Winter is a fantastic time of year to visit Cornwall. The crowds have gone, the beaches and roads are quieter. It may be wetter or blowing a bracing Atlantic wind but off season there’s still plenty to see and do.
So plan to take time out – before diaries fill with Christmas plans or after the festive hullabaloo. Relax. Escape it all. And take advantage of our winter warmers.
You’ll find us in tranquil rural locations just outside Bude at the furthermost tip of North Cornwall. Ideally situated for exploring both coast and countryside.
If you’re travelling with pre-schoolers, there is no need to pack everything but the kitchen sink. Being parents ourselves, we’ve been there, done it and are still doing it! Our cottages and facilities have been designed with this in mind. We offer lots of pre-bookable extras to make your packing and holiday as relaxing as possible. See our Child Friendly page for more information.
Couples and groups alike can also enjoy this quieter time of year. Explore the local area. Walk the coastal path. Stroll on beaches. Catch the gnarliest waves. Discover traditional pubs and some amazing restaurants. Discover more on the Couple Getaway and Group Stays pages.
All our holiday homes are fully equipped, toasty and comfortable. Plus our range of onsite facilities including heated swimming pool, tennis court and much much more guarantee that you don’t need to go far to start having fun.
With so much to enjoy in Cornwall, book that break and start exploring
Step into the magical world of Enchanted Saltram and become spellbound by what you see . Follow the illuminated trail through the garden after dusk and discover the fairytales through the treasure rooms of the house.
October to March
Be among the first to complete their new Shaun the sSheep Armageddon Glow Trail ! Join Shawn and his mossy bottom pals to help Lu-Lu the alien, safely home Grab your Shawn the Sheep ears and head into the forest for an adventure thats out of this world
The Glow Trail will be available on their Lady Vale walk between October – March Activity packs will be available from the Rangers Hut or visit their Website to download the free App to complete the challenges and solve the puzzles.
Cornwall Christmas Fair – The Eden Project
13th & 14th November
Cornwall’s most vibrant Christmas Fair, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall.
Preview and shopping evening, Wednesday 13 November
5pm – 9pm
Tickets £26 including supper and wine. Gin o’clock from 5pm.
Day Fair, Thursday 14 November
10am – 4pm
Tickets £15 including lunch and wine* and free admission to the Eden Project.
*with advance tickets only
Buy your ticket before midnight on Monday 14 October to be in with the chance of winning a case of four bottles of spirits, kindly donated by Curio Spirits Company
Tickets available to purchase on our website www.cornwallmacmillanchristmasfair.co.uk
Ticket sales close on Sunday 10 November at 11:55pm
Christmas Wine Tasting, The Castle Heritage Centre, Bude
Sample a vast selection of wine and spirits from acrond the world and have them ordered in time for the festive season.
Tickets cost £7.50 – each ticket admits one person (over 18’s only) and can be purchased directly from our shop. Cash only please as all money raised from ticket sales goes to local good causes.7There are two-time slots to choose from:
Early Tasting – 5.30pm – 7pm
Late Tasting – 7.30pm – 9pm
Clovelly Herring Festival
Clovelly Herring Festival always falls in November. It’s the time of year when our historic village celebrates the coming of the great “Silver Darlings”, better known as Herring. We celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish whilst supporting sustainable fishing. The village always depended on the harvest of herring, caught in superb condition for a short season off this coast. Records go back over 400 years and in 1749 there were about a hundred herring boats in the port. When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone. These days we have just two herring fishermen, both employing sustainable fishing methods using only drift nets and long lines. Visit their Facebook Page for more details
Porthleven Christmas Market
Christmas Taster & 10% Discount Evening – Boscastle Farmshop
A very popular night – Sample some of their homemade Xmas fare such as mince pies, Xmas Cake and enjoy a glass of mulled wine. Several of their suppliers will be demonstrating their products – more details to follow soon.
Tea/Coffee and cake also available. Plus an amazing discount of 10% off all shop purchases on the night only.
Cut & Burn Ranger Day – Lanhydrock National Trust
Join the ranger for a day cutting and burning scrub to help maintain one of our rate habitats. No fire is complete without marshmallows, so these will be provided for a midday sugar hit.
Charlestown Christmas Market
23rd & 24th November
Home of Poldark, Charlestown Christmas Market will be even bigger and better than in 2018. Due to the number of traders booked in, they are expanding the market to include a marquee at The Rashleigh Arms. It’s going to be a huge event!
Bude Christmas Fayre
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bude Christmas Fayre, held across the Parkhouse Centre and The Castle from 11am – 4pm
The Parkhouse centre will be the marketplace hub, full of stalls to browse from a range of local businesses, it will also host live entertainmentall day from local choirs and musicians singing carols and festive songs. The Castle will be focused on family fun – home to Santa and his grotto, with free Christmas workshops, singing and storytelling for children. Festive food and drink available all day.
Marhamchurch Christmas Tree Lights & Children’s Entertainment
Marhamchurch Village Christmas Tree Lights switch on followed by children’s disco and refreshments in the Village Hall.
