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The beginning of another exciting year in Devon and Cornwall

Devon & Cornwall events in January are still out there as long as you know where to look for them. Many people actually prefer this part of the world during the winter months as there is a unique beauty about the place and without the usual crowds who flock down during the summer.
As far as events go and in common with the rest of the UK, Devon and Cornwall are reasonably quiet during the month of January. Most people see January as a time to recharge their batteries after the Christmas and New Year festivities but there are still some absolutely fascinating events and things to do for those in this neck of the woods that are looking for some action.

Let’s start the month off then with Cornwall and a place which can only be described as a winter wonderland at this time of the year and the fact that there is no charge for entry on New Year’s Day makes it an extremely popular choice for visitors.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The story behind the Lost Gardens is worthy of a Hollywood film script and a day spent there is a very special one indeed. It is one of those places where there is absolutely no need for any gimmicks whatsoever. The mysterious beauty of what is in effect a secret garden is quite unique and there is something even more special about it all around this time of the year.

1st January sees the gardens open their gates again for local charities at . Admission to the grounds is free, though all visitors are encouraged to make a donation to charity.

New Year walk at Sennen Cove

If you happen to be in West Cornwall on Saturday 5th January and are in the mood for a wonderful organised walk around the stunning Sennen Cove then it will definitely be your lucky day. The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has arranged which is always extremely popular. Not only that though, as it is a Saturday there is a unique café open on the beach and a visit there for something to eat rounds off a perfect January day.

Star Gazing Live

The event is televised live by the BBC and has proved to be extremely popular over the past couple of years. This year, on 8th January, the event is being held at the and it will no doubt be a night to remember. There are all sorts of activities planned to compliment the stargazing and the event will be a brilliant showcase for the fantastic Eden Project.

A winter’s weekend in St Ives

St Ives has long been a favourite seaside destination during the summer months but many people would agree that there can’t be many better places to spend a winter’s weekend. There are lots of bargains to be had in terms of accommodation and there is a far better chance of getting a table at one of the superb restaurants in and around the town.

Let’s not forget Devon as there are a few events going on there which are also worthy of attention so let’s start with something which makes a refreshing change after the Christmas and new Year indulgencies.

Coldharbour Mill Fire Up Day

New Year’s Day is the day when it’s full steam ahead in every sense of the word at the in the Devon Village of Uffculme. You don’t have to be a lover of the industrial age in order to have a fantastic day out at this great example of a working mill because everything about the place is an eye opener in every sense of the word.

Be prepared though if you are expecting a heavy night on New Year’s Eve because walking around the mill the following day can be quite a noisy experience!

RSPB avocet cruises

The are brilliant and you don’t have to be a bird watcher to have a brilliant time on them.

They take place on the 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th and 28th of January so there are plenty of dates to choose from and the very fact they these cruises start off from Topsham which is situated just five minutes away from means that there is plenty to do before or after the cruise itself.

The sight of the Avocets in their natural environment is certainly a sight to behold and these cruises really do come very highly recommended.

Stoke Gabriel Wassail

19th January is the date for the and this is another one of those events which celebrates an ancient tradition with a few modern twists to it. Even though there are many Wassail events held up and down the country there can’t be any more perfect locations which hold the celebrations than Stoke Gabriel.

The whole community come together to hold a night to remember and visitors from out of the area are always made especially welcome.

Winter Open Day at Sharpham House

Situated just outside Totnes in South Devon, Sharpham House is something of a retreat for those interested in meditation and the like but on 21st January hosts the where visitors get stuck in with some work around the grounds.

You may be surprised to hear that this is a really popular day and visitors are rewarded with a steaming hot bowl of soup around the camp fire. It definitely makes a change from the kind of thing you may be used to but as they say, you never know until you try it!

So there you have it. A relatively quiet time in Devon and Cornwall but it would be safe to say that January is the time when the area takes something of a breather before the year gets in full swing again during February.

Do you have a favourite event or place in Devon or Cornwall you like to visit during the quiet time of January? Something that you always look forward to and which our readers will also enjoy? If so, please do share, we would love to hear from you.


  1. Sarah Stada says:

    Love your blog! I only know Cornwall from a lot of TV movies so far but I’ve wanted to visit it for quite some time now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do it soon. :)
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  2. Mike Ireland says:

    This is my favourite time of the year to visit this wonderful part of the UK. It’s quieter and so easy to get around without having to queue for restaurants and attractions etc. On a bright sunny day in particular there are few places more beautiful in the world.

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