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’.