The best Christmas markets in Cornwall are magical experience for people visiting the United Kingdom’s southern most county. Towns, villages and small harbours across the region will be alive with Christmas cheer. Some places where Xmas festivals, markets and events are happening this year include: Padstow, Fowey, Mount Edgcumbe, Flambards Theme Park, Truro, Newquay, Wadebridge, Helston, Mousehole & Looe.
You really are spoiled for choice! So, we are going to help you decide which market you should definitely visit. We have picked out the The Enchanted Christmas Market. This Cornish Christmas event will be held at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre. Located near Wadebridge, over two consecutive long weekends in December.
The first weekend is from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of December. The second weekend is from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th of December. Over one hundred traders will be at the event. There will also be a festive food court and plenty bars for the adults to sample a glass or two of mulled wine.
…and for the children
There will be reindeers, giant polar bears and even a life size gingerbread house to keep the them entertained. The kids can also have an audience with Santa, where he will be telling stories and might even sing the odd song! There is even a 20m synthetic ice rink on site to discover, if you want to show off your skating skills! This is available to book separately.
Opening and closing times for each day of the event vary and tickets are available to book by morning or afternoon session. This is to ease capacity and for parking access. To see the latest updates on tickets and scheduling you can follow their Facebook page @theenchantedchristmasmarket. Or check out the Enchanted Christmas Market website.
For visitors to any of the Christmas markets across Cornwall this December. There is a great range of quality self catering accommodation available to choose from, to suit any budget.
With the UK set for a full easing of Covid-19 restrictions from the 19th of July. Music fans heading to the Boardmasters Festival located on the outskirts of Newquay in Cornwall can breath a sigh of relief.
The iconic South West music festival this year now looks now certain to go ahead on schedule. It runs from the 11th of August to the 15th of August. Some of the headline acts already booked to play their sets this year include: Foals, Gorilliaz, Jorjah Smith, Dizzie Rascal, Sam Fender and the Kooks. In total over the five days the festival runs, there are well over 150 acts taking to the various stages across the festival site.
This year there are 11 stages & venues in total, these are. The main stage, unleashed, land of saints, the point, the view, corona sunsets, keg & pasty, the netloft, VIP, the dockyard & the silent disco.
Many of the visitors who attend the festival choose to camp on site. The organisers of Boardmasters offer a wide range of camping options from boutique tipis and bedouin tents to standard tent pitches. There are also pitches for camper vans, these pitches tend to sell out very quickly. You can check the latest on site camping availability by visiting the Boardmasters official website. Alternative accommodation perfect for festival goers is plentiful in Newquay and the surrounding areas. For the latest availability on holiday cottages and apartments use the search function on our homepage.
As well as music and entertainment, the festival also hosts the Boardmasters Open surf competition. This is held at the iconic Fistral Beach in Newquay. Thousands of fans flock down to beach to watch some of the best professional and amateur surfers from the UK and overseas show off their wave riding skills. The festival organisers are also an avid supporter of the Cornwall based environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.
Kynance Cove is a section of what is often described as one of the United Kingdoms most beautiful stretches of coastline. To visit Kynance Cove you will need to head toward Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula in the south of the county. The cove is around two miles north of Lizard Point. (Lizard Point is the United Kingdom’s southern most point of land).
Kynance Cove has often been, and still continues to be, a focal point for artists and photographers from all over the world. They like to capture in particular the contrasting tones of the turquoise blue sea, white sand beach and unique red and green serpentine rock formations. Kynance Cove was also one of the locations used recently in the highly acclaimed BBC TV drama series Poldark.
Accessing the cove involves a relatively steep walk downhill from the car park at the top of the cliff, it will take around 5 to 10 minutes. There is also a longer alternative route to the beach which takes around 20 minutes. This has a more even path down to the shoreline. Making your way across the beach at the bottom can also be difficult sometimes due to uneven and sometimes slippery rocks.
