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From ice skating to Oggywood you can’t beat Cornwall in November!

Cornwall does not close for business when summer ends. There are carnivals & festivals to join in and it's perfect for a late holiday in a Cornish cottage.
November sees the transition from late summer activities such as carnivals and fireworks to early Christmas Fairs which herald the build-up to the Christmas season. It’s a great time to take a late break in Cornwall; the sea is still warm, holiday cottage rentals are cheap and there are plenty of free local activities to join in. Here are some of the best!

Ice Skating at Eden: Prancing on Ice!

Open from late October until early March, the beautifully lit ice rink at the Eden Project is an annual tradition for many families. beneath the covered dome which is lit by enchanting fairy lights in a beautiful winter wonderland setting.

There are skating sessions to suit all ages and abilities and a hot chocolate in the Eden café is certainly called for at the end of the session. Winter walks through the Jungle and along the Ride complete this wonderful day out.

Bonfire Night: lighting up the sky in Cornwall

Remember, remember the fifth of November – you certainly will when you join in one of these local celebrations. We highlight the fireworks display at Newquay’s Mermaid Inn, Polperro Harbour activities, the free fireworks at Heartlands near Redruth and family fun at Gwithian Beach for you to take your pick.

Cornwall Film Festival: It’s time for Oggywood in Newquay!

The four-day, four-screen takes over the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay from 7th to 10th November. It attracts some big names in film-making but all must have a connection with Cornwall. It includes 90-second long films highlighting the Cornish language along with full length feature films, workshops, castings, auditions and guest speakers of note.

St Austell Torchlight Carnival: A winter carnival with a big reputation

The is a local tradition which takes place on 16th November 2013. Although you have to wait until after dark for the wonderful torchlight parade of lanterns, dancers and floats, there is plenty of family entertainment and stalls lining the streets of this historic Cornish town.

St Austell is a great destination for an out-of-season break so read more about the many attractions in the area and consider booking a holiday cottage for the fabulous carnival weekend.

Pencarrow Christmas Fair: shopping in a winter wonderland

Pencarrow turns itself into a wonderful world of Christmas glitter for its annual on 16th and 17th November 2013. There are plenty of high-class stalls selling Cornish gifts, crafts and local produce which all make welcome gifts for hard-to-please family and friends. Plan to have lunch at the delightful Peacock Café and explore the grounds of this wonderful stately home.

Truro City of Lights Festival: the night the lights come on in Truro!

Truro combines its with the annual switch-on of the Christmas Lights on 20th November 2013. The long carnival procession covers most of the narrow streets ending at Lemon Quay where stalls, food and entertainment are laid on.

The theme for 2013 is Kings and Queens so expect some lavish decorations on the floats. The parade is led by a huge lantern and most Truro school children join in with their own smaller handmade lanterns in this stunning event.

Trereife Christmas Gifts Fair: Christmas shopping in style near Newlyn

is a great reason to head down to Penzance and start (or finish!) your Christmas shopping in style. Enjoy the elegant Queen Anne manor house estate setting and the Lantern Parade which are all part of this festive weekend from 22nd to 24th November 2013.

As well as many stalls arranged in heated marquees there is plenty of seasonal entertainment including carol singing by local choirs.

Fowey Christmas Market: A Cornish Christmas to remember

Taking place on the last weekend in November (29th to 1st December 2013), makes a wonderful start to your festive season. It has so many stalls that it is now divided into two locations; the quayside marquees and the Leisure Centre facilities with a free bus service between the two.

Along with many food and craft stalls, there is a procession led by Santa through the town to the Christmas Lights switch-on and hog roast. A great Cornish Christmas tradition!

Where do you prefer to do your Christmas shopping in Cornwall? In one of the main shopping centres or at one of the delightful Christmas Fairs? We’d love to hear your tips and ideas.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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