Why Cornwall is your perfect winter retreat

Whoever said that winter is not the time to go on holiday has clearly never been to Cornwall! This time of year is perfect for spending quality time with loved ones, enjoying the county at its quiet best, getting very merry at a festival or two and stockpiling delicious Cornish calories ready to get you through the winter.

So stoke the fire, put your feet up and grab a glass of your favourite tipple as we take a whistle stop tour of the Duchy this festive season.

Food & Drink

Cornwall is filled with delicious treats for you to try and we like to say that calories don’t count in the winter, so it’s the perfect time to try all the delights that the county has to offer.

Festive markets are a plenty over this season, where you can sample everything in the Cornish repertoire from local gins, ciders, rums, cheeses, chocolate and of course, the beloved pasty.

Wave Watching

Winter in Cornwall would not be complete without a spot of wave watching! A Cornish storm is like nowhere else, and with cliffs up to 200 metres high, it’s easy to find your vantage point and get the best view of the white horses crashing against the rocks.

Remember though that the sea can be unpredictable and conditions can change very quickly, so be sure to check for weather warnings if the forecast is looking poor, and keep far away from the water when a storm is on its way.

Christmas Lights

Mousehole (pronounced ‘mauzole’) is a wonder to behold over the Christmas period, and the town is famous across Cornwall for being home to a wonderful festive light display. Throughout December and into January, the town comes alive with festive cheer as the Celtic Cross on St Clement Island illuminates against the night sky.

We recommend making an evening of it, browsing around the local gift shops or stopping in for a drink in one of the cosy, welcoming pubs.

Go Ice Skating

Get your skates on and take a turn on the ice! The rink is up at the beautiful Eden Project throughout the winter and is perfect for getting you well and truly into the festive spirit.

You will need to book in advance due to high demand but it is definitely worth it, and the Eden Project itself is simply stunning at this time of year. There are skating aids available to rent for the little ones, or adults who might need some extra assistance.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a Cornish beach without the crowds and, even though plenty of beaches are dog-friendly in the summer, the best part is that in the latter seasons your pet pooch is pretty much guaranteed to be able to join you for a stroll along the sand, no matter which beach you choose.

From October, most of the county’s beaches are dog-friendly, so great for getting out and enjoying some of our 400 miles of Cornish coast, all with your four-legged friend in tow.

Dog Friendly Cornwall is a great site for finding out all you need to know, from dog-friendly cafés to the best woodland and coastal walks.

Cosy Cornish Pubs

A trip to Cornwall would not be complete without spending an afternoon in a good old pub – fire roaring, friendly locals, some decent pub grub and an ale in hand. Not to blow our own trumpets but Cornwall is the origin of some of the best brewed beers the country has to offer, including St Austell Brewery’s flagship Tribute and the good ol’ Betty Stoggs from Skinners in Truro.

Trevalsa is perfectly located to get you to (and more importantly back safely from) your Cornish tavern of choice, with The Ship Inn in Mevagissey within walking distance, and The Rashleigh in Charlestown just a short taxi ride away.