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Cornwall is a beautiful part of the UK that continues to offer an affordable summer escape for Brits and foreign tourists alike.
With a combination of a stunning, seemingly endless coastline stacked with some truly remarkable beaches, a distinct and unique old-world charm and some of the country’s best tourist attractions, Cornwall will always be a major summer draw.
It is also, however, a region that can offer just as much in the winter months leading up to, and immediately following Christmas. Whilst Cornwall is perceived by many as the perfect domestic summer holiday, it has a lot to offer for a winter break too!
Ice Skating and Christmas at the Eden Project
The Eden Project is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall but in the entire United Kingdom. Whilst it might be famed for its tropical climates, however, from October through to February every year, the only indoor skating rink in Cornwall opens up to seasoned skaters and slipper newbies alike.
The Eden Project doesn’t just turn into one of the best ice skating rinks in the UK during the winter months. Indeed, throughout December, you’ll not only be able to take the kids to visit Father Christmas but experience an awe-inspiring after-dark light installation, complete with live music and projections that put the Blackpool illuminations to shame.
From Birmingham to Brighton; Christmas markets have become something of a British festive tradition in recent years. Cornwall too offers its very own Christmas markets throughout November and December.
The capital of Truro hosts its own Christmas Fair every year, with plenty of handmade crafts and an electric atmosphere and this fair is always followed by the Boscawen Street Market, which runs right up until Christmas Day. Padstow and Fowey also host their own markets, with the Padstow food and drink-focused Christmas market often regarded as one of the country’s best.
The Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary is open all year (apart from Christmas Day) and offers not only a vast array of colourful wildlife for families to discover, but a range of playful activities including the Jungle Barn indoor play centre.
From tropical birds and gardens to some truly stunning conservation projects and major daily events, there’s always something going on. Just for Christmas, the park also boasts a magical Santa’s grotto that will bring a warm smile to children both young and old.
The Blue Reef Aquarium at Newquay
There’s something undeniably soothing about an aquarium, and Blue Reef in Newquay is the largest and most popular in the region. Get as close as possible to sharks, turtles and some rare and exotic species of fish you might not have even realised existed before.
Giving visitors a unique look at everything from tropical reefs to the local Cornish coastal sea life, this is one world of underwater adventure you won’t want to miss! It’s also open all year round, so offers a perfect winter escape.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
Located near Truro, this one is strictly for the adults.Cornwall is famous for its scrumpy, so you’d surely never forgive yourself if you didn’t pop by the iconic farm to sample something truly warming and tasty. A great day out where you’ll learn a surprising amount and might just come away with a newfound appreciation for that gorgeous grown-up apple juice.
Of course, Cornwall is a vast county with so much more to offer than we could possibly include here, so don’t be afraid to explore. It’s the kind of county that you can visit every year and never get enough of.