Twixmas - no, not one of the nation's favourite chocolate biscuit bars, but the days between Christmas and New Year. A relatively new phrase (well, certainly to us), it comes from the old English phrase ‘Betwix’ – which means the middle position. Twixmas begins on 27 December and runs up until New Year.
The lull between Christmas and New Year can often be filled with leftovers and being glued to the television, but why not make the most of your well-deserved time off and spend quality time with friends and family.
Here are our top things to do this Twixmas:
Visit somewhere new
Have you ever been to Boscastle? Tried to spot the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End? We guarantee you haven’t explored all of the fishing villages, bustling towns and quaint hamlets dotted throughout Cornwall. Why not head out for a day with the family and explore somewhere new? We’ve heard there are some tasty treats to be found down on The Lizard.
Blow away the cobwebs
If you’ve overindulged a little over Christmas, a walk along one of the many Cornish beaches might be just what you need. Boasting some of the best beaches in Britain, you just need to choose which coast to visit – North or South. We’d recommend a hot chocolate at Gylly Beach Café, whilst looking out to sea and watching a few brave people swimming (without wetsuits, all year round)!
Relax at a spa
What better way to unwind after a hectic year than at a spa? Relax tense muscles, discover some ‘me’ time and indulge in a treatment. There’s a whole range of spas to discover in Cornwall, including the Polurrian Bay Spa in Mullion, Carlyon Bay Spa near St Austell and the St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa down in West Cornwall. The choice is yours!
Explore the mining heritage
Cornwall boasts a rich mining heritage, with many reminders still visible today. The Great Flat Lode is a fascinating place to explore, right in the heart of mining country. It circles Carn Brea with a seven-mile trail and is accessible to cyclists, walkers and horse riders. It forms part of Cornwall’s Mineral Tramway Trails. If you’re looking for a spectacular sea view, take a trip to Botallack – iconic cliff top mines, with a dramatic setting (you might also recognise it from the Poldark series!).
Indulge in a spot of culture
Twixmas offers a chance to do some of the things we’ve been too busy to do during the rest of the year. If you’re an art lover, or enjoy whiling away the hours inspecting art in its many forms, a trip to one of Cornwall’s many galleries could be right up your street. Newlyn Art Gallery opened in 1895 to display work by artists who were inspired by the sea air, and it remains a leading contemporary gallery in the county. It’s dog friendly too, with gardens and a café. A perfect day out.