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Vanloo's Festive Faves 2020

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Live Theatre, Online Streaming and Places to Visit

To describe 2020 as horrendous is an understatement, it feels as if the whole world has lost a year to the terrible pandemic. I won't list the things I've missed - it would take far too long, and I know you've all missed the same seemingly simple delights. We must look forward with optimism towards a time when we can get together again wherever it may be - in a theatre, a cinema, a music venue or a festival field; we can return to 'normal' if we work together. I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and please keep safe and well.

To take you through the Christmas season, I've put together my Festive Faves. Included are live and pre recorded streamings of music, theatre, stories and comedy. I've also added a few places to visit in and around St. Austell - all of which make you feel safe with their socially distanced events. With apologies to anyone I've left out.

Vanloo's Festive Faves 2020:

Online Free

OBTV from Truro’s Old Bakery Studios, each show will include performances from top local musicians with interviews, reviews and previews. OBTV launched on Sunday 13th December via Facebook and is available to catch up on their You Tube Channel. Next show airs on Sunday December 27th at 8pm



The Nub Sessions have streamed four fantastic shows live from Bodmin’s Airfield Studios, showcasing fabulous local talent of all genres. All the shows are available on their You Tube channel and they plan to bring us more shows in 2021.


Helm De Vegas has been entertaining the world for months with his fabulous solo musical lockdown performances live from his living room. Each show is themed and you are invited to send in your requests. Funny and extremely talented, Helm has been a constant tonic in dark times. Shows are free via Facebook, but Helm has a virtual tip jar: if you would like to bung in a few quid.


The multi talented 3 Daft Monkeys have been cyber busking for months via their Facebook page and performed an online fundraiser last week in aid of Action For Children. Their shows are still available to watch and you can donate via their page


Pagan Pandemonium – an hour of madness and mayhem led by the irrepressible Seamas Carey as we visit various nutty global festivals and watch two local families battle it out in a game show like no other.


Miracle Theatre are streaming two of their fabulous Pantos; Cinderella is already available on their You Tube channel and Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol streams from 21st December. Both shows are crammed with gorgeous costumes, music and laughter and will stay online until 31st January.


Kerbside Carols on Thursday evenings until Christmas Eve, led by the fabulous Emma Mansfield in Lostwithiel. Join in live and sing along via Facebook at 8pm


Online. Small Ticket fee:

Scary Little Girls’ final Salon of the year. Join in the sparkly festive fun on Wednesday 16th December at 7.30pm. Previous salons have been free to view, but there is a small ticket charge of £5 for this dollop of fabulousness and it will be worth every penny. Check out their previous Salons absolutely free on their You Tube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCQzLsixxJ_dhZ5UOAzdGS7g

Book tickets for Wednesday 16th here:


Cousin Jacks have become a delightful Christmas tradition and, like so many others, they have worked their paws off to bring the show to life this year. The timeless story of Mowser is a joyful Cornish tale filled with laughter and music. Shows include a Minack performance on 18th December, Drive In Screenings plus an online screening into your home on Christmas Eve. www.cousinjacks.org/the-mousehole-cat

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is a wonderful collaboration between Wise Children, Kneehigh and Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre. Flying Lovers was recently revisited and streamed live to rave reviews. The stunning performance is available on demand until 18th December.


Christmas Time is Near Ta Theatre’s outrageously wild and funny Cornish Christmas tradition. Now in their 12th year our two prison inmates have an absolute wealth of ‘You couldn’t make it up’ material to draw from as they give us their own comic take on a dark year.


Clog Dancing In Gweek is a joyous look back at 40 years of Kneehigh Theatre hosted by the utterly fabulous Colin Pickering. Colin’s legions of fans will be pleased to know he has fully recovered from his traumatising time at the hands of a couple of Cornish trouble makers some years ago. Let’s hope those two don’t cause him any unpleasant flashbacks as we celebrate our global (but local) Kneehigh. Streams on 30th January at 8pm.


Live physical performances

Elfish with Jam First Theatre live at Pinetum Gardens running from 18th – 31st December. Two local favourites who just happen to be West End performers, finding themselves with no work this year they formed their own company and were a huge success with Hellish.


Coppice Theatre return with their magical Christmas story telling in Truro. Jack’s Frosty Stories are perfect for all ages.


The incredibly talented Dave Mynne returns with his stunning one man show, A Christmas Carol, where Dave plays every character using gurning, minimal props and maybe a change of hat. Various live dates running through to December 23rd. www.mynne.com/index.php/tour-dates

Craig Johnson of Squashbox Theatre is back on the road with his glorious The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! Filled with colour, silly jokes and music the show is perfect for all ages. Dates run until 23rd December.


The Acorn Penzance has a packed programme of comedy, music and theatre taking us through to November 2021! Something, as they say, for everyone.


Tin Coast Walking Tours are now on hold until January, but booking early is advised. The amazingly talented Ben Sutcliffe and Mary Woodvine take you on a guided tour entertaining along the way with music, songs and storytelling. Visit their Facebook page for more info


Tickets available -


Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood is firmly established as a family favourite. Nestled in Tehidy Woods this wonderful company of storytellers, musicians and performers have twice been listed in the Guardian newspaper’s Top 10 Christmas Walks and also been awarded Top Cornish Theatre Show. A fabulous woodland walk through a magical kingdom of glittery delights, Winter Wood will remain in your hearts for years to come. A range of ticket prices to suit all incomes and children under 4 go free. The shows run until December 30th with up to 15 performances a day!


Popp Theatre - Truro's brand new live in the round and Covid safe theatre have just announced a terrific line up of shows. Popp website will be live very soon, meantime check out the shows and book tickets here -


Places to visit

The enchanting Heligan Gardens invite everyone to enjoy their beautiful night gardens. A calendar must every Christmas, Covid has meant a less extravagant experience, but less is more rings true as visitors enjoy hundreds of lantern candles and beautifully illuminated set pieces.


Charlestown’s Shipwreck Museum opens up the ancient tunnels for another amazing Christmas light experience. A truly magical transformation for all ages with some relaxed sessions. Selected dates run until 10th January.


The Eden Project is once again transformed by thousands of twinkling lights across the site with live music and storytelling, plus a free Christmas story available to stream online anytime. Selected dates until 3rd January. The popular ice rink is open until 21st February.


Wheal Martyn Museum is a much loved favourite, an archive of fascinating history around our world famous China Clay. This year’s Reindeer Hunt is proving popular as children search the beautiful woodland trails for specially crafted reindeer. The Reindeer Hunt runs until 23rd December.


Download Kneehigh's free Walk With Me app, the walks cover a variety of fascinating areas around Cornwall with Kneehigh performers telling real life stories derived from each. If you can't make the walks, sit back and enjoy the stories at home at your leisure.


And finally, please support your local Cinema, they need us like never before. A world without our local cinemas is unthinkable, take the family and enjoy a film at Christmas and beyond.


plus other cinemas in Bude, St. Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Redruth and Newlyn

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