Why winter in Cornwall is the ultimate staycation

30th December 2018

Forget long traffic jams in the summer heat, crowded beaches and inflated hotel prices –Cornwall is the ideal staycation location for those itching for that ultimate winter break.

With a beautifully wild coastline and empty beaches that stretch for miles, the Duchy becomes a hub for avid walkers and storm watchers in the cooler season, perfect for those ready to embrace the refreshing wind and discover winter wildlife.

And it’s this time of year that we’re welcoming guests with our winter warmer cocktails, heart-warming menu and fantastic seasonal offers – our popular steak night and Fish Fridays to name but a few.

But if you’re also staying with us this season, here’s a few things you can look forward to (and, if you’re not, reasons why you really should):

Winter Sunsets

Cornwall arguably has some of the best sunset locations in the UK – no matter what time of year, it’s undeniably a beautiful sight.

But in winter, expect crisp, striking colours across an ice-blue sky. We love watching the sun go down from our terrace in the late afternoon with a French red and cosy blanket.

Windy Walks

With more than 600 miles of coast path, Cornwall boasts spectacular coastal views and an abundance of wildlife in the winter months – from dolphins and seals to some of the Duchy’s rarest birds. However, The Plume is located just a few minutes walk from the stunning Laddock Woods – perfect for getting off the coast and into nature!


If big waves get your heart pumping, Cornwall is home to some of the best surf spots in the UK. As storm swells hit throughout the season, expect barrels-galore and endless days of decent surf – it’s safe to say there’s always at least one beach in Cornwall with a working wave. We’re just a short drive from some of the most famous surf beaches in Cornwall and are happy to help find some of the best local instructors to get you in the sea.


Christmas is when the community really shines in the Duchy. With festivals happening across the county, from local Christmas markets to the more pagan Montol festival in Penzance, there’s something for everyone. You can find out about specific festive events here: https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on

Year-round attractions

Just because the sun has disappeared, it doesn’t mean there is nothing to do if you’re not the outdoor type. Places like the Eden Project and Newquay’s aquarium remain open throughout the off-season, showcasing winter-themed events. Also, did you know you’re never more than seven miles from a museum when you’re in Cornwall?