The Macmillan Christmas Fair helps cancer patients across Cornwall

Last year, with your help, we raised £64,000. And since it began in 1991, the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair has raised more than £634,000 for cancer support throughout the county.

We’d like to thank everyone involved with the event’s continued success. Organised by our amazing team of volunteers and supported by the Eden Project and dozens of big sponsors, every year the Fair generates funds that actively improve the lives of individuals and families affected by cancer. Recently, the money has gone towards the building and upkeep of The Cove, a new support centre in Treliske helping thousands patients with practical advice, counselling and support. Every time you come to the Fair, you are directly helping to keep this amazing service going. Thank you.

Dates & Tickets

In 2018, the Christmas Fair takes place during a Preview & Shopping Evening on Wednesday 7th November (5pm – 9.30pm including supper and wine) and a Day Fair on Thursday 8th November (10am-4pm including light lunch and wine with advance ticket sales only and free admission to Eden). Tickets are on sale from Friday 7th September 2018.

Location, transport & VIP Parking

Once again, the fair will be held in the Eden Kitchen situated between the biomes at the Eden Project. For directions, please visit

For both the Preview & Shopping Evening and Day Fair, the land train is available to transport you each way between the Visitor Centre and the Fair itself. For those with mobility issues, assistance between the car parks and Visitor Centre will also be available. VIP Parking (priced at £10 per car) will be available in the Orange car park – book this with your ticket purchase.

Thanks to South West Water, Eden’s famous biomes will again be lit ‘Macmillan Green’ for the duration of the Fair, showing our support for all of Cornwall’s cancer patients.

Free entry to the Eden Project – for our Christmas Fair

The Eden Project is very kindly offering free admission for those attending the Fair. In addition, all Cornwall and Devon residents will have the opportunity to buy their special rate Locals’ Pass. (Please bring proof of residency in Cornwall or Devon.)

Stalls and the Food Hall sponsored by Ginsters of Cornwall

We carefully curate and rotate our stalls to ensure a varied and exciting range of Christmas shopping ideas. See our line up of stallholders here.

Cornwall Macmillan Cocktail Hour

To kick off our Preview Evening on Wednesday 7th November, Sam Galsworthy of Sipsmith and Piers Thompson of St Austell Brewery, will be hosting our Cocktail Hour between 5pm and 6pm. Join us!

Prize Draw, Tombola and Christmas Cake Stall

  • The Grand Macmillan Fair Prize Draw organised by Santander will be drawn at 3.30pm on Thursday 8th November at the Eden Project. The lucky winner will be contacted by telephone. Keep checking back for details of our fabulous prizes!
  • Our ever-popular tombola, sponsored by Walker Crips, can be found as usual in the Eden Kitchen. A new addition this year is the £5 Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Stocking tombola, offering a varied selection of experiences and services to lucky winners.
  • The Great Coodes Christmas Cake Off will be selling Christmas cakes contributed by volunteers across Cornwall. The focal point of the stall will be a Nutcracker cake generously baked for Cornwall Macmillan by Jenny at Wadebridge Cakes.  In return for a donation, visitors will be able to guess the weight of the cake, with the winner taking home this glorious creation.

Thanks to our organising team

We have a host of wonderful people giving their time, skills and enthusiasm to The Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair and we’d like to let you know who they are!

Colonel Edward Bolitho – President

Kate Holborow – Co-chair, Sponsorship, & PR

Jane Hartley – Co-chair, Event Coordination, Grand Prize Draw, Food & Drink

Pix Ashworth – Vice Chair, Brand, & Marketing

Lavinia Anderson – Stallholders

Rachel Bayliss – Sponsorship

Nikki Cheetham – Sponsorship & Christmas Cake Stall

Tina Davis – Print

Kitty Galsworthy – Grand Prize Draw

Emma Halliday – Fair Liaison with Eden Project

Jane Humphreys – School Liaison & Tombola

Kathryn Nicholas – Treasurer

Bella Nicholas – Stallholders

Emma Pate – Food & Drink

Anne Randolph – Content & Marketing

Emma Sanders – Sponsorship

Daphne Skinnard – Sponsors & Marketing

Peter Stewart – Strategic Planning & Marketing

Emma Thompson – Food & Drink & Event Coordination

Becs Trant – Website & Marketing

Sarah Treffry – Logistics & Event Coordination

Amanda Woodward – Tombola & Christmas Cake Stall

Emma Wright – Database, Tombola & Christmas Cake Stall