Late Night Shopping with the family in Truro!

Off we headed after school into Truro. I was aiming to be in the city for 4pm to take advantage of the car park fee of £1.50 in most of the car parks, however, I opted for the sheltered NCP and their large child friendly red parking bays.  This meant, we were able to assemble the push chair, change and have a quick drink and a snack.  I think I was more excited than the girls about late night shopping in Truro!  I couldn’t wait to show them the sparkly lights in Truro and how festive it feels.

First stop was the Truro library to change our library books and then onto High Cross.  The children raced to the ‘snow’ covered tree and we grabbed the opportunity for a photograph.

Then we went into the Cathedral and admired the nativity scene and incredible Christmas tree which had been adorned with a plethora of decorations.  We looked in the gift shop for an angel on top of our Christmas tree at home, however opted for a star. The girls were allowed to choose a decoration each. This was not as easy as I had imagined it to be.  My two year old wished to pick up all breakable objects and it was it challenging to stay focused, whilst my eldest one was just as curious!  Thankfully my toddler chose a safe pink sparkle bauble that was for sale under the table – perfect for her height and non breakable.  My eldest chose a large twinkly snow flake, which looks quite striking on  our Christmas tree.

We decided to go to ‘Sam’s in the City‘ in New Bridge Street for food and opted to sit down to eat, which meant my toddler could sit in a high chair.   (Its not so easy to eat street food with a toddler).  The children had fish and chips and small strawberry milkshakes….  Whilst I enjoyed a crisp white wine spritzer with calamari and chips.  The service was excellent, toilets immaculate and the staff friendly.  The children enjoyed colouring in their Sam’s in City pictures whilst waiting for supper to arrive.  My five year old did ask, ‘why is the mannequin wearing pants!’ (You know the one…..) I explained they were very short shorts!

We then headed off to see Father Christmas at Truro Library in his extraordinary grotto. The girls were extremely keen to see him and his elf helpers!  They were able to ‘write’ to him before going to see him and enjoyed the festive music and the present from his sack.

Walking to Boscawen Street, under the strings of stars in Cathedral Lane and beautifully lit trees at High Cross, with the hustle and bustle of the people in Truro – made it feel like a magical night.  On Boscawen Street , we admired the stalls and found the Raymonds swing chair carousal ride.  The girls adored this and wanted to go again, however bed time was beckoning. Finally we headed home after a special evening in ‘Our great little city’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa Night Run in Truro

This year I decided to take part in the Cornwall Hospice Care, Santa Night Run in Truro during the first late night of shopping in Truro on the 25th of November – for fun!  Cornwall Hospice is a Cornish charity who offers hospice care to patients and their families.  These patients are very sick and often terminally ill.

The weather was perfect, no howling wind or lashing rain – only a moon and a few clouds.  I had only decided to sign up for the event the day before it started.  Registration was simple and easy and was open from 5.30pm in Boscawen Street, at the back of the Hall for Cornwall.  I received my Santa outfit, with rather large red trousers.  I arrived early and put my outfit on over my shorts.  Shorts seemed to make sense, as the website did indicate that the outfit did make you get very hot!  I decided to enjoy Truro and went to the Scentstore in Cathedral Lane to find a gift.  I kept on wondering, why people were looking at me and children pointing saying ‘There is Santa’. (I forgot I was wearing the Santa outfit!)

All one hundred and twenty of us started warming up outside the Market Inn Bar on Lemon Quay, next to the inflatable and extremely large Santa, as well as Ruan the Reindeer.

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By 8pm we were off at quite a speed and the crowds stepped back, as bells rung out through the streets of Truro.  It was not easy running with my handbag – note to self (must leave behind next time). A short one mile circuit round Green Street, Princes Street, Boscawen Street, St Nicholas Street, River Street, Little Castle Street, Kenwyn Street and passed the gentle grazing reindeer (Sponsored by Malletts Home Hardware) on Victoria Square before returning on Lower Lemon Street.

On approaching the finishing line, I tripped in my Santa trousers and had to think…… was that due to the mulled wine drunk before the event or my large trousers!

After the run Cornwall Hospice generously gave us a medal, banana, water and a mince pie!  The evening rose £2’700 for Cornwall Hospice.  It is a great family event and I witnessed several families all jogging together for an amazing organisation that cares.

Ramble in St Marys Street, Truro

Walking past the magnificent Truro Cathedral on St Marys Street, my eyes look towards the beautiful shoes in The Shoe Tree. Ladies winter boots and men’s fine tanned shoes are on display, with the delightful origami window.

