This is a question I ask myself every year as the weather gets steadily worse.
There’s no doubt that Cornwall is fantastic in Spring, Summer and Winter. If you have doubts about that, you can get out (or just go here and here to change your mind). Meanwhile, Winter can be questionable.
It takes some effort to be creative and think of things to do each year when this season rolls around, so I thought I’d write it here instead, to save you (and future me) the trouble:
1. Go ice skating at Eden
I haven’t actually been yet this year, but the rink is open from 17th October ’til the 18th February, so there’s plenty of chances to go. It’s a great excuse to go there to explore the biomes too (hot and undercover, so perfect for Winter!).
2. Eat a hot pasty on the cliffs
One of my favourite things to do on a Winter Saturday is head down to Hayle, grab a pasty (from Philps, obvs), and drive up to the cliffs to look out to sea while we eat from the warm dryness of the car!
4. Add some artistic culture to your life
You can easily spend hours wandering around the Tate gallery in St. Ives. Plus (if it’s not chucking it down outside), you can always grab a coffee and walk along the beach promenade afterwards too. It’s so empty and peaceful in Winter!
5. Go swimming
If you’ve got kids (or just want a day being a big-kid), try Ships & Castles in Falmouth, Waterworld in Newquay, or Hendra Waterpark in Newquay for slides, whirlpools and more. Or, if you fancy a more peaceful swim, there are plenty of hotels that offer day access to their spa and leisure facilities (try St. Michaels in Falmouth, or Penventon in Redruth).
6. Have a hot chocolate with a view
There are several places I can recommend for this: Blue Bar overlooking Porthtowan beach, Gylly Beach Cafe at the edge of Gyllingvase beach, or The Watering Hole on the beach in Perranporth!
8. For the kids – play areas
Cornwall’s Crealy is open in Winter and has some great indoor play areas that can easily keep you busy for the whole day. Alternatively, Kidzworld or Jungle Jacks are also fairly inexpensive!
9. Take a book to an independent cafe
Wander around one of Cornwall’s quaint towns or villages and find a small cafe to sit in and chill. You could try Bone China in Truro or Dolly’s in Falmouth for a vintage afternoon tea!
10. Have lunch (or dinner) at a Cornish pub
Sometimes nothing can beat some hot pub grub in Winter, and luckily in Cornwall we aren’t short of pubs.
Visit your local or (for something a little bit fancy), book a table at The Old School Bar & Kitchen in Mount Hawke!