Cornwall is one of the most beautiful counties in the United Kingdom, and it is a very popular tourist destination, especially in the summer.
While it is wonderful to visit in the summer – especially when the weather is good (top tip: visit in June or September), you may be wondering what there is to do in the colder months, especially around Christmas.
As someone who has grown up in the county, I am completely biased when it comes to my beloved homeland, but it is safe to say there are things to do here in the winter.
Eden Project – ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’
One of my fondest memories from being a child was discovering the Eden Project and getting to explore the biomes filled with beautiful plants, but let’s not forget the amazing cork pigs (they are super cute!).
One of the fantastic things you can do at the Eden Project during the winter period is ice skate, something I always loved doing as a child.
For the general skating sessions you can pay £7 per adult and £6 per child, or buy a family ticket for £24, which allows any combination of four people to skate (you can also get a skating aid for an extra £4 – they are shaped like insanely cute penguins or a snowman!). There is more information available on their website.
If you are in the Christmas mood you can also meet Father Christmas! Your child can enjoy a story read by the man in red while sat around an open fire, then each child can have a special moment with the magical bloke.
There are plenty of things to do at the Eden Project over the winter, including keeping warm in the tropical biome!
One very popular thing to do in Cornwall over the festive period is to visit some of the wonderful fairs that have a multitude of craft stalls selling handmade goods.
They are always great for buying Christmas presents, especially if you are looking for something unique!
Here are a few fabulous Christmas fairs:
Lemon Quay, Truro
28th November – 2nd December 2018
Town Quay & Leisure Centre, Fowey
30th November – 2nd December 2018
The Piazza, Lemon Quay, Truro
12th – 20th December 2018
Get Your Brew On!
On the 24th November 2018 the St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival takes place, so if you are looking for an excuse to drink a lot of Proper Job and party in the ancient St Austell Brewery cellars, then look no further!
Live bands will play both during the day and night, you’ll be able to get your hands on limited edition beers that have been brewed just for the festival.
It runs 11am to 11pm, with the bands playing day and night, it is £15 per person and the tickets will be sold on the door (cash only), food will be available as will cloakroom facilities.
What makes this event all the sweeter is that all the profits will go straight to the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust!
During my childhood there was one thing that had to happen before being able to consider myself feeling ‘Christmas-y’, and that thing was seeing Christmas lights!
Two places in Cornwall stand out in particular when it comes to Christmas lights, and that’s Mousehole and Angarrack.
If you are in Cornwall over the festive period make sure you see the wonderful light displays in both these villages.
Mousehole Christmas lights are wonderful, and part of the experience is walking into the village (as it is difficult to find somewhere to park – especially if you don’t want to irritate the locals). Your path is lit by a string of lights made out of buckets you would expect to find on a beach during the summer.
The lights in and around the harbour are beautiful and quaint and will really put you in the Christmas spirit!
Angarrack on the other hand you are able to stay in your car in the warm and drive around – but you won’t get the full experience so it’s nicer to get out and walk around and admire the lights!
Cornwall is wonderful in the winter! These are only few examples of things you could do if you travel down in the chilly season!