Days out in Cornwall

Discover the best things to do in Cornwall; from visiting exotic gardens or ancient houses, to exploring the mining history, all encircled by a much-loved coastline

Places to visit

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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.

Christmas market stall

Christmas markets and fairs in Cornwall and Plymouth 

Find local crafts, food and drink at a Christmas market or fair near you.

Getting outdoors this winter

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming events


Winter Walks at Godolphin

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Put on your walking boots, a woolly hat and scarf and explore the great outdoors at Godolphin.

The Christmas flower garland at Cotehele

Sat 16 Nov 2019
When the residents of Cotehele first hung a modest Christmas display in the hall in the 1950s, little did they know how their simple decoration would turn into the magnificent tradition it is today.

Festive Family Trail

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Wrap up warm and bring the family to Cotehele to follow this fun festive trail.

Volunteer craft fair

Sat 16 Nov 2019
If making decorations isn’t your thing but you’d still like that homemade touch visit the volunteer craft fair and find creative, handmade gifts to give this Christmas. From 9 November until the 1 December the team will be found in the Elton room...

Willow wreaths

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Make a festive wreath for your front door at home.

Tours with the conservation team

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Join the conservation team as they give tours of the house during select weekends this winter. They'll be pointing out their collection highlights and discussing how we take care of Trerice.
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 visitor walking a dog on the Cornish coast

Cornwall winter walks

Dramatic coastal scenes truly come to life in the winter months, as the wind and waves crash against the rocks. There are miles of beaches and coastal paths that stretch across this ancient and historic landscape.

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.

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Best Days Out Cornwall 

We're proud to be part of an association of tourist attractions in Cornwall that, for over 40 years, has been working to provide the best attractions for families and visitors to Cornwall.


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


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


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