Enjoy a November break on the Roseland

city of lights 2015

With the clocks going back and the days shortening you can still find plenty to do on your holiday be it a short break or longer.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan truly are a year round delight, there is always something new to see and do. From Saturday 10th October until Sunday 8th November the Heligan Plant Sale is a not to be missed opportunity to grab a bargain. The highlight last year was a new variety of climbing fuchsia.

Or be organised and buy some early Christmas presents in their Christmas Shop, open now Tuesdays – Saturdays 11:00 – 16:30 until Christmas Eve. The Holly and the Ivy shop offers everything from handmade craft products to fair trade items and bears no resemblence to any other Christmas shop.

Buy a joint garden entry ticket for Heligan /The Eden Project and use the saving to go ice-skating! The Eden ice rink is open again now and will remain open until Sunday 28 February 2016. Even if you don’t skate it’s worth going for the people watching and somehow it always makes us start feeling a bit more Christmassy.

The foot ferry to Falmouth runs from St Mawes all year round so its easy to hop across and visit The National Maritime Museum, currently holding a fascinating exhibition exploring the hidden histories of women at sea.

From Mary Lang, who joined the crew on the last of the merchant sailing ships to journey from South Australia to Cornwall in the 1930s, to Dame Ellen MacArthur who blazed a trail for women in competitive sailing assuring herself a place in sporting history as the fastest woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, this exhibition tells the compelling stories of those who’ve challenged the establishment and made their mark in a male dominated world.

If you are here for the 18th November then don’t miss the City of Lights Festival in Truro at 7pm, the event sees a dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups.

The 2015 theme  2015 is ‘The Museum of Lost Stories’ inspired by the Cornish Archives and County Records Office. The event includes the official switch on of Truro’s Christmas lights, plus music and dance from Truro School of Samba and other local bands,

Try a brisk walk along the coastal footpath or a relaxing meander along one of our many rivers, followed by a trip to a local pub like The Kings Head – hearty local food and cosy log fires and of course, however you spend your day don’t forget to leave time to come back home to Roundhouse Barns to truly relax and unwind.


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