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Here at Merchant House Hotel our location is perfect to use as a base for exploring the picturesque places Cornwall has to offer.
We are a 7- 10 minute walk to the City Centre of Truro, where you will find the Hall for Cornwall, lots of great shops and fabulous restaurants as well as some enjoyable events all listed below!
Here are some of our recommendations of places to visit and great days out, as well as what’s on in and around Truro and Cornwall over the next couple of months.

June 2019

Finesse Chauffeurs Day Tours
Visit Truro have teamed up with our friends at Finesse Chauffer’s offering day tours to St Ives including a visit to St Michael’s Mount as well as a Tintagel and Port Issac Bay tour, which are 2 of the Tours we highly recommend. They will pick you up from here at the Hotel at 9.30am for a fully packed day and dropping you back off to the Hotel for 4.30pm. The day tours cost £45 per person and can be booked by giving them a call on 01726 810804 or visit their website for more information.

Cornwall Gin & Prosecco Festival
On Saturday 15th of June Truro will be hosting, for the 3rd year running, Cornwall’s Gin & Prosecco festival, where you will find Gin talks and demonstrations, a well-stocked prosecco bar, live music, food stalls and you’ll receive a free festival glass. There is an afternoon and evening session with limited tickets available which can be purchased on their website.

Royal Cornwall show – 6th– 8th June
Head to Wadebridge, a 45-minute drive away, to experience the County’s biggest annual event which is full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in Cornish food and farming. For more information visit their website.


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival – 14th – 16th June
Falmouth plays host to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals which takes place at various locations throughout the town, from pubs and bars to historic courtyards and quays. The festival is a free event, with shanty performances scheduled throughout the weekend.
From the Hotel, Falmouth is about a 20-minute drive, alternatively you can leave your car parked here and catch the U1 bus from directly outside the Hotel right into the centre of Falmouth where you can jump right into the festival fun.
Visit their website for more information about the traditions of the festival.

Heart food festival 22nd – 23rd June
Coming to Heartlands in Pool is Cornwall’s newest family food festival featuring live music and chef demonstrations!
Just a 25-30-minute drive you will find Heartlands which is a World Heritage Site set around an iconic Cornish Engine house in the former mining heart of Cornwall with exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of real diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and craft studios and a unique café in the old carpenter’s workshop.
Visit their website for more information about Heartlands site and the festival.

July 2019

Truro Walking Tour 2019 with Truro Information Centre
The Truro walking Tours are every Wednesday during the Summer months, at 11am from Visit Truro Visitor Information Centre, 30 Boscawen Street.
Discover the unknown history behind the opes and cobbles of Truro, discover how Truro was once a busy trading port, while learning facts and stories you would never think are true.
With links to Poldark, The Titanic, intrepid explorers and famous entertainers. Pass through indoor and outdoor markets and art galleries, and be introduced to all that todays Truro has to offer.

For more information click here to visit their website

Victoria Gardens Band Concerts
Take a stroll down into Truro City Centre to Victoria gardens on a Sunday and experience the Garden Concerts.
Every Sunday until mid-September, a different brass band from Cornwall perform in the bandstand and through July you can see the following;

  • Sunday 7th July – Bugle Silver Band
    • Sunday 14th July – Mount Charles Concert Band
    •          Sunday 21st July – St Erth Concert Band
    •          Sunday 28th July  – Lanner & District Silver Band

For more information click here to visit ‘Visit Truro’s’ website

Old Bakery Studios, Truro
Take a walk into Truro and over to our friends at Old Bakery Studios, with live music and theatre shows, it’s Truro’s new independent grass roots venue and boasts a killer line-up of events.
Here is July’s offering:

  • July 7th – Blues Jam, 3pm – 6pm, Free Event
  • July 13th – James Shead, 7.30pm – 11pm, £8, £7 Student, £10 on the door
  • July 21st – The Jammin Jam Session, 3pm – 6pm, Free Event

More information on events can be found here.

Stithians Show- Monday 15th July

It’s Cornwalls biggest one day agricultural show held annually since the early 1800s on the Feast Day of St. Stithians Church, the nearest Monday following July 10. The show originally started as a competition between local parishioners to see who could grow the best vegetables, raise the finest cattle and breed the greatest horses. Today the purpose-built showground provides a full day out for the whole family. For more information click here to visit their website