Christmas Markets

There is nothing quite like a good old Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit. With lots of local produce, crafts and drinks suppliers in Cornwall, there is plenty on offer all over the county. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite markets and fairs in or around Fowey for you to enjoy over the Christmas break.

1. Macmillan Christmas Fair, Eden Project, 17 November

Hosted in the sparkling Eden Project Kitchen, the Macmillan Christmas Fair will be kicking off the festive season in the biomes. Tickets will be available in the Eden Visitors Centre on the day from 10am at a price of £10, not including lunch. The fair will feature an abundance of stalls with plenty of gifts and home accessories, clothing and jewellery, and the finest produce in the county. Eden’s ice rink has now reappeared and will be available to enjoy until the 19 February.

2. The Cornish Winter Fair, Wadebridge, 19 November

For a slightly different take on a classic Christmas festival, head over to Wadebridge for their annual Cornish Winter Fair. The free event is hosted by the Royal Cornwall Events Centre and over the weekend families can experience Cornish farm life and learn about local agriculture. There are opportunities to milk a (mock) cow and groom a pony, as well as plenty of Cornish food and drink producers on hand to help you with any Christmas shopping and selling gifts from around the county.

3. Padstow Christmas Festival, 1 – 4 December

Cornwall’s largest food festival is going into its ninth year and is set to be better than ever with famous chefs visiting from all over the country to demo in the seaside town. Padstow will be hosting a traditional Christmas market throughout the weekend, as well as a a Santa fun run, lantern parade and impressive fireworks display. With big names like Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw and Fern Britton making their way to Padstow this year, as well as our sister hotel’s head chef Tim Pile, from the Rosevine, it’s definitely not a weekend to be missed. Entrance is free and donations to local charities welcome. Find out how to make Tom’s chilli beef and flat bread crisps here, which he will demonstrating at the festival on Sunday 4 at 12.45pm.

5. Fowey Christmas Festival, 9 – 11 December

The second weekend of December is when Fowey becomes host to festive entertainment, food and drink and lots of stalls with unique Christmas gifts. The various festive activities can be found throughout the town and in Fowey Sports Hub, with a bus running between the two. From 5 ’til 8.30 on Friday 9 December there will be festive entertainment, including Santa himself sailing into town, along with a lantern parade.

6. The Lost Gardens Christmas fair, Heligan, 10 – 11 December

For an extra magical Christmas fair, soak up the festive atmosphere at the Lost Gardens of Heligan on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 December, between 10am and 4pm for their annual fair. Heligan’s ethos for supporting and showcasing local businesses is strongly felt at their Christmas Festival, with over 70 stalls offering food, drink, crafts, jewellery and more. Plenty of mulled wine will be available for tired shoppers and you can even order your Christmas turkey for the big day. Entry for local pass holders is £1 and £2 for everyone else, including entrance to their gardens.

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Fowey Autumn Walks

Autumn is a perfect season for a holiday in Cornwall, with the sea slightly warmer after the summer months and uncrowded beaches and towns. For visitors staying in Fowey this autumn, we have put together a list of some of the best walks in and around the village. From easy going walks in Cardinham Woods to blustery but beautiful coastal walks along Lantic Bay, there is something for everyone.

Gribbin Head and the Saints Way – 6.6 miles
In autumn this walk is colourful as the heather and trees begin to turn, whilst birds and other wildlife find food to stockpile for the winter. Walkers will see great views across St Austell Bay and on a clear day can look out to South Devon.

Frogmore and Lantivet Bay – 4.5 miles
Another great walk for autumn, walkers are likely to see unusual birds of prey as they are attracted by flocks of swallows and house martins gathering to leave for the winter. Lansallos, a tiny hamlet is home to Palace Cove, a remote beach which was once loved by smugglers. The walk begins at Lansallos, where walkers can then descend down the hill onto the South West Coast Path.


Fowey ‘Hall Walk’ – 4 miles
One of Fowey’s most popular estuary walks – begin at the Bodinnick slipway and follow signs for Hall Walk. This path has breath-taking views of Fowey Harbour and allows walkers to wander through deep woodland, along creeks and utilises ferries via Bodinnick, Pont Creek and Polruan and vice versa. It is around 4 miles long and is completely dog friendly.


Polruan to Lantic Bay – 4.2 miles
This is a more demanding walk along the coast path, but Lantic Bay makes the hard work worth it, with incredible views of the picturesque cove. After the long stretch of coast the walk is downhill and passes Lanteglos church where Daphne Du Maurier was married.The final stretch is through Polruan, where walkers have the chance to complete the circular route and along the grassy path which leads to remains of a gun battery on Peak Point, with views of the local harbour.


Image from: Adam Gibbens, Visit Cornwall.

Cardinham Woods – various distances
Cardinham is a beautiful woodland based near Bodmin, and is ideal for walkers. There are four routes for walkers and cyclists to choose from with some incredible viewpoints, along with a cafe to help you refuel. For an easy walk, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, try the Lady Vale Walk or for something slightly more difficult give the Wheal Glynn walk a go.

Images from Visit Cornwall, Monika Kludcka and Adam Gibbard.

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Arts and Culture in Cornwall

With the summer months coming to a close and the manic tourist season slowly dying down, it is an ideal time for visitors to explore their surrounding area. Whilst in Fowey, there is plenty of galleries to wander around and cultural heritage points to find. Whatever the weather you will discover something interesting to do and of course, the views are breath taking from various locations around the village. Read more

White Chocolate Mousse recipe

Our head chef, Richard Massey has put together a simple recipe for his delicious white chocolate mousse, an easy dessert option for your dinner party. Richard serves the mousse with fresh raspberries, raspberry powder, crushed pistachio nuts and pistachio tuile. However, these can be substituted with any fruit or nut of your choice, as the mousse is a fantastically versatile addition to any dessert.

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Independent shops in Fowey

Fowey is home to a bustling high street where many thriving independent shops offer a wide range of interesting gifts and souvenirs. Cornwall is well known for its vibrant creative scene. St Ives and Penzance are a mecca for artists inspired by the breath-taking landscape; Fowey synonymous with some of the world’s favourite literature. The independent shops in Fowey are a reflection of Cornwall’s creative culture, celebrating craft and design from the county and further afield.
We’ve chosen a few of our favourite independents in the town from children’s gift shops to coast-inspired clothing boutiques.

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Watersports in Cornwall

In Cornwall you’re never further than thirty miles from the sea, so it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to take the plunge and jump in. Spending time in and beside the sea can be a huge source of fun in any weather and has proven health benefits too. And whether you’re surfing, swimming or kayaking, you’ll get a completely different perspective of the Cornish coastline. Visitors to Cornwall can enjoy the surf all year round and the sea stays warm well into September. If you would like to try a new watersport or simply want an exciting thing to do on holiday, Cornwall has some great activity centres providing ocean-going adventures.
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