Callestock Blog

19 Oct

Christmas shopping breaks in Cornwall

You may think this year has flown by, but the supermarket shelves are already lined with selection boxes, festive biscuits, mince pies and chocolate Santas. You might not be Christmas-ready, but now is the perfect time to plan your festive shopping trip. Cornwall's Christmas markets get better every year, attracting thousands to their fantastic stalls and entertainment - the ideal last minute break for two to blow away the cobwebs.

Here's our round-up of the very best Christmas markets and shopping centres in Cornwall, so you've got something different to put under the tree this year.

Callestock Christmas shopping saying


Its annual Christmas Market in early December normally signifies the start of Christmas for me and Nick, but why wait til the crowds arrive?

Padstow fishing harbour Cornwall

The bustling fishing port of Padstow is beautiful in the Winter and offers a fantastic choice of quirky gifts to make anyone smile.

St Ives

Famous for its amazing natural light which attracts landscape artists throughout the year, St Ives offers an eclectic mix of independent shops and cafes.

St Ives beach Cornwall

The window displays are always pretty, and at Christmas they light up the streets with their traditional decorations, handmade gifts and locally sourced food.


Wadebridge is fast becoming a foodie destination, with many independent Cornish food and drink producers selling in the town.

freshly baked loaf of bread

If you know someone who loves a bit of oak-smoked salt, someone who lectures educates their friends on the latest avocado shortages, then Wadebridge has gifts they will love.


This historic town sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the South coast of Cornwall, with a large river and deep water harbour adding to its character.

Fowey narrow streets Cornwall

Medieval and Georgian buildings line the narrow streets, where you'll find quaint tea rooms, colourful independent shops and endless references to the town's most famous resident, Daphne Du Maurier.


Perched on the western tip of Cornwall is this tiny fishing village. You may have heard of its Christmas lights, which reflect on the waters of the harbour every December, but you may not know about its art galleries, cafes and boutique shops.

Mousehole from above

PS To avoid any stress when trying to find a parking space, we advise you take the short bus ride from Penzance.  Alternatively, you could park in Newlyn and walk along the coast, it's a lovely walk into Mousehole, with gorgeous views of Mounts Bay.


If you're looking for a day's serious shopping, you must visit Truro. It's only 15 minutes from the cottages here at Callestock, with loads of parking, a very affordable (and reliable) Park & Ride service, and scores of fabulous shops.

Truro Cathedral Cornwall

The iconic 19th Century Cathedral is always worth a visit, and there are also loads of hidden gems tucked away in the markets and cobbled streets.


You'll find a fascinating mix of specialist shops, from the popular independent bookshop to the art galleries, jewellers and artisan food producers.

Cornish produce on sale in market

Its thriving high street, packed with shops, pubs and cafes, ensures you'll find every gift you need, even the difficult uncle who already has everything.

Top of the list: Book a Christmas Shopping Break

If a shopping trip to Cornwall is at the top of your Christmas list, you can book a 3 or 4-night stay at Callestock Courtyard, from just £275 for two.

Callestock Christmas shopping breaks

Call Liz today on 01872 540445 and book your Cornish shopping break - a short break that will take the stress out of Christmas shopping, and bring comfort and joy to the lucky gift recipients on December 25th.

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