What’s on? Winter in Cornwall

There’s so much going on in Cornwall over the winter, it’s the perfect time to come and stay especially with the run up to Christmas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Reindeer Experience – Gwel an Mor

Portreath 01/12/2012 – 92/12/2012

Meet Santa’s reindeers Lowen and Nadelik in their cosy barn at Gwel an Mor this December. Santa will also be there so don’t forget to bring your wish list with you. Make sure you book early, this is a popular one!


Eden Project – Ice Skating

Eden Project 28/11/2012 – 06/01/2013

The ice rink is open all winter and is perfect for beginners and advanced skaters. The ice rink is beautifully decorated as a winter wonderland, and will definitely give you that festive feeling!


Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair

Truro 28/11/12 – 01/12/12

Visit the big white marquee on Lemon quay in Truro, where you will find a fantastic display of great products, made by some of the finest artisans, artists and food & drink producers working in Cornwall today.


 Fowey Christmas Market

Fowey 01/12/12 – 02/12/12

The beautiful seaside town of Fowey hosts a weekend of festive entertainment, food and drink along with plenty of opportunities to pick up some great Christmas gifts.


 Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow 07/12/12 – 09/12/12

Embrace the festive season with a trip to Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival and see this Cornish fishing village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.


 Aladdin at Hall for Cornwall

Truro 14/12/12 – 06/01/13

Cornwall’s favourite family pantomime. A brand new comedy cast present the magical story of Aladdin … bucket loads of sparkle and lots of fun makes this panto the perfect family festive treat at Hall for Cornwall.


Mousehole Christmas Lights

Mousehole 15/12/12 – 04/01/13

Mousehole Christmas lights draw many thousands of visitors each year. The floating displays of lights in the harbour are a truly stunning sight and the streets are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food.


 Montol Festival

Penzance 16/12/12 – 21/12/12

This six day arts and community festival based on Cornish traditions of the past, culminates in the main event, Montol Eve on the 21st December when several fire beacons are lit.



Bodmin 01/12/2012 – 24/12/2012

Take part in a Christmas trail around the house and make your own Victorian Christmas themed crafts. Children can also meet Father Christmas and give him their wish list!


 Cothele Christmas Food Fair

Saltash 24/11/2012 – 25/11/2012

Get a heads start on your Christmas shopping this year. Get that foodie in your family the perfect gift or just enjoy a browse around this charming food fair. Doors open at 10am.


 Trerice – Tree Decorations Workshop

Newquay 01/12/2012 – 02/12/2012

It’s always nice to see a decoration you’ve made hanging on the tree and what better way to get in the spirit of things!


Trereife Christmas Fair

Penzance 23/11/12 – 25/11/12

The weekend offers a fantastic shopping atmosphere with great food and designer crafts all undercover in heated marquees making it the perfect opportunity to stock up on an array of gifts for the festive season.


Santa Run

Land’s End, Padstow and Falmouth 01/12/2012 – 15/12/2012

Get involved with a Cornwall Hospice Care Santa run this December. You can choose to walk, jog or run the 1 or 2 mile route, but you must be dressed in a Santa suit!


A Victorian Christmas

Lostwithiel 13/12/2012

Don’t miss the 10th Anniversary of the Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening. To celebrate Dickens’ birth 200 years ago, shop keepers and choirs dress up in period costumes. The streets will be filled with buskers, performers and stalls.






Pendennis Castle

Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way at Pendennis Castle, one of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. Visitors can expect a truly Cornish welcome and embrace all of the best traditions and trimmings from Christmas past with mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas lights, carol singers and fireside tales. The perfect way to get in the festive spirit for all the family!






…or take a walk on the beach

Surfers get out in the waves no matter what the weather but if you don’t fancy putting on a wetsuit then perhaps try a leisurely stroll or a full day of coastal walking. Did you know that the South West has over 630 miles of coastal paths? Winter is the perfect time to grab an OS map and take to the paths and styles that weave across the coast and countryside, the views are spectacular. Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beauty spot, or to embark on the challenge of hiking the entire route winter is the perfect time for a walk.

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