Visiting Cornwall in February

Appreciate the quiet stillness that February has to offer in Cornwall. Use this month as a chance to practise mindfulness, with the wide expanses of beach and coast path offering space to breathe. Walk miles of uninterrupted coastal terrain and watch huge Atlantic storms before retreating to a pub fire for fisherman’s catch of the day and a quenching Cornish cider.

Storm watching

Feel the spray and brute force of the Atlantic from the safety of Cornwall’s many vantage points on the coast. February’s oceans are often a spectacle of hydraulic power, and watching these waves in awe is a humbling experience, putting into perspective the relentless strength of nature. Although February waters are often rough, there are many places on the coast where the swell is gentle, and you may also spot calm seas, the only movement being that of gentle ripples beneath the silvery February light. Both sea conditions are a sight to behold, especially in this quiet month.

Heritage and culture

Get a taste of Cornwall’s rich and varied heritage by visiting one of many exotic gardens, Medieval castles, Victorian houses and Tudor mansions. Not forgetting our iconic tin-mining past. The National Trust is a good place to start, with their collection of archaic houses, estates and gardens rich in history. Or, let your imagination roam and explore some of Cornwall’s more unique cultural attractions. Enjoy the unusual experience of wandering the Eden Project’s hot tropical biome on a cold February day, or delve into a past of mysticism and folklore at Boscastle’s Witchcraft Museum.

Wet-weather attractions

Cornwall is home to many under cover attractions, meaning that a bit of February drizzle doesn’t have to stop the fun. See the little one’s faces light up in awe at exotic fish, octopus and sharks at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium; visit rescue seal pups at the Seal Sanctuary, near Gweek; or soar sky high at Flambards, Cornwall’s very own theme park. For those without the kids in tow, there’s still plenty to do under shelter. visit one of Cornwall’s many art galleries, such as the Tate St Ives, to marvel at modern art installations.

Historic pubs with open fires

Swap the day’s tales inside while the weather beats down outside at one of our favourite pubs. Find thatch, exposed stone, low ceilings and a roaring open fire at Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge, The Ship Inn, Porthleven and the Tinner’s Arms, Zennor. These places are best enjoyed with a hearty meal and a cold pint. Think freshly caught mackerel, served up with steaming veg and seasonal flavours, or why not indulge in creamy lobster, accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon. The ultimate winter warmer, seaside style.

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