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Christmas at Botallack

Baubles and lights on a Christmas tree
Christmas tree decorations and twinkly lights | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

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.

Christmas Songs

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.

Event dates

  • Monday, December 4- demonstration and talk on Scoot Dancing. 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.

For all events please follow this link.

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.

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