Half terms are great for family holidays in Cornwall. Get away and spend time exploring and enjoying all that Cornwall has to offer. There are many well-known attractions and beaches to spend time at, but some families just want to use the half term week to get away from it all. So here are some options for an alternative half term, with some entertainment that is a little left of centre and beaches and walks that are off the beaten track.
Swim in the Sea
Head to a less well known beach and have a quick dip in the
sea as a family. Take a thermos flask with you and have plenty of warm clothing
as it will be important to warm up afterwards. At this time of the year the sea
will be at its coldest, so you shouldn’t be in the water for long, but it will
give you a great sense of achievement. We recommend staying in the shallows and
going to a sheltered beach so the wind is less chilling, perhaps Portreath
beach or somewhere like Praa sands or Perranuthanoe which are around 30 minutes
from us in Portreath.
On a low tide many of Cornwall’s beaches will have rocks
exposed that contain rock pools. It is great fun to explore and look into the
pools to see what marine life is out and about, maybe even catch a crab. Take a
bucket and a net and see what you can find. If you unsure you could always book
onto a rock pooling experience with us, that way our expert rangers can talk
you through the flora and fauna that is present at this time of the year.
Explore on Foot
Are your kids mad for Pokemon Go? It’s a great way to get
outside and explore the coast, villages and towns of Cornwall and perhaps even
learn about some of the more historic buildings which are often the Pokemon
arenas (the kids will explain!). Failing that, you could try your hand at
geocaching, which similarly involves finding hidden boxes at specific GPS
coordinates. It’s another way to see the coast paths and take in the
breath-taking scenery that Cornwall has to offer.
Whilst many families will use February half term to visit
the likes of the Eden Project, Newquay Zoo and other attractions it is the
perfect time for getting on the bikes and exploring the trails. Here in
Portreath we have The Track for those bike riders who want dirt jumps and BMX
tracks, or you can access the miles of Mineral Tramways and Mining Heritage
trails from our base in Portreath. You will find a bit more space out on the
Camel trail at this time of year to, and that will enable you to enjoy some
fish and chips courtesy of Rick Stein too! Here at Gwel an Mor we have bicycles
available to hire to get your family in gear for exploring.
If the weather is particularly unkind then you could just
stay in. All of our luxury lodges have a number of board games and we also have
DVD’s to hire for free in reception. Get competitive or simply relax with a
film and cook up some great snack foods for the afternoon.