Padstow Christmas Festival is one of the UK’s biggest free food festivals. From this Thursday 4 December until Sunday 7 December you can shop in the Christmas market, gain tips from chefs in the Sharp’s Demonstration Theatre, listen to live music at the bandstand, watch fireworks over the harbour and see Santa on his sleigh.
Why not join team Santa to help raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care? You can run, jog or walk the route and meet afterwards for a mince pie and hot drink. Most events have a choice of two distances and some you can cycle. All you need to do is sign up, pay your entry fee, get your free Santa suit and get training.
There are eight events across Cornwall. If you want to stay local, the Wadebridge to Padstow Santa Cycle is at 10am this Saturday 6 December and the Santa Fun Run is at 1pm on the same day. Spaces are limited so make sure register in advance.
Visit a rainforest and go ice skating in the space of an afternoon! The Eden Project’s beautiful ice rink is open until the 22 February. Public skating sessions are 40 minutes long and cost £6 plus the Eden Project entrance fee. Click here to book.
A Christmas day swim has become something of a tradition in Cornwall, but with the water temperature at around 10 degrees at this time of year, it’s not for the faint-hearted! If you do take the plunge, (no wetsuits allowed) the St Moritz bar is the perfect place to warm up afterwards with a hot toddy.
Head to the far west to see the famous Mousehole Christmas lights. Mousehole-based artist Joan Gillchrest started the tradition over 50 years ago with just two strings suspended across the harbour. From those early days the display has grown considerably (that’s an understatement!) and always promises to be one of the most impressive in Cornwall.
The 2014 “switch on” is on Saturday 13 December at 7.30pm. The lights will be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm until Saturday 3 January.