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Things to Do in Cornwall in November

The crowds have gone and so has the summer heat, but Cornwall is still a great place to visit in November. Stormy seas make exciting viewing from small harbours and coastal paths, the National Trust has some special events and seasonal markets begin to sell some Christmas goodies.

National Trust Events

Most National Trust properties close for the winter and there is a special event at Tintagel Old Post Office from late October until November 6, 2011 called “Putting the house to bed”. Find out why the house closes, see what goes on behind the scenes and learn how the staff care for their valuable collections and antique furnishings in this historic building.

Lanhydrock is offering a two course lunch and lecture by the National Trust’s Conservation Specialist, Dr Nigel Blades, on November 4, 2011 and various other lecture lunches on local history, plants and other topics during the month.

The Cornwall Astronomy Society will host a Star Gazing Supper at Lanhydrock on November 11 when a full moon and a sky full of stars are predicted. The lovely manor house at Cotehele hosts their annual book fair on Sunday November 6, 2011 and a Christmas decoration and cracker-making workshop on November 16, 2011.

On a more philanthropic note, the National Trust are organizing a team of volunteers to clear access to Vugga Cove near Newquay. If you fancy lending a hand and enjoying a pasty and pint for lunch, meet outside the Goose Rock Hotel at 10am on November 12, 2011.

Markets in Cornwall

Every Saturday, has a local produce market in Aylmer Square at White River Place. Pick up locally grown vegetables, homemade sausages, local game, free-range eggs from hens, ducks and geese, homemade preserves and locally reared pork, lamb and beef along with ducks and guinea fowl. There is also a demonstration kitchen on certain weeks which demonstrates recipes using fresh local produce.

The Ladock County Market takes place the first Saturday of every month. It is a veritable feast of homemade pies, bread and cakes, bacon and award-winning hog’s pudding, a local delicacy. Refreshments are served by the W.I. and church and are sure to be superb.

St John’s Primary School in Camborne are hosting their 4th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday November 12, 2011. The Ladock Craft Fair is one of the most popular in the area and will take place on Saturday November19, 2011.

Pub Food Festival

The annual Pub Food Festival runs throughout November with 25 Cornish pubs taking place in this themed event. Organised by the Cornwall Pub Trail, week one is Sausage week, week two is Pie Week, week three is Pudding Week and the final week is Fish Week. Real Cornish food is accompanied by real ales and in many cases real fires too. The dishes all focus on creating tasty home-cooked meals using locally sourced ingredients and each pub stamps its own twist on this foodie event.

Many of the pubs have special offers. The Star Inn at Vogue has a 2-for-1 evening menu and the Halestown Inn at St Ives offers the homemade Pie of the Day for just £5. The other pubs taking part are: Bolingey Inn in Bolingey, Caradon Inn in Upton Cross, Countryman in Langdon Cross, Cornishman in Crantock, Gweek Inn in Helston, Halfway House in Rame Cross, Lion and Lamb in Ashton, Miners Arms in Mithian, Old Plough in Truro, Old Quay Inn in Truro, The Oxford in Redruth, Peterville Inn St Agnes, Rock Inn in Roche, Roseland Inn in Philleigh, Star Inn in St Erth, Trelowarren Arms in Burdock Water, Trevelyan Arms in Goldsithney, Turks Head in Penzance, Victory Inn in St Mawes & White Hart in St Keverne.

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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