Around Plymouth

Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast close to this maritime city

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Trees lit up with a rainbow of colours

Christmas illuminations and decorations in Cornwall and Plymouth 

Dark nights, twinkling lights and adorned Christmas trees herald the joys of the festive season. Discover where Christmas illuminations, decorations and festive occasions can be found in Cornwall and Plymouth.

Father Christmas and a small child

Father (and Mother) Christmas in Cornwall and Plymouth 

Want to meet the jolly man or woman this year? Here are the best places to visit Father (and Mother) Christmas in Cornwall and Plymouth.

Foliage and Natural material used for wreath making

Christmas craft workshops in Cornwall and Plymouth 

Why not get creative at a Christmas craft workshop and perfect the personalised, handmade look? If you can't make it, don't worry, we've also included some ideas to try at home as well.

Something a little different

Visitors at the front entrance which has been decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Child at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Top Christmas days out in the South West 

Take a look at the top places to visit and festive experiences, from enchanted houses, to fairytale stories and handmade garlands.

Godo Christmas wreath

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including markets, sleigh rides and carol singing.

Christmas crafts, archaeology and wildlife

A barren woodland covered in snow at a National Trust site

Winter walks around Plymouth 

All around Plymouth there are woodland paths, coastal path ways and beaches that make for an ideal winter walk.

Children playing on a fallen tree in the parkland at Christmas at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Twixmas in Cornwall and Plymouth 

Once the festivities of Christmas Day are over, there's still plenty of things to entertain the family in the run up to 2020. Here are some ideas of things to do between Christmas and New Year.


You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.


Amongst the mysteries of the moor are a gorge, a forge and a spectacular modern fortress.