Lockdown is over in Cornwall – and while we’re sticking to the guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible, we think it’s important to share what’s still going on in our lovely Cornwall and keeping life going as close to normal as possible!

Exercise

Make sure you take the opportunity your daily exercise – it has huge mental and physical health and well-being benefits. Our favourites are:

The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Only a stone’s throw from Trevalsa, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a delight in every season – and if you’re looking for an evening wander with a seasonal twist, this December the Gardens are putting on an enchanting lantern experience.

The South West Coast Path: With over 630 miles to explore along some of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes of the UK, you can forgive us for showing off some south coast favouritism. One of our favourites is the little loop from Goran Haven to Vault beach and then back down into the village again.

The National Trust: Some outdoor properties like Trelissick are remaining open during this second lockdown – and as long as you book your ticket in advance, you can roam the fields and tracks to your hearts’ content.

heligan gardens

Festive Fun

Even though it’s likely to be a bit different this year, we’re looking forward to some festive activities in December!

Kerbside Carols: While the Cornish tradition of wandering from house to house singing carols to your neighbours is likely to be curtailed this year, Emma Mansfield and Michelle Nineham of Really Lovely Projects are determined to keep communities singing together this Christmas – and have put all the resources you need for joining in from your doorstep on the website!

8pm every Thursday evening in December.

Tunnel of Lights: Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre’s spectacular Tunnel of Lights is returning in 2020 with a reduced capacity to enable safe visiting. An underground tunnel laid with five kilometres of cable and over 5000 lights, it’s a treat for the eyes!

3rd December to 10th of January.

The Ghosts of Christmas Past: For something a bit different, Bodmin Jail will be re-opening with a Dickensian Christmas twist other Dark Walks, Heritage Tours and Paranormal After Dark Experiences

From 3rd December.

charlestown tunnel of lights

Art

With museums and galleries looking to open up again in early December, these three exhibitions aren’t to be missed – remember to check the websites and book ahead though!

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences (The Exchange, Newlyn)

Grayson Perry’s six tapestries explore notions of taste and class. Created during alongside a BAFTA winning documentary for Channel 4, ‘All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry’ in 2012, the pieces explore Perry’s experiences tracing the life of Tim Rakewell through the Cotswolds, Sunderland and Tunbridge Wells.

Until 2nd Jan 2021.

Monsters of the Deep: (National Maritime Museum, Falmouth)

From myths and legends of monsters of the deep, to cutting edge scientific research and carefully selected specimens, visit the National Maritime Museum’s journey into into the weird and wonderful world of sea creatures.

Until 3rd Jan 2021.

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors (Tate St Ives)

This exhibition features existing and new artworks from the celebrated South Korean artist, and includes pieces across a variety of formats, including installation, collage, sculpture, drawing and painting. This is the first exhibition to take place across both the new gallery and the original sea facing gallery.

Until 3rd May 2021.

Grayson Perry tapestry

Shopping

There are some classic outdoor markets and seasonal fairs to enjoy:

Truro Farmers Market: Every Wednesday and Saturday, Truro Farmer’s Market on Lemon Quay will be open, showing off amazing food and drink from is still open where local producers of food, drink, crafts, street food and even plants – so you could get some Christmas shopping done too!

Truro, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Healey’s Christmas Markets: Now in their fourth year, the Healeys farm will be hosting food drink, , between  will be going ahead

Weekends from 5th – 20th of December

So even though we might feel like we’re in hibernation, there’s plenty to be getting on with!