Keeping children entertained during February half term can sometimes be difficult (trust us – we know), especially when it’s still the depths of winter and you’re on a budget.

While you may not have the chance to enjoy long, hot days on the beach, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Cornwall during the first break of the year – and you can do it all with sustainability in mind.

Here, we’ve pulled together a list of things to do in and around Penzance this half term, so there’s no need to ever get bored.

Cleaning our coastlines

Our original Million Mile beach clean was cancelled due to poor weather, but – don’t worry – there’s still a chance to get involved.

The event, at Long Rock, has now been rescheduled to 22nd February at 11am, and is a great opportunity to help your kids connect to the great outdoors. Plus, it’s totally free to attend and kit will be provided.

If you can’t make that day, why not host your own mini clean? Catch up with friends or do your own ocean tidy-up as a family. You never know what you might find!

Gardens to inspire

Winter may seem like an odd time to visit our beautiful local gardens, but did you know that there’s actually an abundance of wild flowers coming to life at this time of year?

Now is the perfect time to see snow drops, primroses and more as you wander some of Penzance’s most spectacular gardens. From the Tanglewood Wild Garden at Sancreed to the renowned Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, find acres of land to explore and play in nature.

However, if you’re on a budget, don’t forget about the totally free (and equally stunning) local assets like Morrab Gardens and Penlee Park, each waking up in their own ways.

Wild swimming

One of the best things about wild swimming is that it’s free – and is no doubt sure to make your kids shriek with laughter.

While you’ll need to pick your spot carefully to avoid any of those big winter swells, choose a calmer day to jump in at Abbey Slip, where there’s easy access and sure to be others taking a dip, too.

Whether you go fully-prepared or brave it without the wetsuits, remember to take some warm drinks and snacks while you all enjoy that post-swimming buzz. Get more cold water swim tips here

Community action

Here in Penzance, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to projects that support eco initiatives, protect our coastlines and drive sustainability.

Now is the perfect time to get involved with some. Whether you want to Show the Love with Greenpeace’s Land Art Heart and Community Clean event, or you want to teach the children about supporting the homeless with the Streetfood Project, there’s something for everyone.

For more inspiration, head to our signposting page right here.


If you live in Penzance, or you’re just visiting, and you want to head further afield, not to worry – there’s plenty to do elsewhere in Cornwall, all underpinned by a sustainable ethos.

On the doorstep at the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall in Mousehole, there are children’s workshops on Tuesday 22nd (book in advance) and Thursday 24 (drop in) Get more info here

For a big day out, explore the Eden Project and its new Moominvalley, while learning more about sustainability at one of Cornwall’s biggest tourist attractions.

Or, why not pop to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, at Gweek, and learn about marine conservation? Pup season is well underway and it’s the perfect time to see the sanctuary’s work in action.

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