* Note that Kynance Cove is a tidal beach, at high tide the beach can often be totally submerged. Before you plan your trip, ensure you check the local tide timetable.
With the British weather on your side, Kynance Cove is a great place to spend the whole day in the summer. Whether it is relaxing on a white sand beach that floats your boat? Exploring the ancient ‘Drawing Room’ or ‘Parlour’ caves when the tide is out? Maybe even swimming or paddle boarding in the clear turquoise waters?
Kynance cove has something for everyone of all ages and levels of adventure. There is even a picture postcard perfect cafe located just behind the beach. Serving the finest fresh Cornish produce to help recharge your batteries after all the exploring.
When driving to Kynance Cove take the A3083 road south towards the Lizard from the town of Helston. Drive until around half a mile from Lizard Village. Kynance Cove is then sign posted on your right hand side.
In the peak holiday season of July and August the car park can fill up very quickly. It is best to arrive very early in the morning to avoid any disappointment. For sat nav use the postcode TR12 7PJ.
The entire Kynance Cove site is owned and managed by National Trust. We recommend that you visit their website. This has all the latest up to date information about the cove, it’s facilities and opening times. Why not start to plan your perfect day trip to one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches today?
There is no need to head off for expensive overseas trips to Western Australia or Hawaii with your surfboard. The best surfing beaches in Cornwall provide amazing waves to ride all year round. And we can tell you exactly where to catch them!
Probably the most famous surf destination in the whole of the United Kingdom. This vast expanse of sand and surf is located on the doorstep of the north Cornish coastal town of Newquay. With swells up to eight feet high along with the famous ‘Cribber’ wave. Fistral beach is the place to head for surfers of all ages and abilities. Expect large crowds here during the peak holiday season!
Sennen beach is one of the most exposed beaches in Cornwall located on the western tip of the county. The cove provides consistent breakers all year round coming from the Atlantic Ocean. For experienced surfers the North end of the beach towards Gwynver beach is popular with waves around six foot high. The South part of the beach is an ideal place for beginners, with more manageable two foot waves to cut their teeth.
This is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches. On a good day the waves at Porthtowan beach come in fast and provide plenty of thwack! The beach is set on a backdrop of dramatic cliffs and sand dunes, which adds to the complete surfing experience. This blue flag beach is very popular during the summer months for surfers of all abilities.
Perranporth beach is what we would term the ideal ‘all rounder’ surfers spot. While it can be quite hectic, especially during the summer. Perranporth has enough space for experienced surfers and novices surfers alike. Located on the North coast of Cornwall Perannporth beach generates a good Atlantic swell all year round.
A great way to explore the south west of England’s jewel in the crown is to take one of the great scenic drives in Cornwall. I have hand picked two of my favourite Cornish driving routes that take in some breathtaking vista’s along the way. Whether it’s in a sports convertible or a classic vintage VW camper van. You can take both of these routes at your own pace.
St Ives to Sennen
The starting point for this journey is the iconic seaside town of St Ives. Heading south along the B3306 the road stays close to the Atlantic shoreline, whilst at the same time meandering through the wild Cornish moorland. Along the way you will see many spectacular examples of Cornwall’s rich tin mining history. A late afternoon/evening drive in the summer in particular will provide some fantastic photo opportunities at sunset.
Notable stopping points on the route are the ancient village of Zennor and Cape Cornwall . When you reach your destination at Sennen. Park up and take a stroll down to the spectacular Sennen Cove beach. From there you will have a great view of the iconic Longships Lighthouse just off the coast.
Newquay to Padstow
The lively Cornish town of Newquay is where you will begin your drive. The early part of the drive north will take you past Porth Beach, Watergate Bay and then Mawgan Porth via the B3276 . All three beaches are considered to be some of the best sand & surf beaches in Cornwall.
