Does Santa Surf?

Well in Cornwall he does! Watch him go in the Newquay Surf and Beach run on the 12th December in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care.  That’s one we’ve got to see!

This will be our first Christmas in Cornwall and we’re excited about being somewhere new for the holidays. I love Christmas!!!  My favourite Christmassy things, shopping, food and twinkling lights, are well catered for in the county in the lead up to Christmas so I thought I would share the top three must-go-to events on our calendar!

Padstow Christmas Festival 3rd – 6th December 2015

This festival has grown over its 8 years into one that attracts some of the UK’s leading chefs and 40,000 visitors. Great cookery demonstrations, off the high street Christmas shopping and lots of fantastic food – I actually can’t wait!  Top of my list to see are Angela Hartnett and Nathan Outlaw.  There will be a Christmas market, fireworks, a winter lantern parade and a Santa fun run!  If you can only go to one Christmas festival this year surely it has to be this one!


City of Lights, Truro 18th November 7pm

Truro’s midwinter lantern festival heralds the start of the festive season in the county’s capital. A procession of musicians, artists and lanterns weaves its way around the city for 25,000 visitors to see.  The theme this year is ‘The Museum of Lost Stories’ and the Royal Cornwall Museum is helping to uncover hidden tales to inspire the lanterns.  The website shows the festival route and has suggestions for viewing points for families.  We’re planning pizza with the kids (and maybe a mulled wine or two) before the parade!


Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights Switch-on 12th December 7pm

It might not be Oxford Street but for feeling Christmassy the Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights can’t be beaten. For over 50 years, unpaid volunteers have worked tirelessly to prepare the fishing village spectacle that attracts so many visitors.  Enjoy the lights then nip in to a cosy Cornish pub for a mulled cider!  That’s our plan anyway!