Our guide to wonderfully festive things to do in Cornwall this Christmas, all dog friendly of course.
Rogue Theatre have been taking up residence in Tehidy Woods for a few years now and join a unique band of outdoor theatre companies in the county that tread the boards in the great outdoors. Rogue however are far from fair weather performers, not only do they brave the summer monsoons, they also pitch up in the depths of winter. Very magical, very child friendly and, as the performance is in the middle of the woods, also dog friendly. Pretty, decorated trails lead you from the car into a parallel world of imps and elves and all things make believe.
Candle Lit Walk at Cardinham Woods
We love Cardinham Woods, it’s one our favourite woodland locations in Cornwall. Huge and great for everyone – walkers, dogs, kids, cyclists and horse riders – this year they’re setting the bar a little higher with a candle lit walk on the 20th December. Start at 3pm at the delectable Woods Cafe, bring your own lanterns and walk in the twilight whilst raising money for Cornish Hospice Care at the same time. Finish up with hot chocolate and mince pies.
Boxing Day Swim
We can’t get enough of the water here in Cornwall. Which means a boxing day dip for quite a few people – Black Dog included. Taking place all over Cornwall, but with the most famous at Gwithian, Sennen, Trevaunance Cove and Watergate Bay. Take your dog, a towel and hot toddy – no wetsuits allowed, so you’ll need it!
The lights at Mousehole have become a national attraction – it sacrilegious to be in Cornwall at Christmas and not pay a visit. They began life in 1963 with a single string of lights. Today over 7,000 bulbs cascade down through the houses and into the harbour, depicting life in this traditional fishing village – keep an eye out for the the whale and the bottle of fizz. It’ll most likely be bustling with visitors, but it’s a great atmosphere for wandering around, soaking up a bit of festive cheer and perhaps a pint or two.
Shanties are the traditional song of the seafarer and in Cornwall they’re still very much at the heart of the culture. And the Cadgwith Cove Inn, a beautifully historic pub located on the Lizard, is become a bit of an iconic venue in the shanty calendar. Every Friday night at about 10pm the Cadgwith Singers gather in the bar and belt out some shanties alongside downing some of the finest Cornish ale. There’s a great food menu and of course it’s a dog friendly establishment. What could be more Cornish or more festive?
Have fun everyone! And a very merry Christmas from myself and the Black Dog – we hope your stockings are stuffed with squeaky balls and bones. x