No Ho Ho! Cornwall 365's Anti-Christmas Top Picks

Not feeling the Christmas cheer? Or maybe you just want a break from the relentless Christmas songs that have been playing since November? From foot-stomping gigs to spooky solstice stories, from art exhibitions to a pub quiz with a difference, we have just the thing for you.

Read on for our ‘Anti-Christmas’ Top Picks of events across Cornwall. As always this is just a smidgen of the lovely stuff happening: for more events, visit

Weather Birds and Storm Gods: Drawings in paint and peat from Orkney & The Western Isles
Kate Walters
Newlyn Art Gallery
Tuesday 13 December – Saturday 7 January

Combining text and collage with her familiar motifs of the feminine and the natural world, this exhibition will focus on an intimate collection of mixed media works made in the Western Isles, Orkney and during a recent residency on Iona.

Visit the Newlyn Art Gallery website.

Falmouth History Archive open to the public

The Poly
Thursday 15 December

Come along and explore the history of Falmouth at The Falmouth History Archive. Their resources include over 5000 photographs, may from the Victorian era, original maps of Falmouth and the surrounding area, original plans, deeds, maps and other documents relating to properties, businesses and organisations, a digitised collection of over 1000 postcards, over 400 books, a collection of original Falmouth Packet newspapers dating from 1860 onwards and approximately 60 taped oral history conversations with local people.

Visit The Poly’s website.

Little Lapin
All Saints Church
Tuckingmill, Camborne
Saturday 17 December

Live music from indie folk singer songwriter Little Lapin with special guests Gareth & Annie

Visit the All Saints Church website.

Land of the Giants
The Watering Hole
Saturday 17 December

With a brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, heavy toe-tapping basslines and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals, Land of Giants are one not to miss at The Watering Hole this December.

Visit the Land of Giants website.

Visit The Watering Hole website.
Winter Solstice Story Supper with Shanty Baba
SurfHouse St.Ives
Wednesday 21 December

Join storyteller Shanty Baba for dark stories for the darkest night of the year. Tales of ghosts, horror and suspense will be accompanied by warming soups and soda bread in a candlelit venue on top of the Island in St Ives.

Visit Shanty Baba’s website.

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3 Daft Monkeys

The Melting Pot
Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 December

Celebrate the solstice with Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys.

Visit The Melting Pot website.


It’s Your Round
Scary Little Girls
The Acorn
Thursday 22 December

Join performers from Scary Little Girls for a pub quiz with a difference as they take over The Acorn with questions, prizes, audience participation and of course a few drinks!

Traditional rounds of the pub quiz, combine with bespoke sections such as :
Up Your Way! which takes a look at your locality and tests how well you know it!
The Great Sweet Off! Send up the biggest gob on your team to win…
Cocktails at Dawn – a generation game style challenge to see if you can beat the bar-tender…
Rural Life round, do you know your pheasant from your peasant?
Movies, music, popular culture and current affairs rounds to boot!

Visit The Acorn website.

Joe Francis
Lusty Glaze
Friday 23 December

Join Joe Francis for one of Lusty Glaze’s fantastic Woodburner Sessions. Joe is multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter from Cornwall who has toured the world and performed alongside some of the biggest acts in music, including Fleet Foxes, Seth Lakeman, Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson and Paolo Nutini.

Visit the Lusty Glaze website.
Winter Steam Up
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Saturday 31 December

Enjoy the Annual Winter Steam Up with three locomotives in steam, and an intensive timetable of ten departures from Bodmin General.

Visit the Bodmin & Wenford Railway website.

Penhaul Undiscovered
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Until Saturday 7 January

Photographer Harry Penhaul (1914 – 1957) dedicated his life to documenting the events and everyday lives of local people. This selection of work from the archive of Penhaul’s work at Penlee House shows what life was like for people on the Penwith Peninsula in the 20th century.

Visit the Penlee House Gallery & Museum website.

Skeleton: New Sculpture from Old Boats

National Maritime Museum
Until April 2017

Skeleton: new sculpture from old boats is a new exhibition of work created by NMMC artist in residence, Rob Johnsey. Inspired by his time working in the boat workshop and the museum, the exhibition will feature 8 sculptures along with other background material and film footage.

Access to the exhibition is included within the price of your museum entry ticket.

Visit the National Maritime Museum website.

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