November Top Picks

Halloween and half term are over, but bonfire night will soon be upon us and so are the darker evenings. That doesn’t mean to say we start our hibernation process. Oh no, there’s far too much going on!

Cornwall 365 has come up with just a few great things to do in the next month. We’ve created a list for the family which include Circus Bezercus or you can make lanterns at the workshop and then join the Truro City of Lights parade, go and watch the extremely funny Ugly Sisters or The one-off ‘Owl & Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense’.

Maybe you’re not looking for children-centric activities and are after pure escapism  on your wintry, cosy break away from the hubbub of everyday life: you can enjoy the paintings of Sir Terry Frost at the Exchange followed by a fabulous complimentary exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum (The Bigger Picture); you can book tickets for Sam Lee in concert, visit Truro Cathedral, walk in the still-colourful Cornish Gardens and enjoy the cafes and crafts or buy a pass to the Cornwall Film Festival and sob your way through the BFI Love season of: Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart…

But these are only a handful of ideas and as always, there is so much more going on. We’re not quite getting to (the unmentionable) but as November draws to a close, you will see more & more activities geared up to get you into the festive spirit including the (ahem) Craft fair at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Liskeard’s ‘Light’s Up’ and various other local traditional festivals.  For further inspiration, please visit:


Cornwall Film Festival

1st November – 12th December

Films to fall in Love with. Films to break your heart.

This year’s festival is going to be kicked off by BFI’s Love Season, a classic selection of romantic films that will be screening at the Regal, Redruth



Wheal Martyn Museum

Whether you want to find out more about Cornwall’s rich China Clay heritage in the interactive visitor centre, fancy exploring the nature trails complete with children’s woodland play area and adventure course, or want a unique view of a modern China Clay pit at work with monitor jets and giant machinery, the China Clay Country Park has something for everyone



The Owl & the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense – by Soap Soup Theatre

The Acorn Theatre

Sunday 8th November, 3pm


The Owl is a poet keen on writing a masterpiece and so too, does his den-mate the pussy cat. Although she sees things a bit differently!

The two tell stories using everyday objects in their den to make a new nonsense story, but can they tell their most important story, their own?


 Sterts Theatre & Miracle Theatre


13th November


Following the success  of the Tin movie , take advantage of added screenings this November!

Besed on true events , ‘Tin’ tells the story of Richard Boyns, a mine owner  and his fathers’ involvement with a swindle in a local cornish bank.


 Terry Frost

Newlyn Art Gallery & the Exchange

10 October – 9th January 2016

In celebration of Terry Frost’s centenary, The Exchange at Newlyn Arts Gallery presents a collection of his most significant work. A fresh look at the artists bold pieces are curated by Tate St.Ives.


The Bigger Picture

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Until 21st November

Showcasing a marvellous assortment of painting in Cornwall from the 1920s to the 1960s, this exhibition reveals the rich diversity of artistic styles that this region has inspired. Hanging alongside the better-known names of Trevor Bell, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Cedric Morris, Ben Nicholson, Adrian Ryan, Bryan Wynter and John Wells is a plethora of remarkable work by artists from the same period including Shearer Armstrong, George Lambourn, Mary Jewels, Albert Reuss and Charles Breaker.

 Sam Lee in concert

The Poly,

7th November


Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateu, in June 2015 released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ comprised of songs learned 1st hand from the Gypsy Traveller community.


Komedy of Errors – Circus Berzercus

Various dates and venues


Gerald & Wallace come together to bring you to bring you a show filled with comedy, circus and plenty of clowning! Enjoyed by adults and children alike. 


Rabbit Theatre

Various Dates and venues

A one-man performance of Dracula.

Blood and bats
Garlic and gore.
Lunatics and flies.
Sexy lady vampires.
Coffins, crypts and the Count himself.

They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation ofBram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler…

Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you!


 Launceston Christmas market

7th November 10am-4pm

Get in the mood for Christmas at the finest DIVERSE, Christmas market to help you find and purchase gifts and treats with a difference for Christmas.


Truro City of Lights

Workshop: 7th November

Parade:  18th November, 7pm starting on Lemon Quay


Truro City of Lights will be back again to dazzle audiences with stunning lanterns made by local communities. Artists, Cornish School children and youth groups collaborate to create an illuminating procession , this year’s theme is ‘The Museum of Lost Stories’. If you would like to join the workshop and make your own lantern, call: 01872 272205

Liskeard Lights Up

28th November


During October and November, in the run up to ‘Liskeard Lights Up’ day a team of artists will be on hand at the Liskerrett centre to make ‘dance’ themed lanterns.

Lantern making workshops every Friday in November 9:30-12:30

The Ugly Sisters

Bec Applebee

14th Mawgan Porth Village Hall

29th St Erme Community Centre

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The Ugly Sisters is an entertaining and funny family show, which takes a satirical look at some of the issues around accepted media driven notions of ‘perfect beauty’. Using the characters of the sisters in the Cinderella story we ask who really is the ‘Ugly’ Sister? How far will the sisters go to get the attention of the prince? What is their beauty routine? How much plastic and elastic can one girl use to get the perfect look?

‘Space Visualised’ Terry Pope

Royal Cornwall Museum

7th November- 27th February

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 In his latest interactive exhibition opening at the Royal Cornwall Museum, using optical illusions to challenge and play with our perceptions.

Terry Pope is a   Constructionist artist, his experiments with glass, lenses and lights are imaginative and enticing. This playful exhibition is interactive and enticing, not just for children, it encourages play in adults too.


 Bedruthan Christmas Craft Fair 28th&29th November



Shop for Christmas gifts, see live demonstrations and enjoy getting involved with a creative workshop or two.


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