16 ‘you-don’t need-to-tell-us-twice’ reasons Cornwall is best for a winter break

stormy seas, Porthleven, Cornwall, winter 2017

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 Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre in the east to the Winter Gift Fayre in Truro, there's many a unique and rich hunting ground for the prefect pressie. Check out more.


3. There are some awesome storm watching spots

All around the coast the wild storms of winter whip up the elements and throw colossal waves onto the cliffs.  Though fantastic to witness, they can also be very dangerous and care should be taken at all times. Luckily Cornwall has many waterside hangouts where you can safely watch or why not 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 from 16 December – 6 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 throng of rosy-cheeked visitors who line the harbour gazing at the magical display. The lights will be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm from 16th December 2017 until 6th January 2017 (With the exception of 19th Dec, when the lights will be dimmed between 8-9pm). The lights in the small village of Angarrack near Hayle are also worth checking out..


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 beaches are quieter, there’s scrummy places 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 


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

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, 7 – 10 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?


11. You can take an unseasonal dip in the sea without people thinking you’re crazy (ok, maybe they will but just a little!)

Forget the wetsuit and leave your inhibitions on the shoreline – be bold and brave and get those shoulders under. You can even join the foolhardy folk who think it’s fun to get wet and chilly with a Christmas and New Year dip! Brrrr 

12. It’s still time for action; in fact it steps up a gear

Take surfing. The waves are at their best, the latest gear will keep you toasty and there our top surf instructors up and down the county just waiting for the chance to share their craft. Winter is also prime time to get in the saddle and find your inner horse-rider. Hallagenna Rding Stables offer winter breaks on Bodmin Moor where the atmosphere is tiptop for getting in the mood for Christmas. Oh, and did we mention the Extreme Academy on Watergate Bay? The fun never stops at this place, whatever the time of the year.

13. The big man himself likes to holiday here

But no fear, it’s a working holiday. In the lead up to Christmas, Santa can be found out and about across Cornwall - and we’re not just talking personal appearances, he means business offering the ultimate in yuletide experiences. Here we give you the nod on some of the best places to catch him.

14. You can skate your way from the tropics to the artic chill

Not literally but almost. At the Eden Project’s winter festival explore the humid tropical biome (spruced up with Christmas sparkle) before taking to the ice for a session on the magical ice-rink. Eden’s special touch comes out in full splendour at Christmas so get ready for something seriously amazing.


15. There’s a festival of light

The midwinter solstice doesn’t go unnoticed in these parts, quite the opposite - there’s festival spanning a whole six days dedicated in its honour. Montol Festival takes place at various venues around Penzance and celebrates Cornish traditions with the likes of lantern making workshops and storytelling before the main event, Montol Eve on 21 December. There’s dancing in special costumes and the lighting of fire beacons. Only in Cornwall. There are also lantern processions in Truro, St Austell and Looe amongst other places. 


16. Cosy pubs

Need we say more? It’s cold; you want a cosy pub with a roaring fire and bucket loads of tradition. What better than a pie and a pint after a bracing walk in the Cornish countyrside?  Check out some of our best pubs and inns here.


Fancy a winter break in Cornwall? Check out our places to stay. See you soon!