Averages for Cornwall in March
As the calendar moves from winter into spring, a slow warm up begins in and around Cornwall. While not as warm as other areas in and around Europe, there is a small tick upward in temperatures as they begin a slow march toward their warmest numbers of the year. March is also a wet month, but a significant drying trend is just around the corner beginning in April. This can be a great time to travel to the region as most tourists won't arrive until later in the year and there can be deals found...
As the calendar moves from winter into spring, a slow warm up begins in and around Cornwall. While not as warm as other areas in and around Europe, there is a small tick upward in temperatures as they begin a slow march toward their warmest numbers of the year. March is also a wet month, but a significant drying trend is just around the corner beginning in April. This can be a great time to travel to the region as most tourists won't arrive until later in the year and there can be deals found for hotels and flights.
Because this is still a rainy time of the year, it is important to examine an extended forecast before leaving home. Since over two-thirds of the month experiences rainy conditions, be sure to pack rain boots as well as other rain gear. Rain is expected on an average of 22 days out of the month and some of it can be heavy at times. The heavier rain will be associated with thunderstorms produced by passing frontal systems. In all, 100mm of precipitation is expected over the course of the month.
There is still very little sun during this time of the year and the region only experiences an average of 2 hours of sunshine per day. As a result, temperatures remain on the chilly side for one more month with an average daily temperature of just 7°C (45°F). Be sure to bundle up first thing in the morning with an average overnight low of 5°C (41°F). Temperatures will not be much warmer later in the day with highs of just 9°C (48°F).
It is also still too cold to enjoy a dip in the local waters, but it may be possible to stroll along the beach on a drier day. The water temperature during this time of the year is still a very chilly 9°C (48°F).
Where to Stay
The four-star Greenbank Hotel allows guests to stay right on the water's edge and experience a trip that won't easily be forgotten. Located in Falmouth, the hotel prides itself on outstanding service and making sure that every guest's need is met and exceeded. All rooms include a bath, flat screen TV, free WiFi and all the comforts of home. Guests are also welcome to bring their pooch for the complete family holiday.
Comfortable and contemporary Hebasca features 23 rooms and a completely renovated hotel. With exposed brick, rich furnishings and more, this is a place where guests are comfortable from the moment they walk through the door. Each room features a bath, free WiFi, traditional English breakfast, and handcrafted furniture. Guests may also take advantage of the on-site bar and restaurant.
Comprised of only 25 rooms, the Hotel Penzance is warm, inviting and offers fantastic views of Mounts Bay. The perfect spot for work or play, the hotel is only a few minutes away from several of the most popular sites in the region. Guests can help beat the March chill by relaxing in the lounges complete with fireplaces and soft chairs and couches meant for people to stay awhile.
What to Do
Since Cornwall is practically surrounded by water it only makes sense that the region has a museum dedicated to the sea. Even though the weather is getting warmer in March, the region still experiences 100mm of precipitation, so now may be a good time to visit the National Maritime Museum located in Falmouth. The museum is home to numerous objects, paintings and artifacts relating to the sea. Additionally, the museum houses approximately 2,000 boat plans and is also the home of the National Small Boat Collection.
Those who enjoy cooking may want to spend some time in the kitchen learning how to prepare some of Chef Rick Stein's most famous dishes at his Cookery School in Padstow. This is a great way to take home some new skills and treat friends and family to delectable meals. Guest can choose from recipes featuring different food types including vegetarian, meat, shellfish, fish, baking and wild game.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Those looking for fine dining will want to check out Austell's. Consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the region, the restaurant offers a mixture of British and classical French dishes for guests to enjoy. Open for both lunch and dinner, guests are treated to exquisite service by a staff that is eager to please. In addition to preparing dishes with fresh, local ingredients, each dish is a work of art on the dinner plate.
Boscastle Farm Shop is a unique café dedicated to the environment and green living. All dishes are freshly prepared from ingredients found on the grounds or surrounding farms. All burgers, sausage and other delicacies are freshly made each day and guests can enjoy an outstanding breakfast or lunch at the café. This award-winning restaurant will leave you coming back again and again.
Since the 15th century, the Blue Anchor Inn in Helston has operated a continuously working brewery. Originally catering to monks more than 600 years ago, the pub now brews a variety of Spingo Ales. Guests can enjoy some time at the bar and enjoy live music while sampling some of the beers concocted from ancient recipes. Throughout the year, the brewery produces an IPA, Middle, Bragget and Special brew.