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Five ways to have fun in January in Cornwall

January marks the beginning of a New Year and a whole new calendar of events taking place in Cornwall. From walks and talks to concerts and festivals, you can check in each month and pick up the latest information on events in Cornwall during 2014.
It’s fun to get away for a break over the New Year. Whether you are renting a holiday cottage in Cornwall or are lucky enough to live there, we’ve found five fun events around Cornwall in January worth listing in your (new!) 2014 diary.

With the leaves off the trees, winter walkers can enjoy many far-reaching views that are hidden by summer foliage. The coastal path certainly never fails to deliver a blast of fresh air and gorgeous sea views. If you want to walk on a regular basis then perhaps the Nordic Walking article will be an introduction to a whole new hobby for you. Read on for more…

Start the New Year charitably at the Gardens of Heligan Open Day

If you are looking for something to do on New Year’s Day, enjoy a winter walk at the popular The Lost Gardens of Heligan Open Day near St Austell.

This free admission event raises funds for various charities through donations. It also helps raise awareness of Heligan’s continuing developments as this Hidden Valley goes from strength to strength. It’s a great way to start the New Year on the right foot!

Dust off those walking boots and join the New Year Walk at Sennen Cove

The traditional New Year Walk at Sennen Cove is a wonderful introduction to the activities of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This scenic guided walk takes places on 4 January 2014 and covers local lanes and the cliff top coastal path in a family-friendly amble.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has a whole calendar of walks, talks and other events, and this walk could be a great way to get involved. Read more about the New Year Walk, and find out where a cup of tea comes with a complimentary rug and hot water bottle!

Here we come a-wassailing at Trelissick Garden near Truro

Join the procession of noisy wassailers at Trelissick Garden as they follow the Wassail King down to the orchards after dark and help to ensure a bountiful fruit crop. This annual Wassail at Trelissick Garden takes place on 16 January 2014 and is followed by country music, Cornish storytelling and a traditional pasty and a pint.

Best do your homework before attending, by reading our article on Wassailing at Trelissick Garden!

Try the Nordic Walking Taster Day at Trelissick Garden, Truro

If your New Year resolution is to get fit, start a new hobby or lose weight, the Nordic Walking Taster Day at Trelissick Garden definitely has your name on it! Sign up for this free event which takes place on 18 January 2014. Learn how to use Nordic Walking Poles, which are provided along with expert guidance from Walk Kernow.

If you enjoy the free taster session you can sign up for the Nordic Walking events that regularly take place around the National Trust property of Trelissick Garden.

The Healing Light Festival at Heartlands near Redruth

Another Cornish cultural event is The Healing Light Festival at Heartlands Cultural Park near Redruth. The former buildings of a historic mine host this unusual festival on 25-26 January 2014, bringing together many different types of therapies, readings and specialists in holistic medicine.

Whether you are interested in Reiki, crystals, taro, homeopathy or other forms of alternative therapy, this weekend festival cover them all with talks, workshops and plenty of stalls.

Which of these events tempts you to pull on your boots and get some fresh air? Whether you go walking or wassailing we’d love to get some feedback from those of you who have “been there, done that”. Feel free to share your comments below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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