There's absolutely no question about Cornwall being a place of paradise in summer and blossoming beauty in the spring, but what about during the colder months when the days are darker and weather brisker?
We could be seen as biased when we say that we love spending every season in Cornwall, but with thoughts of devouring steaming hot buttery pasties, storm watching from cosy refuges and getting lost among twinkling winter markets, who's to deny Cornwall's all-year-round appeal?
Stroll along secluded silky beaches and feel as though you're the first to discover them. Wander in awe around glorious galleries and notice a world of creative gems and artistic brilliance. Stumble upon inviting cosy pubs that are warmed to perfection by grated wood burning fires. An abundance of Cornish culture can also be found in our country's wintry events which extend plentifully beyond the summer months.
A world of tailored wellness awaits at St Michaels Resort during the winter months. Whether your ideal break away involves complete relaxation and time to re-set, a chance to indulge your taste buds and explore our creative Cornish cuisine, or enjoy an active retreat that pushes your boundaries and invites you to try something new.
Sanctuary can be found in our resort when the wintery heavens open and Cornwall feels too blustery for outdoor exploration. Frosty fingers and cold-tipped noses are forgotten during time in our hydrothermal facilities, where the heated atmosphere not only feels like luxury but also offers generous benefit to your skin, airways and mind. Discover our Cornwall spa break packages designed to make the perfect winter getaways. Heart rates can still be raised within the St Michaels Health Club, as your fitness levels are put to the test and our personal trainers push your boundaries. And there’s no need to travel far to experience exceptional Cornish cuisine when dishes that combine a careful choreography of flavours, textures, local produce and technical expertise can be found waiting in Brasserie on the Bay.
What not to miss this winter...
Music is capable of a number of health benefits including lowering stress levels, raising states of consciousness and changing moods. To celebrate the rich history of Folk music, this year's line-up comprises a mix of traditional sounds from across the UK and wider afield, offering something a little different for those that like a broader musical experience.
With The Strawbs, Cara Dillon and Steve Harley Acoustic Trio, plus some unforgettable names and fifteen other acts, this is certain to be a great festival and one live music event note to miss in the South West.
Nothing heralds the start of the festive season quite like the City of Lights, Truro's midwinter lantern festival. Come and see a dazzling procession of willow-stick-and-tissue lanterns; handmade by artists, schools and community groups, float through the city streets.
This year's theme is 'Under the Clock Tower'. Alongside the visual spectacle City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipers and drums.
An impressive selection of Cornish crafts and food will be on display in Truro when the Piazza plays host to the annual Christmas 'Made in Cornwall' fair where every product on sale has a little extra added value as it is guaranteed as being Made in Cornwall.
The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance for members of the public to buy great Cornish gifts and food for Christmas. Just under a hundred of the finest local artisans, artists and food and drink producers will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed annual fair.
There is something at the fair to suit all pockets - the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer!
What better place to relax, unwind and indulge over the festive season than right here in Falmouth. We have put together the perfect Cornwall Christmas breaks for you to choose from. Whether you're interested in exceptional food, coastal walks or just relaxing with a glass of wine, our Christmas packages have you covered.
Nigerian-born contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga will install new and existing works at Tate St Ives. Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures address complex and fraught histories around the politics of land and its relationship to the body.
Rainy Day Outings
Remind yourself that you’re on holiday as you step inside the Mediterranean and rainforest biomes and walk in wonder along pathways caressed with botanical beauty.
Travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines. More than just a huge tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationship between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life.
Experience the joy of Christmas with a visit to Father Christmas, a skate on the ice rink and, as darkness falls, enjoy an unmissable after-dark experience across the gardens and biomes.
Set sail on a voyage of discovery and enrich your understanding of the sea and Cornwall as you’re led through narrative exhibitions decorated with rare objects from around the world.
With over 15 galleries, a boat building workshop, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, exciting temporary exhibitions, artwork, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects there's plenty to explore.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is just a stone's throw away from St Michales Resort. It is an independent museum celebrating the influence of the sea on history and culture and telling the story of Cornwall's incredible maritime heritage.
Inspiring art and breathtaking scenery meet at Tate St Ives. Perched above Porthmeor Beach with views across the Atlantic Ocean, the gallery showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th Century alongside an ever-changing programme of exhibitions.
Discover how a small fishing own became an art capital of the world, and encounter iconic artworks by celebrated figures such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo.