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Cornish Craft and Gift Fairs

November 28, 2014 No Comments

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We’re experiencing a pressureless hinterland at the moment. I’m talking about Christmas of course. December the 25th is still miles away and it feels like giving it your full attention now is like caving in to the onslaught of high street consumerism and belittling the event itself.  But, alas if we don’t keep half an eye on it now, it’ll rear its horns and we’ll be back to the mid-December dash that we’ve promised ourselves we’ll avoid this year.


This weekend is the perfect opportunity to grab some unique stocking fillers at Truro’s Made In Cornwall Christmas Fair: a five-day extravaganza that takes place from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th November.


Closer to home, this Saturday sees the opening of Penryn’s Christmas Pop-up shop, on Islington Wharf. Islington Wharf is a small, hidden Penryn gem, housing one of our best-kept-secrets in ‘The Wharf’, a Spanish tapas restaurant, who do great king prawns and fried calamari, as well as a fish-mongers, and a deli, for those of you who fancy cooking with local ingredients while on holiday. The Pop-up shop itself is a quiet celebration of local produce and crafts with hampers of mixed food items, cushions, prints, woodcarvings and clothing.


A personal favourite on the gift front this year is produce by the Cornish Ketchup Company. For not much more than a bottle of Heinz, this small, growing business offer an intense variety of flavours. I think quite a few non-Cornish relatives of my own will be getting a bottle this year.


So, there are no excuses for not getting ourselves Christmas ready at a more leisurely pace this year. And for those of you who are reading this away from Cornwall, but with something Cornish in mind this Christmas – watch this space. We’ve just caught a glimpse of something that may hit the spot, but more on that next week.


Eat Local, Falmouth Farmers Market

September 30, 2014 No Comments

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Every Tuesday 9am-2pm is Falmouth Farmers Market on the Moor, with stalls selling lots of delicious local produce. You will normally find fresh fish, bread, meat and cheese among others!

Cornwall is known for its good food products and this is one of the ways to talk to the people behind it all.

Our Favourite things to do at Christmas in Cornwall

October 24, 2013 No Comments

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we’ve been talking about what our favourite things to do in Cornwall at Christmas are! It may seem a bit early but with all the shops already geared up for Christmas and mince pies already being eaten, Christmas is sooner than you may think…

So here’s a little snippet of what we love about Christmas in Cornwall.


  • Nearly all of my Christmas’ have been in Cornwall and whilst I am lucky to be able to walk my dogs on one or other beach, everyday of the year,  the post Christmas dinner walk is a special one. The atmosphere is that bit more special and I am surrounded by my nearest and dearest in a place that I adore.
  • My children are young, (5 and 3), so Christmas is hugely exciting for them of course and it is impossible not to get caught up in this frenzy. Last year we saw Father Christmas row ashore onto Durgan beach on the Helford River – pure magic.
  • Lots of my friends left Cornwall for pastures new in their late teens, but at Christmas most return, so I love this time of year for catching up. You know what they say about old friends….



  • Last year we went for a walk around the coast to the beach at Prussia Cove on Christmas day, it was really beautiful and surprisingly busy!
  • Going to a midnight service at my local church, it’s lovely to see all the children getting excited about staying up late.
  • Playing a variety of card games around the table with all the family, my favourite thing about Christmas.



  • Christmas starts for me in Mylor my village, with the switching on, of the Christmas lights.  The village turn out in force to await Santa’s arrival then residents gather around the Christmas tree to join in singing some carols, for me this marks the start of the festivities.
  • A trip to Truro to visit their amazing “Christmas Victorian Market” held on Lemon Quay is a must, I can always find something a little different for gifts.  Usually produced or crafted locally.
  • Weather permitting Boxing Day is usually the day to get out and walk off some the of extra calorie intake.  A favourite of ours is to travel over to the North Coast, usually Gwithian and walk along the long sandy beach or on the cliff top.  At this time of year you can look down on a sheltered cove at Godrevy and if you are lucky spot the baby seal cubs venturing out with their mothers.  Hot chocolate and marshmallows is a must if the cafe is open.



  • Going to Rogue Theatre’s ‘Winter Wood’ at Tehidy, perfect for getting excited in the run up for Christmas.
  • Doing all my Christmas shopping at the markets, Truro Christmas market is a good one or Trebah Gardens.
  • Christmas baking! I don’t like mince pies so make jam tarts instead! And of course stained glass window biscuits to hang on the tree. I don’t do any of the cooking on Christmas day as my dad monopolises the kitchen so it’s good to do some before/after.