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As we enter another new year we’ll be reflecting on the past year and planning what we want to achieve in the coming 12 months! With the winter chills making us reach for our warmest wear, many of us will be dreaming of the future spring and summer months, when we can head to the coastline of sunny Cornwall for fun at the beach. In the autumn and winter months, there are plenty of other activities to explore, both in nature and at one of the many exciting cultural locations throughout the county. With so much to see and do, we’ve helped you out by planning how to spend your year in Cornwall!
As one of the most famous landmarks in the county, St Michael’s Mount is a must visit if you are in the area. Rewarding those who make the journey to the island with picture-perfect panoramic views of the area, all the way out to Land’s End, it is certainly well worth a visit. With the gardens that surround the spectacular castle coming to life in the Spring, this is the perfect time of year to explore all the mount has to offer!
The portfolio of National Trust properties and landscapes in Cornwall is fairly extensive, with numerous protected houses and gardens to be visited throughout the county. While there are plenty of places to choose from, some of our favourites are located very close to our dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall, including Trelissick, where you can explore the stunning estate and woodland that surrounds the incredible country house. Glendurgan garden also offers up a chance to experience the exotic in Cornwall, with tropical plants leading to a secluded beach, while Trerice invites you in to explore the exciting interiors of the Elizabethan manor house that sits in the delightfully designed gardens. With the gardens coming into bloom in the Spring months, the sunnier months of the year are certainly better for discovering these incredible properties.
Nestles into the cliff tops above Porthcurno beach, the Minack is a stage like no other, acting as an open-air theatre with absolutely breathtaking views. Looking out over the surrounding bay, the stunning Cornish seascapes act as the perfect backdrop to the incredible performances, from musical acts to Shakespeare productions. Take a seat on the staggered steps carved into the granite cliffs and watch on in awe as the entertainment commences in this wonderfully unique location. Performances run from May to September, making this the ideal way to spend a summer night!
As one of the top surfing spots in the world, the summer months see Cornwall flooded with surfers heading to the shore with their boards at the ready! While surfers will try and catch waves at any of the beaches in Cornwall, the North coast provides some of the best surf by far, with Fistral beach regularly acting as the location for surfing competitions. If you’re not sure how to surf yet, then there are also plenty of surf schools to be found along the coast, where you can pick up some tips and tricks, as well as being able to rent a wetsuit and board if you’re only at the beach for the day!
Spend the afternoon in the sun with a delightful vineyard tour of Cornwall’s best wine producer; Camel Valley Vineyard. Wander between the vines with a glass of their award-winning wine in hand and learn all about the winery and grape growing processes that take place in this Cornish vineyard. Finish your tour with a special wine tasting session, allowing you to sample a range of their fantastic white, red and bubbly sips!
Not so hot you’ll be sweating the whole way, and not too cold that you’ll be shivering underneath 20 layers of scarves and coats, the autumn months are ideal for attempting to walk the coast path. With the path stretching the 300 miles of coastline in Cornwall, it may be a little too ambitious to walk it all (especially in one go!), but there are certainly plenty of walks to embark on from wherever you plan to start! Grab a map and mark off which routes you’ve completed to keep a fun record of your progress.
Autumn is the time for Halloween celebrations, and nothing in Cornwall is spookier than Bodmin Jail! Once a jail in the 18th Century, this historical site now sees brave visitors turn up for ghost tours walks and spooky activities after dark, such as scary movie screenings! While perfect for an autumnal night, the jail runs day and night tours during the rest of the year too!
A pasty can’t be called a Cornish pasty if it hasn’t been baked in Cornwall, so the only way to get the real deal is to grab a bite in the county itself! A must for your Cornish bucket list at any time of the year, but the winter is a particularly great time to have a nibble, as the warming filling is bound to chase away the winter chills!
The winter months are likely to see rain and chillier temperatures, meaning you more than likely want to head indoors! While there are plenty of rainy day indoor activities in Cornwall to choose from, one of our favourites is the Tate in St. Ives. Part of the Tate art institution, the gallery space is housed in the beautiful seaside town of St. Ives, where the regularly changing collection displays works from a range of British artists with connections to St. Ives.
Of course, most of these activities can be enjoyed at any time of the year, so whenever you are planning on visiting Cornwall this year, see how many of these exciting places and activities you can visit and achieve from this list!