A lot of people will think that UK staycations are best left till summer, and they may not be entirely wrong! However, let’s face it, you can never rely on the sun to make an appearance in the UK even in summer, so actually, why can’t we learn to love winter too?
The season of open fires, dark evenings, stews, and hats, gloves and scarfs isn’t all that bad is it?
Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for a staycation, and it is obvious why, but what’s not so obvious is – why it can be a great place to visit in winter.
1. You get it to yourself
Cornwall in winter is quiet, peaceful and still. The summer visitors have long gone and instead of battling thousands of families and tourists you can experience solitude, being on the best beach around, all alone! Forget queuing for attractions or battling for parking in tiny car-parks, act like a celebrity in a closed designer store, in a County that seems to be there just for you! For a truly wintery experience visit the Eden Project for their seasonal ice skating experience.
2. It’s as beautiful in the grey as the sunshine
OK so the sunshine can work wonders with the ugliest of places, like a pair of rose-tinted glasses turning something a bit grim into something beautiful! But Cornwall doesn’t need rose-tinted glasses! Grey cloudy skies only complement its beauty, adding a sense of drama and wildness that the great outdoors does best! Sorry if we sound like poets, but it’s true.
3. Cornish food is particularly comforting!
Cornish pasties, fish and chips and cream teas, all delicious, but not exactly light! There is however, something about cold weather that makes you want to eat stodge, so these favourite Cornish foods and winter go hand-in-hand!
Especially for you, here are some places in Cornwall to get the above items (on good authority from a Cornish Travel Republic team member).
Cornish Pasties – Philps Pasties in Marazion, is dedicated to traditional methods that were first introduced by Sam Philp over 60 years ago. Queues form daily out of the door and once you’ve purchased your haul, you can sit on the beach and enjoy the views of St Michaels mount as you chomp your way through your piping hot pasty.
Fish and chips – We give this accolade to a whole town, rather than just one restaurant,because Padstow, a fishing port on the North coast of Cornwall, has so many amazing fish and chip sellers! Rick Steins Fish & Chips is well-known as one of the top restaurants in the country for the traditional dish and Chips Ahoy is a worthy contestant too – both sell freshly caught fish, in perfect batter with amazing chips – are we making you hungry yet?
Cornish Cream Tea – St Mawgan Stores and Tea Room St Mawgan, in Pydar near Newquay, is very traditional, not a modern day interpretation of what a tea room should be, and owner Jenny makes all her own very large scones! While her partner Roger, makes his own jams in the kitchen next door. With lashings of locally made clotted cream, it just leaves you to decide jam or cream first? FYI the Cornish say jam first then cream (those from Devon argue it’s cream then jam!)
4. Winter Walks
There is something super romantic and idyllic about a winter walk! All wrapped up against the cold, a bracing walk is refreshing and feels like an achievement. The whole of Cornwall is known for its stunning coastlines, picture-perfect villages and incredible moors, which can all be explored best on foot! Cornwall has an in-land footpath network of over 2400 miles, plus hundreds of beaches and cobbled streets to be strolled along so it is a walkers paradise. It’s also worth noting that Cornwall is also very dog friendly – meaning that your four-legged friends can enjoy that winter walk with you!
5. Christmas lights
As if the little fishing villages and inland hamlets are not beautiful enough, at Christmas they take their illuminations quite seriously! Turning these picturesque villages into twinkling, flashing and sometimes positively neon spectacles to rival the Blackpool illuminations! One of the most famous and fiercely fought battles (we think the villages all do secretly compete) is put on by Mousehole, a harbour village 3 miles to the west of Penzance. The display not only sees the streets and houses decorated, but an incredible floating display in the harbour too.
This year the Mousehole lights start on the 12 December. Many other villages and towns also put in much effort including Truros light procession – further details of all Cornish Christmas lights
If you fancy a winter trip to Cornwall, here are some suggestions for places to stay, so all you have decide is what to eat first; pasty, fish and chips or a cream tea?