What’s on in Cornwall this week

PUBLISHED: 15:05 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:49 11 December 2018

A magical Christmas experience awaits you at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

A magical Christmas experience awaits you at the Lost Gardens of Heligan


There’s always plenty to do and see in Cornwall. We pick five fun things happening this week (10 December - 16 December)


15 December

It’s hard to believe, but this year Mousehole celebrates 55 years since the first display of Christmas lights in the little fishing village when a local artist organised a campaign to brighten up the harbour at Christmas. This year the Mousehole lights will be turned on at 6.30pm on 16 December and there will be an open-air carol service at the entrance to the North Quay with the Carolaire Choir, made up of members of the Mousehole Male Voice Choir, Mousehole Methodist Church and friends from the community together with the Pendeen Silver Band. The lights are on every evening until 4 January but will be dimmed on 19 December between 8pm and 9pm, as they are every year, to remember the 16 people who died during a 1981 storm, including eight volunteers of Pendeen lifeboat the Solomon Browne.

Visit mouseholelights.org.uk for details.



15 December

The National Trust’s beautiful country houses in Cornwall are all dressed for Christmas, showing visitors how their occupants would have celebrated the festive season down through the ages from the Tudor traditions at Trerice near Newquay to lavish Victorian decorations at Lanhydrock near Bodmin. At Trelissick, near Truro, there’s the chance to meet not only Father Christmas but also his reindeer. On various dates in December Father Christmas will be telling festive stories in the stables (£5 for children including a gift). You can see Santa’s reindeer on 15 and 22 December between 11.30 to 2.30pm and there’s no additional charge for this event. The grounds and house at Trelissick will be illuminated throughout the month including new pathways.

Some events may make an additional charge beyond normal admission fees. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for details.



15 December onwards

Father Christmas will be by the log fire in the Head Gardener’s Office at the Lost Gardens of Heligan from 15 December until Christmas Eve when can visit and post their letters to him, as well as trying out Heligan’s Christmas workshops and magical Christmas Trail around The Lost Gardens.

For full details on all Heligan Christmas events go to heligan.com.



16 December

Healeys Cornish Cyder Christmas markets have transformed the working farm into a magical, festive atmosphere. With a backdrop of beautiful lights sparkling along the 80-year old cobbled courtyard and the smells of freshly cut Christmas trees and mulled cyder filling the air, you will find everything from, arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder alongside tractor rides, friendly farm animals and carol singing.

There’s free entry at the farm in Penhallow near Truro and free parking, plus dogs are welcome on a lead. 16 December is the last market for this year.

Details online at healeyscyder.co.uk.



Until 23 December

Bedruthan’s Sugar and Spice Grotto is back with a magical journey through snow-covered trees with Nordic friends Tomte and Astrid. There are some creative little elves in the forest who love to reuse and recycle who will help you create a gift to take home to hang on your tree or to give to a friend.

Explore the mysterious and long forgotten ice caves, throw snowballs and make snow angels along the way.

Find an elf to give you the directions that you need to get to the Sugar and Spice Grotto where you will help Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas to search for presents that have fallen out of the sleigh and put your special wish on Mawgan, the magic wishing tree.

Tickets can be booked online at bedruthan.com/grotto.

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