What’s On In January 2018: Cornwall’s Diary

January usually means dark mornings, detoxes and a lull in the diary. But, as ever, there’s plenty going on in Cornwall. Discover our calendar round-up – from foraging and feasts, to seal pups, wind-lashed walks and film screenings…

31st December New Year’s Eve: Pendennis Castle Fireworks, FALMOUTH

Where: Down the road from us

Falmouth’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be launched from Pendennis Castle this year with a firework display that is said to be the most impressive in Cornwall. View the display from various locations along the seafront at midnight – the perfect way to welcome in the new year.

6th January: Beach Clean, Greenbank Hotel

Where: Right on our doorstep

How about a New Year’s beach clean to clear the Christmas cobwebs? We’ll be joining forces with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Falmouth Marine Conservation from 1pm until 3pm on Saturday 6th January, to do our bit to encourage plastic free coastlines. We are meeting at The Working Boat and wellies are advised – hope to see you there! Photo credit: Alex Burstow.

THROUGHOUT JANUARY: PUP SEASON, CORNISH SEAL SANCTUARY, GWEEK

Where: 25 minute drive from The Greenbank

A fantastic activity for all the family in Cornwall this January is to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Seal mating season begins in autumn, and as the time of year brings rougher seas and storms, lots of pups need rescuing. Every year the Sanctuary rescue lots of sick, injured or abandoned grey seal pups from the Cornish coast, with up to sixty seal pups rehabilitated each year until they are ready for release. Their ‘hospital’ and pools will be full during January, so it’s the perfect time to visit.

6th – 31st January: The Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Where: 25 minute drive from The Greenbank

Jive Talkin’ (6th January): The timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life in a fantastic stage production. With a live band and string quartet, you will be taken on an emotional journey from orchestrated 60s classics to 70s disco hits.

The Spitfire Sisters (10th January): A 1940s three-part harmony cover group, The Spitfire Sisters will be singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell Sisters. Performing an eclectic mix of songs including original tunes from their album Put Your Phone Away, the band will also perform a classic repertoire  from the 1940s and modern songs with an old fashioned twist.

Swan Lake (19th – 20th January): A Tchaikovsky masterpiece of a tragic tale of love and betrayal. This is the epic story of Prince Siegfried and his true love Odette, who is tricked by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile. A beautifully presented ballet with an instantly recognisable score.

14th January: Winter Foraging Course, Perranuthnoe

Where: 40 minutes from The Greenbank

Winter in Cornwall can be rich for foraging, with wild spices and leaves to keep us nourished through these months. Join this half day course to find out more (and expect lots of tasters too!) Enjoy the easy three mile coastal walk whilst learning from foraging expert Rachel Lambert.

Throughout January: Eden Project Events

Where: 50 minute drive from us

Eden’s magical ice rink is open until 18th February this year. Have a whirl in their winter wonderland where everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to figure skating pros. Want to become the next Torvill and Dean? Why not try Eden’s very own ice skating lessons with their expert instructors, catering to all abilities from ages six years and up.

Throughout January: Tate St Ives

Where: an hour from the hotel

Head on over to the idyllic seaside town of St Ives this month for your cultural fix at the newly re-opened Tate St Ives. The iconic gallery holds an impressive modern art display, as well as Rebecca Warren’s major UK solo exhibition until the 7th January. Overlooking the Atlantic ocean, it’s also a great storm watching spot from the comfort of their top floor cafe. Cream tea anyone?

26th January: A Plastic Ocean screening, Mount Pleasant Ecological Park

Where: 30 minute drive from The Greenbank

The film screening of Plastic Oceans provides insight into the problem of plastic pollution and its growth year on year. We as a human race are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic – and each year around 8 million tons of it ends up in our oceans. Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste. Doors open at 6:30pm and a £3 donation will be provided to the St Agnes Marine Conservation Group.

27th January: Simply Fish Course, Philleigh Way Cookery School

Where: 45 minutes from us

On this beginners course, fish monger Annie Sibert will teach you the skills necessary to correctly identify, source and prepare a wide variety of Cornish fish. A step by step guide to fish preparation including fish selection, sustainability, seasonality, filleting and simple cooking techniques will give you the confidence to make fresh fish a regular feature on your dinner table.

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