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Winter stuff in Cornwall

Posted on: 18th November 2016

Truly, I love winter in Cornwall.  Okay, maybe not the drudgingly moist grey days and pubs shutting at 9pm, but I love the blowy beach days, the endless sky, the careless beauty of the landscape, the extreme hot chocolate….

I’ve noticed that winter beach excursions start with feeling like a just landed alien, then gradually the day unfurls.  The children find more and more things to do, whether it’s rock target practice, sand sculpture, damming, writing names and drawing sports tracks in the sand, rock-pooling or cooking sausages.  Eating that handmade pasty you bought fresh from Fran’s Pantry in Lostwithiel while you watch the waves is part of the pleasure.

More than that, if you go to quieter beaches such as Portholland, Palace Cove or Porthcothan, your family can have a private beach for the day and steal a golden memory from the wrathful winter gods!  I’m getting carried away but – sincerely  – I love these days.  Visit Cornwall estimates there are 300 beaches in Cornwall, many of which are blissfully quiet. A winter holiday in Cornwall can be a thing of beauty.



Here my current top six choices for winter footling in Cornwall.  Not all beaches but all goodies.

1. Portholland– I can’t tell you how much we love this beach. Pick up the box of pasties in Lostwithiel as you go,  eat it on the beach on a rug, splash in the waves, put on spare warm leggings and grab a cup of tea and piece of lemon drizzle cake from the little cottage cafe which opens through the winter.  Even the volunteer-kept toilets are a (rustic) joy.  Check the tide times first as the beach disappears at high tide – to return pristine and fresh for your family to enjoy at low.
How far is it? It takes around 45 minutes from Tredethick Farm Cottages.

2. Crantock – a windswept norh-coast beach. Yomp along the South West Coast Path, revel in crashing waves and imbibe a spectacular hot chocolate at the C-Bay Cafe.  You’re most welcome.
How far is it? It takes around 45 minutes from Tredethick Farm Cottages.


3. Eden Festival of Light and Sound – a new feature at the Eden Project this year when light projection, music and colour will transform the landscape between 5-8pm most evenings.  It looks terrific and there’s ice skating – always a winner with smalls.
How far is it? It takes 20 minutes to get to the Eden Project from Tredethick Farm Cottages.

4. Jump Trampoline Park in Redruth opens on 9 December.  Guaranteed to work the beans off your children.  If, like me, your enthusiasm outweighs your core strength, you may want to book your chiropractic appointment now!
How far is it? It takes around 50 minutes from Tredethick Farm Cottages.

5. Victorian Family Christmas at Lanhydrock House  Enjoy a mooch around this atmospheric house as it prepares for Christmas, with a chance for children to dress up and explore garden trails.
How far is it? It takes around 10 minutes by car from Tredethick Farm Cottages.small-stmichaelsmount-amphibious-vehiclei-stock_000021933652

6. St Michael’s Mount This amazing tidal island is rich in history and Cornish legends. There’s a castle and gardens to explore with child-friendly story telling and trails. During the winter an amphibious vehicle, the St Michael, is the mode of transport to and from the island when the tide is in. The St Michael departs from the Marazion car park slipway:
How far is it? It takes around one hour by car from Tredethick Farm Cottages.

Time to put the little ones with tired legs to bed and crack open that box set!

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