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Christmas ideas for all the family

Christmas for all the family

Winter; the perfect time to travel down south, check in to your cosy holiday cottage and curl up with a good book in front of the fire. Enjoy the wind in your hair, watch the waves crash along the coast and look forward to a glass of mulled wine in the local pub. Oh, and the roads are quiet and many car parks are free, just don’t forget your wellies!

Here’s a  fistful of Christmassey ideas for all the family to enjoy:



In the shadow of Exeter Cathedral take a look at  Exeter Christmas Market with a fabulous range of Christmas goodies and eclectic gifts. Running until 19th December, it’s the perfect place to stock up on your Christmas pressies.


 The Polar Express – all aboard for dancing chefs, steaming hot chocolate and wonderful story-telling. It’s all happening at Dartmoor Railway.



Visit a Christmas Market village with a difference in Salisbury. Exhibitors inhabit individual chalets, uniquely decorated for Christmas (a special chalet has been assigned to Father Christmas of course). Salisbury Christmas Market runs until 21st December and offers the perfect opportunity to pick up some unusual and special presents accompanied by traditional music. 

Christmas market



Get your skates on and come on down to Iceskate Truro . Located in the centre of Truro, there’s much fun to be had for all the family and it’s on till Sunday 5th January.



It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to a National Trust property and this one is simply stunning. The fireplaces at Cotehele have been decorated with a garland of 40,000 flowers so warm your hands in front of the fire and enjoy the spectacle.



Lemon Quay Truro hosts the Victorian Christmas Market from 10th to 15th December. A massive marquee offers all your food goodies in one half and a great variety of gift ideas from jewellery to pottery in the other. Oh and its even heated so you don’t need to worry about wearing your winter coat.



Lots of festive goings on at Trelissick Garden this winter with Christmas workshops, reindeer, and of course Father Christmas; oh and for the kids there’s storytelling.



A must see this winter is The Lifeboat; Courage on our Coasts Exhibition taking place at The Old Coastguard, Mousehole. There’s free entry to the exhibition of photographs by crew member Nigel Millard it runs until 4th March. 



A very special Victorian Christmas celebration awaits you at Buckland Abbey with stunning decorations, festive lunches and some very special visitors from the North Pole.



A truly marvellous winter spectacle awaits at Dunster Castle with parkland walks and festive decorations.  There’s even a candlelight event where you can discover the decorated house whilst listening to carol singing, all served up with hot chocolate but be quick – it’s on this weekend.

Dunster Castle

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