What's Cornwall like in December?

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thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Tue 30-Jul-19 15:40:53

Both DP and my work shut over Christmas so we'd like to go away.

I think that flights are probably going to beyond us financially so was wondering about Cornwall as it's quite literally the only bit of the UK I never been to.

I have never fancied it in summer because I've heard it's really busy, I don't really like going to the beach, and if I am going to spend hours and hours in the car I would rather go somewhere else like Skye.

However I wonder if I would like it more in winter as I hope it would be quieter and I could get some nice bike rides in and it would also have more daylight than where we live now (Northumberland).

Can anyone advise?

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verticality Tue 30-Jul-19 15:43:30


Your best bet in the UK may be to head to the other coast on the south east- likely to be a bit drier than elsewhere.

Or you could embrace the wintry vibe and go somewhere like the Cairngorms where there will be snow.

You may be pleasantly surprised at how much a flight/Airbnb is in the off-season.

thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Tue 30-Jul-19 15:45:59

Oh really? I just assumed down south = dry!

I don't think the SE is very picturesque though, is it? just sort of fields and little hills.

OK - perhaps back to the drawing board!

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lots33 Tue 30-Jul-19 15:46:56

I love Cornwall in the winter. It is often wet, it is true, but just wear decent waterproofs. It can be wet and is also often windy and wild. I love the beach when the sea is wild and there is sea spray hitting your face. Lots would hate it but I love it!

Xiaoxiong Tue 30-Jul-19 15:49:51

I love winter in Cornwall! Cosy cottages, wood fires, exhilarating walks on the beach, great food, plenty to do that is indoors. Last year we had lunch around Christmastime in the nice warm biomes of the Eden Project and then walked on the beach in the afternoon drinking hot chocolate and marvelling at the huge waves and spray, then home for Christmas crap TV in front of the fire. I don't know if I would like living there all winter but for a week, well wrapped up with wellies and waterproofs and planning ahead for really good food (like supper clubs and ticketed dinners as well as pubs and restaurants), it was fab!

candycane222 Tue 30-Jul-19 15:51:04

I think forests are beautiful in winter - full of lovely subtle colours, the birds are easier to spot too! Some have biking trails I think (don't know which though, you'd have to google them!). Maybe New Forest, Ashdown Forest, or Savernake, as they are all in the S/SE?

candycane222 Tue 30-Jul-19 15:52:16

SW England is often wet in winter - though not always. Definitely wetter than the east though.

thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Tue 30-Jul-19 15:55:18

Thanks for all the suggestions! Definitely food for thought.

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verticality Tue 30-Jul-19 15:57:52

This is a secret, so don't tell anyone or they will all want to go, but the south-east is absolutely gorgeous. Check out Suffolk!

Yearinyearout Tue 30-Jul-19 15:58:01

Someone was telling me that the Northumberland coast is good in winter! They said it tends to be cold and dry rather than grey and damp...
Wherever you go just take into consideration that the smaller tourist places won't have much open.

candycane222 Tue 30-Jul-19 16:11:45

Oooh verticality has just reminded me I went for an fantastic birdwatching holiday once on the N Norfolk cost. It was amazing. Freezing cold wind, but amazing.

coffeeaddiction Tue 30-Jul-19 16:16:07

Very wet but it's beautiful when a storm comes in if your staying near a coast , a lot of the touristy places like st ives are like ghost towns that's not a bad thing !

Parttimewasteoftime Tue 30-Jul-19 16:25:44

Cornwall is beautiful at Christmas 🎄 Lots of NT places dress the house for Christmas long walks cozy cottage sounds amazing. Perranporth has lovely lights and know Eden project have the ice rink set up.

General0rgana Tue 30-Jul-19 18:15:03

Eden do the best meet Santa event ever. Definitely worth it if you've got kids (possibly even if you haven't!).

Mostly the SW is wet, and cold. But mostly wet. A lot of the emptier bits of Cornwall are just bleak.

But yes, the NT places go all out and have beautiful Christmas things on.

(I think the SW is a lot wetter than people realise! And heinously busy in the summer, but you probably knew that).

Xiaoxiong Wed 31-Jul-19 11:34:37

Oh I forgot about the Mousehole lights as well, the kids loved it smile

Ihaventgottimeforthis Wed 31-Jul-19 12:32:13

I would say if you don't like the beach and the wet mizzle then Cornwall in winter probably isn't for you.
It's definitely quiet, but you need to seize the opportunity of lovely crisp winter days to go along the coast path or up on the moors for a lovely walk or bike ride. But the sea is, for me, the best part of Cornwall.

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