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Dramatic lanterns illuminate Truro in the City Of Lights festival

2nd November 2011 Print
City of Lights

The streets of Truro are set to come alight on Wednesday 16th November when this year's spectacular City of Lights festival takes place.  Giant lanterns will be paraded through the streets creating a dazzling procession of withy and tissue creations inspired by the theme of wildlife.  Professional artists and children alike will show off their dramatic and beastly creations as they glow and dance through the alleys. 

'Rarey Boxes', inspired by 18th century cabinets of curiosities, will once again join the parade adding extra intrigue and excitement to this extraordinary event.  The evening will also see Truro's Christmas lights switched on for the first time this season.

Nearby, Blue Chip Holidays has a pretty town house that's available for a short break or a week in the beautiful coastal town of Falmouth.  Maritime View sleeps 8, is only 11 miles from Truro and can be booked for seven nights from 12th November from just £529.
This pretty town house is set over three floors and is inspired by the seafaring heritage of the town; its four bedrooms are named Crow's Nest, Admiral's Cabin, Bosun's Locker and Coxwain's Cabin.  Inside, original features include exposed beams and cast iron fire places.  Outside, Maritime View has a roof terrace, as well as a front and rear patio and is only a short walk from Falmouth harbour, the town centre and the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase Beach.

About the Festival:

There are over 10 giant lanterns in this year's City of Lights procession and over 500 children and young people will create their own lanterns for the event.  Alongside the visual spectacle a feast of music and dance will take place including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums headed by The Truro School of Samba who will animate the procession with their fantastic dancers  and costumes.

Entertainment commences from 5.45pm.  The parade itself starts from the Moresk Road area of Truro at 7pm and travels on to Boscawen Street before finishing at Lemon Quay.

About Falmouth:

Falmouth is a bustling town with a great selection of craft shops, fresh seafood sellers, harbour-side pubs, cafes and restaurants.  It has one of the finest natural harbours in the world and enjoys three great sandy beaches; Gyllyngvase Beach, Castle Beach and Swanpool. 

Pendennis Castle lies just a mile from Falmouth's town centre, protecting the entrance to Falmouth Estuary.  St Mawes Castle, the best preserved of Henry VIII's coastal fortresses, is also located close by.

Falmouth has a rich variety of events and attractions that take place throughout the year.  The Falmouth Art Gallery is one of the best in Cornwall and regularly displays exhibitions from artists from around the country.  The Falmouth National Maritime Museum is also situated in the town and has a fascinating range of exhibitions and events year-round.

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City of Lights