As you leave Mawgan Porth and head up the coast it’s worth taking some time in your schedule to stop at Bedruthan Steps. You can take a short stroll along the cliffs to view the famous sea stacks. Leaving here you can head straight to your destination, the iconic Cornish fishing port of Padstow. However, if you have more time to play with, then there are few more noteworthy places to pay a visit to along the way. These include, Constantine Bay, Porhtcothan and Trevone.
The town of Padstow on north coast of Cornwall was once most famous for being a traditional fishing port. In recent years a number of superb restaurants in Padstow have opened their doors to the public. And it has now become a must visit destination for food lovers from all over the world.
From comforting pub grub on a cold winters evening, to a fine dining experience fitting for any special occasion. I have picked out a selection of my favourite places to dine out in Padstow.
Rojano’s serves a menu with British and Italian influences in a relaxed environment. They have a great selection of small plates and deli items perfect for a lunch option. As well as some fantastic sourdough pizza’s and larger pasta dishes that are more substantial, ideal for an evening meal. Maybe paired with a bottle of local sparkling wine from the award winning Camel Valley vineyard?
Opened in 1975 the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow has established an international reputation for serving seafood dishes based around fresh locally sourced ingredients. Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a truly local flavour. Oysters and Champagne on a sun terrace overlooking the stunning Camel Estuary. Whats not to like?
A rustic tapa’s style menu located in the heart of Padstow is what is on offer at Prawn on the Lawn. Freshly caught seafood is the core of their menu which changes by the season. By day time Prawn on the Lawn is also a fishmongers. The restaurant is suitable for any occasion, if you love fish, you will love this plaice! The menu highlight for me is the jaw dropping Fruits De Mer.
Located in a Georgian style town house a stones throw from the harbour side. No.6 offers it’s patrons a Michelin star fine dining experience. Showcasing the very best of Cornish produce with influences from south east Asia to continental Europe. Paul Ainsworth at No.6 is a perfect option for both lunch and dinner. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend you cast your eyes over the ‘Fairground Tale‘ dessert option. You will not be disappointed….
Holiday makers in Cornwall often make a point of visiting the Eden Project which is located close to the town of St Austell. Construction of this vast horticultural site on a disused china clay pit began in 1998, from essentially a huge crater! It eventually opened to the general public in the spring of 2001.
The site stands out due to the unique addition of its huge biome’s which dominate the landscape. Visitors to the attraction follow a guided winding path between the domes which take in a variety of landscapes and gardens. There are also a number of contemporary sculptures for people to enjoy and interact with.
The biome’s themselves host a unique experience for visitors of all ages. The first biome hosts the largest indoor rainforest on the planet. The second Mediterranean biome is home to more temperate species familiar to Europe. The biomes are kept at the perfect temperature and moisture level for species from these ecosystems to thrive.
Plan your visit
It’s alway’s best to book your tickets in advance if you are thinking of visiting the Eden Project during the peak summer months. For the latest ticket information and opening times visit the official Eden Project website.
The Eden Project site has also become famous for staging pop/rock concerts in the summer months. Some of the world famous headline acts to have played the Eden Sessions include: Oasis, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Lionel Richie & Kylie Minogue.
If you are thinking of paying a visit to the Eden Project as part of your holiday to Cornwall. The areas surrounding St Austell have a wide range of holiday accommodation to choose from. Including a large number of quality self-catering holiday cottages to suit all budgets and tastes.
Sat Nav – Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG.
If you are looking for a place to spend some quality time with your pet, there are some stunning dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. Surrounded on 3 sides by the sea, the coastline of Cornwall is only ever just a stones throw away. There is an almost endless choice of fantastic beaches where you can take your four legged friend for a stroll.
The only problem you will have is choosing where is your favourite spot is to stay as there are so many dog friendly cottages in Cornwall to choose from. Would you & your dog like to walk across the county’s vast sandy beaches? Maybe you prefer heading along the spectacular South West Coastal path? There is something to suit every type of stroller, whether they have two legs or four!
