Half term is fast approaching. It feels like we’ve only just had Christmas, but the February half-term holiday is already upon us as it falls early this year. Despite the wintry weather across the UK, it has been a mild winter here in Cornwall so we’re already seeing signs of spring. The snowdrops are out, the daffodils are budding and springtime is coming. We can’t guarantee that the weather will be great in mid-February (fingers crossed though), but we can promise a warm welcome in this stunning holiday destination.
So why not escape to Cornwall this February half term? We still have some availability in our holiday homes and cottages (http://www.duchyholidays.co.uk/search/cornwall/availability/any-region/4/10-02-2018/?SortType=bedrooms_asc&Nights=7) in Perranporth, St Agnes and the surrounding villages for the school break. There’s also plenty to see and do in Cornwall, even at this time of year. Here are our tips for an action packed February half-term holiday in Cornwall.
Explore the Dramatic Coast
Take a walk, drive or cycle along the Cornish coast to see the lovely beaches, rugged coast and stunning sea views. Even if it’s cold and stormy outside, it’s such a beautiful area for a stroll to see waves crashing on the dramatic coastline. Whether it’s a stroll along Perranporth Beach or a longer walk on the South West Coast Path (https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/) to St Agnes or Holywell Bay, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery and fresh air to blow away the winter cobwebs.
Go Ice Skating at Eden Project
During the winter, the Eden Project opens a big ice rink for visitors to enjoy. This year, the ice rink will be open to the end of half term so you and your children will be able to skate in the shadow of the biomes at this environmental theme park. Eden Project also has some special activities for children during half term to coincide with the release of Aardman Animations’ new film Early Man. See the Eden Project website (http://www.edenproject.com/visit) for more details.
Find a Mountain Biking Trail
Early spring is a great time get outdoors and discover the Cornish countryside. We’re lucky in Cornwall to have some high quality mountain bike trails, as well as gentler cycle routes for those who prefer to take it easier. Biking hotspots include Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods near Bodmin, the Camel Trail near Padstow and Wadebridge and the Bissoe Trail which runs coast to coast from Portreath to Devoran. All of these trails have bike hire centres, making it easy for you to go on a cycling adventure while on holiday in Cornwall.
Get Close to Nature at Newquay Zoo
During February half term, Newquay Zoo (https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/) will be launching its Nearby Nature exhibit with a range of kid-friendly activities, walking trails and animal encounters. Newquay Zoo is an education, research and conservation charity with a wide range of exotic animals from around the world, including lions, zebras, red pandas, meerkats and penguins. It represents an educational family day out.
Explore Cornwall’s Mining Heritage at Heartlands
If you’re staying in the Perranporth and St Agnes areas of North Cornwall, you will spot the ruins of old engine houses used for mining in centuries gone by. You can lean more about this mining heritage and let your kids run wild on a huge adventure playground at Heartlands (http://www.heartlandscornwall.com/) in Pool. The interactive mining exhibition is excellent, but there are also climb-on sculptures, immersive gardens, art and craft studios and a superb café.
Relax in Your Own Holiday Home
Of course, you could just sit back and take in the view from the luxury of your own holiday home. There’s loads to see and do in Cornwall, but it’s a relaxing place to just hang-out too. We have a number of holiday properties available to rent in and around Perranporth and St Agnes during half-term week. Check up-to-date availability at this page (http://www.duchyholidays.co.uk/search/cornwall/availability/any-region/4/10-02-2018/?SortType=bedrooms_asc&Nights=7). These range from two bedroom beachside properties, such as the Sandbay apartments (http://www.duchyholidays.co.uk/search/cornwall/availability/any-region/4/10-02-2018/?SortType=bedrooms_asc&Nights=7&Sandbay=true), to large five bedroom with extensive gardens, such as Grey Roofs (http://www.duchyholidays.co.uk/property/cornwall/perranporth/grey-roofs/gre088)
Please get in touch if you need help finding a suitable property for your February half-term break; our friendly team will be happy to help. Call 01872 572971 or email email@example.com.