Top Ten things to do in Cornwall this Winter

things to do in Cornwall this Winter

Top Ten things to do in Cornwall this Winter

November 20, 2018 11:52 am

Top Ten things to do in Cornwall this Winter

Welcome to our Top ten things to do in Cornwall this Winter.  As you know we’ve had a fabulous summer, but did you know Cornwall also has so much to offer to the winter visitor? Many of the attractions stay open and you get to enjoy it without the crowds and with cheaper prices on accommodation, so what’s not to love? Here are our top ten picks of activities for your Cornish winter break in no particular order.  

1) Enjoy Christmas lights in Cornwall’s Harbour Towns

Number one of things to do in Cornwall in Winter is visit the Harbour Towns.  Cornwall has many beautiful harbour towns, which can get pretty busy in high season. The beauty of visiting in the winter is you have the space to really take it all in. On a stormy day the waves crashing against the harbour walls can be absolutely spectacular. Many also have stunning Christmas light displays. Our favourites are the Mousehole Christmas lights where you can see the beautiful inspiration behind the Mousehole cat come alive. This year the switch on will be on 15th December

Port Issac is 30 minutes from Ekopod, Boscastle 20 minutes and Mousehole 1.5 hours

2) Take in the Cornish Winter Scenery

Second of our things to do in Cornwall this Winter is to take stunning walks along the Southwest Coast footpath, or across Bodmin moor. On cold crisp sunny day’s you’ll be rewarded with bright blue skies impressive views. For dog lovers the summer bans on some of our beaches are lifted over the winter so they can enjoy all your walks with you. Follow these walks up with hot chocolates in front of log fires or Sunday roasts at one of the many of great pubs we have here. Our favourite roast is at The Rising Sun at Altarnun after a walk up to Roughtor.

The Rising Sun is a 45 minute walk from Ekopod. Roughtor and the South West Coast footpath are both a 20 minute drive away 

3) Get underground!

If the weather ends up not being good enough to hike, why not escape from it by doing the third of our things to do in Cornwall this Winter and explore underground in Cornwall’s Carnglaze Caverns? 150 meters into the hillside and created by local slate miners, there are huge chambers and an underground lake with crystal clear water to discover. Open all year round Monday – Saturday 10-5pm (closed Christmas day and maybe Boxing day and New Years).

Carnglaze Caverns are a 30 minute drive away from Ekopod


4) Visit Santa by Steam train

This Christmas your children can take a steam train to Santa’s grotto. Number four of our things to do in Cornwall this Winter is Santa by steam train.  Starting at Bodmin General station, on your hour long return journey on a beautiful steam train, you’ll get a visit with Santa, carols, presents and mince pies to really get you in the festive spirit! 1st December – 24th December

Bodmin General station is 30 minutes from Ekopod

5) Experience a Victorian Christmas

Looking for something traditional? At number five is visiting the beautiful Lanhydrock House. Here, the past will come alive this year, with many of the rooms decorated to re-create a traditional Victorian Christmas. There are various activities to get the whole family involved, including a foodie themed festive trail for children. Open every day (except Christmas day and Boxing Day) from 11am-4pm

Lanhydrock is 30 minutes from Ekopod

6) Explore the Lost gardens of Heligan

So exploring gardens might feel like a summer activity, but the Lost Gardens of Heligan look different in every season, so it’s worth the trip to see them in the winter and so it makes our number six of things to do in Cornwall this Winter.  The  Gardens are open every day except Christmas Day. Over the festive period there will be illuminations, a Christmas trail, Christmas Craft workshops and visits from Father Christmas.

The Lost Gardens for Heligan are 1 hour from Ekopod

7) Get close to nature

The seals around the Cornish coasts are a wonderful site but not one that is easy to spot.  However, you can get up close to them at the Cornish seal sanctuary which is our number seven.  The winter is the time to visit if you want to see baby seals, as it is pup season for the grey seal (the type you see along the Cornish coast) and the sanctuary rescues over 60 each year. You get up to 30% off if you book your tickets online and money from your ticket goes towards supporting all their hard work. Open 11am -4pm.

The Cornish seal sanctuary is 1 hr 20 minutes from Ekopod

8)Take in a light show at the Eden project

At the Eden project from 24th November until the 30th December from 5-8pm there is an immersive light spectacular with interactive light sculptures and live music, which we think makes it a must do in Cornwall this winter.  They also have the only indoor ice skating rink in Cornwall which will be running until 24th February. The Eden Project at our number eight is open every day except Christmas day and a couple of days in January. You can follow it up with staying in a Dome of your own at Ekopod!

The Eden Project is 45 minutes from Ekopod

9) Celebrate New Year’s Eve

For number nine come and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Cornwall, you can chose a romantic getaway in the countryside in one of our pods, or go out and enjoy fireworks over the sea.  There are particularly fantastic displays organised in St Ives, Newquay and Looe amongst others.

 The Newquay display is 50 minutes from Ekopod

10) Visit Christmas Markets!

Number ten of our top ten things to do in Cornwall this winter is visiting one of the Christmas Markets.  There are many to chose from but our favourite is the Padstow Christmas festival.  Surely this is a do not miss festival for the foodies amongst you!  From the 6th – 9th December, some of the top UK chefs will be providing expert demonstrations of their craft. There is also locally produced food, drinks, crafts and artwork, live music, fireworks and carol services to keep the whole family entertained.

Padstow is 45 minutes from Ekopod

Whatever you end up doing we at Ekopod hope you have a fantastic time!

Rachael and Matt X