My favourite top 5 dog friendly beaches in Cornwall are :
The beach is a huge expanse of golden sand in the popular resort of Newquay and is split up into three distinct areas. South Fistral, the main beach & Little Fistral. Not only is the beach a great place to walk but the spectacular Pentire and Towan headlands to South and North are also well worth exploring.
Mawgan Porth Beach
Close to the town of Newquay, but also far enough away to avoid the peak season holiday crowds. The beach is sheltered by high cliffs to each side and particularly at low tide, there is lots of space.
Gorran Haven Beach
A golden sandy beach located right next to the ancient village of Gorran Haven. The beach has a small stone walled harbour giving the place a traditional Cornish feel to it.
Situated on the Lizard Peninsula lies the picture postcard fishing village of Coverack. This part of the Cornish coastline is relatively quiet all year round, so if you want to avoid crowds, this is the place for you.
Green Bay Beach
Located on the Scilly Isles, an archipelago just off the Cornish mainland. Green beach has vast expanse of white sand backed by trees and foliage to the rear, giving it an almost Caribbean like feel in the summer months.
Piskies Cove, is one of Cornwall’s finest hidden beaches. At low tide there is a reasonably sized section of sand for sunbathers. You should always check the local tide times before visiting. Even if the tide should happen to be in, it can still be a great place to swim, sunbathe or paddle board in the summer months. There are plenty of rocks surrounding the crystal clear blue water to lay down your towel. The cove is a simply stunning location with a very ‘Greek Island’ feel to it. The cove is mostly quiet all year round, avoiding all the usual peak season holiday crowds .
The nearest parking spot is a 15 to 20 minute walk away, so make sure you pack everything you need before you set off. There are no facilities at the beach. Dogs are allowed all year round at this beach. Please note that there are no lifeguards are on duty at Piskies Cove, even in the summer months.
For those with an interest in history, in particular the dark and mysterious chapter of Cornwall’s smuggling past. Piskies Cove is said to be the place that John Carter otherwise known as the King of Prussia, landed his contraband. From there he distributed his illegal goods all around the British Isles.
If you are planning a trip to Piskies Cove as part of a weekend break or longer holiday in Cornwall. There are variety of self catering holiday cottages to choose from in the local area.
Directions to Piskies Cove
To find Piskies Cove, take Prussia Cove turn off from main Penzance to Helston road. Park in the Prussia Cove car park, then walk down onto the South West Coastal Path. Head west and follow the path all the way to the old fisherman’s huts until you reach the cove.
Bude is a popular seaside town located on the North coast of Cornwall near the Devon border. It has been regularly named the UK’s best costal town at the British Travel Awards. The vast spotless golden sandy beaches of Bude are popular with surfers and tourists. Holidays in Bude provide a great place to go walking and explore the North Cornish coastline’s spectacular geology.
Bude is a laid back and endearing corner of Cornwall. The town has plenty of independent restaurants, shops, bar’s and cafe’s to spend the afternoon and evening exploring. The Bude canal, shown in the image above, is also a great place to hire a pedalo and explore the mouth of the River Neet. If you are looking to visit Bude for a short getaway or a that long awaited summer holiday, there are huge variety of holiday cottages in Bude to choose from.
Historically the town of Bude became notable as a ‘safe harbour’ for ships from the winter storms that would lash the North Cornish coastline. The Bude Canal also ran all the way to Launceston. This was used to transport coastal sand and soil that are rich in sea minerals. These deposits would then be used by farmers inland to improve the yields of their crops. The real growth of the town however came during the Victorian era. When it became popular with holiday makers looking to escape the soot filled urban city streets of the industrial revolution.
Directions to Bude
To get to Bude by car via the scenic route, also know as the the ‘Atlantic Highway’. Leave the M5 at Junction 27, and follow the A39 going past Barnstaple & Bideford and then into Bude. For those in a hurry, which is definitely not the Cornish way! Drive South West down the A30 to the Okehampton turn off, then follow the signposts for Bude heading West.