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Launceston TIC Closed

Launceston TIC Closed

Because electrical contractors are undertaking essential work,the TIC will be closed all day on Wednessday 7 November.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

6th November 2018

MOSCOW DRUG CLUB COMES TO LAUNCESTON

MOSCOW DRUG CLUB COMES TO LAUNCESTON

Moscow Drug Club….
is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

6th November 2018

NANCARROW'S LATEST NOVEL RELEASED

NANCARROW'S LATEST NOVEL RELEASED

Jane Nancarrow’s latest novel, 'The Ticking of Time at Tredidon’, is to be released this week. Similar to previous opera, the setting is very much local to the Launceston area. The chronology of the plot begins in 1833 and culminates at the conclusion of the Great War making the book particularly poignant at this time of reflection. Jane, an accomplished story teller, has received many plaudits for her previous work including, “This author has welded together an absorbing plot with convincingly believable characterisation — a union enhanced by the quality of her sparkling prose” (Cornish and Devon Post)

Jane invites you to a book signing on Friday 9 November 11:00 – 13:00. The event takes place in the Launceston Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade. Everyone is invited to attend.

6th November 2018

MARK STEEL COMEDIAN COMES TO LAUNCESTON

MARK STEEL COMEDIAN COMES TO LAUNCESTON

English comedian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author, Mark Steel, is performing in Launceston Town Hall on Saturday 23 February. A favourite on many platforms, Mark has appeared in shows such as Have I got News for You, QI, Room 101 and BBC’s Question Time to name just a few. As a regular columnist on the Guardian, Independent and the Socialist Worker newspapers, he draws on broad fan base.

Tickets cost £15:00 and may be purchased from Launceston Tourist Information Centre in White Hart Arcade.

5th November 2018

Tourism Event

Tourism Event

Leisure Hospitality & Tourism World is less than one week away! To register for your FREE ticket to this event, boasting 600+ exhibitors, 400 seminars and so much more, visit the website: www.leisureandhospitalityworld.co.uk

2nd November 2018

LAUNCESTON TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

LAUNCESTON TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Unfortunateately the Launceston Tourist Information Centre will be closed on Wednesday 7 November. This is to allow electrical contractors to undertake upgrading work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

1st November 2018

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

Jo Downs, one of the world's most respected fused glass designers, has donated one of her pieces to be raffled in support of the Royal British Legion. Tickets can be picked up from The Legion on Wednesdays between 10 and Noon. Alternatively tickets may be acquired directly from Jo. The draw takes place on 2nd November

Contact
The Royal British Legion
32 Westgate St
Launceston PL15 7AE
01566 778988
or
Jo Downs
27G Pennygillam Way
Launceston
PL15 7ED
01566 779779
www.jodowns.com

19th October 2018

LAUNCESTON QUILTER WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

LAUNCESTON QUILTER WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Launceston Tourist Information Centre sends congratulations to Launceston quilt artist Sandy Chandler. Sandy won the traditional quilt category in 'The Festival of Quilts’ at the NEC in Birmingham. This year’s festival attracted 25,000 visitors from across the world with over 800 entries being judged by a panel of leading figures from the art and quilting community. Sandy won praise for her stunning entry, ‘Cachemire’. Sandy can be seen (middle)receiving her award.

17th October 2018

LAUNCESTON BHANGRA EVENING

LAUNCESTON BHANGRA EVENING

We have received very positive feedback from folks who attended the RSVP Bhangra evening on Friday. Visitors to the TIC commented on what good fun it was although some said they were feeling a little stiff around the hips the following day! The event is indicative of the wide range of entertainment now being brought to our town.

15th October 2018

What's Up at Charlie Bears?

What's Up at Charlie Bears?

Up-coming events at Charlie Bears
During half term week, Tues 27th to Sat 27th October there is a ‘design your own bear cub‘ colouring activity at the ‘Bearhouse’ in Launceston. It’s free entry, just come along anytime between 10am and 4pm on those days. The best bear cub design will be chosen at the end of the week and the winner will be sent one of our Charlie Bears as their prize.

On Saturday 3rd November, Charlie & Will are running a Guided Tour of The Bearhouse Gallery. Enter the enchanted world of Charlie Bears as our wonderful founders take you on a journey of discovery through the thousands of bears on display. A must for collectors! The tour takes place between 10am and 12pm and there are only 35 spaces available so you must contact The Bearhouse to book your place on the tour. Call 01566 777 092 or email headbear@charliebears.com to make your booking request. This is a free entry but charitable donations can be given to support Charlie’s choice of charity and our donation box is located at the bottom of the stairs in the ticket office.

