Winter Events in Cornwall

Must-See Events and Attractions for Your  Winter Holiday in Cornwall

From yuletide festivities to ghoulish goings-on, there are plenty of seasonal events and attractions to look forward to in Cornwall this winter. If you’re coming to Cornwall during the cooler months, enhance your stay with a visit to some of these must-see winter events.

Halloweden at Eden Project

Halloweden

With its spooky show, creepy puzzle trail, owl display and potion making workshop, the Eden Project is the place to be for Halloween this year. Kids will love the opportunity to explore the biomes with Halloween themed decorations and happenings lurking around every corner.

Dates: 23rd to 31st October
More information: edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/halloweden-october-half-term

Go Darker Heritage Trail at Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail

This Bodmin attraction is a spooky place to visit any time of year, but they will be going one step further this Halloween with dark stories and grim tales on this special tour of the recently restored Victorian prison.

Dates: 18th to 31st October
More information: bodminjail.org/whats-on/halloween/go-darker-heritage-tour/

Silhouettes and Shadows at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

More Halloween-themed shenanigans can be enjoyed at this fantastic museum in Falmouth. As well as spooky craft-making activities and a scary Sea Spirits treasure trail, families can hop aboard boats, go ‘underwater’ in the tidal zone exbibit and climb the 100-foot lookout tower.

Dates: 23rd to 31st October
More information: nmmc.co.uk/2021/04/silhouettes-shadows-2021/

Drive-in Fireworks at the Royal Cornwall Showground

fireworks display

Revellers can watch spectacular fireworks from the comfort of their cars at this drive-in display in Wadebridge. Guests can expect an epic firework display, while local food and drink providers will serve up hot dishes and drinks as well as sweet treats to complete the traditional bonfire night experience.

Date: 6th November
More information: fireworkscornwall.com

Tunnel of Lights at Shipwreck Treasure Museum

tunnel of lights

This popular Tunnel of Lights attraction returns to this Charlestown museum this year with an Arctic Adventure theme. Against a backdrop of thousands of twinkling lights in the underground caverns, there will be atmospheric Arctic soundscapes and a magical journey through a polar world of glittering waterfalls, giant icebergs and frozen shipwrecks.

Dates: 23rd October to 9th January
More information: shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk/events/tunnel-of-lights-arctic-adventure/

Bedruthan Christmas Fayre

Christmas-Fayre

55 of Cornwall’s finest crafters, creators, and artisans will display their wares for sale at this seasonal fayre at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Mawgan Porth. Visitors can attend craft workshops hosted by the region’s top innovators, before savouring their first mince pie of the season in the ‘Naughty & Nice’ festive afternoon tea.

Dates: 19th to 21st November
More information: bedruthan.com/events/christmas-fayre-tickets

Fowey Christmas Market

Fowey Christmas Market

Fowey’s streets, quays and town hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland of festive merriment, gift shopping and seasonal music for its annual Christmas market. Buy hand-crafted presents, sample delicious food, sip yuletide tipples and enjoy festive family fun and entertainment.

Dates: 26th to 28th November
More information: foweychristmasmarket.co.uk

Heartlands Christmas Market

Heartlands Christmas Market

There will be stalls selling an array of locally made crafts, tasty seasonal treats and a visit from Santa at this superb public park and mining museum in Pool. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up unique gifts and stocking fillers at this family-friendly attraction.

Dates: 4th to 5th December
More information: heartlandscornwall.com/heartlands-christmas-market/

Christmas at Newquay Zoo

 

As most of the animals are on the Nice List this year, Santa will be visiting from the 18th December up until Christmas Eve, where children can meet him and receive a special gift. Santa will also be bringing a couple of his well-behaved Elves who will be holding a workshop to make reindeer food to guide Santa’s sleigh.

Dates: 18-24 December 2021

More information: https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/events/meet-santa-at-newquay-zoo/

Ice Skating at the Eden Project

ice-skating at Eden Project

Eden’s event space will be transformed into a winter wonderland when the annual ice rink returns this season. Skaters can take a spin around the ice in 40-minute sessions and then warm up with yummy food and drink available from the festive stalls.

Dates: 23rd October to 19th February
More information: edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

Santa Trains at Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Santa train in Cornwall

This is an opportunity to take children for a ride on a historic steam train and meet Santa at the same time. Visitors to the station will be greeted by Santa’s elves, before boarding the steam train. On their return, they can join in with some Christmas themed activities and visit Santa in his special grotto situated in a Victorian coach.

Dates: Various dates in December
More information: bodminrailway.co.uk/things-to-do/events/santa-special-trains-return-to-bodmin-wenford-railway/

Lantern Trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

lantern trail at Heligan

From owls to hares, foxgloves, butterflies and robins, and a joyful burst of fuchsias, this illuminated seasonal trail creates a treasure-filled space for families and friends to discover these beautiful indigenous species of these glorious gardens. The nighttime hike can be followed by festive treats and shopping for gifts in the shop.

Date: 20th November
More information: heligan.com/events/heligan-night-garden-an-enchanting-lantern-experience

Mousehole Christmas Lights

Mousehole Christmas Lights

Many of Cornwall’s towns put on a dazzling display at Christmas, but the tiny village of Mousehole has one of the biggest and best-known. Each year, the village adorns the harbour and narrow streets with an original display of colourful festive lights, while street sellers serve mine pies and mulled wine.

Dates: 11th December to 2nd January
More information: mouseholelights.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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