As we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of 2012, there's plenty on in Cornwall to keep your cockles warmed.
Here's our guide to what's on this weekend in Cornwall.
Friday onwards, The Institute, Padstow: AFTER an extremely successful March exhibition, The Absurdists are holding their next show this month until Christmas Eve at The Institute, Padstow, open every day from 10am. For those of you unaware of their works, it will come as no surprise that with a name like The Absurdists their paintings are unconventional, multifarious, extraordinary and off beat, and challenge the usual concept of art in a most unorthodox way.
Friday - Sunday, Affordable Art, The Truro Arts Company, next door to the Royal Cornwall Museum: This exhibition showcases paintings, sculpture and giftware from artists living and working in Cornwall. All work is for sale with a variety of price tags, but every piece is under £150. Artists include Louise Gale, Liz Levers, Carrie Preston, Mandy Roberts, Dawn Sheridan Tom and Hetty Wildblood and Jill Williamson.
Friday onwards, Tate St Ives: A NEW exhibition has opened at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Curated by leading St Ives art expert and collector David Tovey, who has written eight books on the subject, the paintings include rarely seen early works that give a glimpse of the mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries that brought the town prosperity in the first half of the 19th century.
Friday and Saturday Perranporth’s Nativity with a difference: CHRISTMAS really isn’t complete without a nativity play and if you only see one this year it should be Tim Firth’s take on the tradition, The Flint Street Nativity performed by Perranporth Players. The show is on tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm in Perranporth Memorial Hall. Tickets are £6 from Gifts & Gadgets or on the door.
Friday - Sunday Miracle Theatre – Frankenstein! Thursday and Friday, 7.30pm: The Tolmen Centre, Constantine; Saturday and Sunday, 7.30pm, Burrell Theatre, Truro.
Saturday onwards, Rogue Theatre – Winter Wood: Saturday to December 30 (except December 13, 19 or 25). First show at 4pm, second at 6.30pm: Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs Entrance, near Portreath.
Friday: THE ST PETROC’S Society Christmas carol service takes place at Truro Methodist Church on Friday at 7pm. Taking part are Bosvigo School, Nanstallon School and Truro Methodist Church Choir. Vigils will follow at St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell, and Holy Trinity Church, Newquay, between 10pm and midnight.
Friday, Bunters Bar, Truro: B-SIDE at Bunters in Truro is to host a pre-Christmas metal spectacular featuring some of the finest acts Cornwall has to offer with Kernuyck, pictured, Bad Channels, Rash Decision and Transhuman. With punk/rock/metal sounds also soundtracking the evening from DJ Dave Hill this is a night that Cornish metal fans should not miss. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door, over-16s only.
Friday: Livewire, Falmouth Princess Pavilion: DELIGHTING fans of AC/DC and ZZ Top, the double-whammy tribute For Those About To Rock blazes into Falmouth tomorrow. Portraying the original members of both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC, Livewire’s current tour is said to be bigger, better and louder than ever with plenty of high voltage. Expect the classics like Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway To Hell and Back In Black, expect cannons, the backdrops, a wall of Marshalls and a rock-hard rhythm section. Starts 8pm. Standing, advance, tickets £17.50 – available from the Pavilion box office on 01326 211222. Or book online via SeeTickets and Hall for Cornwall.
Saturday, Three Spires Singers and Orchestra, Truro Cathedral: THERE’S a reason it’s the most popular large-scale piece of classical music in the world. In his Messiah, Handel serves up one great tune after another, as the orchestra, soloists and choir take the audience on a journey through the Christmas story, into Easter, taking in favourites like the Hallelujah Chorus en route. Three Spires Singers and Orchestra will perform the work at Truro Cathedral on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday: Falmouth's All The Fires will play their last Cornish gig of 2012 at The Acorn, Penzance, on Saturday. Joining forces with London’s Police Dog Hogan for a whistle-stop winter tour, this is an unmissable night of live music from two bands who share a love of great songwriting and create harmony-filled, hugely entertaining, live sets.
Sunday, The Other Band, Falmouth Princess Pavilion: GET into the Christmas spirit and get your feet tapping by joining The Other Band on Sunday for their annual Christmas charity barn dance. This year proceeds will be spilt between Falmouth and Helston Memory Cafés and will take place at the Princess Pavilion Garden Room, Melvill Road, Falmouth kicking off at 7.30pm. Adults £7, students/OAP £5, children £3.50. Tickets can be obtained by contacting 01326 563564 or the Princess Pavilion box office on 01326 211222.
Sunday: Patrick Wolf, The Ritz, Penzance: PLAYING a concert in Cornwall on Sunday is a bittersweet pleasure for the extraordinarily talented Patrick Wolf. The colourful singer-songwriter – whose lyrical work shares common ground with the foreboding, windswept but utterly beguiling worlds of Kate Bush and Antony And The Johnsons – plays the fittingly grand Ritz, Penzance, on Sunday.
The Lugger at Portloe: IT’S THAT time of year again, when the thought of venturing out in the cold and wet just makes you want to curl up in front of a warm fire. But before hibernation really sets in, it might be worth considering a weekend at The Lugger at Portloe where you can do as much or as little as you please. The hotel has come up with its own answer to the rain and wind – its storm-watching package. Set just above a picturesque cove and tiny harbour, it is the perfect location to watch the weather roll by and for the more adventurous there’s always the option of exploring the stunning Roseland Peninsula on foot. The package includes dinner, breakfast, afternoon tea and hot toddy.
Saturday: The Bottle Bank in Falmouth will be holding its annual Christmas tasting on Saturday between 11am and 8pm. Join them to sample a large selection of wine and beer from around the world as well as the odd spirit too. It’s free of charge; just drop in at any time during the day.
Saturday: TRURO’S one-mile Santa Fun Run takes place at 11am on Saturday at Boscawen Park – entry is £10. Cornwall charity Forget Me Not is raising money to provide a special granite memorial to be placed in the Baby Remembrance Garden at Penmount Crematorium.
Friday - Sunday, Ice Skating, Truro: ICE SKATING in the grounds of Truro Cathedral is open from 10am every day except Christmas Day and will remain open until January 6. Alan Wallace, the cathedral’s chief executive, said: “It’s brilliant to see the rink finally open for business and so many people enjoying themselves.