This year’s Charlie Bears Birthday Party is taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at The Bearhouse and all participating Charlie Bears retailers around the world. For more information go to https://www.charliebears.com

Charlie Bears
The Bearhouse
Pipers Close
Pennygillam Industrial Estate
Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7PJ

12th October 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Launceston !!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Launceston !!

The lights are up and looking amazing around the town and the tree is up in the square. The Christmas lights were switched on by Launceston Carnival Royalty on Thursday 23rd November at 6.00pm with mulled wine and mince pies plus music from Launceston Town Band and Launceston Pop Choir and entertainment from Magic Martin.

St. Thomas Church, Launceston are hosting an Angel Festival Extravaganza in the Church from Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December from 10am to 4pm daily with crafts, preserves, plants, raffle, teas, coffees ans light lunches available.

Saturday 2nd December sees the Heart FM Christmas Fair in Launceston Town Hall with stalls, refreshments, elf station and lots more.

Come along from Saturday 2nd December to Sunday 10th December to see the annual Festival of Cribs & Christmas Trees in St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston. Teas, coffees and cakes will be served in the Choir Vestry daily. Guest organists will be playing at various times throughout the Festival and St Mary's Choir will be singing carols during the evening on Friday 8th December.

The Christmas Market in the Square is being held on Saturday 9th December with a large selection of stalls selling crafts, jewellery, produce and more. Pop along ...you may find that special Christmas gift there.

The Launceston Late Night Shopping Extravaganza is on Friday 8th December and there will be a lantern procession, a fire show & acrobatics, shire horses, samba band, food & drink stalls and much much more. Santa's Grotto will be in the Market House Arcade and shops all over the town will be open for Christmas Shopping until 9pm.

Sunday 11th December is the Launceston Santa Run in aid of local community charities. The 3k course will start and finish at Coronation Park, Launceston. For more information contact Dave Gordon on 01566 774706 or Launceston Tourist Information Centre.

Don't miss Carol Singing around the Christmas Tree in the Square on Thursday 14th December at 6.30pm with Launceston Town Band.

For more information about any of these events and many others being held in Launceston for Christmas this year call into the Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade, Launceston or call 01566 772321.

Young or old, there is something for everyone so make sure you VISIT LAUNCESTON this year !!!

22nd November 2017

Launceston Carnival 2017

Launceston Carnival 2017

It's Carnival time in Launceston. Come and join in the fun again this year.
There will be a Carnival Market in Westgate Street from 9am to 3pm.
Rides and stalls in the Town Square from 11am.
This years carnival Royalty will be crowned at 12 noon in the Town Square.
Do not miss The Bournemouth Carnival Band at 5.30pm and The Countrymen at 6.30pm in the Town square.
The entrants for the Carnival assemble at Newport Industrial Estate at 5pm. Judging is at 6pm and the procession leaves Newport industrial estate at 7.15pm and winds it's way up into the town centre.
Carnival entry forms are available from Launceston TIC.
There is also the Spot the Deliberate Mistake Competition in which the traders of the town dress their windows for the carnival and put in a deliberate mistake. Pick up an entry forms for this are at Launceston TIC...it's great fun for all ages !!!

20th September 2017

The TIC and Launceston Show

The TIC and Launceston Show

Already the end of July is in sight and coming around faster than ever it seems is Launceston Agricultural Show, a tremendous day out for all the family.

As in previous years, Launceston Tourist Information Centre will be attending the show on Thursday 27th July 2017. Find us on stand 98, next to Launceston Town Council. Do come along and say hello!

Launceston Show is a fantastic annual community event and showcases the best of Launceston, whether it is animals, entertainment or the huge variety of local producers and businesses.

The marquees are always a crowd puller; The Creative Community Marquee will be filled with a colourful array of exhibits for you to see.

Launceston TIC is selling admission tickets for the show; there is a choice of general admission tickets or Members tickets that include forward parking, free refreshments in the Members marquee and the option to purchase lunch tickets as well. Why not call in and get your tickets in advance.

A free bus service will operate between the showground and Westgate Street, call into Launceston TIC for more details.

