Porth­min­ster, St Ives

Cornwall Life - - THE BIG PICTURE -

St Ives has long been a favourite with sun­seek­ers and its win­ter pro­gramme of events en­sures there is no let-up in at­trac­tions even when the win­ter weather sets in.

At Porth­min­ster there is al­ways some­thing a bit spe­cial on of­fer. This white sandy beach rarely stays empty what­ever the weather.

One of its many at­trac­tions is The Porth­min­ster Beach Cafe – boast­ing an in­cred­i­ble menu, amaz­ing views and a well-earned rep­u­ta­tion for keep­ing it Cornwall. This award-win­ning res­tau­rant spe­cialises in Mediter­ranean and Asian seafood cui­sine so come hun­gry and pre­pared to be im­pressed.

This month there’s plenty go­ing. Head to the har­bour where there’s a Christ­mas mar­ket (of course) and its stun­ning har­bour will be filled with twinkly lights and Santa ar­rives by boat to great roars from the crowds.

New Year is also a sight to be­hold – the town is swamped by thou­sands of rev­ellers dressed in cos­tumes who are re­warded for their ef­forts by a stun­ning fire­work dis­play over the har­bour to mark mid­night. On New Year’s Day, you can join hun­dreds of brave souls and take part in an out of sea­son dip. This tra­di­tion, re­peated at nearby Hayle and Sen­nen Cove (among oth­ers) starts at 11am and lasts as long as your cir­cu­la­tion. Dozens of peo­ple turn out to cheer the brave swim­mers.


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