Celebrating with friends, family or in a sumptuous home-from-home, here are 10 Boxing Day activities in Cornwall to enjoy this year.
Emerging through mounds of Christmas paper, wayward baubles and foil-wrapped sweets, Boxing Day appears through a food-induced haze. The big day has been and gone, but there is still plenty to look forward to. Whether you want to head outdoors to blast away the lingering effects of copious amounts of Prosecco or would like nothing more than to sit back and relax, Boxing Day in Cornwall yields plenty of choice.
An annual tradition, Boxing Day in Cornwall sees countless individuals running semi-naked towards the sea. Not the effects of Christmas Day with the relatives, these brave souls actually take part in organised Boxing Day swims, often in fancy dress, to raise money for different charities. Hosted by many communities around the county, including Mullion and St Ives, you can start your Boxing Day with a ‘refreshing’ dip or offer support from the shore.
Continue celebrations with loved ones and gather with new friends and old in the local pub. A national holiday, Boxing Day is the perfect opportunity to share tales and relax post-Christmas Day shenanigans. And, if you are feeling a bit groggy, they do say that hair of the dog helps. Fortunately, it just so happens that Cornwall is home to a range of fantastic tipples to help you on your way, including delicious local gins and real ales. Well, it’d be rude not to really.
If you think Christmas comes and goes too quickly, there is still chance to enjoy the atmosphere for a little longer. Illuminating the harbour until the 5th January, the wonderful Mousehole Christmas Lights are absolutely worth a visit this Boxing Day in Cornwall.
Veritable Torvill and Deans or slightly hesitant Bambi on ice, skating at Eden’s Ice Rink is a truly novel way to spend your Boxing Day. Open to everyone, you can glide across the ice like a seasoned pro or glean some tips from a private coach. If you find yourself not wanting the experience to end, you will be pleased to hear the ice rink stays open until February.
Following Christmas Day, sufficiently gorged on turkey, veg, mulled wine and chocolate – so much chocolate – sometimes the most tempting proposition is a comfortable sofa by the fire. In luxury accommodation, you can let yourselves unwind as the kids play with their presents and a party hat-adorned granny snoozes nearby.
A pagan tradition dating back hundreds of years, Mummers Plays are folk plays performed by (extremely talented) amateur actors. Traditionally all male, these budding thespians aka mummers are generally aided by a few beverages and perform at a number of pubs and private establishments. Collecting donations for charities along the way, these plays unite whole communities and are always looked forward to. Padstow and Cadgwith in particular are home to popular plays.
Cornwall is home to miles of stunning South West Coast Path. If you are looking to truly refresh and revitalise this Boxing Day in Cornwall, a walk around the coast path will blow away the cobwebs and rosy the cheeks. Whether the day brings blustery gusts or cool, crisp calm, nothing will beat watching the sea for a while and earning yet another mince pie.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your next trip to Cornwall. Use a lovely Boxing Day lull to bury your head in future plans and decide what’s on the cards for 2019. You can look at our top 5 Cornish resolutions for 2019 inspiration or come up with your own.
Why not head to Truro for some Boxing Day bargains this year? December 26th marks the start of January sales and the shops are packed with post-Christmas deals. Treat yourself or a loved one to something nice, or even get a head start on next year’s Christmas presents!
To give something back, head over to Harlyn Bay this Boxing Day in Cornwall and take part in Beach Guardian’s organised beach clean. 3 miles from Padstow, the beach clean will kick off at 2pm and will take around an hour. Welcoming all volunteers to take part in the clean, you will also get extra points for donning Christmas fancy dress!