You’ve blasted into the New Year, settled back into reality in January and then all of a sudden it’s February, your now most likely feeling like a well earned break! With the half term nearly here, this crisp and wild time of year is the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs with a break in Cornwall.
Growing in popularity each year you’ll find there is plenty on to keep little ones and not so little ones busy and happy. Read on for some of our top picks…
Tate St Ives – Tate Create
Tate Create is perfect for families with children under 12. You’ll explore the current exhibition, investigate materials and make art together in one of the most iconic destinations in Cornwall, Tate, St Ives overlooking Porthmeor beach.
Chocolate workshops for all ages (restrictions apply) in an artisanal chocolate shop in St Ives renowned for it’s quality, this is an ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon. Running Tuesday to Saturday during the half term places are available to book online. The best bit of course is that you get to take everything home!
Newlyn is home to fish in Cornwall but it is also home to the newest Cinema in Cornwall, Newlyn Filmhouse. Set in an old fish smoking cellar this stylish conversion has really good food, with lots of local suppliers, two screens and really friendly service. There is generally a good range of films with something for all ages. Well worth a look and a visit, if in doubt check their reviews, they’re mighty good. Whilst in Newlyn why not stock up on fish and visit the wonderful cheese shop nearby to?
Blow the Cobwebs Away
Is it really a trip to Cornwall without a beach walk? And dare we say it a splash in the sea? Beach walks are plentiful and you’ll find at this time of year they’re quiet (dogs are allowed on them in February so why not check out our pet friendly properties?).
Wetsuits are really good these days and you’ll find some of the local surf schools are more than happy to get you in the sea (with all the right winter equipment) and make sure you stay safe. Smart Surf School at Sennen are just one of these schools, Sam, Hollie, Seb and team are friendly and welcoming and will make sure you have plenty of fun.
If you feel like braving the sea without a surf school please be extra careful as there is no lifeguard cover at this time of year and the sea can be very dangerous.
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Delve into the fascinating history of telecommunications and find out the important role the tiny village of Porthcurno played, it used to be the largest telecommunications station in the world. Admittedly, at first glance it might not excite you, but trust us we were pleasantly surprised and feedback from other guests suggest we aren’t the only ones…
Whilst here you’ll have to take a wander down to the golden sands of Porthcurno, one of the top 50 beaches in Europe according to a survey of 1200 journalists and travel writers. You might even recognise it from Poldark scenes.
Warming Pub Lunches & Hot Chocolates
During these cooler months it is tempting to head for a cosy pub or beach cafe, especially after a brisk walk. You’ll have plenty of choice to. Porthmeor Cafe is always a favourite, the view, hot chocolate and easy location are always appealing!
We’d recommend Sunday Lunch at The Gurnards Head on the Zennor Road, Mexico Inn at Long Rock or The Queens in St Ives. Scarlet Wines serves a later Sunday roast and you’ll have a fine choice of wine to go with it to!
St Ives Pottery
Learn to throw a pot in the Drill Hall in St Ives. It’s a fabulous way to spend a few hours and the lovely people who run it have helped people from the age of 3 make their own pots. We strongly recommend having a chat with the team first to check availability and suitability.
We have a range of properties available over this period, you’ll find our latest availability here.