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Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Twixmas in Cornwall

We all know that period between Christmas and New Year. When we’ve eaten far too much, opened all the presents, and are at a bit of a loose end before the New Year’s celebrations begin. Known as Twixmas, this period is a great time to relax with family and friends, reminisce of the year gone by, and look forward to the one ahead. Where better to do that than at a lovely cosy cottage in Cornwall? There’s so much to see and do in Cornwall during this festive time of year before you have to head back to work. As well as enjoying a relaxed Twixmas in Cornwall, there are plenty of New Year’s Eve celebrations too!

Here’s our guide to enjoying your Twixmas and New Year’s celebrations in Cornwall:

Eden Project Ice SkatingIce Skating at Eden

Until 7th January, 2018

If you want to work off some of those calories you clocked up over the Christmas period, head to the Eden Project for some ice skating fun. You can book yourself in for a lesson, or take the children and skate around the rink with the help of a friendly penguin!

After all of that hard work, warm up with a hot chocolate and delicious burger. The spectacular Festival of Light and Sound also runs at the Eden Project until 30th December.

Winter WalksWinter walk with pub treat

Why not start your New Year’s fitness resolution early with a lovely walk along the coastline or one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches?

Stretch your legs with a climb up the sand dunes at Holywell bay where Poldark is filmed, and finish off with a local pint at the cosy Treguth Inn. Or, follow the trail on the Struddicks circular walk and absorb the fresh air and beautiful views of Looe Bay. Then warm up with some hearty Cornish pub grub in the Blue Peter Inn.

In Fowey, take a stroll around the estuary and soak up the stunning river views. Choose from the Covington Walk, where you’ll pass through woodlands, or the Gribbin Head Walk which will take you in the footsteps of author Daphne du Maurier to secluded beaches and coves. Before you head back to your classic Cornish cottage, enjoy a hot drink and some local food in the Lugger Inn.

Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty at Hall for Cornwall

5th to 31st December, 2017

This year’s Christmas show at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro follows the adventures of our favourite Cornishman, Kenwyne and his extended family. Starring Edward ‘Kernow King’ Rowe and Granville Saxton, the show is locally produced and will entertain kids and adults alike. Full of comedy, magic and surprises, it’s the perfect way to enjoy Twixmas in Cornwall.

Mousehole lightsFestive Lights

Cornwall comes to life during this festive time of year, and across the country, sparkling lights are illuminating streets, gardens and houses. There are the Mousehole Christmas Lights (16th Dec to 6th Jan) where the harbour waters are lit with colourful festive light displays and there’s festive street food.

Or, head to the Lost Gardens of Heligan at night (until 30th Dec), and experience the magnificent work of light artist Ulf Pedersen, which lights up the landscapes of the gardens and Heligan’s historic paintings.

FireworksNew Year’s Eve Fireworks

There’s no better place to ring in the New Year, than in Cornwall watching the dazzling fireworks displays. Wrap up warm or don your fancy dress outfits and head to one of the midnight displays across Cornwall.

Looe, Newquay and St Ives are renowned for their vibrant party atmosphere where fancy dress is a must! After you’ve welcomed in the New Year with fireworks overlooking the harbours in Newquay, St Ives or Looe, head back in to the many pubs with family and friends, and enjoy celebrations that will go on until the early hours. Countdown to midnight on Lemon Quay piazza in Truro, and watch the fireworks light up the town before heading back to your cosy self-catering cottage in Cornwall for celebratory drinks.

Usually there is a dazzling display illuminating Fowey harbour but we are unsure this is going ahead for 2017.