Winter in Cornwall

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Wintertime is about wrapping up, making the most of our wild coastline and festive events, then hunkering down to warm back up again. Here’s our list of things to do in Cornwall this winter:


Walks on the beach
Head out for a walk on any of Cornwall’s beaches in winter to see them at their best. Share a passing nods with the odd walker or winter surfer. The rest, over miles of open beach, is uninterrupted nature.

Besides, a windy winter walk is the perfect excuse for a hot drink overlooking the sea afterwards.

Dolphin spotting
It’s no guarantee, but there’s a chance to glimpse dolphins on Cornish shores. Last winter, in November and December, there were three sightings in Watergate Bay. This picture was taken just outside The Beach Hut.

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Christmas Festival Season
Padstow Christmas Festival, Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre, Truro’s Christmas Fayre. Just a few of the county’s festive get-togethers. Share the streets with chefs, local food producers and crafts-folk to celebrate Christmas.

A photographer’s daydream
In winter, in deepest evenings and clear, bright days, Cornwall provides an endless source of photography. With fewer people, there are chances to catch animals, ranging landscapes and local traditions around the county.


Storm watching
Cornwall, jutting as it does into the Atlantic Ocean, is exposed to some pretty big swells. From October to February, these ocean swells build and travel unhindered for thousands of miles before slamming into our cliffs. It makes for a pretty impressive spectacle.

Our favourite storm watching spots other than Watergate Bay are Sennen Cove and Porthleven. The Cribber just off Fistral, Newquay is the best place to watch extreme big-wave surfing. Be careful in high winds!


Hot choc stops
Best done after points one and two (walking on the beach and storm watching). Whether its hot chocolate loaded with whipped cream (The Beach Hut’s Extreme hot chocolate always wins in our eyes), well-made coffee or warming winter cocktails. You’ve earnt it.


Winter is, no doubt, the best time of year for surf. Low winds and clean winter swells come together to deliver unforgettable days around Cornwall. It’s cold, so you’ll need to bring winter gear (a hood is a must in late winter), but that also means fewer people in the line up.


Newquay New Years Eve fireworks display
Bring in the new year in style by celebrating in Newquay as the brand new year draws in. It is a time-old tradition for people to don fancy dress outfits for the annual festivities in the town, which include a fireworks display at Newquay Harbour.


Words won’t do justice to the visual feast of a big, heavy sun setting over the Atlantic in winter Visit our Instagram (@watergatebay) any time during the winter months, and you’ll see what makes a sunset in Cornwall so special.

Meet Father Christmas
Meet the main man himself at any one of his grottos around Cornwall. At The Eden Project, you can meet Father Christmas himself along with his elves and reindeers. He’s a very popular man, so booking is essential. He’ll also be whizzing around to various National Trust properties, and even making an appearance at Watergate Bay Hotel on Christmas Day.

Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel this winter.