The annual Fowey Christmas Market is one of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events, taking place on the last weekend in November in and around Fowey, drawing visitors from far and wide to enjoy the festivities. The market has continued to grow in recent years, drawing over 10,000 visitors with fantastic entertainment, delicious food and drink, and lots of opportunities to purchase gifts for loved ones. With so much going on, we’ve rounded up our favourite features that we’d recommend adding to your itinerary during your visit.
Santa Claus is coming to town
On Friday, Santa will be officially kicking off the event in Fowey with his troop of elves in tow. He’ll have the all-important job of switching the Christmas lights on, which will light up the town’s streets in a wonderful display of twinkling bulbs and sparkling decorations. Join Santa’s procession through the street, which begins at Berrils Yard at 6.45pm. He’ll then make the journey to the church to flick the switch at 7pm.
Carols and music
Throughout the three-day event, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to hear some live music and singing from the local schools, choirs and bands. On Saturday, the Town Quay has a full line-up of entertainment from 11am until 2pm, and Looe Valley Singers will be performing at 12pm on Sunday. In the evening the festive entertainment continues with many pubs hosting live music too.
Browse the plentiful stalls and vendors selling their crafts in the Town Hall, with an extensive collection of handmade, locally produced gifts to choose from. On Saturday and Sunday the town buses will offer transport between the car parks and markets, so visitors can shop until they drop. Fowey also boasts a brilliant range of independent and boutique shops selling interesting gifts and souvenirs, including Scandinavian homewares from The Clementine; original and unique fused glass art at Jo Downs Glass; children’s clothes and toys at Birdkids; and stylish gifts at The Webb Street Company. For more shops in Fowey, head to our dedicated blog post here.
Whatever your preferences, we can guarantee you won’t go hungry at this year’s event. With food and drink-aplenty, visitors will be spoilt for choice, with a wealth of producers filling the main marquee on the Town Quay to sell their wares. Sample some deliciously buttery fudge from Buttermilk; handcrafted local cheese from Cornish Gouda; award-winning Tarquin’s Gin from Southwestern Distillery; and Padstow Brewing Company’s delicious beers, plus plenty more. After all the shopping and perusing, enjoy dinner in our restaurant, Q, or wrap up warm and enjoy a drink on our terrace.
All council car parks will have free parking for the event, and the bus service will run into the evening on Saturday and Sunday. To book a table in our restaurant, call us on 01726 833302 and speak to a member of staff.