Out and about this winter

There’s so much to do over the winter in Cornwall. Read on for our pick of activities for wet weather, dry weather, cold weather and Cornish weather. Thanks to the Barefoot Cornwall blog for sharing these ideas with us…

Banff film festival at HfC
The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Hall for Cornwall on 9 February and 22 April. This is a selection of short films, and it’s fantastic that the HfC team brings this international collection to us every year. For full details, please visit www.banff-uk.com and to book tickets visit www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.
Tickets are £15, with a £3 discount if you buy for both dates.

Snowdrops at beautiful Pencarrow House between Wadebridge and Bodmin
Snowdrops at beautiful Pencarrow House between Wadebridge and Bodmin

Snowdrops at Pencarrow House
The mild weather has already brought out the snowdrops here in Cornwall. The beautiful gardens at Pencarrow will be open for Snowdrop Sundays from 10am to 4pm on 7 and 14 February.
After wandering around the garden, refuel at the Peacock Café, which will be open all day for hot drinks, cream teas, cakes and light lunches. Entry by donation, and proceeds go to Bodmin Hospital and Canine Companions.

Walk coast to coast
The Saints Way, which runs across the county from Padstow to Fowey, is a 30-mile route. It’s well sign-posted and takes you across rolling fields, alongside rivers, through pretty villages, ancient woodland and unspoilt scenery.
This is easily achievable in two days (or three who prefer a more leisurely pace) with some good pit stops along the way. Encounter Walking Holiday’s website has some useful information about the route.

The Eden Project locals pass
The Eden Project’s Locals Pass is available to residents of Cornwall and Devon until 7 March 2016.
Prices start at £8 for children, £12 for adults, and £37.50 for a family of four, when paying by direct debit. For full details see website.
Once you’ve got your pass you can visit The Eden Project as many times as you like until 31 October 2016, with various activities over the next couple of months.

Learn to cook
If you’re keen to brush up on your skills in the kitchen, book yourself on to a cookery course.
Rick Stein’s Seafood School in Padstow offers a wide range of courses. They’re informative and enjoyable.
Philleigh Way Cookery School‘s courses range from dinner party cookery to bread baking, and tapas to game. See the full course timetable.
For children, try Potluck Cornwall‘s cookery workshop with Little Kitchen Magicians from 10.30am to 3pm on Friday 19 February. Email lizzie@littlekitchenmagicians.com to book a place. £16 per child. Full details here.

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