Christmas at Botallack
For a distinctly Cornish Christmas, Botallack Count House will be hosting a series of free events from December through to February. From a Cornish dance workshop to talks and a carolling performance, discover traditional Cornish dance and music.
Christmas 2023 has now finished at Botallack
The below information is for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed all we had on offer. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 to see updates for the exciting plans that we have in store for you.
Traditional Dance and Folk Music
Starting in December, there will be a series of events including a traditional folk dancing workshop with a talk and demonstration of 'Scoot dancing', a form of dance that came from from mining surface workers in the 1800s.
Learn some traditional Cornish dance or come to a folk evening to pay tribute to some of the legends of Cornish folk music, where you are welcome to join in.
Attend an evening of stories and song about Cornish carolling. Learn about the continuity and revival of the Cornish carolling tradition and how they are part of Cornwall's rich heritage of communal singing.
- Monday, December 4- demonstration and talk on Scoot Dancing. No booking is required for this event.
- Friday, December 8- John the Fish Tribute Evening. Booking is required to guarantee a seat.
- Saturday, December 9- Penzance Guizers Workshop and Demonstration. Dance. No booking is required for this event.
- Saturday, December 16- Hark! The Glad Sound. Cornish carols. Booking is required to guarantee a seat.
- Friday, December 22- Christmas Folk Night. Hosted by Count House Cafe Botallack (not National Trust). Doors open at 6.30pm.
Food and Drink
The Count House Cafe, Bottallack Count House (not National Trust) will be open across winter (closing December 23, 24 and 25) serving a variety of drinks and tasty snacks. The cafe will be open during all evening events.
In 2023 the ancient houses and exotic gardens around Cornwall and Plymouth were transformed for Christmas. Please check back nearer the time to find out plans for 2024.
Explore the wild Tin Coast, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and see the iconic engine houses clinging to the cliff face.
Find out more about the Tin Coast, steeped in history, and discover the remains of the mine buildings at Botallack which give a fascinating glimpse into Cornish mining over a century ago.
High-up on the exposed cliffs of the 'Tin Coast' and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. At its heart, the restored 1840s beam engine running on steam. Open by pre-booked tours.
Impressive Cornish beam engine and industrial heritage at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Open by pre-booked tours.