Leaden skies, a plunging thermometer and torrential rain are rarely the prime ingredients for a break, unless it’s one that stands out for all the wrong reasons! Thankfully, when you opt to spend a weekend or a few days in the South-West, there’s plenty to enjoy that’s not weather dependent. What’s more, fewer tourists allow the visitors we do welcome to enjoy some of the South-West’s best kept secrets when it comes to top destinations. Take a look at some of our ideas for off-peak gems located in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
Take a city break
Truro, Exeter and Bristol are three cities which have an enormous amount to offer as cosmopolitan destinations in their own right. Truro visitors will be amazed by the stunning cathedral, as well as value the opportunity visit the Cornwall museum or Healey’s Cornish cider farm. Why not pay a trip to Bristol and enjoy the SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo or the Cabot Tower. In addition, all the cities mentioned have an amazing selection of restaurants, retail facilities and other attractions.
Use your NT membership
The South-West is lucky enough to be home to a number of prestigious National Trust properties. From showcasing the homes of a by-gone generation through to monuments, tropical gardens and more. An NT membership opens up a wealth of possibilities. Why not pay a visit to the stunning Killerton House…or Clyston Mill? Explore incredible houses, such as; Montacute House or the well-known Priest’s house at Langport. Many NT properties also host special events, so it’s worth checking the website before you visit. In addition, some properties have restricted opening hours off-peark: remember to check!
Festivals all year round
Just because the sun’s stopped shining, it doesn’t mean the music has to stop too. Why not pay a visit to the Giants of Rock festival in Minehead? Additional festivals in the area in the next few months include Glastonbury Calling, Swanage Blues festival and the In Cider Festival 2019. If you’re staying locally, don’t forget to check local listings to tap into the thriving local music scene which is a hallmark of many south-western towns and cities. If classical music is your preferred genre, take a look at the programmes for venues such as: the University Great Hall in Exeter, the Lighthouse in Poole, or Clifton Cathedral.
Have you considered winter sports?
Some outdoor enthusiasts would tend to say that there’s no such thing as the wrong weather, simply the wrong clothes! If you’re a hardy sort that fancies a challenge, outdoor sports could be for you. Provided the weather isn’t dangerously poor (check the local forecast and remember that conditions can change rapidly), winter hiking ( dress warmly, take a suitable route and let someone know where you are going and when you are likely to be back), surfing or cycling are all possibilities which can be enormously rewarding all year round.
Take a look at the South-West for shopping
Markets, shopping malls and independent shops are usually open all year round. If you want to benefit from some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere, the south-west is well worth a visit. Many people find the few months after Christmas a great time to book a few days away to spend their Christmas money and even buy up a few gifts ready for later in the year!
Whether you want to enjoy the exhilaration of a winter walk in arguably some of the best countryside anywhere, or prefer to enjoy fine dining in the exquisite surroundings which some of our exclusive restaurants offer, the South-West has got everything you need for a spectacular off-season break.