Winter in Cornwall

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Winter in Cornwall is about wrapping up, making the most of our wild coastline and quiet open spaces, then hunkering down to warm back up again. 

Beach and coastal walks

Wide-open spaces and empty beaches, take to the cliffs and walk the South West coast path, or check the tides and explore rock pools, caves and our sandy shores. Read 10 local family walks from our friends at Muddy Stilettoes, and check our blog on Ten best beaches in Cornwall for inspiration.

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

Discover more walks, bike rides and gardens

Dolphin Spotting and Photography

It’s no guarantee, but there’s a chance to glimpse dolphins on Cornish shores. This picture was taken just outside The Beach Hut during the winter months...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.

Inspiring sea life and where to find it

Ice Skating at the Eden Project

Every winter from November to February, the Eden Project ice rink opens. Spend the morning exploring the rainforest biomes and the Eden Project gardens, and the afternoon skating. Pre-booking is essential and do check the website for the latest updates.

Ice Skating at the Eden Project

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!

The Beach Hut Extreme Hot Chocolate

Extreme Hot Chocolate

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 a 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 lineup. The Extreme Academy has all the kit to keep you warm, no matter if you are surfing, body boarding or paddle boarding. 


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.