Apart from the excitement of getting ready for the show and selling tickets for it Launceston TIC also sells tickets for many local events and on behalf of Cornish Riviera Box Office.

Fancy seeing a film at the Launceston community cinema (FLIC), or going to an event at Launceston Town Hall?
CRBO sells tickets for theatres, shows, festivals and other events throughout Cornwall and touring venues across the UK. Launceston TIC is delighted to be a partner ticket agency of CRBO.

When you want to head off and experience some of the events taking place each year in Cornwall it is very easy to purchase tickets locally here at the TIC.

If you are planning an event Launceston TIC can assist with things to consider; venues, ticket sales options, seating plans, event promotion. We can also provide information about selling your event tickets via CRBO

Visit Launceston TIC to find out what’s on or visit the official TIC website www.visitlaunceston.co.uk

24th July 2017

Print your summer snaps at Launceston TIC!

Print your summer snaps at Launceston TIC!

We thought we would make time to remind you that you don't have to store photos on your camera, phone, tablet or computer, possibly forgotten and unloved - why not call into Launceston Tourist Information Centre and print your summer photos - a great reminder of the lovely weather, family gatherings and generally getting out and about.

For several months now we have been providing the Kodak photo printing service that used to be located at Fotostop in Westgate Street, Launceston. Before Tony and Sonia Hillman retired they very kindly gave us lots of lessons and information about operating the Kodak photo print machine. Once left to our own devices we found, yes, the machine is easy to use,(okay we have called on our "mentors" a few times when unsure!), it gives excellent results and has prompted us to print more photos and share them around with friends and family instead of leaving them hidden on our cameras, phones, etc.

We offer a choice of 3 photo sizes, you can edit images (always handy if you have almost cut a head off), and print as many copies as you require. Images can be downloaded via Bluetooth, memory card or cable. Photos can also be burned to a disc, really handy if you want to transfer up to 200 images at one time. Our prices are very competitive and the more you print the more you save.

Have an old photo you would like a copy of? We also provide an excellent copying service; it is often very difficult to tell the original photo from the copy. Copy photos are produced on quality "glossy" finish photographic paper.

So please call in, print your pictures and share your snaps of the scorching summer of '17!

The Kodak photo printing machine at Launceston TIC is compatible with Android tablets and phones but unfortunately is not compatible with Apple iPhones and iPads.



20th June 2017

New Launceston Guide - Out Now

New Launceston Guide - Out Now

Have you got your copy of the new Launceston Guide?

Disappearing faster than hot cakes, the new Launceston Guide is packed full of interesting and helpful information that is very handy when planning your holiday or visit to Launceston.

Find out about:-

*Places to Stay
*Things to Do
*Find out What's On
*Where to Eat and Drink
*Explore the Local Area

Launceston is a great base for holiday in Cornwall. There is plenty to do in the area to keep all the family entertained and once you have explored the town and surrounding area there is still so much more to visit and see not only in Cornwall but in nearby Devon as well.

The guide is available from Launceston Tourist Information Centre and many of the tourist information offices in Cornwall and local visitor centres in Devon; look out for a copy.

If you would like help with booking your accommodation or would like more information please take a look at our website www.visitlaunceston.co.uk or contact us to discuss your requirements.

16th May 2017

Charles Causley Festival 2017

Charles Causley Festival 2017

The Charles Causley Festival is Launceston's Festival of Literature and the Arts.

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Launceston's most famous son. To celebrate this, the eighth festival offers a wider range of events than ever before: exhibitions, walks, music, poetry, film and literature, activities and much more.

The festival mainly take place from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th June 2017, in and around the town. (A few special activities will happen on dates outside this period.)

Charles Causley was born in the town and lived most of his life in Launceston. Causley is acknowledged as one of the very finest Twentieth Century English poets. His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards, among them The Queen’s Gold Medal and The Ingersoll/TS Eliot Award. He received the Hon DLitt from the University of Exeter, where his archive is now held. He was made a CBE in 1986 and a Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature in 2000. He died in 2003.

Call into Launceston Tourist Information Centre and pick up a programme. You can book tickets here as are well

If you are not in the local area, full details of what's on can be found at www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk and tickets can be booked online at www.crbo.co.uk

Launceston TIC will be selling copies of Charles Causley books including the recently published 'Collected Poems for Children'





10th April 2017