Cornish Sunsets: A perfect way to end a day!

Even though Cornwall may not be the warmest this time of year due to our Cornish coastal breeze, we still know how to produce a perfect, picturesque sunset. Whether it’s a subtle glow over a harbour or a striking red sky above our villages, beaches and countryside, Cornwall is never short on providing everyone with the excellent opportunity to snap a winning photo.

This time of year does find us walking on frosty ground, but the local views are easily persuading us to leave our firesides and head out to witness the amazing colours printed in the sky. We are very fortunate down here to experience great sunset scenery almost on a daily basis, so never be too disappointed if you miss out on grabbing that special photo.
I have provided some of our favourite places to view a great sunset, which we recommend for you to visit and experience first-hand.

Nadelik Lowen! A Cornish Christmas

Winter magic is in the air, the lights sparkle, illuminating cobbled streets and villages throughout Cornwall. The festive season is approaching and where else can you find artisan markets full of local homemade gifts, foods and drinks next to hearty firesides and cheerful singing. Christmas time in Cornwall is a gift in itself.


Outlaw Falmouth Christmas Market – 8th – 10th December

Head down to Falmouth town and discover the Outlaw Christmas Market, the pop-up market on the moor is a showcase of the very best 38 designers, makers and producers Cornwall has to offer. Discover beautiful crafts, gifts and food and drinks. Enjoy a mug of mulled cider, sample tasty treats and enjoy the live music! This is more than just a shopping experience, it’s the best way to start your festive season.

Festival of Light and Sound at Eden – December
Christmas is a magical time to visit the Eden Project. From twilight the site is beautifully lit against the night sky. Enjoy playing on the glistening ice rink, meet Father Christmas with his elves and watch the spectacular Festival of Light and Sound! Truly a sight to behold. The cafes are all open with tasty seasonal food and you can even do a spot of Christmas shopping at the shop. Christmas at Eden is always a night to remember.

Nadelik: A Cornish Christmas at Pendennis Castle - 3rd – 4th December
Why not experience Christmas the Cornish way with fireside tales, traditional dancing, mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing and crafts in Pendennis Castle keep. 
Throughout the day, there is a chance to get hands on with traditional Cornish activities. Celebrate the end of the year and bring in the new by ‘Lighting and Chalking the Block’; make a Christmas card with Cornish good wishes; learn how to make a Cornish ‘Christmas Bunch’ from greenery; and have a go at making your own traditional Christmas pomander and marzipan delights!

Plus, you can meet Father Christmas as he takes up residence in the Keep.  Bring along your Christmas list to get Father Christmas’ special seal of approval, or write your list while you are here! Listen, as he entertains you with his tales of folklore and traditions and find out how Cornwall does the festive season differently.

Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre – 3rd-6th December

Most well known as Cornwall’s biggest and best amusement park, Flambard’s hosts a spectacular Christmas Craft Fayre featuring local crafters and businesses all showcasing their wares.

The family-friendly fayre will have the all the magic of Christmas in the unique Flambards location. The festive stalls, which will be set within the cobbled streets of the indoor Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz and in Flambard's bespoke entertainment venue, will be showcasing around 50 designer-makers, gifts, crafts and goodies as well as delicious food and drink produce.

Enjoy Christmas music from Helston Town Band and follow the trail around the village to find all the stalls whilst enjoying the exhibits. Father Christmas will be making a rather spectacular entrance on the Saturday morning and together with his elves will be meeting families in the Park for a chat and photo opportunities.
Entrance to the Christmas Fair is £1.00 per person – which includes entrance to the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz, as well as free parking.

Autumn Events

Autumn in Falmouth is alive with colour and interesting things to do, the aftermath of a busy summer season subsides into warm orange and pink sunrises, quieter roads, perfect walking temperatures and brilliant surf. For many people, autumn breaks are the chance to get away from busy lives and enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer..................

Why not try out one of these fantastic events and get into the community spirit of the season.

Falmouth Oyster Festival – Events Square Falmouth

Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, from Thursday October 13 – Sunday October 16. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.
Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition, a Grand Oyster Draw and to celebrate 20 years, a Big Birthday Bash!

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Dead of Night Dance - Rogue Theatre in Tehidy Woods

Award winning Rogue Theatre Company are back in Tehidy woods, doing what they do best, full immersive theatre in the heart of Cornish woodland! The Dead of Night Dance is a wicked and wonderful Halloween celebration of theatre and adventure, thrills, frights, and delights where short stories play out on stage in a ghoulish spook show!

With a wild blend of imagination, magic and macabre humour, Rogue Theatre mixes live music, storytelling, dance and a twist of spectacle. The adventure follows a path through the woods into the land of the dead and ends under a wonderful stretch canvas tent, so dress for the weather of this world and the cold of the underworld.

There will be bumps and scares and spooky moments but this is the woods on Halloween week after all! Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches and the demonically possessed all welcome. Fancy dress, fangs and pumpkins are encouraged for all ages. There are always hot refreshments, cold drinks, beer, wine, cider and of course vegetable woodland stew from a bubbling cauldron (with a Halloween twist) available to buy.

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Owlman of Mawnan Spooky Night Walk - Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden on the Helford is fabulous any time of year, but during October half term the garden comes alive for spooky night walks, including the story of the Owlman of Mawnan.

Enter the gardens for a magical torch light storytelling walk, will you be lucky enough to see the Owlman with his red glowing eyes? Food and refreshments will be available from the café and don’t forget to book this is a popular spooky adventure!
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CAMRA Beer Festival – Princess Pavilions Falmouth

One of the best ways to enjoy the spirit of Cornwall is to go to the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival.
A celebration of real ale, cider and perry. The world of wine is comfortably outclassed here by beer when it comes to diversity of style and taste. The full range will be represented at Falmouth from light, citrusy pale ales to pitch black porters! In addition to the huge Cornish Bar, other bars provide an excellent selection of the finest products of the brewer’s art from all over England, Wales and Scotland.

But it’s not just a weekend of drinking! There is ample live music, games and other entertainment throughout the festival. The best being the eruptions of Cornish male voice and folk singers, bringing the heart of Cornwall and songs of the sea to life throughout the festival. The evenings tend to be lively and busy, with the daytime period starting quieter while the numbers and buzz steadily build into the night.

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SUP Yoga Fitness

After watching from afar, this week I finally experienced the SUP Yoga Fitness sessions being offered on Maenporth Beach by the lovely Jessie of the Falmouth and Porthtowan Surf School. The family run business sets up shop on the beach every summer, giving lessons, hiring kayaks and SUP boards and taking groups off surfing at the best breaks!

As one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Stand up Paddle boarding or SUP as its more commonly known, is booming in the Falmouth area and as a keen watersports instructor and enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to find out what this new sport was about? And to combine it with yoga! My other love…..what could be better?!

After getting in contact with Jessie and asking the usual “What should I wear? What do I need to bring?” questions I felt much more ready for my first adventure in SUP! Jessie patiently and professionally answered all my queries – I was pleasantly surprised to hear I only needed to wear something loose and comfortable that I didn’t mind getting wet, and all I needed to bring was sun cream and a towel.

--- Reviews for Maenporth Estate ---

Wonderful view and well-appointed accommodation.


Stayed here 4 times! Love that it’s so close to the beach! Just returned from a fabulous week again! And weather was great! Thank you Maenporth.


Beautiful location, wonderful beach and views.