10 Reasons to Go to Cornwall for February Half Term
We love this part of the world not only in the heavenly summer months but all year round, when it has different but to our eyes equal charms. While February half term isn’t the obvious time to visit this region best known for its beaches and surfing, there are plenty of reasons to come out of season. We’ve listed our favourites in the main 2017 February half term (week commencing 13th February).
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary (pictured) is open all year, rain or shine, for seal and sea lion feeding and the chance to tour the seal rescue hospital. Pup season lasts until February for those who want to meet the babies. There’s also an interactive rock pool where you can get up close to creatures from the Cornish shoreline, a pirate-themed play area and a café serving hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm up.
Ten miles from Fowey Hall, the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate has the makings of a fabulous family day out, not least because of its array of bike trails graded for all ages and abilities, its two areas for developing off-road skills, and bike hire including trailers and tagalongs (advance booking is essential in school holidays). There’s also an adventure playground, plus the Victorian country house itself to explore.
Six miles from Fowey Hall, the Eden Project's half-term Storyfest includes daily shows inspired by Roald Dahl tales, interactive storytelling, and crafts workshops and games. The ice rink also remains open until the end of half term.
The Train Trips
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway, which sets out from Bodmin 12 miles from Fowey Hall, runs jolly jaunts on its heritage steam trains on selected days in the February half term.
The Boat Rides
The St Mawes Ferry chugs out from Falmouth Harbour every day of the year, taking 20 minutes to reach St Mawes, with views of two castles and Falmouth Bay’s marine life en route.
The Space Exploration
This half term the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth is hosting shows by the Space Odyssey Space Dome mobile planetarium, plus space-themed crafts.
Falmouth’s Pendennis Castle is always a good bet for a family day out, with historical reconstructions in school holidays. This February half term, visitors are invited to relive the time of the Terrific Tudors, with games and reenactments around the site.
Yes, it is possible to enjoy Cornwall’s beaches even in February! See our tips for things to do at the beach with kids in winter.
Cornwall’s micro-climate means that spring edibles pop up here while the rest of Britain is still in hibernation. Families can find them with the help of an early spring foraging course near Falmouth run by Wild Walks Southwest.
The Indoor Fun
Choose a family-friendly hotel with great indoor facilities such as swimming pools, crèches, games rooms, family cinemas and spas, and there’s every chance you’ll be hard pushed getting the kids to leave the premises.
Image credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary.