Over the last few months Cornwall has shed its summery veil as winter has slowly crept in. The vast sandy beaches are now enveloped in dramatic skies and crashing waves. Everywhere you look, the view is epic, majestic and deeply romantic.
If this wasn’t enough to beckon you to Cornish shores, you might be tempted by the lure of cosy fireplaces, local Christmas fayres and an excellent new winter menu from our local favourite, The Porthminster Kitchen. For all that and more, here’s our full list of reasons to love Cornwall in winter:
BLISSFUL BEACH WALKS
It may seem obvious but a Cornish beach walk in winter is beyond spectacular. Dog bans are lifted so your furry companion can happily roam the sands without a care in the world and all the crowds have vacated so you can have all the salty sea air and rose tinted sunsets to yourself.
INSPIRING ART AT THE TATE
After much anticipation and furore, the Tate St Ives re-opened in October 2017. We recommend allocating a few hours to explore and immerse yourself in the works of revered local artists from Barbara Hepworth to Patrick Heron. Not only is the building itself a work of art, the cafe at the top is worth a visit for the brilliant sea views.
TASTER SESSIONS AT THE LEACH POTTERY
A perfect indoor activity – The Leach Pottery holds a range of courses for the aspiring potter. You can spend half a day getting to grips with the clay on their taster course or you could go full throttle and do the 3/4 day course. The Leach Pottery also has a museum and an amazing shop selling all the creations of local designers.
ROASTING FIRES & EXCELLENT FOOD AT THE GURNARDS HEAD
You can’t miss the striking buttercup yellow of The Gurnard’s Head – set against the green Cornish countryside. Once you’ve had a wander to cliff’s edge at one of England’s furthers compass points, head inside to dine by the fire on a Ploughmans with a glass of red.
THE WINTER MENU AT THE PORTHMINSTER KITCHEN
A St Ives favourite, The Porthminster Kitchen has its brand new extension open throughout the winter with a few new dishes on their regularly changing menu. Expect the likes of Monkfish Curry and Iberico Pork Cheek With Burnt Celeriac. And if that hasn’t piqued your appetite, the have recently added Exmoor Caviar to their menu.
MOUSEHOLE HARBOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
The Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights Display are being switched on at 16h December at 7pm. Organised by unpaid volunteers the Mousehole Harbour Lights are a yearly tradition that was started in 1963 by local artist Joan Gillchrest. Since then, the displays have grown into a hugely creative affair – loved by locals and visitors from afar.
TREVENA CROSS NURSERIES CHRISTMAS MARKET
The amazing Trevena Cross Nursery is hosting its annual Christmas Market. Hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity, they will be putting on a Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas market, a giant snow globe complete with snow machine, a Christmas Tree Forest and live music.
Dates: December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17
Time: Until late
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ST IVES
On the last day of the year, St Ives transforms into one big street soiree with every single soul donning their finest fancy dress. Before the clock strikes twelve, everyone heads to the harbour to welcome the new year with an epic fireworks display over the ocean.
Start planning your winter escape to Cornwall by booking one of our amazing properties in the area.