Christmas at Norton Barton
7th December 10.30am – 11.00pm
Christmas Carol Evening – Boscastle Farmshop
Sing along to Christmas Carols with their local entertainer “Callum Flew” and enjoy a hot turkey roast bap with sage & onion stuffing. Plus homemade Christmas Pudding to follow. Vegetarian option also available just let us know on booking.
Reserved tables only please and £12 pp non-returnable deposit required – please ring on 01840 250827, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or msg them for more details and to book.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair
Christmas is always a magical time at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. We invite you to join us for the first of our Christmas events, the Heligan Christmas Fair, which will be held on Friday 6th December from 4pm to 8pm and both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December from 10am to 4pm.
This festive event is a must in your Christmas calendar and gives you the opportunity to enjoy entry to the gardens together with the perfect chance to find some unique gifts and enjoy some live music.
Entry to the Fair and Gardens is free to Heligan Members, £1 for Local Pass holders and £2 for everyone else.
Santa’s Grotto & Elf Emporium – The Milky Way, Abbotsham
7th – 23rd December
Meet the REAL Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make reindeer food and more … Don’t miss out on A MAGICAL FUN-FILLED festive day out at The Milky Way Adventure Park this Christmas!On 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd of December 2019 you can meet Father Christmas and his elves in our magical grotto. Kids will love our unique Buzzlewick’s Elf Emporium – where Buzzlewick the elf and friends will be helping Father Christmas sort and load the children’s fabulous letters ready for him to take back to the North Pole. They will also be helping the children to decorate yummy gingerbread straight from Mother Christmases kitchen and make environmentally friendly all natural reindeer food ready for Christmas Eve! Activities vary slightly depending on dates
Trelissick Illuminated & An Audience with Father Christmas
6th – 31st December
Trelissick National Trust becomes an illuminated wonderland as the sun sets. Meander along the garden paths and enjoy a magical experience of colour and light.
Join Father Christmas as he returns to Trelissick to entertain families with his festive tales in the stables.
£6 per child (includes gift), booking essential
Admission charge applies, free to National Trust members
Truro Christmas Street Markets
Street markets open until 9pm on Wednesdays and 5pm on Saturdays
Wednesday 27th November 2019 10.30am – 9pm
Wednesday 4th December 2019 10.30am – 9pm
Wednesday 11th December 2019 10.30am – 9.00pm
Saturday 14th December 2019 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 18th December 2019 10.30am – 9.00
Saturday 21st December 2019 9am – 5pm
Bedruthan’s Sugar and Spice Grotto
30th November – 23rd December
Embark on a magical adventure, meet Tomte, Astrid, the friendly elves and loveable reindeer in Tummetott village. Enter Festlig Wood lit by candlelight and decorate beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations to hang on your own tree at home. Visit the Ice Queen in her snow cavern, throw snowballs and make snow angels. Finally, wind your way through the frozen forest to find Father Christmas’s Sugar and Spice Grotto to meet the old man himself and help to fix his sleigh and save Christmas!
Your mystical experience will take at least an hour, including plenty of photo opportunities with our festive friends and Father Christmas, a tree decoration to take home with you, time to play in the snow cavern, a visit to Father’s Christmas’s grotto including a gift and plenty of time to explore the wintery woodlands. You can also visit the Supper Kabin for a range of hot beverages and festive tipples.
Ticket Info: 1 child including entry for 1 adult £15 ; Additional Adult £5 ; Off-Peak £10 Book here: bedruthan.com/grotto/
Christmas Day Swim, Crooklets Beach Bude
25th December – 11am
Wednesday 25th December @ Crooklets beach, starters whistle 11am Everyone is welcome, the only rule… NO WETSUITS!!
You can register on the day or pop in and see the legends at Zuma Jay You can pick up sponsorship forms from them too (or you can download them)
Everyone who raises £30 or more will get one of our limited edition Christmas Day swim t-shirts (can pick up in Zuma Jays or at the swim)
All money raised will go directly to the club and invested in lifesaving training and equipment
This year we are also taking online donations via our Just Giving page
Boxing Day Barbecue should make the perfect follow-up to Christmas day for all your family and friends.
Enjoy a lunch barbecue with live music on the quay with FREE entrance into the village all day. So come and park at the Visitor Centre. Take a walk along the estate and/or explore the village in the morning. Then come on down to the Red lion on the quay. Cooking starts at midday and the live music runs from 1pm to 3pm.
The Red Lion serves some great mulled cider. If you are more of a chocolate person, then try one of the delicious, hot chocolate drinks
There will be a Land Rover available this year if you do not wish to walk back up.
For details about more events happening throughout Cornwall this month and at any other times to to the Visit Cornwall Whats On Page
ALWAYS double check our availability calendar for the latest prices just in case this page gets a day or two out of date!
Should you experience any problems in making an online booking via our website, or would like further information, then please contact us on 01288 361494.