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Twixmas breaks in Cornwall

Take the time to take a breath, enjoy blustery beach walks, family activities, or relax with your partner or bestie before the revelries ramp up again for New Years Eve! Here are some of our favourite things to do during Twixmas…

Enjoy a Beach Walk

After all the eating, drinking and overindulgences of Christmas, a bracing beach walk and fresh sea air can blow away the cobwebs and restore depleted energy. Climb the sand dunes, race to the shore, explore the beach at low tide, or simply find a sheltered spot in the dunes to quietly appreciate the vast expanse and natural beauty of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

Browse the Shops

Whether you’re after a bargain in the post-Christmas sales or just want to window shop, there’s a huge choice of independent shops in Cornwall selling interesting and unusual products. Truro, Cornwall’s only city (known as the Great Little City), is full of charm and character, with an abundance of independent shops, lovely little alleyways to explore, and a stunning Gothic Revival cathedral in the city centre.

Take a Spa Day

With many luxurious spa hotels in the area, you’re spoilt for choice on where to enjoy a few relaxing hours being pampered or taking it easy after the busyness of Christmas. Stay warm in the jacuzzi while looking out at winter waves from the Bedruthan Steps Hotel spa, enjoy the views from St Michael’s Resort in Falmouth, or make the most of an indulgent, and restful, afternoon at the adults-only Scarlet Hotel with cliff-top hot tubs to recharge your batteries.

Walk in the Woods

Tehidy Country Park, near Camborne, has over nine miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore. Take the family for a woodland walk, spot squirrels, swans, and finish with a hot chocolate and piece of cake at the lovely café. Cardinham Woods is near Bodmin and offers a variety of walking trails, cycling trails, beautiful mixed woodland and stunning scenery. Popular with dog walkers, take the whole family for some tree-therapy!

Watch the Waves

If the weather is looking too wild for outdoor activities, get cosy in a shoreside pub or café and witness the power of nature from the comfort of a fireside seat. Storm watch with a wine from the Seiners Arms on Perranporth’s beachfront or look down on the roaring sea from the vantage point of Perranporth’s Alcatraz while sipping a warming coffee. Other great places to hole up and watch from the window are the Blue Bar in Porthtowan, and the bar and restaurant at Lusty Glaze Beach.

Visit Trelissick National Trust Gardens

Feel exhilarated in the open expanse of Trelissick’s fields running down to the River Fal, which surrounds the estate on three sides. Enjoy maritime views, panoramic parkland, bring your pooch for a woodland walk, or take in the formal gardens. The garden is turned into an illuminated wonderland during the festive season, which includes Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st December, and the house will also still be bedecked and decorated during this time too.

Go to the Theatre

Performances of festive favourite The Mousehole Cat will be performed by Cousin Jacks theatre company actually in the village of Mousehole up to 31st December. Watch a live performance of this classic children’s story brought to life, then wander down to the harbour to take in the famous Christmas lights.

Or for a really traditional Twixmas event, take the family to watch a pantomime. This year Miracle Theatre present Treasure Island in Falmouth, Aladdin is being performed in Newquay, and Sleeping Beauty shown in Redruth.

Brave the Surf

Don a winter wetsuit (and hat and boots!) and brace the elements for a winter surf. It may be cold, but some of the best swells can be found in the winter. Bracing, restorative, and good for the soul, you’ll feel energised and invigorated from spending time in the sea. Remember there are no lifeguards at this time of year though, so stay safe, and always surf with a friend.

If you fancy a relaxing and rejuvenating Twixmas break on the Cornish coast, take a look at our holiday cottages, for a thoroughly restful getaway.


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