In just a couple of weeks it will be November. Yep. Christmas will be just a month away! If yo are planning a Christmas holiday in Cornwall then you may already be thinking about that festive period. If you’re yet to set your yuletide plans in stone then read on to find out about some of the reasons to make Cornwall your home for Christmas in 2016.
Christmas Markets – You can soak up the festive atmosphere at various Christmas markets including Truro, Falmouth and Padstow. It’s a real opportunity to buy some truly unique presents for loved ones from fantastic independent retailers and producers. The markets are always well attended and are a great way to get you in swing of the festive season.
Christmas Lights – Cornwall is a fantastic location to see beautiful Christmas light displays. The small villages often come together as a community to install and set-up displays. One ‘must see’ is the lights at Mousehole harbour near Penzance in West Cornwall. The Christmas lights in Mousehole have an amazing reputation as the whole village is adorned with vibrant and large installations. Head to Cornwall and take in the atmosphere! Lights turn on 17th December 2016.
Warming by open fires in country pubs – After a stroll on the beach or coast path you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of pubs serving warming winter fayre and Sunday roasts. Take your pick from various award winning pubs across the county and enjoy some local craft ale alongside your meal. We even serve Sunday roasts here at Gwel an Mor in The Terrace Restaurant.
Empty Beaches – Winter in Cornwall means empty beaches. Find your own slices of perfection all to yourselves. Walk across the sand safe in the knowledge that yours will be the only footprints left at the end of the day. Also, nearly all beaches will be accessible for man’s best friend too as seasonal access only covers the summer months.
Spectacular scenery – The storms that may put many people off visiting Cornwall in winter can also be considered an attraction of their own. Head to seaside villages like Porthleven and St Ives, or Portreath down the valley from Gwel an Mor itself, and watch the waves crash over rocks and piers. Remember to keep a safe distance and ensure you aren’t putting yourself in any risky situations.
Room at the restaurants – Cornwall is a foodie’s delight. There are many incredible restaurants with great chefs using the abundance of amazing local ingredients. During the summer it can be nearly impossible to get a table at the likes of Fifteen, Paul Ainsworth and Rick Steins, but come winter as the volume of people holidaying reduces you’ll be able to take full advantage of empty top-class restaurants.
Festive attractions – The main tourist attractions put an awful lot of effort into creating amazing festive experiences for your festive holiday in Cornwall. From meeting Santa and ice skating at the Eden Project to pantomimes at Hall for Cornwall there are plenty of options to pick from.
Dip your toe – Take the opportunity to bravely (or stupidly dependent on your proclivities) dip in the sea in your swimming shorts or costume. Across the county of Christmas day and new year’s day there will be groups of foolhardy individuals swimming in the sea. It’s a truly invigorating experience, and you can always warm up with a hot toddy or mulled wine afterwards.
Family time – It’s the time of year when family and loved ones are the order of the day. Booking a holiday in Cornwall is the perfect way to ensure that you all have time for each other away from the distractions of day to day life. A self-catering lodge with all mod-cons, log burner and hot tub should certainly help to bring the family together for the festive season.
If you need to tick all of the above boxes then give some thought to Gwel an Mor, our luxury lodges are dressed to impress at Christmas and provide the ultimate festive hidey-hole for the whole family. With beautiful pool, gym and spa here at the resort alongside the sumptuous Terrace Restaurant for Christmas lunch and the newest addition of Base Camp with Clip’n’climb climbing walls. Drop us line on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01209 842 354 to find out more about our current rates.