Cornwall LivingIssue #102

Christmas isn’t cancelled

With Christmas markets cancelled in line with government guidelines, Live Events South West launches its festive Buy Local campaign.

Buying local has never been so important. With Christmas fast approaching, normally the festive season in Cornwall sees thousands of us flock to Christmas markets to enjoy our great community and seek and discover quality local gifts, and festive food and drink. The markets always provide memorable experiences for visitors, but also play a pivotal role in supporting the region’s business and the people behind them.

Sadly, due to government guidelines, Cornwall’s favourite Christmas markets, the Fowey Christmas Market and Truro Winter Gift Fayre, have been cancelled for 2020, leaving traders feeling uncertain and visitors without a place to find their all-important local quality Christmas gifts.

However, Christmas isn’t cancelled! The organisers behind the Fowey Christmas Market and The Winter Gift Fayre, Live Events South West have launched the Buy Local Campaign, creating an online directory showcasing the best of what the region has to offer. Supported by Trenance Chocolate, Helpful Holidays and us here at Cornwall Living, regular market-goers and those wishing to support local businesses can seek out and find their favourite local Cornish Christmas gifts, festive food, and tasty tipples.  The online directory of local traders, hosted on The Fowey Christmas Market and The Winter Gift Fayre event websites, with categories for easy search and buy, is live now! Get your Christmas lists ready with a glass of your favourite drink and enjoy discovering unique gifts for friends and loved ones while supporting local traders.


Furniss Biscuits

The oldest and most cherished Cornish biscuit brand since 1886. What better way to show you care this Christmas than with a gift of delicious Furniss biscuits, beautifully presented in their charming Christmas packaging.



Unique quality textiles for you and your home, making the perfect gift. Ranging from eco-sandwich wraps and reusable facial scrubs, to oilcloth bags, tea towels and aprons. All handmade and designed with pride and care, from a little studio in Cornwall by the sea.


Joli Boutique

Joli Boutique love mix and match 100% eco-conscious Christmas health & beauty hampers.  Products are carefully sourced to create luxurious yet sustainable gifts. From zero waste soaps, eco-friendly dental solutions, natural sunscreen, stunning refillable makeup, a bespoke hamper for everyone.

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Surf Kernow

Surf Kernow is an eco-friendly, surf fashion brand. Its ethically-made, organic cotton clothing is inspired by the awesome waves and stark beauty of Cornwall’s unique coastline, and by the talented boardriders who love (and live) to surf Kernow.


Silver hare jewellery

Original eco-friendly silver jewellery, designed and made by Gill Rose. All pieces are created with sustainability in mind, using recycled silver wherever possible and presented in an ethically sourced reusable cotton bag. The full range can be seen on the Silverhare website.



Tregothnan’s best-selling Classic Tea has had a Christmas makeover! Sweet and fragrant Manuka flowers and spicy cinnamon have been added to Tregothnan’s smooth Classic Tea to create this warming, festive blend. You will want every day to be Christmas once you’ve tasted this delicious combination! 15 Pyramid Tin Caddy pictured.


St Ives Liquor Co. 

St Ives Liquor Co. handcrafts a range of premium Cornish gins and liquors infused with St Ives’ soul; blending locally foraged and fresh botanicals for decidedly different spirits.


Keltek Brewery 

Get excited for Christmas this year with Keltek Brewery’s Cornish Beer Advent Calendar. It contains a mix of 24 of tasty lagers and ales brewed in Redruth, including two brand-new cans, ‘Me Ansom’ IPA and ‘Sea Bunker’ Lager.


Cornish Cream 

Cornish Lust, is a delicious strawberry and cream liqueur, the perfect festive tipple! Serve over ice or with your favourite ice cream.


Country Cordials 

Multi-award winning fruit cordials, fruit vinegars and cocktail sets handmade in small batches without any artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives. Delicious with still or sparkling water, for sipping hot, and even better with prosecco and gin cocktails!


Surreal Succulents 

Surreal Succulents offers a unique range of indoor planted gifts from Terrariums to bespoke handmade pots, all filled with succulents grown in Cornwall. All gifts can be posted in kit form or collected from the company’s nursery in Penzance.


Koru kayaking

Buy someone an unforgettable experience with a Koru Kayak Adventure Gift Voucher. Koru’s stunning guided kayak adventures along the St Agnes coastline and Helford, from Budock Vean Hotel, offer an abundance of wildlife and history, and are so atmospheric. Valid for 12 months, but the memories last for much longer.


With so much to choose from on the Buy Local directory, you could quite easily tick off your entire Christmas list in just a few clicks!