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 5 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.
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2. The National maritime Museum – Science of the Sea
The National Maritime Museum is certainly worth a visit. Featuring 15 exciting galleries unlike any other in the country.
This February half term, discover the wonderful world of chemistry through the everyday life of water. Explorer Dome’s show is a live, expert-led science show with entertaining demonstrations, audience interaction and volunteers will be required! Giving people of all ages a hands-on experience of science and a chance to meet researchers from the nearby Penryn Campus. As well as hearing short talks, visitors become scientists themselves by taking part in a range of activities and demonstrations.
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. Farmers Markets
Here you’ll be able to find free-range meat and eggs, freshly baked goods, Cornish produced cheeses along with jams and chutneys as well as quirkier items like home made dog treats. Our favorites are Truro market, every Wednesday and Sunday and Pendeen Farmers Market, every first and third Saturday of each month.
5. Early Man at Eden
Take part in an archaeological dig, using brushes and tools to uncover ancient artifacts, or head for the fire pit in the Orchard and learn the survival skills that you would need to survive the Stone Age. Discover the latest film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit – Early Man, including behind the scenes fun and activities.
6. Train the Troops at Pendennis Castle
Visit Pendennis Castle during half term to step back in time and see if you have what it takes to become a WWI Soldier. Learn about the vital part that Pendennis Castle played in the first World War as the command centre of coast artillery defences for West Cornwall.
7. 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. The Beach Hut menu visits many places – among them Mexico, Asia and Italy – to create contemporary British seaside food. The Beach Hut will bring you together in the most relaxed, beside-the-sea way.