Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a visit to see Santa. I can’t work out if my children love it or hate it. They always seemed slightly shell shocked by it, but they want to visit him again every year.
Last year we went to the fabulous Trebah Gardens to visit Father Christmas. My goodness, the queue was long. But it was really worth it. It was one of the nicest Santa’s grottos, with a really kind Father Christmas. And the elves workshop was amazing!
Here Is My List Of All The Santa’s Grottos I Know About, Mainly In West Cornwall
17th November to 24th December 2018
Child: £10.95. Accompanying Adult: £5.00
This Christmas 2018, come along to Breakfast or Tea with Santa for lots of festive fun! Enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared meal, decorate your own biscuit, receive a present – and meet Santa himself! You do need to book online before hand.
1st December 10am to 4pm
Lots of stalls ideal time to start your Christmas shopping. Music and entertainment though out the day, refreshments served all day. Visit Santa in his grotto.
Brilliant community spirit a day not to miss.
1st December 10am to 12:30pm
Crafts, Cakes & Savouries, Books & Gifts, Raffle & Tombola and more. Make this the start of your Christmas Season!
Followed by CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 5.30pm – 7pm FREE ENTRY Carols, mulled wine, mince pies, Father Christmas and some absolutely fab raffle prizes!
7th December 6pm – 7pm
Come down to St Ives harbour to greet Father Christmas when he arrives on with high tide at 6pm with a little help from the RNLI.
8th December 11am to 4pm
Visit Father Christmas in his Ice Palace Grotto at the Salvation Army Centre from11am to 4pm (closed for lunch from 1.30 to 2pm). £3 including a gift. The St Ives Mermaid will also be making an appearance.
Saturday 8th December 2018 from 10am to 1pm
Christmas craft fair with free admission. Lots of Christmas craft bargains – and a visit from
Friday 7th December 2018 SOLD OUT
Child £3.00 Standard Admissions Apply
Booking’s essential for a visit to Father Christmas this year so be sure to buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out on a visit to his garden-themed grotto, hear his special Christmas story and receive your gift. To leave as much room as possible for the children we ask that only one adult per family accompanies them into the grotto.
Sunday 9th December 2018 from 2pm to 3pm
As part of the Christmas Fair, Santa will be visiting from 2 – 3pm, £3.50 per child for a meet and greet and present
Friday 14th December 2018 5:30 – 8pm
Come along to the Christmas Party for ALL! Christmas themed disco, bouncy castle, games. Special visit from Olaf and Bob the Minion. Plus a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets cost £2.50 per child whcih includes a gift from Santa. Accompanying adults go free.
Saturday 15th December 2018 2pm – 4pm
Come along to the Tots Christmas Party (5 and under)! Christmas themed disco, bouncy castle, games. Special visit from Olaf and Bob the Minion. Plus a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets cost £1.50 per child whcih includes a gift from Santa. Accompanying adults go free.
Saturday 15th December 2018 1pm to 3pm
Father Christmas is coming to Heamoor for all children aged 1-10 years every child will have a present. Parents are welcome to take photo’s of their child with Father Christmas.
Friday 14th December 4pm – 7:30pm
Santa’s pop up Grotto will be coming to St Just for one day only. Come and see Santa and his famous elves. All proceeds in aid of St Just Memory Cafe and St Just Parish Churches ‘Raise the Roof!’ Appeal
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018. 9am to 4pm
I’m not 100% sure but I think it might be free! Part of the Hayle Harbour Christmas Market.
1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th then daily from 15th to 24th December 2018. 12noon to 2pm
Make your child’s Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa’s Grotto!
8th, 15th and 22nd December 10am to 5pm.
Mrs Christmas will be returning to the Old Foundry Chapel for a couple of Saturdays in December for her wonderful storytelling. Its perfect for children aged 2-10 who enjoy learning about what goes on in Father Christmas’s workshop in the run up to Christmas. There are small mementos to take away for the children. It is £4 a head.
1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December 2018 10am to 2pm
Come and meet Father Christmas himself in his cosy reading corner. This year he will be visiting Redruth again with his elves to meet you all.
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 10:30am to 4pm
Come and meet Santa in his magical Christmas grotto. No need to pre-book, £4.50 per child including a gift.
8th December 11am to 3pm
Santa will be in Camborne from 11am-3pm each Saturday from 1st December. Santa’s Grotto is located inside Dylan’s Bear Necessities, 56 Trelowarren Street, Camborne.
The grotto is FREE to visit. See Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a free gift.
