Day 1

Distance from O’Connors Campers: 61 miles Travel time: 90 minutes

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Collect your van and set off for the North Coast of Cornwall, towards Padstow.

If you are lucky (or organised) enough to be here during the Padstow Christmas Festival (1st – 4th December 2016) you’ll be able to enjoy all the foodie festivities and maybe pick up a pressie or two along the way. Watch the film here for a little inspiration. Padstow is buzzing even in the winter months, with plenty of shops and lovely Rick Stein's Fish & Chips to draw the crowds.

Stay at: Padstow Touring Park. Open all year, ready for winter touring. Great friendly site, with immaculate facilities and underfloor heating in the shower block! t:01841 532061 Ideally placed for visiting Padstow for shopping, eating and beaches.

Day 2

Distance from Padstow: 28 miles Travel time: ¾ hour

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Destination Eden Project

Your focus today is The Eden Project. With a full programme of winter events, this attraction is really worth a visit. Their festival of Light and Sound is scheduled this year on specified dates in November and December, after 5pm. Or try a spot of ice skating (open Oct 15th – 19th Feb). Wonderful eateries besides and really engaging displays in the domes. Always a memorable visit, I would plan to stay all day.

Stay at: Bay View Farm, Looe PL13 1NZ Panoramic views from cliffs overlooking fabulous South East Cornwall coastline. A hidden part of Cornwall which always reminds me of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Smugglers Inn, Seaton is the nearest decent pub. Tel: 01503 265922 Mike is offering our campervans £1 off each night. Open all year.

Day 3

Distance from St Ives: 54 miles Travel time: 1 ½ hour

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Heading for Dartmouth for some serious retail therapy!

I love Dartmouth. It’s one of those places that seems to have everything: unusual and individual shops, gorgeous harbour-side views, a huge variety of places to eat. Just perfect. Lovely to visit at any time of year. Your campsite tonight is around 35 minutes away but is wonderful and worth the drive.

Ross Park, Ipplepen, Newton Abbott TQ12 5TT This award-winning 32 acre site has 110 pitches, but is well kept & immaculate with wonderful grounds and great facilities: including a heated shower block! t: 01803 812983. Open all year.

It’s just a 50 minute drive back to O’Connors Campers workshop on your final morning. Don’t want to go home yet? Pop over to Darts Farms near Topsham for some final retail therapy and a spot of lunch. Around 35 minutes from O’Connors, this is a real gem and filled with gorgeous ideas for Christmas Gifts. Eat at the main restaurant or try some fresh fish & chips from the Fish Shed. Fabulous!

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