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Things to do in Cornwall this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re looking forward to welcoming our guests over the festive season. If you’re planning what to do during your stay, here are just some of the top things to do around Cornwall this December:

Explore Cornwall’s Christmas markets and festivals

If you’re visiting Cornwall in the run up to the big day, a trip to one of the county’s many fantastic Christmas markets or festivals is a must!

The Padstow Christmas Festival is taking place from 5th-8th December and offers both a market as well as a variety of fantastic entertainment including top chef demonstrations, Santa fun run and the town’s own dazzling lights display. Fowey’s Christmas market – which runs between 6th-8th December – is also well worth a visit with traders selling a huge number of locally produced gifts, arts and crafts as well as plenty of delicious food and drink. Running on 7th and 8th December, the Heligan Christmas Fair will see over 100 artisan makers coming together, providing the perfect opportunity to find those unique gifts for family and friends, whilst the Winter Gift Fayre in Truro is on from 11th-19th December and offers the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping.

Santa by Steam!

Did you know that when Father Christmas isn’t driving his sleigh, he travels by steam train?

Bodmin and Wenford Railway’s Santa by Steam trips will be taking place on selected dates throughout December and include a one-hour return journey on a steam hauled train, during which families will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas. A mince pie and seasonal drink is also available for the adults, whilst each child will receive a Christmas present.

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Ice skating at the Eden Project

Part of their Winter Festival, Eden’s glittering indoor ice rink is the only one of its kind in Cornwall and is great family fun. With both general skate sessions as well as special time slots for different ages and abilities, everyone can enjoy their time on the ice.

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Visit some of Cornwall’s best Christmas lights displays

Of course, Christmas in Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the county’s many amazing lights displays! From Mousehole’s famous offering, where lights adorn both land and water, to our own favourite display at The Lost Gardens of Heligan where renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen reveals the night time magic of Heligan’s historic plantings – you won’t be short of spectacular lights to enjoy.

Activities on your doorstep

For those staying here at Glynn Barton, there are plenty of things to do right on your doorstep too! With an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, soft play barn, outdoor fort, trampoline and much, much more, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Kids will love to meet our farm animals which include wallabies, donkeys, alpacas, sheep, pigs and goats, whilst the older members of the family can kick back and relax with a spa treatment in the comfort of your own cottage.

Feeling like you need to walk off all those festive treats? Thanks to our location in the heart of Cornwall, when it comes to heading out on a family walk, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Cardinham Woods, Bodmin Moor and both the north and south coasts all within easy reach.


“A hit with the families” – recent press for Glynn Barton

Young happy family having fun while chasing in autumn day at the park. Copy space.

Family fun in Cornwall this Winter