With love from us, with love from others
There’s always a lot happening before Christmas. We’ve gathered some of Cornwall’s best December events, creating a list with something for everyone. There’s activities here to help you get in the festive spirit — and a couple to offer you a slight reprieve when the Christmas songs become too much. We’ve also spotlighted some fantastic online events being ran by Cornish institutions this year, including at-home theatre screenings and craft activities.
From Thursday 3 December
Kilncraft Pottery Sessions
Wadebridge pottery studio Kilncraft are running festive pottery painting sessions, letting you decorate your own ceramics. Keep either as a new ornament to use each year, or give away as a thoughtful, handmade gift to someone close. For those feeling happier at home, posted-out kits let you join in, before returning to Kilncraft for firing. You can buy online through Wadebridge’s very own local vendor online shop.
From Friday 11 December
Skylight Cinema at Truro Cattle Market
Look, it’s Christmas. Let’s admit it: we’ll all be watching Elf sometime over the next few weeks. Skylight Cinema are organising drive-in screenings of those festive film favourites throughout December. Food is available during the event, sourced from some of Cornwall’s freshest independent food producers. We’re particularly keen to try the sweet pastries by Kern, a German-inspired bakery whose bundt cakes look truly wunderbar.
From Saturday 12 December
Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood
Have you heard? Rogue Theatre have taken over Tehidy Woods. An immersive celebration of folklore, faeries, fantasy and the festive season. Prepare to be enchanted as you step onto the twisting woodland path, wandering through the trees until you meet Old Man Winter.
Evenings throughout December
Twilight Sensory Spa Garden at Bedruthan
Winter is cold: seek warmth. Take an evening trip around the Sensory Spa Garden — the cold night air just makes the hot tubs feel even warmer. Afterwards, sit down to a classic fondue meal at our clifftop Wild Cafe. A vegan option’s available too.
Saturday 12 December
CFF South West Regional Shorts at The Poly
A cultural event at Falmouth’s The Poly for the grown-ups (just in case you can’t taken another viewing of Frozen). The Cornwall Film Festival’s events continue with a showcase of shorts made by South West filmmakers. The selections are varied, touching on themes of gender, politics, belonging and badminton.
Think and Make by CAST
There’s many reasons you may have heard of Cornwall’s pioneering arts organisation CAST. For one, their Groundworks festival a few years ago brought many international artists to Cornwall. They also provide studio space for many artists in our region. And, during these weird times, they’re curating hands-on activities for younger creatives. While they can’t currently run their usual workshops, they’ve uploaded activity sheets for families seeking new things to make at home.
Christmas dining at the Wild Cafe
These nippier December days were made for heaped, hot plates of filling Cornish fare. Set out to the coastline for a winter’s quiet beach walk, then walk up the cliff path to the Wild Cafe. Sunday roasts bring good cuts of meats, served with a side of fresh seasonable vegetables. Or come on another day for a Christmas meal: call ahead and tell us you’re in the mood for turkey.
Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors at the Tate St Ives
A huge exhibition of artist Haegue Yang at the Tate’s St Ives outpost. Yang’s installations are purposefully chaotic: a reminder of the complex systems in which we exist, that current feeling of fragmentation that hangs in the air. Sculptures are all things: bright, jagged, fuzzy — some are conscious echoes of Hepworth’s St Ives sculptures, the geometric purity now dissolving into something more unstable.
Festive Experience & Ice skating at the Eden Project
A Cornish Christmas classic. The Eden Project’s famous ice rink returns for 2020, with careful social distancing measures to keep skaters safe. Part of its wider festive experience for 2020 which includes walks, trails and ice skating in the daytime, and transforms into a magical world of light and music as darkness falls. General skating sessions are available for everyone, while specific family skating slots are good for families with children younger than 12 years old.
Afternoon Tea at the Scarlet
Down at the Scarlet — Bedruthan’s sister hotel just below — the kitchens have already began cooking seasonal fare. First to become more festive is our Afternoon Tea. Come try our homemade cakes and pastries, which have now switched to being finely-executed versions of those festive favourites.
From Monday 21 December
Miracle Theatre’s Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol.
Maybe Scrooge is cold-hearted and ungenerous – but Miracle Theatre isn’t. The ever-imaginative Cornish theatremakers are making two of their hilarious festive plays online, totally free to view on their YouTube channel for a limited time. Their sold-out adaptation of Cinderella is already online, with their Dickensian drama following later this month.
From Monday 21 December
Cousin Jack’s Mousehole Cat
Returning home after last year’s US tour, Cousin Jack’s adaptation of the beloved book The Moushole Cat is being screened across the county this Christmas. A recording of a live performance, the play features an enchanting cat-puppet and a folk music soundtrack. At time of writing, tickets are still left for drive-in screens at either Trelissick Gardens or the Royal Cornwall Showgrounds. There also tickets for an online Christmas Eve at-home screening.
Spa Experiences at Bedruthan Spa
Everyone needs downtime too — and Bedruthan Spa has now re-opened to locals and non-hotel guests. Come find some peace in our sauna, or get a little deeper with a long, therapist-led treatment.