We know that most people’s Cornish dream is one of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and wall to wall sunshine, it’s ours too, but we are also ready for what winter has to throw at us. It isn’t all mizzle, doom and gloom; there’s nothing more spectacular than a crisp, January day spent on the beach with that cold, winter sun sinking into your skin. So pull on your beanies, lace your boots tight and get down to the coast with our Super Survival Guide for making the most of Cornwall during the darker months in The Duchy!
1. Dress the part
We remember once hearing a father tell his son, on a rather wet and windy beach day, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” In our opinion, he couldn’t be more right. When it’s blowing a hooley and the heavens have opened, all you need to do is don your wellies, zip up your waterproofs and play in the puddles! Whether you’re walking the coast path or simply walking through town to visit us at Greens, as long as you’ve got a cosy hat and a pair of mittens, you’ll be ready for anything, even in the depths of January.
2. Make the most of the dry days
It isn’t actually true that it rains all winter. A crisp, sunny day in the depths of winter in Cornwall can be more satisfying than a beautiful summers day, honestly! We love nothing more than taking the dog to Tregirls on those gorgeous days when the wind has relented, the sun is beaming down upon us and there’s a hint of spring in the air. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and the windows, and get outside at every opportunity.
3. Have dates in the diary
If you’ve always got something to look forward to, the weeks will fly by. Coffee mornings with friends after wet and windy dog walks, weekend drinks (our happy hour happens every evening we are open, with 2 cocktails for £12!) and dinner dates overlooking the gorgeous Padstow estuary. Book in those catch-ups and evenings out and before you know it, spring will be on the horizon.
4. Embrace it!
Contrary to popular belief, winter isn’t actually THAT bad and there’s no where we’d rather spend it than Cornwall (well, maybe Bali…) with our family, friends and woofers. The county is quieter, the pubs are cosier and even in the stormy weather, our view is still unrivalled! If you’re at a loose end you could head out seal spotting as you’ll find them sheltering in the bays during rough seas, or get in a round of Mini Golf on our course, it’s open rain or shine!
5. Get excited for summer
It might not feel like it, but we are actually already over the worst of it. The 21st day of December marks the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year; meaning it’s actually getting gradually lighter day by day. The spring and summer months will be upon us in no time, and it won’t be long until the streets are strung with flowers and ribbons, Padstow becomes a sea of red, white and blue and May Day is once again knocking on our door. We can’t wait!
So there you have it, all you need to survive the winter in Cornwall; a wooly hat, a happy dog, plenty of plans and a positive attitude. But if it all gets too much, simply pop in for a moan and a cuppa – we’ll be all ears!