Photography by Jonathan Hanney
Get in the Cornish Christmas spirit
Whether you love it or loathe it, Christmas is coming all the same and the run up to the big day is full of atmospheric events all over Cornwall. Take our advice, wrap up warm and make the most of the long nights, chilly weather and cosy Christmas lights. We have Christmas in Cornwall all wrapped up.
Padstow Christmas Festival
From 1st to 4th December 2016, 100 artisan producers will descend on Padstow’s picturesque quayside for this fantastic gourmet Christmas festival. You’ll be able to get your fill of jewellery, crafts and fashion but this is essentially one for the foodies among you. Graze on everything from seasalt brownies and fudge to Cornish charcuterie and shellfish. With more than 40 renowned chefs, Padstow brings together some of the biggest culinary names in the country for four days of festive celebration. This year’s festival features Rick Stein, Michael Caines, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks, Paul Ainsworth, Phil vickery and Nathan Outlaw, to name but a few…
Late Nights at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
This 200-acre garden, rediscovered in 1990, is opening late on two nights in the run-up to Christmas. Christmas is always a magical time for The Lost Gardens and this festive season brings with it the first Heligan Christmas Fair, on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December from 10am to 4pm. But for something extra-special, make sure you visit on the 5th or 9th December for their fairytale Christmas Nights featuring magical lantern-lit gardens and mulled wine in the tearoom.
Nancarrow Farm is famed not only for its fantastic organic beef and lamb, but also for their magical Feast Nights. Picture long wooden benches, fire pits and a tantalising menu… you cannot get much more of a memorable dining experience that these candlelit communal feasts in Nancarrow’s rustic barns. The farm’s own ‘Barn Ale’ and local ciders are the perfect accompaniment to these farmhouse feasts. This December, Nancarrow will be hosting three special events (Wednesday 7th, in aid of ShelterBox, Friday 9th and Friday 16th December 2016). But be quick, at £40 per person tickets are in high demand, so make sure you register now to be in with a chance of attending!
Mousehole Christmas Lights
These celebrated Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gillchrest, and they a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around the streets that are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. However, if you are planning a visit to Mousehole to see the Christmas Lights - be prepared! Parking is very limited, it’s better to park on the outskirts of the village and walk in. For nearly three weeks in December, the famous lights are illuminated between 6pm and 11pm every evening.
From November through to February, A Time of Gift’s is Eden’s spectacular winter festival. The biomes are transformed by this atmospheric Christmas celebration complete with ice-skating, lantern parades, festive treats from the Eden Bakery and Christmas carols sung by Cornish choirs. It’s the perfect Christmassy day out for the family.