From family pantos to lightshows, and from fairs to festive fare there’s so much to discover in Cornwall this Winter
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well if you forget the rainy bits. Winter is a time to roam our marvellous county as it’s definitely the season where Cornwall shows off its most dramatic and creative side. From family pantos to light shows, and from fairs to festive fare there’s a veritable feast for the senses.
You don't have to go far for our first winter suggestion - in fact you can stay right here at Sands Resort Hotel. Book a seat by the window and enjoy some good old-fashion storm watching.
Whether you snuggle up with a devilishly good hot chocolate or get that all over glow with a little tipple of gin, our Atlantic views allow you to watch all that mother nature has to offer.
Watch as the wild winds whip up the white horses along the coast. Marvel as you still see the hardy surfing souls running down to catch the waves. Then take a deep relaxing sigh as you realise you’ve got all you need right here in the hotel… winter wrapped up.
If you’ve got some gifts to buy, but you like an incentive to shop, then Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm between Truro and Newquay might be just what you’re looking for.
Following on from the success of last year’s fair, Healeys’ will be hosting a series of European-style festive Christmas Markets and tasting experiences this winter. Taking place on weekends from November 23 to December 16, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better with stalls showcasing tasty local produce alongside Cornish art and crafts. There’s the opportunity to pick freshly cut Christmas trees and try the range of Healeys Cornish cyders for free in Healeys own farm shop.
This is one shopping excursion that could turn into a full day of fun for the whole family. There are cyder making tours and tractor rides as well as friendly farm animals, including donkeys, pigs, goats, ponies and shire horses all just waiting to meet the children.
Want to get your festive season on the right track this year? We’ve got to railway suggestions that will leave you chuffed…
Over in Bodmin you can relive the glory of a bygone age of steam as you journey through the countryside with the railway elves to visit Santa’s grotto. The fun starts the moment you arrive at Bodmin General Station as you discover mince pies, seasonal winter drinks and carols on the platform. Then it’s all aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train through the beautiful countryside of Cornwall, during which you get to meet the man himself, grab a picture and just maybe take home a little present.
Also, Santa will be travelling on two relaxed (Autism friendly) and a number of wheelchair accessible trains at railway this December. Bookings fill up fast so don’t delay.
A different take on Santa by train can be found a short hop away at Lappa Valley - here the steam trains have the added twist of being miniature!
Once again, it’s a chance to hop onboard the Father Christmas bound train on a journey to his magical grotto. There’s plenty to do once you’ve got there too. As well as meeting the jolly old fellow and receiving a gift you can also enjoy entertainment from Harry Kazzam, have fun in the pedal cars, children's play areas, crazy golf, woodland walks and toddler's path maze.
There’re also more steam train journeys to be had, this time driven by Rudolph!
These family fun days are ticket only and limited to keep the experience personal and intimate.
Everyone loves a panto, oh yes, they do. Even if you think you don’t, we defy you not to love Miracle Theatre who bring all the fun of traditional panto and a whole lot more!
Fast becoming one of the hottest tickets of the year, Miracle are back at the Princess Pavilion with this year’s show Aladdin.
Always with a twist, Miracle presents a panto within a play, which is itself a panto - confused?! Expect hilarious antics as the ‘Willoughby-Brown’ family put on a home-made panto in their living room and invite you to watch. As Miracle say: “The few guests who have been permitted to witness these rare soirées have spoken of being swept away by eccentric singing, exotic dancing, breath-taking magical effects and of being frequently moved to tears of laughter.”
Prepare for a unique interpretation of the classic fairy-tale which is on show in Falmouth until January 5.
Step back in time
Take a step back in time to crackling fires, homemade tree decorations and sumptuous banquet food, it’s all on offer at Trerice in Newquay.
Owned by the National Trust, this Tudor manor is the perfect place to rekindle your love of the traditional Christmas. You’ll find games by the blazing fire, carols and tales of yore from their own Father Christmas from a bygone age… an age when he still wore a traditional coat of green.
Old Saint Nick will be telling stories throughout the day in the Great Hall which is a ticketed event. Over in the barn you can make your own plaster decorations for the tree by taking inspiration from a sky of golden stars in the restaurant. There’s also a chance to make your own Christmas candle, a perfect keepsake or present. Crafts are suitable for the whole family and take place on various days throughout December (additional charges apply). Also, throughout the season will be carols by visiting choirs which are sure to get you in the spirit.
Finally, there’s a chance to eat, drink and be merry with Sir John Arundell for a festive Christmas banquet in his new manor house. It’s an evening of laughter, song and festive food inspired by the Tudor era (booking is essential.) There are two chances to take part in this event in both November and December.
Come down to Cornwall this Winter and enjoy everything the county has to offer. Book your Twixmas and Family New Year Break at Sands Resort Hotel.