February is a funny month with Christmas a long distant memory, and Summer just seeming too far away. We are done with January though which can only be a good thing, and Spring is on the way. Snowdrops and daffodils will soon be appearing across the Duchy so hold on to those sunny days when they come.
Here’s some of the great Cornish events happening this month, let us know of any more you’ll be attending and we’ll be sure to check them out…
Ice Skating at Eden, until the 18th
There’s not long left now to ice skate in Cornwall so head along to The Eden Project this month to make the most of it before it leaves us to make way for Spring.
Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, all month
With record numbers of seal pups being washed up on our shores from the winter storms February is the time to see the Seal Sanctuary at full capacity. Head along to support this great local centre and learn all about how they rescue, nurture and release these wonderful Cornish residents.
Read our Cornish Seal Sanctuary blog.
St Ives Feast Day, 5th
An annual St Ives tradition that comes on the first Monday after the 3rd February. The St Ives Feast Day and Hurling of the Silver Ball draws crowds of local people to watch. The day starts with the Mayors procession and a blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach, then the hurling of the little silver ball takes the limelight. It’s a centuries old form of ‘rugby’ and really has to be seen to be believed.
The lucky person who returns the silver ball back to the mayor at midday receives a silver coin. It’s very competitive! After the school children line the streets waiting for pennies to be thrown off The Guildhall balcony. It’s all rather odd, but it’s one of those Cornish traditions that must be embraced. The best place to spectate is by The Guildhall then down on St Ives harbour beach.
Arc of Attrition, 9th
A Mudcrew event running 100 miles around our Cornish Coast Path, from Coverack on The Lizard all the way around to Porthtowan! It’s a crazy event and you cannot quite believe the extent of the event unless you go along and see for yourself. Even if you don’t know anyone running head out on to our Cornish Coastpath and give these (crazy) runners some encouragement, there’s lots of checkpoints along the route so why not pop along to help out even if it’s just with a smile, 100 miles is a long way…
Porthtowan Beach Clean, 9th
Head along from 2pm to help with one of the most important events for our Cornish beaches. The winter storms throw in all sorts of debris that don’t belong on our coastlines.
Paradise Park, 10th – 18th
Head along to Paradise Park in Hayle for a great day out over half term. With a Little Pirates and Fairies event for the half term week, there’s loads of fun to be had.
Let us know of any other events happening during February in Cornwall in the comments…
Discover our Festivals blog for more Cornish events.