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Six great reasons to enjoy Cornwall in February

There's something new for everyone in Cornwall during February. Have you ever attended a Point to Point Meeting or taken part on a Freaky Nature Festival?
Cornwall has plenty to offer visitors during February, especially if you are looking for things to do for Valentine’s Day or during half term week. Join in the ancient Cornish traditions of hurling at the St Ives Feast Day or dine like Lords and Ladies at Trelissick Valentine’s Dinner.

The National Trust pulls out all the stops with treasure hunts and trails around several of its properties while the Eden Project introduces visitors to weird and wonderful plants at the Freaky Nature Festival.

With bargain rates for holiday cottages in Cornwall during February, why not get away for a break and enjoy log fires, deserted sandy beaches and great social events this month?

St Ives Feast Day and Hurling the Silver Ball

St Ives Feast Day and the Hurling the Silver Ball takes place this year on Monday 10 February 2014. This event is steeped in local history and first took place to celebrate the consecrating of St Ia Parish Church in 1434. The ensuing rough and tumble as the silver ball gets passed around ends at the Guildhall when the winner presents the silver-plated ball to the Mayor in return for a cash prize.

This local Feast Day is a fun event to attend and there’s always plenty to see and do in St Ives.

Romantic Valentine’s dinner at Trelissick Garden

Why not book one of the limited seats for a three-course Valentine’s dinner at Trelissick Garden on 14 February 2014? The meal is prepared by a team of chefs and served in the lovely Barn Restaurant. The event includes live music and there’s a bar for romantic pre-dinner drinks.

Our article also gives the latest exciting news on the opening of Trelissick House almost 60 years after the gardens were given to the National Trust.

Follow the clues on the Half Term Trail at Pendennis Castle

If you’re staying near Falmouth, Pendennis Castle Half Term Trail is well worth taking part in from 15-23 February 2014. It’s a fun way to explore the tower, grounds, walls and battery defences of this 16th century castle, which was even used in World War 2.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the challenge of the Half Term Trail around Pendennis Castle, and at the end of the hunt there’s a small prize as an incentive.

Lanhydrock Close Up is a garden trail for half term visitors

Another family-friendly event is the Lanhydrock Close Up. The clue sheet has many photographs which visitors have to find and mark the location in order to claim a prize. Discover what the grandest estate in Cornwall has to offer visitors during half term, which runs from 15-23 February 2014.

Weird plants at Eden’s Freaky Nature Festival near St Austell

The Eden Project is a good choice for somewhere to visit in February whatever the weather. The Freaky Nature Festival has plenty to appeal to children as they discover carnivorous plants and maybe handle a strange insect or two. It takes place form 15 February to 2 March 2014.

The ice skating rink is still open during the Freaky Nature Festival, so whether you are indoors or outside you’ll find plenty to keep everyone amused at the award-winning Eden Project.

Enjoy the East Cornwall Hunt Point to Point Meeting near Liskeard

If you fancy an informal Sunday afternoon at the races, the East Cornwall Hunt Point to Point Meeting on 23 February 2014 is a fun equestrian event to attend. The three mile course is laid out at Great Trethew near Liskeard and as entrance is charged per car, it’s a bargain for families.

With six races, bookmakers and food stalls, this Point to Point Race Meeting is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise at this friendly social event.

Can you add any other events to our February calendar of what’s happening in February? We welcome everyone’s input, especially if you are a local or know the county well.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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