Romantic things to do in Cornwall this winter
Winter is the perfect time for a romantic holiday in Cornwall.
Wrap up warm for a romantic stroll, visit some of the most idyllic spots, and get cosy in a Cornish cafe or a pub with a roaring fire. Read on to discover some of the most romantic things to do in Cornwall.
A winter picnic next to St Michael’s Mount
Winter picnics can be fun if you pick a dry day, wear warm clothes and bring a hot flask with you. Find a spot on Marazion beach to put your picnic blanket and enjoy some tasty food with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount.
Snuggle up as you gaze across to the magical castle on the island in the sea and create special moments with your loved one. Warm up after your feast with a walk across the cobbled causeway to the mount (or catch the boat if it’s high tide) or take a stroll along the south west coast path towards Penzance.
Magical memories at the Minack Theatre
During the winter, the Minack Theatre is open from 10am to 4.30pm and although it’s not theatre season (apart from the Christmas concert in December) it’s a beautiful time to visit. Explore the sub tropical gardens and learn about the fascinating history of the Minack inside the exhibition centre.
Wander down the steps past the rows of theatre seats carved into the cliff and enjoy a Cornish pasty or cream tea in the cafe with breathtaking sea views. Apparently the Minack has become one of Cornwall’s top proposal spots and it’s easy to see why….
Sunsets & stargazing at Land’s End
Head down to Land’s End to catch one of the most spectacular sunsets in Cornwall. The coastal road from St Ives to Land’s End is one of the most scenic in the country. This part of West Cornwall is wild, rugged and sparsely populated, so you may not meet many other cars, particularly during the winter.
The fact that it’s so unspoilt and there’s very little light pollution means that there are uninterrupted views out to sea, the sunsets are more vivid and it’s perfect for stargazing on a clear night. After your romantic road trip, head into the First & Last Inn in Sennen or the Gurnards Head in Zennor for a cosy pint on the way back to St Ives.
A festive stroll around Mousehole Harbour
Mousehole harbour is pretty at any time of year but even more so during the winter when it’s lit up by festive lights. Walk along the harbour wall and down to the beach to see the fantastic festive lights from every angle.
From Christmas crackers, to a whale in the water and the iconic ‘Mouzer’ cat, this wonderful display is a treat for the eyes. The reflections of the lights on the water make the harbour look really magical and it’s a lovely setting for a romantic evening stroll.
Wrap up warm for a romantic beach walk
There’s no better way to enjoy a crisp winter’s day than by walking hand in hand across one of the beautiful sandy beaches in St Ives. Grab your scarf, hat and gloves and explore the Cornish coastline along St Ives Bay. There are lots of beaches to choose from including Carbis Bay, Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden.
Search for shells, make sculptures from pretty pebbles and skim stones at the shoreline. Watch the waves lap the shore as you wander along the water’s edge before searching for a pub to warm up in with a drink.
A tasty roast dinner with a roaring fire
Sundays were made for outdoor adventures and roast dinners. In St Ives, there are lots of cosy pubs to warm up in with roaring fires and tasty Cornish ales on tap. After an invigorating walk on the beach, exploring the cobbled streets of St Ives or a lazy morning in your holiday cottage, grab a table in a cosy pub for Sunday lunch.
Some of the best places for a delicious roast dinner in St Ives are The Sloop Inn, the Lifeboat Inn and the Badger Inn. Tuck into some locally sourced homemade food with your favourite drinks and enjoy a relaxing afternoon together.
Ice skating at the Eden Project
The fantastic ice rink at the Eden Project is open from October until February and has pretty sparkly snowflake decorations, turning it into a winter wonderland. Have a skate around the rink and then enjoy some seasonal food in the cafe or browse the gift shop.
The Eden Project is a bit of a drive from St Ives, so it might be worth tying it in with your inward or outward journey. Make the most of your visit by exploring the gardens and biomes too.
Wild weather watching from the comfort of a cosy cafe
There are plenty of great storm watching spots in West Cornwall, including Mousehole, Penzance, Porthleven and St Ives itself. Snuggle up in a cosy cafe and enjoy the wild weather displays from a warm and safe spot.
Always respect the power of mother nature and don’t wander too close to the sea during stormy conditions. Enjoy a walk from a safe distance and then retreat into a cosy coffee shop for a warming drink.
Book a table for two at a romantic restaurant
No romantic break in Cornwall would be complete without a candlelit meal for two. St Ives has a great selection of romantic places to eat, including the Firehouse Bar & Grill which has stunning views out over the harbour, The Loft restaurant and the Seafood Cafe.
There are plenty of romantic things to do in Cornwall during the winter, making it the perfect setting for your couple’s escape. Some of our holiday homes and cottages in St Ives have hot tubs and log burners and all of them are cosy and close to the sea.