What’s On Guide – North Cornwall – Christmas & New Year 2019 – 2020

It’s Christmas!  As you can imagine, most tourist attractions (including National Trust properties) have events and celebrations lined up, but here are some extra events in and around North Cornwall for you to consider, in date order.  Have a wonderful time!


Mulled Wine & Mince Pie Train
Friday 20th December, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
PL31 1AQ

Gather family and friends and visit the railway for one of the new evening trains to celebrate the festive season. Don’t miss out – festive lunchtime dining is already sold out, with just Mulled Wine & Mince Pie train tickets remaining.  Arrive at Bodmin General Station where the Christmas tree will set the scene, before boarding for mince pies and seasonal drinks. A charming way to spend a winter evening, as you travel along the line.

Polar Express Pyjama Party
Friday 20th December
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Launceston Town Hall, Western Road – Launceston

For fans of the children’s film – bring your little ones to watch this festive treat – a low ticket price that covers a hot drink and snack.

Late Night Christmas Shopping
Friday 20th December, 2019
Launceston Town Square
9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Another chance to catch up with your Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere in Launceston.

Elves and the Shoemaker – Play In A Day (8-12yrs)
Saturday 21 Dec 2019

Performing Arts (Workshop).  Get in the holiday mood and bring your elves along to give Santa time to do some secret shopping!  A sweet classic fairytale with its Christmas theme of gratefulness, kindness, fun and games to with this drama workshop for 8-12 years.  Children will create a play in a day which will end with a performance at 2.30pm.  £9.00.  To buy tickets, phone the Box Office on 01805 624624 or book online.

Santa by Steam
21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December.
10:00am to 4:30pm
Bodmin General Station

When he’s not driving the sleigh with Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, Father Christmas travels by steam train!  Take a journey with the railway elves to visit Santa’s grotto. Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train. During the trip you’ll visit Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, and gifts for each child.

St Andrew’s Church, Stratton, Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday 22nd December
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free – Traditional readings with congregation carol singing

Christmas Celebration – North Tamerton Methodist Chapel
Sunday 22nd December

Drama, music, carol singing and refreshments – everyone welcome!

Carols Around the Christmas Tree – Holsworthy Square
Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

With mince pies and other treats!

Christmas Service – St. Denys Church, North Tamerton
Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

All are welcome to a traditional Christmas service at our beautiful local church. 
There are no services on Christmas day itself.

Christmas Day Swim, Bude
Wednesday 25th December
11 AM
Crooklets Beach

This is a fund raising event for Bude Surf Life Saving Club.  The Mike Moyle Christmas Day no wetsuit swim commences at 11am on Crooklets Beach, Bude and attracts around 500 participants who dash into the sea whatever the weather.  Many more people gather to watch the madness!
Everyone is welcome to join in; children aged under 14 must be accompanied in the water by an adult and Bude SLSC provide qualified lifeguard safety cover, mulled wine, hot chocolate and sausage rolls for free.   For safety reasons ALL participants must fill in a registration form available from the Bude SLSC website. 

Clovelly Boxing Day Barbeque
Thursday 26th December

Enjoy a lunch barbecue with live music on the quay with FREE entrance into the village all day.  So come and park at the Visitor Centre.  Take a walk along the estate and/or explore the village in the morning.  Then come on down through the festively lit village to the Red lion on the quay.  Cooking starts at midday and the live music runs from 1pm to 3pm.  The Red Lion serves some great mulled cider.  If you are more of a chocolate person, then try one of the delicious, hot chocolate drinks.

New Years Eve Ball at The Beach House Widemouth
Tuesday 31st December
7:00 pm

£45 (Tickets need to be booked in advance)
Bring in the rip roaring 20’s with The New Years Eve, Beach House Ball.  THE BIGGEST SHOW OF THE YEAR! Here! At North Cornwall’s venue on the beach.  LIVE SWING, BRASS & BASS.  Special guests coming all the way from London town to help get this rip rocking party started! Gaining rave reviews for their high energy swing, brass & bass shows & dance floor swinging sounds!   The Freek & Kit show!-  4 piece including trumpet & sax

Clovelly NYE Fancy Dress Party
Tuesday 31st December

An amazing New Year Party available for both resident and non- residence guests.  Pirates of Clovelly were real people and we like to throw a party for them once a year. So come, join in and become a pirate for the night!   A pirates table – full of grub for you to feast on.  Gunpowder on the Quay at Midnight.  Disco that might just transport you back to a time when you were a wild Pirate!  Free entrance to the village.

New Year’s Day 2020 Fun Dog Show
Wednesday 1st January, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Sir Robert Geffery memorial hall
PL12 5EW

20 fun classes.  £1.50 a class.  Raffle £1 a strip please donate a Raffle prize.  Rosettes to 6th place (3 tier).   Trophies for best in show and reserve in show.  Best veteran in show and best puppy in show
Sashes for big winners.  After costs all profits to last chance hotel.  Indoor dog show, plenty of parking, Refreshments.