Quiet Cornwall – why you should visit St Ives in the winter

It’s beautiful in St Ives in February. Many visitors choose to come to Cornwall in the summer; however we think this quieter time of year has a lot to offer. Here’s why we love the Cornish seaside winter.

Windswept beaches

Cornwall has an astonishing wild beauty in the winter, emphasised by the relative emptiness of its beaches. Walking along a windy beach on a cold February days is one of the real pleasures of visiting Cornwall out of season. Then the wind suddenly drops, and you can actually feel the sun on your back. It’s at times like this that you appreciate that Cornwall really does have its own climate, and a winter picnic on the beach is not infeasible!

If you’re here with a four-footed friend, they can enjoy the run of all St Ives’ beaches at this time of year. As well as the beaches here in St Ives, try the amazing sweeps of sand in Hayle.

Cosy corners

There’s nothing like leaving that bracing beach and finding a cosy corner to curl up in. If you’re in town, The Sloop Inn is a favourite place to warm up after a walk. If you’re the hardy type, a hand-warming pasty eaten in the shelter of the harbour wall (wind-direction depending) is a real Cornish way to insulate you on a February trip to the seaside. At The Garrack, we’ve a choice of places to curl up in with a good book and a cuppa. Choose the best seat in the house by one of the open fires, or perch in a window seat to watch those wintry waves.

Winter feasting

Nature’s larder doesn’t empty over the winter, and February is a great month for fish. February’s favourite fish is lemon sole. Try them grilled whole, brushed with Cornish butter and served with a dash of lemon. Dover sole and dab are also in season if you like flat fish, and it’s also a good time of year for wild bass and bream. For all you Valentine’s Day romantics, oysters are another February favourite in Cornwall.

There’s still fresh veg to be had in Cornwall – look out for locally-grown greens, which are delicious served with lemon sole. Our chef Tom Avery has worked some winter magic on our menu – visit our restaurant for a warming seasonal meal!

Half term treats 

Of course, if you’re here with the kids over half term, you’ll be hoping that it’s not too quiet! There is still plenty on during the half term weeks in St Ives. Nearby Paradise Park in Hayle and the lovely National Trust gardens at Trengwainton have family activities on, and St Michael’s Mount reopens for the week. Just down the coast from The Garrack, Geevor Tin Mine Museum is a fascinating place and again, has plenty going on at half term.

If want to keep local to St Ives, there are plenty of excellent sessions on at Barnoon Workshop and puppet shows at the Boathouse Theatre – as well as all those big empty beaches to scamper on…

Wintertime – and the living is easy…

Much as we love the bustle of summertime St Ives, we all have to admit that things are much calmer at this time of year. The roads are quiet, the queues in the Co-Op move quickly, and parking in town is a piece of cake. It’s simply not true that the county shuts down during the winter; and there are plenty of shops, galleries and attractions open in St Ives in February. If you’re looking for a chilled-out break, off-season St Ives is an excellent choice.

Sounds good? Please contact us to see what’s available at The Garrack this winter.


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