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Date: 17 October 2016
Filed In: Big House Style Celebrations Family Friendly Holidays Food and Drink Insiders Guide to Cornwall Local Area Winter

There's no where better to experience winter than in Cornwall, from its foodie feasts to the Christmas lights and everything inbetween.  Here's our top 10 reasons why:

1. There's something special about the coast at this time of year.  It can be blissfully serene with a cold crisp snap to the air, and then suddenly a storm rolls in and the once serene turns into an exciting and wild wave watching party.  Go and hunt some storms yourselves or get your front row seats here and watch from the comfort of your sea view studio, suite or apartment - we've seen some amazing weather fronts coming in over Gerrans Bay!

2. On that note, it's sadly time to bid flip flops farwell for the summer and to tuck chilly feet back into trusty welly boots and hit the coast paths.  The brighter the better we say! Match with cosy woolly hats and mittens and you are set up for whatever the day throws at you.

3. Dog bans on the beaches are lifted at this time of year so there is no excuse not to bring your four legged friend on holiday.  Although not allowed in the main building, we have 3 lovely suites in The Slate House, just across the way, that allow dogs and each have outdoor areas.  And of course the South West Coast Path and Porthcurnick Beach are only a short walk away, a great opportunity to let them play about in the sand and splash about in the waves too!

4. A dip in the ocean?  At this time of year?  ABSOLUTELY!  You don't have to be a seasoned pro to play about in the sea - it's still possible to enjoy surfing and paddleboarding at this time of year (be it in a slightly thicker wetsuit!)

5. Food at this time of year is everything it should be - steaming bowls of soup and hearty dishes that "warm the cockles" as they say. From cosy pubs with roaring open fires to sea view restaurants like our own, tuck into something scrummy and comforting to get through the winter chill. 

6. Events like the Truro City of Lights parade takes place to mark the start of the Christmas count down on November 23rd, where the streets are lit up by amazing lanters made by local schools and groups, followed by the Christmas lights switch on.

7. Leading us into our own Christmas festivities is our next event - back by popular demand is Charles Steevenson to host his second wine tasting evening here on Thursday 15th December.  The first evening went down a storm and this time he's back to take yet more guests on a wine experience paired with Chef Tim's 2 course menu, followed by cheeseboard and some games.  It really is the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy the good things in life!

8. Christmas-time in Cornwall is very special - from the Victorian Christmas markets for last minute shopping to stunning Christmas lights at Mousehole and visiting Santa and his reindeer, there's every opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit here.

9. Each year the Eden Project is turned into a winter wonderland - the main attraction being a large ice skating rink (kids grab a penguin!), you can meet Father Christmas and there's a whole host of activities including story telling.

10. Like what you've read?  Then call us to discuss your next winter break at The Big House By The Sea on 01872 580206.

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