CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN CORNWALL: 12 OF THE BEST TO VISIT
Written by Georgia Atkins
We have chosen 12 of the best Cornish Christmas markets where you can purchase quirky and antique gifts for a loved one this winter, or perhaps a treat for yourself…
Crafts for Christmas, Bodmin
Playing host to the town’s Christmas market is Bodmin Shire Hall; with a selection of jewellery, paintings, textiles and much more, all of which are produced locally, are available to peruse. Or perhaps pop downstairs to the award-winning Visitors Centre where you can discover plenty of other gifts perfect for stocking fillers. So wrap up warm and head down to Shire Hall for high festive spirits between Monday 14th November and Friday 23rd December.
Create Christmas craft fair, Newquay
At Bedruthan’s hotel and spa, on Saturday 26th November (10am-5pm) and Sunday 27th November (10am-4pm) there will be three floors filled with Christmas cheer; with live demonstrations and over 50 stalls of wood, textiles and much more. Father Christmas will also be making an appearance with his little helpers ready to ask children what they hope to get this Christmas.
Made in Cornwall Christmas fair, Truro
For items crafted locally in Cornwall, head to Truro’s Christmas market, where you can find personal presents for your loved ones this winter. Open from Wednesday 30th November until Sunday 4th December, from 10am everyday apart from the Sunday where it opens at 10:30. This is truly a place where you are spoilt for choice with 100 artisan traders proudly displaying their goods. So head to the Piazza this festive season to pick up some great gifts and tasty treats.
As you stroll down Padstow harbour this winter between 1st and 4th December, you will be showered with festiveness. With live cooking demonstrations from the likes of Phil Vickery, Nathan Outlaw and many others, live music, fireworks, Santa’s grotto and lots more. Padstow is known for hosting one of the biggest Christmas festivals in the UK, bringing over 40,000 to the harbour town last year. For an up to date timetable, check out their website.
Krowji’s Christmas open studios, Redruth
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For two days only (3rd and 4th December), with a premier evening on the 2nd, Krowji open studios will be opening its doors to visitors, displaying a range of ceramics, paintings and much more to browse. Head down to Cornwall’s largest creative hub for a delightful Christmas market full of potential gifts and treasures.
Celebrating their 12th year, Fowey’s Christmas market never fails in encouraging plenty of Christmas cheer. In Fowey’s town centre you will find festive marquees with the market offering more festive goodies in Webb Street. This will be held from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December.
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Mount Edgecumbe Christmas fayre
Situated in Cremyll is the beautiful Mount Edgecumbe house with large gardens perfect for celebrations and relaxation. On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, Mount Edgecumbe’s Christmas fair will have been running for thirteen years. With entertainment from award-winning jugglers and jesters, festive marquees that fill the Earl Grey gardens and the angelic voices of the community choir who will serenade you during your visit, there’s plenty to enjoy at Mount Edgecumbe.
For festive refreshments, local crafts and unique gifts ideal for stocking fillers, Camborne brings you a weekend in west Cornwall where you can embrace Christmas cheer. The Heartlands is well known for being a beautifully transformed modern family attraction where you can admire the fresh greenery of the botanic gardens alongside exploring the mining attractions. Wrap up warm on the colder Christmas days as you lose yourself in the festive atmosphere.
Christmas market at Crocadon Farm, St Mellion
St Mellion is hosting its Christmas market weekend on Saturday 3rd December, with award-winning food from Tamar Valley and the chance to purchase bespoke cards perfect invitations for Christmas party or New Year celebrations. Crocadon Farm will have a selection of tasty foods to try, arts and crafts to decorate your home with and a bustling atmosphere of festivities for you to immerse yourself in.
The Victorian market is a tradition among Truro locals, every year becoming more popular, last year over 60,000 people gathered to experience this festive event. With over sixty traders and 12 years success, this Deborah Martyn flagship event keeps people coming back! If you fancy a break from your exploring, take a seat at their large café and have a cup of tea with a delicious slice of cake. This market opens at 9am on Tuesday 13th December and runs until Sunday 18th December; for more information on times check out their website.
Prepare to feel overwhelmed with Christmas spirit as you walk through the streets of Falmouth this winter, with special attractions for each day during the Outlaw Christmas market. You will be spoilt for choice with some of the best artisan food producers attending; so be sure to give Falmouth a visit from Saturday 10th to Monday 12th December, anytime from 10am to discover some delightful Christmas-themed treats.
In eastern Cornwall lies the beautiful ancient town of Launceston, where this year on Sunday 6th November the local Town Hall will be hosting their Christmas market. This is a place where you can find a variety of handcrafted knick knacks, along with delicious cakes and pastries. Even with the bad weather east Cornwall endured last winter, 350 people still turned up and supported the much loved event. So pop down to Launceston this winter and find some unique presents.