CELEBRATE IN THE
Now December has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get family and friends together and celebrate the season of goodwill
The South West is an amazing Christmas holiday destination, with an impressive array of activities, stunning scenery and beautiful cottages. cottages.com has the perfect selection of celebration houses available to make the party season even more magical and memorable. With over 400 properties that sleep eight people or more and over a quarter out of all the celebration properties in England located in the South West, there’s no better place to start the party.
FEEDING THE FAMILY
Getting all the family together also means that there are lots of hungry stomachs to fill. The Padstow Christmas Festival takes place from the 6th - 9th December and offers the best locally produced food and drink. Whether you’re after some artisan bread and cheese to create a delicious cheeseboard, farm reared meats to roast, or a traditional Christmas pudding, the market caters for your every need. What’s more, it makes a great day out on the sea front, including celebrity chef demonstrations and a Santa fun run to burn off the calories.
CATCH UP ON CHRISTMAS FILMS
Escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and head to the cinema to enjoy a classic Christmas film that even the adults will love. The Bristol Film Festival is hosting a pop-up cinema from the 23rd - 30th December. The schedule includes titles such as Love Actually, Home Alone and a Muppets Christmas Carol - and if you fancy a sing along, there’s also a special screening of Frozen. As well as the film festival, there’s also the chance to whizz down the helter skelter and purchase some sweet treats at the Old Sweet Shop.
REACH NEW HEIGHTS
There’s nothing like a brisk, winter walk to blow away the cobwebs and for the more adventurous types, High Willhays is the ideal challenge. Officially considered a mountain, it’s not only the county top, but the highest point in the UK south of the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The most popular route for walkers to take is to park at Meldon and walk the path over the dam and up on to the moor. With plenty of pubs on route in to Okehampton, you can stop off to warm up and enjoy a well-earned Christmas tipple.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
At Longleat House and Safari Park, the Festival of Light is running from the 10th November - 6th January 2019 over selected dates. Set within its landscaped gardens, there are 30 acres of spectacular giant Chinese lanterns that take you on a thrilling expedition around the world. The Santa train is also the perfect way to make Christmas extra magical. This exciting destination takes you past the Half-Mile Lake to a winter wonderland, where children can stop off and visit Santa and his elves in the grotto.
With cottages.com, you can spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest. Whether you’re seeking an expansive escape or a cosy cottage for your closest family members, there’s something for everyone for any occasion. Our Christmas breaks offer everything from hot tubs to keep warm on the colder nights, to cinema rooms where you can snuggle up and enjoy a classic Christmas film on the big screen. Gather around a fire this Christmas in a cottage from cottages.com