With the clocks set to go back on Sunday 27th October, we’ve been thinking about how we’d like to spend the extra hour. And while staying snuggled up in bed sounds appealing, we decided there might be a few more creative ways to embrace the shift in seasons that the clock change marks. So, with that in mind, here are five fun things to do in Cornwall when the clock goes back…
1. Go Stargazing
While many of us will understandably mourn the lack of sunshine and daylight hours, there is a big positive to the darker nights: it’s prime time for stargazing! And Cornwall is a great place to do it as the county is home to a range of excellent stargazing spots. We've even got two of our very own Dark Sky Discovery Sites, a status which is only given to spots that are easy to access and with little enough light pollution that you can see the Milky Way. So what are you waiting for, check the Dark Sky Calendar to pick a date, pack a flask of something warm and head out for a nighttime experience you’ll never forget. For more tips and a list of Cornish spots, check out our guide to stargazing in Cornwall.
2. Indulge in brunch
With a whole extra hour to enjoy, why not luxuriate over your morning a little longer and indulge in a decadent brunch? Not sure where to head? If it's a sea view you're after, head to Lewinnick Lodge where you can soak up the Atlantic Ocean vistas while you tuck into some American style pancakes. For a proper, hearty breakfast head to Fat Apples Cafe just outside Porthallow. The dog friendly cafe is open all year and after you're done chowing down, you can head to Porthallow Cove for a Rover friendly walk. Or if you're in the area, head to The Old Bakery in Cawsand for a plate of delicious French toast and some quality coffee. Oh, and be sure to pick up a loaf to take home with you.
3. Take a ghost tour
One way to embrace the darker evenings is to get amped up for the autumn and winter festivities to come. We’re obsessed with all things spooky for Halloween and there’s no better way to get in the mood for the time of trick or treating than with a creepy ghost tour. Head to Bodmin Jail for one of their famous After Dark Events and explore it's 230 years of history by light of the moon; it's tortured and violent history makes it the perfect spot for history buffs and thrill seekers alike. If a jail doesn't appeal, what about a haunted inn? Jamaica Inn - of Daphne Du Maurier fame - runs regular Ghost Hunts. Tuck into a three-course dinner, then enjoy a night of paranormal investigation as you explore the Inn and attempt to communicate with spirits. Alternatively, the murder mystery evenings are always a blast.
4. Try ice-skating
If the thought of ghosts fills you with dread, a jollier way to make the most of the clocks going back is a night on the ice. From Saturday 12th October you can head to the Eden Project and take a spin on their famed glittering ice rink - the only indoor rink in the county! And if you've got little ones, fear not - they run special toddler ice-play sessions for kids under five or alternatively you can head to a normal session and hire a penguin or snowman skating aids. (We kind of wish these came in adult sizes).
5. Take your dog to the beach
October is an exciting time for Cornish dogs and visitors with canine friends, as it spells the end of the seasonal dog ban. From 30th September, plenty of the county’s beaches remove the seasonal ban and open their sand and shores back up to paw prints. You'll find us making the most of the peaceful autumn beauty at Kynance Cove! And we'll definitely be taking a trip over to Porthminister in St Ives too. See our dog friendly beaches in Cornwall blog to see which beaches take dogs and which don't.
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