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  1. Having only been able to open sporadically in 2020, Porthleven Harbour Market in Cornwall is gearing up to start up once again, on Tuesday 13th April 2021, restrictions permitting of course.  With its beautiful position, situated outside on the harbour front, it’s definitely well worth a visit if you’re planning a trip to South West Cornwall.  You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of Cornish gifts on offer.


    Sunny Porthleven Harbour, Cornwall


    This artisan, open-air, crafts and gifts market has been running for many years, with market traders selling their wares from various places in the harbour area. 

    • First, there’s those in gazebos on the green along the water’s edge – wonderful little gazebos filled with lots of Cornish gifts and goodies galore. 
    • The colourful beach huts to the side of the harbour are home to more Cornish traders, with their lovely gifts and treasures spilling outside and displayed on the open doors.
    • You’re sure to also notice the purpose built wooden pergolas, just past the beach huts.  Here, there are 7 spaces for yet more market traders – step off the road and peruse their gift offerings, displayed beautifully for all to see.


    Gazebos on Porthleven Harbour


    Whether you’re looking to buy a few Cornish gifts to take home with you for loved ones, looking for a few souvenirs from Cornwall, or just wanting to treat yourselves, you’ll be amazed by both the quality and the assortment of what’s on offer at the market in Porthleven.  The friendly traders will be tempting you with:

    • Jewellery – silver, gold, pearls, seaglass plus more
    • Clothes – a wonderful assortment
    • Photography – beautiful local shots
    • Artwork – paintings for every taste
    • Plants – succulents galore
    • Pebble Pictures – divine
    • Gifts and souvenirs – a wide range of Cornish gifts and homewares


    Beach Huts in Porthleven


    Will Cornish Magpie be at Porthleven Harbour Market this year?

    The answer is yes – most definitely. 

    With many events this year already cancelled in Cornwall and all around the country, and with many others yet to confirm if they’ll go ahead, the only place you’ll definitely find Cornish Magpie is in Porthleven, trading at the harbour market, in one of the purpose built wooden pergolas.  Of course, other events may go ahead but for now, this beautiful local market is where I’ll be trading with all my range of gifts, homewares and crafts.  Please do come and say hi, it would be lovely to see you if you’re on a holiday or short break to Cornwall.  I’ll have so much on display for you; it’s going to be exciting to get back into the swing of things.

    • Teatowels
    • Chopping Boards
    • Mugs
    • Coasters
    • Magnets
    • Washbags
    • Soaps
    • Purses
    • Dog Bandanas
    • Plus lots lots more


    Cornish Magpie Coasters in Porthleven Harbour


    What days is the market open?

    Porthleven Harbour Market has updated opening days for this year.  They’re as follows:

    • April, May and June – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
    • July, August and until 12th September – open 7 days a week
    • 13th September til end of October – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

    The market hours are 10am til 5pm


    Silver Jewellery in Porthleven


    What if I can’t make it to Porthleven Harbour Market?

    If you’d love to have a look at my range of gifts for Cornwall lovers, you’ll always find me online.  Granted, it’s not the same as buying directly or browsing everything at a Cornish market – but as with all my fellow traders, we love our online customers equally.  Each and every sale, whether at a market or an online order, puts a smile on our face, so please support local whenever you can.

    Throughout the pandemic, a lot of time has been spent improving my online offering.  The website has had a huge overhaul, hopefully more informative and user friendly for everyone. 

    The Cornish gifts and homewares ranges are always evolving and lockdown has seen several new designs completed – please do let me know if you like them, it’s always lovely to get feedback from you.  The Nautical range has been extended and there are changes in the pipeline for both designs and products too…watch this space. 


    Breaking News

    Did you know that you can now find a range of my Cornish gifts at the beautiful Pisky Cove, on the harbour front in Porthleven?  So even when I’m not there…I am.

    They’re stocking most of my range and if there’s anything they don’t have…they can get it the same day in most cases.

    This wonderful Cornish shop is full of crafty loveliness:

    • The Crafty Crab – beautiful hand knitted and handmade items
    • Cornish Magpie – coastal inspired gifts and homewares
    • Hamilton Glass Art – fused glass
    • Stuart Wheeler Photography – local scenes and ocean shots
    • Wool, wool and more wool – you’ll be spoilt for choice
    • Women’s clothing – gorgeous dresses, dungarees, skirts and more


    Pisky Cove Porthleven, Cornwall


    New for 2021

    A new indoor market in Porthleven is planned for this year in the former metal works building in the shipyard.  It’s hoped this will be ready to open in time for the summer here in Cornwall.  So even when the weather is inclement, you’ll still be able to browse locally made Cornish gifts and produce undercover. 