I’m in search of Christmas gifts. The Clementine welcomes me with attractive lampshades, cozy slippers and some interesting wine glass jewellery that would be fun for a dinner evening and house full of guests. I am drawn to the eye-catching clutch bags and purses for an evening out, as well as their latest jewellery display neatly displayed in the boxes on their wall.

Truro Goldsmiths is set for Christmas, with their tree up and wreath on their stable door. Their shop window displays shinny jewellery pieces from brooches, bracelets and watches to spectacular diamond engagement rings. I notice their tiny silver Christmas charms and silver scallop necklaces. The snowflake star necklace is delicate and fine-looking – definitely a contender for a gift.

I think about a refreshing mocktail in Vertigo, as well as the passage way leading to the Office Night Club, and pass along and enter into The Old Grammar School – full of character and charm. (Both eateries are fun and established bars and restaurants in Truro.)  I enjoy The Old Grammar School’s open stable feel, with rustic décor with a hint of Christmas.  I notice ‘Squeeze Guts’ alley, which is a great little short cut across to Duke Street.

On my way out I pass through the scaffolding tunnel and enter into New Bridge Street with Ocean 21 on my left hand side, selling their charming Christmas and sea shell wreaths and Duke Street Deli bustling with its lunch time trade.

The entrance to St. Marys Mews is open and leads to Truro Wool, No. 3 Lash & Brow Bar, No3 Champagne & Nail Bar, Frazers Haircutters, Wise Employment Solutions, Fatboy Trims, Samsstyle and Thai & Eastern Takeaway.

The tree on the Duke Street Deli Island has been dressed in Christmas lights and I look forward to seeing the lights on when I come out for late night shopping and explore what New Bridge Street has to offer.

Late Night Shopping in Truro #ChristmasTruro

It was a beautiful clear night in Truro as I left work to go and meet my friend at the top of Pydar Street. We were so excited to spend some time together and have a browse in Truro during late night shopping.

Friend

(When we were younger, we would often go shopping, choose a glamourous top and then out on the town and party late into the night, now we both have families and it’s challenging to even get out the door by ourselves! ) We reminisced and browsed, enjoying the cold evening air in Truro.

The Truro Christmas Prime Stock and Product Show had been on in Lemon Quay throughout the day and events were drawing to a close. This is such a unique annual event for the city, to see the county’s finest cattle on display in the shopping capitol of Cornwall – its quirky but it works!

As the Christmas lights glittered, town was full of people enjoying themselves and browsing in the shops. We headed into New Look to find Christmas strappy heels, no luck – after four attempts of trying on shoes, I failed to purchase a pair – too fussy and we moved on.

We had a quick glimpse in Preloved Boutique‘s new premises at 17 Pydar Street – it looked well laid out, clean, with dresses on sale, suited to all Christmas parties!

Lush at the top of Pydar Street was full of customers trying and experimenting with their unusual and sweet smelling beauty products. Bath bombs, bath playdough, hair creams and wobble jelly soaps – essential Christmas stocking fillers.

Truro Cathedral enticed us to go in to have some quiet time, light a candle and say a prayer. The Cathedral has a large striking Christmas tree, with simple decorations and the fresh smell of fir.

Christmas Carols

Truro Choral Society

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Christmas Carols

We discovered Truro Choral Society singing, five young men with incredible voices from bass to soprano, singing all in harmony. Sitting in the Cathedral was special and we appreciated the gentleman’s voices before moving on.

We then walked towards Boscaswen Street under the twinkling blanket of lights of Kings Street. We headed past some of the large retailers, who were bustling with activity! Flash sales here and there. Our objective was to see some of the street entertainment and view what was for sale in the street markets. The fire eaters and Mother Santa, as well as the Camborne Youth Band were around and filled the streets with festive cheer.

Our noses (and empty bellies) then led us towards New Bridge and St Marys Street to find somewhere less crowded to enjoy some food and mulled wine. We weren’t disappointed! The Old Grammar School offered a choice of three delicious street food dishes seafood paella, pulled pork and vegetable risotto.

After dinner, we stepped back onto Boscawen Street to see if there was more space to look at the street markets and found a fabulous nut store. Macadamia, almonds, honey coated cashews to savoury fiery flavours.

Singing outside The White Company

Singing outside The White Company

As our evening drew to a close, we relished the atmosphere and enjoyed being in Truro. The Christmas lights sparkled and the three angels on Trafalgar Roundabout bid us a fond farewell.