Posted 6 November 2015
There’s a reason so many locals actually look forward to winter as their favourite season in the whole of the Cornish calendar. Cornwall may be world-famous for outstanding summer holidays, but there’s something uniquely beautiful and downright captivating about the colder months of the year. The crowds are gone, cottage’s prices are down, there’s a sense of calm and that unmistakable taste of festiveness in the air is something that has to be experienced to be believed.
Of course this isn’t going to be the time of year when basking in the sunshine or wallowing in the warm coastal waters are realistic options. Nevertheless, not only are there still so many amazing things to do throughout the winter, but you’ll also have the added bonus of practically having the place to yourself.
Take the Lizard Peninsula – this spectacular setting for a coastal walk is never more beautiful than on a crisp winter’s morning. Pack a warm drink and head out around sunrise or sunset for the kind of breath-taking spectacle you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.
As far as Cornish natives are concerned, the winter months also represent simply the only time of year to pay a visit to the Eden Project. Once again, with no queues or crowds to deal with, you’ll have uniquely-privileged access to every site, sight and exhibit, along with the annual ice-rink that’s second to none.
Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful places in the whole of the United Kingdom for checking out classic Christmas markets and festive fairs. From Penzance to Padstow to Bodmin to Bude, there are literally dozens of wonderful festive events taking place all throughout the winter. And if you happen to be within easy reach of Newquay, the annual New Year’s Eve fancy dress extravaganza sees the streets filled with revellers from dusk ‘til dawn!
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’ll never get tired of the gorgeous local shops, galleries and cafes that line the streets of almost every quaint Cornish coastal village. And of course, a sudden downpour is the perfect excuse for a drop or two of the local ale.
All rounded off with a stay in a glorious cosy Cornish holiday cottage, it’s pretty easy to see why the winter season tends to be the favourite of so many locals. So this year, why not let the crowds have their fun in the sun, while you and the family discover a side to Cornwall only the privileged few ever get to enjoy?
Suffice to say, you’ll be back for more next year!