City of Lights - Lantern Festival
Favorite thing: November can be one of the most miserable months of the year but around the third week into the month the ‘City of Lights’ festival lifts the gloom with a parade of glowing lanterns made out of tissue and withies.
Usually coinciding with the switch-on of the Christmas lights this small city comes alive with dance and music from local groups and bands. It’s a real community spirit with many schools taking part, not just from Truro but also from many villages around. Hundreds of school kids bring their lanterns and join up with the professionals who make some much larger creations. Each year there’s a different theme and this year (2014) the theme has centred around ‘Heroes and Heroines’.
This procession is not a competition to see who can build the biggest and best lanterns - just a simple and effective way for people of all ages to take part in the build up to the festive season - and leave the gloom behind. Wonderful!
- Budget Travel
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History of Truro
Favorite thing: There has been a town here since the 12th century when Richard Lucy, Chief Justice of England in the reign of Henry II, built a castle at the top of what is now Castle Street. Remains of the castle were found during excavations for the cattle market that was held there until recent years. It is now the site of the Courts of Justice, the County Courts for Cornwall.
- Historical Travel
Truro is Located HERE
Favorite thing: When you have driven this far in England, you don't have to drive very much further to reach the Ocean! Truro (the 'black' dot in the map) is centrally located in Cornwall, being only about 9-10 miles from either the north coast or the south coast and, if you keep on heading west for another 30 miles (50 km), you will find yourself at Land's End, the most westerly tip of England.
The upper pointer on the map indicates the section of north coast where we walked along the rugged 250-foot cliffs west of Portreath on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 2005. The pointer on the right side shows the location on the gentler south coast, near Mylor and just above Falmouth where we had a very pleasant summer walk in June, 2000. Both experiences are described in my 'Things to Do' tips. The bottom line is, Truro itself has plenty of attractions but it is also ideally located for small day trips to further explore this part of Cornwall.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Cornish Cyder Farm
Favorite thing: We went for a look round the Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow, Truro.You can either pay for a guided tour and a tractor ride through 100 acres of farmland and 20 acres of orchard or you can take a free walk around the farm buildings and animals.
The walk takes you through some of the buildings where the cider is produced and bottled and can actually see all of this going on.
There is a small pottery where for a small fee you can have a go at throwing a pot yourself, which you get to take home with you.
The farmyard houses some cattle, goats and a shirehorse which can all be petted.
There is a large farm shop where you can sample and then buy several different ciders and other apple products. Other souvenirs are also available to buy.
Try the Mowhay Restaurant for morning coffee, homemade lunch, or a traditional Cornish Cream Tea.
Fondest memory: The Cornish Cyder Farm,
Tel 01872 573356
It is on the A3075 Truro to Newquay Road , 5 miles from Newquay.
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
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Whats in a Name?
Favorite thing: The name of Truro, comes from Tri-veru meaning three rivers which includes the Rivers Kenwyn and Allen. Truro is set at the head of Truro River on the Fal Estuary.
During the 14th century Truro was an important port with ships sailing into Lemon Quay, now when the tide is out it looks rather forlorn and sadly neglected with this old paddle steamer now a florist shop.
Favorite thing: The present Victorian building is on the site of the 14th century Coinage Hall. Tin was produced in the surrounding areas from the early 13th century and Truro was a stannary town from 1305. It was in this place that smelted tin was assayed and stamped before being sold and exported.
Today the Coinage Hall houses Pizza Express, Charlotte's Tea Rooms and the Antique Centre.
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: Lemon Street, built in 1801, was a new road for the ever increasing mail coaches that had great difficulty negotiating the existing steep routes into the town. indeed the road squeezes in to the town after this and over to the cathedral.
Plots of land owned by Sir William Lemon, a mining magnate of his day, were leased for building. The houses seen here are purported to be the finest example of Georgian architecture west of the city of Bath. today they are occupied by solictors and dentists etc...
Favorite thing: This is the main pedestrianised square in Truro where markets are held - but not the day we were there, hence the wide open space.