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’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Spoil your Dad this year on Father’s Day 21st June

This week I cornered several people who work in Truro and asked what they are planning to give for Father’s Day.  The responses included beer (popular answer), a trendy shirt, music, or just a big fat hug!  Whatever the perfect present for your dad, Truro has an amazing selection of gifts for Father’s Day.

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The Red Elephant Beer Cellar has an incredible range of beers from the UK and around the world.  You are spoilt for choice when choosing Dad a brew.  Also, The Cornish Food Box, stocks a fine variety of specialist drinks ranging from cordials to gin – all produced locally.

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The Scentstore, in Cathedral Lane has a broad range of men’s aftershave and fragrances, from firm favourites to the latest smellys!   They also offer a free wrapping service to make your gift look extra special.

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When I was a little girl, I always liked the smell of my Dad’s face after he had had a shave. The Body Shop is a great place to buy traditional men’s shaving brushes and foam if you think that is what will make your dad feel special!

The soft leather wallets and briefcases in Cascade, Pydar Mews is a real indulgence and struck me as the perfect gift.  I also thought, perhaps music or a DVD from HMV or Music Nostalgia would also make a great present (as long as you knew what they wanted!).

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Inhabit sells mugs, where you can personalise your own Father’s Day mug.  Their display included, the all essential man tin, as well as slate clocks, tomato ketchup and maps, (where Dad can indicate where he has travelled) – all original gift ideas!

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You can’t go wrong with a book.  Waterstone’s and Bonthyon Book store offer a wonderful choice.  Waterstone’s is definitely a haven where Dad’s can hang out and the ladies go shopping.

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Whirlwind Sports offers plenty of Father’s Day’s gifts, ranging from fashionable shirts, trendy T-shirts to rugby jerseys.   Maybe Dad would like to come and choose his gift with you and get those fresh new running trainers.

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Finally, if you are looking for a tasty gifts, Halzephron can help you find a mouth watering chutney, fiery mustard or zingy marmalade.  Also, the Tourist Information Office has a great selection of little gifts.  Chocolate is a fantastic gift for Father’s Day – he might even share some with you!  There are many specialist chocolate brands to choose from.  Have a peak at the counter at Midtown Deli or Uneeka! Finally the most important thing to do on Father’s Day is to give Dad a hug and spend time together – maybe a meal out in Truro….

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