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.

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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.

Love Struck! Where to shop in Truro!

We are truly spoilt for choice in Truro, which has a diverse mix of independent and national stores.  As Valentine’s day fast approaches, we may need some help on where to find that perfect gift.

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As I walk through the streets of Truro, I first approach Inhabit, which has a marvelous welcoming heart decorated shop window looking out into Green Street.  I browse in wonder and am struck by the owl sock pockets ‘love birds’ which are so original, however I am also drawn to the fabulous range of purses, wallets and traditional satchels.

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Lorelei, a divine card shop has an incredible range of Valentine day themed wrapping paper and the essential card.  Pure Silver Design’s front of shop has a smattering of hearts and a piece of jewellery can be such a special gift.  Other traditional Valentine gifts could come from Lush or the Bodyshop, bubbles – fragrant cream and pampering.  Or simply heart shaped chocolates from Thorntons or PennyworthsThe Cornish Food Box, along with Halzephron do splendid taylor made food hampers – always a good way to someones heart!

Valentine Halzephron choc bottle

Emma’s Home has a rich selection of items for sale, stocked with Kath Kidson essential bags and matching accessories.  I am delighted to see the large photo frames, where I can imagine placing my family pictures in.  The scarves and trinkets are thoughtful and would make for a perfect Valentine’s gift (even if you have to buy it for yourself!).  Valentine’s Day is to remember to tell someone how much you love them.  However, I feel you should do this every day, as life is too short. Have a look at Rosewood – The Truro Florist, I am sure they will put something special together for you!

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Oh, and of course, don’t forget that romantic dinner; Wig&Pen have a special Valentine’s menu, as does The Falmouth Bay Seafood Café and many more.  Hurry – or else Saturday the 14th of February will all be booked!

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.

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(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.