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20th November 2017 | Regional News

Cornwall: A Winter Wonderland

Famed for its beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery, Cornwall is the go-to destination for a British summertime staycation. But, even though winter isn’t the season for sun, sandcastles and ice-cream, it still has plenty to offer during the chillier months.

Its rich cultural heritage, quaint villages and unique festive traditions make Cornwall a winter wonderland. From award-winning museums and wildlife centres, to magical Christmas markets and cosy winter walks, there’s something for everyone during this wonderful time of the year.

Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve taken a look at why Cornwall is the perfect winter destination. So, hold onto your woolly hats, as we guide you through some of the best Cornish winter attractions and activities.

Marvellous Museums

Cornwall has a fascinating history, and there are plenty of places in the region where you can learn all about it, including a whole host of museums and historical attractions that are just waiting to be explored.

The National Maritime Museum, under 40 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park, is one of the most interesting museums in the region. Venture on your own voyage of discovery through 15 outstanding galleries, learning all about the maritime heritage of Cornwall. Unearth the stories of the seas as you explore a variety of exhibitions, including a survival zone and a boat building workshop.

If you’re an art lover, then a trip to the Tate St Ives is a must. Under an hour from Mullion Holiday Park, this gallery celebrates local art, with a mix of classic and contemporary exhibits. If you want to get a feel for Cornwall’s distinctive culture scene, this is the place. Alternatively, if you’re interested in military history or flying, don’t miss the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre. Under 15 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park, the museum showcases restored British aircraft from the Cold War era.

Video sourced from Visit Cornwall

Exciting Attractions

Come rain or shine, one of the best things about Cornwall is that you’ll always find something to do. There are plenty of exciting attractions all over the region that will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions, where visitors can step inside two huge biome greenhouses, packed with rare plant species and tropical rainforests. Under 30 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park, walk amongst towering trees, wonderful waterfalls and vibrant plants, with warm temperatures making you feel like you’re in a tropical climate!

Of course, there are those who enjoy the cold. In fact, there’s a whole herd at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, which has been rehabilitating seals for over 60 years. Less than an hour from White Acres Holiday Park, you can get up close with the animals and learn all about the sanctuary’s amazing work.

If you want to see even more animals, Newquay Zoo is well worth a visit too. Here, you’ll find over 130 different species, from armadillos to zebras. Just over 30 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park, it makes for a great family day out. Don’t miss the Jungle all the way event on December 16th and 17th, where you and the little ones can enjoy some festive fun. From visiting Santa to completing the candy cane trail, you’ll definitely leave feeling festive.

Video sourced from edenprojecttv

Festive Fun

No winter break would be complete without a few festive activities, and there are plenty in Cornwall to keep you entertained. From Bude to Penzance, you’ll find Christmas markets and festivals right across the region throughout November and December.

One of the best is Padstow Christmas Festival, which hosts the finest food, drink and craft producers in Cornwall. Just 30 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park, it’s a must-see for any foodie. Another Cornish Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss is the lights switch-on at Mousehole. A great alternative to a city centre event, this small coastal village goes above and beyond at Christmas time, with festive lights not only on the cottages and quayside, but also in the harbour and around the surrounding hills.

If you’re looking to do some Christmas shopping whilst you’re away, then Truro is the ideal place to go. The Cornish capital, under 30 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park, has late-night shopping until 9pm every Wednesday, with streets lined with festive stalls, entertainers and carol singers, perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit!

Video sourced from Gerald Coset

Winter Walks

Cornwall is famous for its picturesque seaside walks and ancient coastal paths, and during winter the landscape really comes to life as the scenery transforms into a winter wonderland. The chillier months provide a peaceful and tranquil experience, creating the ideal backdrop for a relaxing stroll.

Winter is also a great time to visit if you’re bringing a canine companion. During the busier months, certain beaches can set restrictions surrounding dogs. However, between October and Easter, many of these bans no longer apply, so it’s the perfect time for your four-legged friend to enjoy a holiday too!

There are plenty of walking trails to choose from in Cornwall, and one of the best is the Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth coastal walk. Under an hour from White Acres Holiday Park, this dog-friendly route takes you 5 miles along the coastline, with breathtaking views across the sea.

Video sourced from Cornish Stargazer

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