Christmas in Cornwall
A holiday in Cornwall is often high on people’s Christmas lists during the festive season, with many seeing the county’s beaches and stunning landscapes as a perfect way to spend time with the family over Christmas.
If you are considering heading to Cornwall over the Christmas holidays this year, then take a look at our below guide on some of the county’s best Christmas events and the best places to eat at during your festive retreat.
Festivities in Looe
The Christmas holidays in Looe are this year expected to be jam-packed full of visitors as the popular coastal town is putting a number of events on over the festive season. Here we take you through some of the great Christmas events that are taking place:
- Looe Lantern Procession – On 5th December the Looe Lantern Procession and lights switch-on will take place. The parade carrying illuminated lanterns will march around West and East Looe before congregating at the Quayside Centre for carols and other planned activities. Visitors will also see the switch on of Looe’s Christmas lights.
- Christmas Craft & Produce Fair – From 5th-7th December there will be a three-day market at West Looe. Visitors can expect to see stalls selling Christmas recipes, gifts and produce. The market will also welcome reindeer and on the evening of the 6th there will be live music in the Quayside Centre.
- Coca Cola Christmas truck – If that’s not enough, then the Coca Cola Christmas truck will be coming to Looe on the 15th December. This event is expected to attract huge crowds as Looe is one of only two locations in the Westcountry that the iconic Coca Cola Christmas truck will be visiting.
To find out more about other Christmas events in Looe then visit the Looe Town Council website.
Mariners Rock Public House
The Christmas period is often a tiring time of the year and this is when you and your family need to put your feet up and enjoy a nice relaxing meal.
The Mariners Rock Public House, which is owned by the popular chef Nathan Outlaw and Sharp’s Brewery, is the perfect place to enjoy great pub grub.
Although the pub’s highly acclaimed food and Christmas recipes often grab the headlines, it also serves award-winning, locally brewed beer to its guests.
From live acoustic music to a quiz night, the pub also has a range of different events on throughout the festive season.
Newquay BID Festive Festival
If you want to swap snow for sand and enjoy a very merry Christmas then a visit to the Newquay BID Festive Festival is a must.
There are a number of attractions and events planned for the festival and some of the highlights include an ice rink, a craft fayre, a visit from Santa Claus and his real-life reindeer, a children’s lantern parade, fireworks on Newquay harbour, a music and ale festival, Newquay Zoo’s festive weekend and lots, lots more.
The festival runs until 31st December, but the ice rink is open to visitors until Thursday 15th January.
Pencarrow Christmas Fair
If you want to make the best Christmas dinner or just want inspiration ahead of the big day then you should visit the Pencarrow Christmas Fair.
Taking place from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd November, Pencarrow will welcome over 50 of the best craft makers and food producers in the county.
Whilst you are there you can explore the magnificent Pencarrow House and Gardens and find out more about some of the films and TV programmes that have been filmed there.
Philleigh Way Cookery School
To really be able to cook the perfect Christmas Dinner and get the best Christmas recipes then you have to visit the Philleigh Way Cookery School.
This year the Cornish cookery school will be putting on a series of Christmas courses for the festive season. Courses include a festive food and wine pairing evening, Christmas cookery courses and wreath making days have all been designed.
The Festive Food and Wine Pairing evening, which takes place on 3rd December, will welcome guest expert Nigel Ede from Experience Wine alongside resident Philleigh Way chef George Pascoe. The evening will guide visitors through the minefield of choosing the right wines to accompany festive dishes.
To find out more about this and other cooking courses and classes, then visit the Philleigh Way Cookery School website.
Santa run series - Cornwall Hospice
While the real Father Christmas works flat out for his annual journey around the globe, hundreds of people throughout the country will be taking part in the Cornwall Hospice’s Santa Series.
The Cornish charity is hosting its 2014 Santa series and this year there are seven events across the county to choose from.
The series will start on Wednesday 26th November in Truro and will end on Sunday 21st December, with a Santa sprint on the beach at Marazion. In between there will be runs at Bodmin on 29th November, a cycle and fun run at Padstow on Saturday 6th December, another event at Heartlands, Redruth on Sunday 7th December and a beach run at Newquay on Sunday 20th December. There is even a Rudolph versus Santa event sandwiched in between at Falmouth on Saturday 13th December.
Christmas in Cornwall would not be complete without a visit to one of the county’s most popular attractions; Trebah Garden.
The gardens are a popular destination, with holidaymakers staying in holiday homes in Cornwall, but throughout December Trebah Garden will be putting on a range of events including an “Elf Antics” trail where visitors can answer the elfves’ riddles to win presents.
From 21st-23rd December guests to Trebah Garden can also meet Father Christmas and receive special pre-Christmas treats. There will also be Festive Face Painting activities taking place for the kids.
Image Credits: Looe Town Council, Nathan Outlaw, Newquay BID Festive Festival, Pencarrow, Philleigh Way Cookery School, Cornwall Hospice, Trebah Garden
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