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Reasons to visit Cornwall in February Half Term

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Reasons to visit Cornwall in February Half Term

Posted: January 11, 2024

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Indulge in a winter family getaway in Cornwall this February Half Term!

Cornwall is not always an obvious choice for a winter holiday but we love winter in Cornwall.

Winter in Cornwall is all about the elements – wind, sun, storms and sometimes rain too! Whatever the weather, wrap up warm and get outdoors with the family. The Cornish beaches are great for beachcombing for objects of fascination that the sea has washed up on stormy days. Go for long walks and come back to a local cafe for hot chocolate. It’s a great opportunity to spend family time together without distractions!

Porthleven offers a lot to winter visitors – it is alive with cafes and award-winning restaurants for all tastes, the beach is open to dogs and its a wonderful location for storm watching. If you love storm watching you could catch the spectacle of an Atlantic storm battering the harbour of Porthleven from the safety of The Ship Inn!

Whilst outdoor adventures are a must, there will be days when its just not possible to get everyone out of the cottage, so its good to have a few indoor activities planned to keep everyone happy.

Poldhu Beach cafe Cornwall

Enjoy the beach

Poldhu Beach café is a firm favourite for milder days. The café is famous for its indulgent hot chocolates to warm you up after a beach walk. The beach at Poldhu is perfect for beach combing and you can walk the cliff path to the next cove along, Church Cove. Church Cove has a beautiful church right on the beach which has served as a safe haven for many in stormy weather.

Lands End Cornwall with sea views

Lands End 

Famous for its unique location literally at the end of the land! Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the scenery is outstanding. Enjoy a shot walk to see the animals the 200 year old restored Greeb Farm and get your picture taken at the iconic Land’s End signpost. There are plenty of activities for families indoors too from indoor crazy golf, the 4D Jolly Roger film experience, or the special installation by Aardman Productions.

he classic activity in Cornwall! You can of course see the sign and go for walks but there’s also a lot of family friendly activities at the site too to enjoy. 

Porthcurno beach cornwall

Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

This fascinating museum is located at Porthcurno beach – arguably the most beautiful beach in Cornwall! Discover the incredible story of communications and how this tranquil valley in Cornwall became the host to worldwide subsea communication. If the weather is kind, visit the beach afterwards and Minack Theatre on perched on the cliff top.

eden project cornwall

Eden Project

February is an ideal time to visit the incredible Eden Project. Enjoy a walk around the warm climates of the Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes and then take the children ice-skating. The ice-rink is open until the end of half term. Be sure to visit the Core Building and the Invisible Worlds exhibition. There are plenty of great food options for all ages. If you fancy something a bit daring, try the Zip Wire and Adventure Activities centre.

Pendennis Castle from the air

English Heritage Pendennis Castle 

Pendennis Castle near Falmouth is open through the half term week has lots of things to learn about and do. This coastal fortress has incredible views overlooking Falmouth and is perfect for a family day out. Grab a Castle Explorers family trail guide when you arrive.

Martime Museum Falmouth

Maritime Museum, Falmouth

The popular Science of the Sea exhibition returns again in 2024 for February half term. Learn where energy comes from and witness explosive experiments in our science shows, get creative in Make & Take, and embark on a captivating Museum trail. Afterwards you’ve learned all about maritime in Cornish waters, take a stroll around Falmouth town and enjoy a bit of local shopping.

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