As we work hard behind the scenes to get those last-minute house sales through in time for Christmas, we can’t help but get excited for our clients who may be spending their first festive season in Cornwall this year!
Christmas shopping in Cornwall is less about a dash down the high-street, and more about country house experiences, artisan craft fairs and festive farmers’ markets – usually against a backdrop of Cornish carols, mulled wine and beautiful Christmas lights.
The added bonus of shopping at these events is that plastic items, packaging and bags will be minimal, as our small businesses and producers are leading the way in cutting down on waste. So, as the count-down begins, we’ve put together a handy guide to shopping locally and plastic-free this festive season. At these events you’ll not only have a great festive experience, you’ll also be supporting local producers, and shopping in an ethical, sustainable way. Huzzah!
Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair, Penryn Campus, Falmouth 15th – 17th November
Over 70 local makers, all of whom sell via the online platform Etsy, will be packing the sports centre on Penryn Campus for this ethical opportunity to get ahead with your Christmas shopping. It promises to be a cornucopia of all things quirky, handmade, keep-sake, original, and treasured – “modern heirlooms that haven’t been made by modern slaves” according to the organisers. With plenty of free parking on-site, this is sure to a bustling, heart-warming start to the festive season. “Buy less, buy well” is the spirit of the day, and this event captures the feeling wholeheartedly, with an area for Food Bank donations, and a charity raffle raising money for reforestation.
To find out more, check out visit Cornwall.
Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Lemon Quay, Truro 27th November – 1st December
The Made in Cornwall scheme has over 200 members, all of whom are high quality local producers of food and drink, and artisan hand-crafted items. Meet a selection of the members at this annual event on Lemon Quay, where you’ll discover some real foodie treats, both as gifts or to squirrel away for your own festive celebrations! There will also be stall after stall of thoughtful gifts your friends and family will treasure (jewellery, garden ornaments, clothing, cosmetics, paintings, books etc). Shop safe in the knowledge that every penny you spend will be going direct to a small business, and therefore back into the local economy.
To find out more, visit their Facebook page.
A Country House Christmas, Trevince, Gwennap 29th, 30th November, & 1st, 6th, 7th & 8th December
Local artisans, including craft-makers and food and drink producers, fill almost every nook and cranny of this idyllic country house for six days (over two consecutive weekends) of leisurely shopping and occasional entertainment from local choirs and musicians. Downton Abbey eat your heart out! Expect luxury gifts and the finest quality local food and drink; it’s a lovely, traditional experience and a great way to combat festive fatigue from all those Black Friday adverts…
To find out more, visit Trevince.
Krowji Christmas Open Studios, Redruth 30th November – 1st December
Krowji is Cornwall’s largest creative hub; it provides studio space for over 50 artists, designers and makers, the majority of which open their doors for this annual event. It’s a great place to seek out unique gifts for friends and family, whatever your budget. From painting and prints by some of Cornwall’s emerging artists, to stunning handmade jewellery; from beautiful ceramics to boutique home furnishings and accessories – this really is a treasure-trove of Cornish creative talent.
To find out more, visit Krowji.
Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey 6th, 7th & 8th December
The beautiful town of Fowey is the setting for this delightful festive shopping experience. Stalls are spread around the pretty quays and streets, which are lit with a magical array of decorations, and the shops get decked out and stay open late for the occasion. Restaurants, pubs and cafes provide plenty of opportunity for refuelling, and at some point a seafaring Santa will dock at the quay and be paraded through town – a highlight for children of all ages!
To find out more, visit Fowey Christmas Market.
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