Why we love Winter in Cornwall

We love winter down here in Cornwall – from empty, windswept beaches to fabulous festive fun, there are a vast range of reasons why it’s a great time to visit. Our friends at Visit Cornwall have put together a great blog on the subject. Top ten reasons below but for the full list head to the Visit Cornwall website.

Our favourite reasons why everyone should visit Cornwall in winter…

1. There’s over 300 beaches and they’re all blissfully quiet

Cornish beaches come into their own when the temperatures dip. Bikini clad bathers make way for cosy walkers toggled up in their winter woolies. You might have to share the beach with the odd kite buggy or a surfer dashing for the crashing waves, but believe us; they’ll be few and far between.

2. It’s Christmas market time

From the uber cool Outlaw’s in Falmouth to the Victorian Christmas Market in Truro, they’re all unique and rich hunting ground for the prefect pressie. Check out more.

3. There are some awesome storm watching spots

Our coastal location is Mother Nature’s playground. See her whip up the elements and throw colossal waves onto the cliff sides at one of Cornwall’s many waterside hangouts or sign yourself up for a weekender with a storm-watching break. Where you ask? Let us be your guide.

4. It’s a dog’s playground

Tails don’t stop wagging over the winter months in Cornwall. Seasonal dog bans are lifted and four-legged friends can take their pick of beaches to run, fetch, swim and generally have a barking good time. Happy woof days!

5. It’s home to Mousehole, the King of Christmas Lights, 12 December – 2 January (except 8-9pm on 19 December)

The small village of Mousehole punches well above its weight when it comes to Christmas lights. Join the thong of rosy-cheeked visitors who line the harbour gazing at the magical display.

6. An unspoken contest for the best hot chocolate rages among beachside hangouts and country cafes

A blustery walk is nothing without a hot chocolate stop so much so that a war to serve up the best quietly rages across Cornwall. They come with lashings of cream, all manner of sprinkles and an insatiable choice of weird and wonderful shots. Here’s some of our faves, where will be yours?

7. You don’t have to put your hand in your pocket for parking – ok, so maybe you will but not as much as during the summer!

The beach is quieter, there’s a scrummy place to hide from the elements and Fido’s welcome…and in the winter many coastal car parks are free too! Bonus.

We’re not saying every car park is a no fee zone but you’ll find a fair share. Gyllyngvase Beach in FalmouthKynance Cove on the Lizard and Porthtowan beach to name just a few.

8. You can get a table at top restaurants

Restaurant Number 6, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, The Driftwood Restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Fifteen Cornwall – take your pick!

We’ve got a fabulous choice of top notch restaurants serving up the best of Cornwall’s wares and best of all, you don’t have to book months in advance to bagsie a table.

9. Wellies are a must-have fashion accessory

Cornwall’s never a place where you have to dress up to nines and be at the forefront of the fashion pack but come the winter months and things get even more relaxed.

Make like the locals and swap your flip-flops for wellies and you’ll be on the right style page. Snuggle your feet into a colour-pop pair from Seasalt, our much loved home-grown clothing brand, and you’ll really be getting the hang of the laidback Cornish look.

10. There’s the Padstow Christmas Festival, 3 – 6 December

A scenic harbour, more than 100 crafts folk and producers, 40 star chefs and 45,000 visitors – why wouldn’t you want to be one of them?

Posted: December 1, 2015 at 7:00 am