways in and out of Truro for the Christmas season

PARK & RIDE

There are two Park & Ride locations on the outskirts of the city, Langarth Park (TR4 9AN) and Tregurra Park (TR1 1RH). To find out more, visit: parkfortruro.org.uk Additional Park & Ride services will be operating on Wednesday, 23 November for the Truro City of Lights parade and each Wednesday from 30 November to 21 December for late-night shopping (Quay Street is the only pick-up point). Last buses leave the city centre at 10pm.

BY CAR

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 pages 62-63 for parking.

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PARK FOR £1.50

The following car parks are just £1.50 after 4pm – perfect for late-night shopping and festive events: • • • • • •

Edward Street Garras Wharf Moorfield Moresk, Oakway Pydar Street Viaduct

DISABLED PARKING

Register in advance for free parking in Cornwall Council car parks. Phone: 0300 1234 222

BY BUS AND TRAIN

Truro’s bus and coach stations are next to Lemon Quay, right in the heart of the city. firstgroup.com/cornwall On the mainline between London Paddington and Penzance, Truro rail station is a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. gwr.com

TAXIS

There are two citycentre taxi ranks – Boscawen Street (next to Coinage Hall) and on the corner of Princes Street and Quay Street.

BY BIKE

The city’s on two National Cycle Network routes, 3 and 32. There are bike parks at both Lemon Quay and High Cross.


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