5 reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall
There are few better places to visit during the summer on a staycation in the United Kingdom. The beaches, sun kissed countryside and slower pace of life are just a few reasons why Cornwall is such a sought after holiday destination.
But what about the rest of the year? With just a few weeks until Christmas you might be thinking of taking a break in the south during the winter. So we have come up with five reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall.
Of course, beaches are closely associated with the summer season, particularly in Cornwall. But you will not be the only one wanting to make the most of the coast during your holiday in Looe. Crowds descend upon the southern-most tip of England in their millions, but during the winter, you have much more freedom. Forget scrambling for a parking space, you have more than 300 beaches to choose from in Cornwall and all of which are as beautiful in December as they are in July. Swap your swimwear for a warm jacket and woolly scarf as you stroll along the tranquil coastal paths and through the sand. It is a perfect afternoon activity with the family to help blow away the cobwebs you might have, or to burn off some of those mince pies.
Christmas markets are one of the most popular attractions in towns, cities and villages across the country during the festive season. The smell of fragrant foods fill the air while you shop for handmade gifts and sample local fayre. Across Cornwall you will be treated to a great number of markets which are perfect for getting you in the festive spirit.
The Eden Project
Cornwall’s biggest attractions springs to life during the winter. As a year-round attraction, the Eden Project is a must visit whenever you come for your Cornish holiday. But during Christmas, the winner of the Inclusive Tourism category at the Visit England Awards for Excellence earlier in the year, the Project offers numerous festive activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Head down to the Mediterranean Biome where you can enjoy a warming snack including churros with chocolate sauce, mulled wine, Eden’s own Cornish sausage rolls and more. Or you can visit the other cafes and restaurants, like the Eden Kitchen or the Christmas Cabin serving mince pies, crepes and more sweet treats. Aside from gorging yourself silly, there is plenty of other festive fun to be had here.
The Festival of Light and Sound
Throughout the month, the Eden Project will be showcasing its incredible Festival of Light and Sound, a dazzling display of projections, soundscapes and live music. Held at the Mediterranean Biome, music and lasers are brilliantly choreographed as Eden’s landscape transforms into a winter wonderland.
Meet Father Christmas
Father Christmas takes a detour while delivering everyone’s presents to visit Cornwall and you can go and meet him. Enter his tent to see where he stores all of his letters, where the elves sleep and all the stockings being prepared. Sit down with him and his helpers for a story.
You can even go ice skating, wonder through the festive horticulture displays, take part in some craft activities, visit the snow igloo and more.
Warming Cornish Food
A traditional Cornish pasty is something that everyone can enjoy anytime in the year. But when the temperature drops and you need a comfort food guaranteed to warm you up, a freshly baked pasty will certainly hit the spot. Pasties date back to the 1300s, but became a popular dish for the masses between the 17th and 18th century. Possibly Cornwall’s most famous food, there’s even a World Championship competition held to find the best pasty. But for a real flavour of the area, it must be traditional. To qualify, as traditional Cornish pasty must contain beef and vegetables and made within the county lines. Though if you want to try something a little different, opt for a flavourful and festive variation like beef and stilton.
Cornwall is awash with award-winning foods and businesses, many of which are recognised nationally. There are in fact more than 330 registered food and drinks producers. Why not top your mince pies with some Rodda’s clotted cream? Or try a British staple, fish and chips, on your holiday in Looe. Described as the nation’s favourite meal, Cornwall’s vast coastline means that fishing is ingrained in its people. From pubs to the local chippy, you will find some of the freshest and most delicious offerings in the country.
Really make the most of the shorter days with a winter walk around the beautiful Cornish landscape. With vast green areas in the countryside and dramatic coastal paths, wrapping up in a cosy jumper and coat and going for a walk is a great way to really appreciate your surroundings.Going for a walk with the family at Christmas has become a tradition for many and while you may not be spending the day itself in Cornwall, you can definitely organise some walks during your holiday. Explore the remote corners of the county or head along the coast all before warming yourself up with some food and a local pub or restaurant.
It is really an idyllic environment to breath in the fresh air and with over 2,400 miles of in-land footpaths, you are guaranteed to find a route that suits you. From Newquay to Looe, choose between the expansive moors or winding coasts, with each walk as beautiful as the next.
You don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy Cornwall. Book yourself a quiet getaway with a holiday in Looe this Christmas and enjoy everything that this county has to offer during the winter months.
Image Credit: Chris Combe Bernard Wen The Eden Project