A coastal break isn’t just for the summertime as attractions up and down the country are still open and you can enjoy the added bonus of fewer crowds. A warming winter break could be just what you need to kick off the New Year with something exciting. Wrap up warm and experience the beauty of Cornwall in winter. Here’s some of the areas must see attractions.
Visit stunning St Ives
There are plenty of things to do in Cornwall in winter, one of which is to explore the traditional, cobbled towns and quaint fishing villages of St Ives. Visit the picturesque market town for a perfect postcard setting – ideal if you enjoy photography or landscape drawing. It’s well known for its colourful, bobbing fishing boats, winter surfing beaches and a thriving art scene. See modern collections at the Tate St Ives or take a boat across to Seal Island. Stay in one of the Classic Cottages available or sea view apartment to watch the waves roll in.
Ice skating at the Eden Project
One of the great things about visiting in winter is that there will be fewer crowds, and in some places, they’ll have cheaper off-season pricing too. The restaurants in the botanical Eden Project are open and the domes are still as warm, but, there are fewer visitors and so this means more space and time to explore all the beautiful tropics. In the wintertime you can escape the chill in the rainforest biome or skate your way to the Arctic in their magical ice-rink.
Over 300 beaches
Cornwall has over 300 beaches to explore. In winter, the beaches are empty leaving you, your family and your fluffy dog full rein of the sand. Walking is not the only beach activity you can do in Cornwall, as you’ll find water sports to be very popular in winter. Squeeze into a wetsuit and head to the waves for surfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing. The coastal winds are quite strong this time of year, which is great for the more adventurous types. If you prefer to stay indoors with a hot chocolate though, take refuge in one of the lookout spots and watch the surfers ride the waves. These look out huts are great forwatching stormy weather too.
Winter walks in the countryside
Cornwall offers spectacular views all year round. Take the opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of the empty beaches, vast moors and thriving woodland. Wrap up in hats, scarves and gloves and take a winter stroll along the Cornish coast or inland along one of the many footpath routes.
Nothing beats a refreshing walk in a winter breeze whilst taking in the changing colours of the season. After feeling the sense of achievement that comes with exploring the wild, escape the chill in a cosy pub. Feast on delicious homely treats that’ll warm you up from the inside with hearty Cornish pasties, fresh fish and chips along the coast or cakes and scones with dollops of Cornish clotted cream, readily available all year round.