February is a month that is often overlooked. But during this quieter time of year, you’ll find some of the best scenery that Cornwall has to offer. If you like escaping the crowds, seeking solace on new beaches, exploring cultural gems and embracing the seasons, why not gather the family for a February half-term break?
February half term is the perfect opportunity to embrace the late winter weather. In Cornwall, you’ll spend more time outdoors and in the elements, something you may not feel inclined to do on stormy days at home. Because what’s a bit of rain when you’re suited, booted and submerged in the surf?
Enjoy blustery coastal walks, wave watching, and perhaps even a bracing sea dip, seeking shelter in cosy harbourside pubs or your own beachside retreat where you can continue to watch the water pummel the sand as you warm up.
Refuel after a wintery walk with soul-quenching food at one of Cornwall’s many gourmet restaurants. From the range of Rick Stein eateries in Padstow, to cosy pubs with great menus such as The Mariners in Rock, take some time this half term to taste the shoreline’s seasonal delights. Many places to eat are kid and pet friendly, too.
Get acquainted with some Cornish creatures, from native baby seals to African lions. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, in Gweek, rescues and rehabilitates over 70 seal pups, which you can see up close. Or, spot them in the wild below the cliffs at Mutton Cove in Hayle, where they often bask on the sand – just be sure to keep the noise down as to not disturb their nap time. For a wet-weather-friendly day out, head to Newquay Zoo to meet over 130 species of the worlds rarest and most endangered animals.
Above all else, a February getaway gives you a chance to be together, away from the chaos of term time routines, work and household chores. Settle into a retreat where everything has been sorted for you, allowing you to truly relax. With games rooms, log burners, lavish dining tables and gorgeous views, cosy evenings in are a delight. Browse our selection of coastal properties just made for family stays.