There are many wonderful Cornish-made products for sale this Christmas, available from Christmas fairs, in local shops, or online. Here are some of our favourite Christmas markets, and a few other Cornish gift ideas to inspire you…
Padstow Christmas Festival (4-7 December) sounds wonderful this year. As you’d expect, there’s a great foodie emphasis at this four-day event, with cookery demonstrations from Padstow’s own Rick Stein, plus Nathan Outlaw, James Martin, Angela Hartnett, Michael Caines, and many other exciting contemporary chefs.
This of course will make you extremely hungry, so the food market is definitely worth exploring. Fuel yourself at Katie’s Cornish Hotpots’ stand, then have a wonderful time stocking (ho ho ho) up on original Cornish gifts. There will be some wonderful stalls, arts and crafts as well as food, selling all sorts of fabulous Christmas presents from jumpers to gin. On Friday night there will be a lantern parade, attended by Father Christmas, and a firework display above the harbour.
Now in its eleventh year, Fowey Christmas Market (6-7 December) is well established as a great Christmas shopping opportunity. Lots of (high-end) street food, lovely, unique Cornish gifts, and a beautiful setting make this a great day out. Fowey itself is always a good place for present shopping, and this lively market really adds to the festive atmosphere.
“Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas” is running at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth on 5-6 December. If you want to convince the kids to come Christmas shopping with you, try this one. “Nadelik” is Cornish for “Christmas”; and the castle hosts fireside tales, traditional dancing, and carol singing. You’ll also get chance to take a sneaky look at the craft stalls and the Castle’s own shop… There will be mulled wine and mince pies – always helps. This is a ticketed event; however tickets should be available to buy on the day.
Truro has markets running throughout December. Catch the wonderful Sapooni soaps and skincare there, with their gorgeously quirky Cornish and Greek-inspired range.
If you can’t make it to any of these events, there are still plenty of Cornish Christmas gifts available to order online. St Eval Candles are a great favourite, as are Trevarno Skincare’s organic products. If you missed out on all the breweries and distillers at the craft fairs, visit Camel Valley – their award-winning sparkling wine is delectable. If you’re looking for foodie inspiration, read our Cornish Chocolate blog – it’s incredible how many excellent chocolate producers there are around here!
There are far too many artists and jewellers in this creative county to list in this blog post! Whether you’re on holiday or live in Cornwall, spend some time in the local independent galleries this Christmas, and you are sure to find some beautiful and original pieces that make unique gifts.
However, ask many busy people what they’d really like for Christmas, and they’ll laughingly say “More time!” or “A chance to relax!” This can actually be bought. How about treating a loved one to a session at The Clearing Spa? You can buy vouchers for the Spa – and the hotel and restaurants – by calling 01726 874055 or by emailing us. What could possibly be a nicer Cornish gift this Christmas?