It may be the shortest month of the year but don’t let February fool you. There’s lots on at Watergate Bay and Cornwall during the month – here’s our top five pick-of-the-bunch things to enjoy.
1. St Ives feast and hurling the silver ball – Monday 9 February
It may look an awful lot like quidditch but the game of Hurling the Silver ball is more akin to an old form of Rugby. The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition celebrating the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia, near Porthmeor Beach, in 1434. Following the mayor’s civic procession from the church, participants must win the ball from one another and return it to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall at the stroke of midday. Take a ring side seat near Porthmeor beach as the battle commences.
More information can be found online.
2. The World Pasty Championships at Eden – Saturday 28 February
We’ve all got our favourite Cornish pasty, but only the best crimpers in the world make it to the ‘Olympics of the Oggy’ held at the Eden Project. The event will celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe as well as some more unusual varieties – and professionals and amateurs are all invited to compete. The acclaimed eight-man folk group from Port Isaac, The Fisherman’s Friends, are also set to top the bill this year.
Visit the Eden Project online for more details.
3.See daffodils in bloom
With it’s temperate climate, Cornwall is one of the best places in the world to grow daffodils and narcissi. The daffodil flowering season in Cornwall can last for seven months – weather dependent – from November to May, with the main picking-period between January and April. It’s not hard to spot these brilliant fields of gold around the county so make sure to stop for a great photo opportunity.
4. The Woman in Black at The Hall for Cornwall – Monday 2-Saturday 7 February
The original story from Susan Hill, The Woman in Black, has been thrilling readers, cinema goers and theatre audiences alike for more than a quarter of a century. Now the theatrical exploration of terror comes to Truro and is suitable for children aged 11 and over.
For more information and to book, plus for other events during February, visit the Hall for Cornwall website.
5. Valentines Day by the sea
Take a romantic stroll on the beach at Watergate Bay followed by food worth savouring and sharing as close as you can get to the sea – at The Beach Hut. Expect double rib of beef with béarnaise sauce and sweet potato fries, spatchcock free range chicken with winter panzanella, and whole sea bass with sag alloo.
Call our reservations team on 01637 861295 to book your table.