Porthminster, St Ives
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.