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Escape the winter blues with Short Breaks in Cornwall!

The winter months in the UK can be hard to get through, especially when you’ve just enjoyed a jam packed December with lots of Christmas festivities, parties and nights out, then suddenly January hits and then there is nothing but long, dark, days.  Perhaps now would be a good time to take a mini break – it would give you something to look forward to and enjoy on these cold, dark months! 

Why not come and visit Colroger Holiday Cottages for a few days?

Cornwall is probably not the first destination that comes to mind for a winter break, but although we are often seen as a summer destination we still have lots to offer in the winter months and sometimes this can be when you really get to see the best of Cornwall!

With summer crowds far far away, dramatic lighting and rugged scenery, awesome storms and cozy pubs, we think that winter is perhaps the perfect time to visit our lands especially if you want a taste of the local life or perhaps just a peaceful escape from the rat race for a few days!

Here our out top things to do on your short breaks in Cornwall this winter…

Our Top 8 Things to Do on Your Short Breaks in Cornwall:

1. Discover our outdoor theatres

Perhaps one of the most famous outdoor theatres in the UK is the Minack Theatre.  You can visit during the day and gaze out at the ocean, or why not see if you can catch an evening show and enjoy a night wrapped up warm under the stars!

If the coast isn’t your thing, we also have the Rouge Theatre hidden in our majestic woodlands which is equally beautiful to visit and also has a lot going on to watch!

2. Enjoy our hearty local food and drink

Local cozy pubs, warm hearty food, cream teas – and no bikini body to worry about for months! Winter is the perfect time to indulge in our yummy local grub! And boy, do we have a lot to try!  Some might say Cornwall is the heart of craft ale or cider, we have so many micro distilleries you could visit.  We are also famous for our local foods, with lots of up and coming producers making everything from Cornish pasties to handmade fudge and chocolate.  Cornwall really is a hub of activity when it comes to the food and drink industry.  In the winter months our small local pubs seem even more inviting with their warm cozy fires and local vibe – the perfect place to end a long day of walking with a good hearty home-cooked meal!

Our local, The Old Inn, in the snow

3. Go Storm Chasing

The winter brings some awesome storms in from the Atlantic ocean to our shores which are incredible to watch if you get the chance! Perhaps sit in a cozy cafe with a hot choc and watch from a window, or even park up in your car with a cliff view and watch the sea go crazy!

4. Ride the Waves

With good storms come mega waves for surfing – some of the best and biggest waves to be had all year here happen in the winter months. You also have the added bonus of crowd free beaches, and mostly just locals surfing – unlike the summer months when our waters are packed with tourists and waves have to be shared.  Many surf schools are still open and teaching if you are new to surfing or want to brush up on your skills. You can hire surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, boots, hats and gloves no problem – so no need to worry if you don’t have all the equipment!

Winter is by far the most reliable season for good quality surf in Cornwall. Distant Atlantic storms create big swells; offshore winds are supplied via polar continental winds blowing in from the east across Northern Europe. The winds and swells sometimes coincide and combine to create classic surfing conditions. When good conditions arrive at Summerleaze Beach at Bude on the North Cornwall coast I have an excellent vantage point for surf photography at the end of the breakwater here, allowing me to get very close to the action These two surfers were captured just after thick sea fog had lifted on a cold day in December. They certainly had not just paddled out and must have been surfing in the fog.

5. Explore our lands

The low winter light casts a dramatic illumination which is perfect if you are a photographer or painter. You will be able to capture the true rugged essance of Cornwall. Or, if you are not that creative, why not just enjoy walking along our beautiful coastline, or venturing inland and explore our magical woodland trails.

6. Spot the wildlife

Cornwall is well known for its wildlife both at sea and in shore.  The Lizard Peninsular in particular provides an ideal location for wildlife fans surrounded by the sea and with the Helford River also, our lands attract so many different types of birds – both sea birds, woodland and moor birds.

If birds are not your thing, then maybe seals are more for you. Our costal waters bring in lots of wild seals and you can often see them basking on the sand or rock in our coves or beaches.  We also are located close to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, which is spread across 40 acres and gives you a guaranteed chance to meet not only the seals but also penguins, otters and sea lions too.

7. Learn to cook

If you are a bit of a foodie, and activity number 2 got your attention then why not learn to cook our local delicacies at one of our famous cookery schools.  We have quite a few to choose between, from Rick Steins on Padstow and Philleigh Way in Truo to Fat Hen in Penzance.

A yummy dish being served at the Fat Hen

8. Enjoy the mild climate

The Lizard Peninsular possible enjoys one of the warmest climates in Britain, even our winters can feel quite mild in comparison to other areas of the UK.  It is due to this warm local climate that we are surrounded by an abundance of sub-tropical plants and vegetation which gives Cornwall a beautiful flash of colour all year round. With primroses and camellias blooming in December and Daffodils decorating our hedgerows in January you might vine forget just for a few days that we are still currently in the darkest part of winter!

For a real spectacular array of plants and flowers, why not visit one of our local gardens?

The Bonytho Estate Gardens are just around the corner from us and will surprise you with colour all year round!  There are lakes to explore, woodlands filled with flowers and beautiful manicured traditional gardens to enjoy too.

Or perhaps venture a little further East and pop into the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Europe’s largest garden restoration project, with over 200 acres to explore of wildlife and plants – a paradise for the plant lover or garden romantic.

Mud Maid in the snow at the Lost Gardens

Stay with us!

What ever takes your fancy, Colroger Holiday Cottages are ideally located for you to get the most out of your Short Breaks in Cornwall.  Our self catered holiday cottages are a cozy home from home and we even allow dogs – so all the family can enjoy a holiday!

Contact Pat James for more information, prices and to book:
Tel: 01326 240580
Email: info@colrogerholidays.co.uk

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