10th & 11th December 2018 at 10:30am and 1pm
Child: £9.00 Adult: £10.50
A 45 minute, interactive show aimed at 2-7 year olds. Help get Santa’s Christmas Party back on track in an adventure full of fun, festive songs and party games. Then meet Santa at his home in the North Pole, whereevery child will receive a special present from him, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever – HO-HO-HO
8th, 9th, 15th 16th, 20th 21st 22nd and 23rd December 2018 10am to 3:30pm
Santa Specials at Helston Railway with Steam trains and Santa’s Grotto. Booking not required. Santa visit £5. Steam Train ride £16.50 family ticket.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018 10am – 4pm
Tickets Only £1 Per Person!
Now in its 4th year – a great day out for all the family. Helston Town Band, Santa, face-painter, children’s crafts and over 75 stalls, plus the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz to see 🙂 Gorgeous Christmas trees to buy and ample free parking.
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December 2018
Trevena Cross in Breage, near Helston, is hosting the biggest, most magical Santa’s Grotto in West Cornwall over the first three weekends of December with support of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. £6 entry per child, all proceeds to Invictus Trust for Cornwall, Cornwall Air Ambulance & local community causes.
Sunday 9th December 10am to 4pm
Come along to the Christmas Fayre and meet Santa in his Grotto
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018 10am to 6pm
Come along and meet Santa, stroke his reindeer, sit in his sleigh, tell him your Christmas wishes, get an orange, a special gift plus take part in some fun Christmas crafts or cosy up and watch a festive film! Everyone who meets Santa also gets a voucher for a soft play session at Base Camp in January. For the adults there is a lovely Christmas Fair.
24th November to 24th December 2018 various times on different dates
You need to have purchased admission to The Eden Project, or have a pass. Tickets to see Santa then cost around £5 per child but you also have to pay per adult. There are family tickets available which make it cheaper. Each visit lasts approx 45 minutes and it is advisable to book online before you make the journey.
Inside the cosy tent you’ll get to see ‘behind the scenes’, including the elves’ bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of children’s letters, and all the stockings laid out ready for the big day.
After settling down for a story beside an open fire, each child can enjoy a special moment with the man in red.
1st December – 23rd December from 10am to 7pm
1 Child + Adullt: £15.00. Offpeak £10.00. Additional adult: £5.00
Our Bedruthan Sugar and Spice Grotto is back! Join us for a magical journey like no other this December.
15th to 24th December 2018 10am to 4pm
Child: £7.00 Adult: £2.00 (normal admission applies)
This Christmas, we’re really excited to be welcoming Father Christmas and his Elves back to The Lost Gardens of Heligan; he did so enjoy meeting you all last year.
Write a letter to Father Christmas and explore the Gardens with our magical Christmas Trail. You and your family will meet Father Christmas and his elves in a cosy setting nestled in the garden. Each child will receive a small traditional gift.
15th and 16th December 2018 10am to 5:45pm
Child: £7.50, Adults: £5 (member adults free). You do need to prebook a time slot!
This Christmas the elves have taken up residence at Trebah, building a fantastical factory. Watch them hand craft unique gifts just in time for you to collect your very own from Santa himself.
Rest awhile in the elf canteen with a hot chocolate, get creative with Christmas crafts or have your face painted.
8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2018 10am to 3:20pm
Board the Santa Train bound for Santa’s magical Christmas grotto where children will meet and receive a specially selected gift from Santa himself!
A time will be given upon arrival to meet Santa. Numbers are strictly limited during Christmas offering a very special visit. Visitors must enter on the booked train but are welcome to return on any available return train.
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2018 from 10am
Tickets cost £13.00 to £15.00 (date dependant)
Enjoy a one hour return journey on a steam hauled train with festive drinks and snacks. There will be a visit to see Santa on board with a present for each child.
Cotehele National Trust, Saltash
15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd December 2018 1pm – 3:30pm
Mother and Father Christmas will be receiving visitors in their grotto before they return to the North Pole to start their Christmas deliveries. Timed-tickets will be issued from the Victorian Library starting at 1pm. Families sometimes choose to queue early, the tickets will start being passed out at 1pm.
1st, 2nd, 8th 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd December 2018 11:30am – 3:15pm
Child: £4.00 Adults: £3.00 (normal admission applies)
Christmas at Trerice wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Father Christmas; he’ll be sharing tales and traditions of Christmas past with 30 minute performance. All children will receive a gift.
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and dailys from 14th to 23rd December 2018 from 11am
Child: £5.00 (normal admission applies)
Father Christmas will be entertaining audiences in his reindeer barn once again this December with more festive tales.
15th and 16th December 2018 10am to 4:15pm
Child: £7.50 (normal zoo admission applies)
Meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a special Christmas present
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Porthmeor Beach is our best surf beach with good waves most of the year round. It does occasionally go as flat as a pancake in the Summertime, but this is fairly unusual. There is usually decent surf, sometimes fantastic surf!
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