We have it on good authority that the daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses are still hiding their heads in the north. Down here in Cornwall spring comes earlier, the hedgerows are already studded with drifts of pure white snowdrops, the crocuses are almost here and the daffs are not far off flowering. All of which makes Newquay a magical place to be right now.
Things to do in Newquay this month – February 2017
As the spring approaches fast and the good weather comes ever-closer, we’re busy preparing for our annual holiday season opening date for our Newquay Cornwall bed and breakfast at the end of March, in good time for Easter. In the meantime, if you visit Newquay in February what’s on offer, what is there to do and see?
Snowdrop Sunday Festival – 14th February
Make a donation for entry to the lovely Pencarrow at nearby Washaway, Bodmin, a fine old Georgian house with stunning displays of snowdrops in the gardens and the surrounding woodland. If you thought there was only one kind of snowdrop, think again – there are many, many different types, each very beautiful. When you see them in such huge drifts, it’s sheer winter magic.
Cornwall Air Ambulance Charity Open Day – 19th February
Our country is famously remote, with tiny winding lanes and very few big roads. It can make life difficult for the emergency services, which is why we rely so heavily on our awesome Air Ambulance service. Come along to visit their HQ on 19th February and pick up a bargain while you’re at it thanks to a pop-up charity shop created to help fund this essential service.
Come watch the Hyrlîan on 28th February
Some call it Hurling. Others call it Hurling the Silver Ball. In Cornwall we call it Hyrlîan, a passionate outdoor team game of Celtic origin exclusively played in our county. The game dates back at least a thousand years, its origins lost in the mists of time, and it makes rugby look like a walk in the park. The fun involves keeping hold of a cricket ball-sized ball made of apple wood covered in silver, and although it’s one of the most exciting games imaginable it has almost disappeared. These days it is only played once a year in St Ives and St Columb Major, near Newquay. Don’t miss it!
Cosy up for a Woodburner session – 10th, 17th and 24th February
Head for Lusty Glaze beach on Lusty Glaze Road to listen to wonderful music on 10th, 17th and 24th February. The event on 10th stars Shebeat, a local singer-songwriter originally from Liverpool whose songs carry you away into a magical world of romantic misadventure thanks to her offbeat blend of folk, pop, 1960s tunes, PJ Harvey and Norah Jones influences.
On 17th William The Conqueror – AKA the wonderful Ruarri Joseph – is on stage, one of the beach’s most popular artists, playing tunes inspired by JJ Cale, Jim Morrison, Dylan, Pearl Jam and a host more. He’s brilliant.
On the 24th you can give your ears a treat with a session by Velvet & Stone, the hugely popular Indie folk band from Devon known for their unusual and lovely blend of folk, jazz and blues, as seen on the BBC. Book early for all three events and don’t miss out on a delicious dinner while you’re at it.
Or just enjoy one of our great pubs…
Newquay is blessed with some excellent pubs, all wonderful places to while away a damp and chilly February afternoon with a good, hearty meal and exceptional beers. The beach is always a popular attraction, even when the weather is doing its best to put people off. Many a hardy visitor blows back off the sands, all red-cheeked, for a well-deserved pint and tasty food. Whichever pub you choose, you’ll always get a warm welcome.
If you’re starting your search for a cosy, welcoming Newquay B&B Cornwall, bear in mind we get pretty busy from the offset, as soon as the end of March comes. Book nice and early and we’ll be absolutely thrilled to welcome you in spring, or indeed any time through the holiday season. See you soon!