January blues. Post-Christmas blues. Winter-blues. Seasonal emotions we are all familiar with. The hope of spring keeps our optimism and spirits high when the winter temperatures are low. It seems counter-intuitive that we save our holiday allowance for the summer when we actually deserve a pick-me-up during winter. A wintery family holiday in Cornwall can provide a tonic to these seasonal blues.
Cornwall is a great family destination for a multitude of reasons. It’s easily reached by car or train, ensuring that families arrive relatively painlessly – no need to explain airport delays to an excited toddler. It offers a variety of landscapes: beaches, rolling fields, dramatic coasts, cosy harbours and picturesque villages. You can choose accommodation to suit: glamping and caravans, quirky bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, as well as stylish hotels. Something for every family and budget.
For winter sunshine, head to the Cornish coast. Check out Tredethick’s Pinterest beaches board for perfect family beach ideas. Polkerris, Port Holland, Padstow, Treyarnon – take your pick! Rock-pooling, beach walks or a stretch of the South West Coastal Path can be good fun, especially when combined with a beach cafe hot chocolate. Family-friendly cycle trails – such as the Camel trail or newly-opened Lanhydrock cycle hub offer great fun and adventurous for younger and older children – as well as their grown-ups!
After fresh air and exercise, treat yourself to a visit to one of Cornwall’s world class restaurants. Paul Ainsworth’s No.6 , or his family friendly cafe Rojanos in Padstow, one of Rick Stein’s restaurants or Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay.
Enjoy a Cornish retreat in winter and beat those blues!