    Keep an eye out on the market website for more information and updates.


    In Summary

    So, uncertain as things presently are, I’ll say and tentative ‘See you very soon’ from here in Cornwall.  Time will tell if the market can go ahead and stay open throughout the season.  But I’m hopeful that the future is bright and that we can all travel soon, enjoy our breaks and make happy memories.

    Stay safe everyone, be kind to yourselves – and to one another.


    Cornish Magpie in Porthleven, Cornwall


    Cornish Magpie sell an array of beautiful gifts, via market stalls in Porthleven (and elsewhere – check ‘Events’ on the website for details), via their website and also Etsy.  If you love the seaside and all things coastal, have a little look, browse at your leisure, I hope you find something you love.  And if you're on Facebook, follow Cornish Magpie here, or on Instagram here.


  2. Christmas Markets in Cornwall 2020

    The best Christmas markets in Cornwall to do your festive ...

    A Cornish Christmas… it conjures up so many things, not least the wonderful array of Cornish Christmas Markets. Visitors and locals flock to the Christmas Markets in Cornwall in their thousands, it’s almost a way of life in Cornwall.  

    • Are the Christmas Markets going to be on in 2020?
    • Where can I buy Cornish Gifts for Christmas 2020? 


    Popular Christmas Markets in Cornwall

    Popular Christmas Markets in Cornwall include:


    Cornwall Christmas Market Activities

    Families get together and head out for a day at one of the many festive market events.  There are plenty of stalls to enjoy with one another, perusing at leisure, preparing for Christmas - a traditional start to the Christmas period.  

    Each Christmas Market in Cornwall has hundreds of traders, selling their wares – Cornish Gifts, Arts, Crafts, Delicious Food and Drinks and a host of other products and produce.  There will be tasters and samples, music and decorations to get you into the festive spirit while looking for those special gifts for loved ones… or something special for yourself.


    Are the Christmas Markets in Cornwall Going Ahead in 2020?

    What about 2020?  The year of Covid - are the Cornwall christmas markets going ahead?


    Selling At Cornwall’s Christmas Markets

    There are many traders in Cornwall who rely heavily on Christmas for a large percentage of their annual income. But will the Christmas Markets be on in 2020?  Well, the answer is yes and no. 

    Undoubtedly there will be a few smaller events dotted about the county, but sadly the vast majority of large events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. 


    Cornish Christmas Markets Online

    Are you wondering what local traders will do, where will they go and how will they sell?

    Although it will undoubtedly be a disappointment for many, who love the Cornish Christmas Market events each year and all they offer, most of the people you buy from, the stalls you visit are likely to have an online presence: a website, Etsy or Folksy Shop and will still selling the products you know and love.

    Take a look at the gifts available to buy online from Cornish Magpie, who have an extended range including Cornish Hangings (ideal to bring some Nautical or Cornish Cheer to any house or Christmas Tree). New items also include: Candles, Wash Bags and Soaps - lots of Cornish Christmas Gifts ideas perfect as stocking fillers, beautiful gifts or simply classy adornments for your own home. 


    Christmas in Cornwall will of course still happen – we still have the breathtaking coastline, the fantastic scenery.  With or without the markets, we’ll still have a Cornish Christmas, just in a different way.  


    Supporting Small Businesses In Cornwall

    Small businesses are pivoting to adjust to the ‘new-normal’ we all find ourselves in due to the pandemic and its limits on physical interactions. 

    Take a little time if you can, to seek out your favourite craft and gift businesses online via websites or social media - spend some of your valuable money with the small guys.  

    You can support small traders like Cornish Magpie by giving them a review, following them on social media or by sharing their details with others.  It means so much to businesses like us (think happy dances and moonwalks).  You’ll know exactly who you are buying from, what you are buying and the quality you’ll be receiving.  

    I’ll be spending my money with the small guys this year – the makers, the creators, the bakers, the artists.  Will you?


    Wishing You All Well

    We will all remember the year 2020 for different reasons.  We have all made new memories.

    Now let’s all enjoy the run up to Christmas and the Christmas period itself.


    Wishing you all a very happy gift buying and recieving season.


    With Love, Shirley

    Cornish Magpie 

    Cornish Magpie sell an array of beautiful gifts, via market stalls in Porthleven (and elsewhere in the County), via the Cornish Christmas Markets and online.  Take a look at our extensive range of gifts, perfect for Christmas including Cards, Hangings, Coasters, Placemats, Teatowels and many more Nautical, Seaside and Cornish Gifts.