From the obligatory chocolate hunting and scoffing to music festivals and a host of outdoor escapades, Cornwall’s action-packed Easter holidays (8th-19th April) promise to pique all visitors’ interests, whether you fancy immersing yourself into the landscape, culture or eclectic schedule of family-orientated events.
Here’s a quick round up of just some of what’s on offer to entertain you this Easter…
Stock up on sweet delights and explore some stunning venues in the process with a hunt or two, such as the Golden Egg Challenge at Paradise Park (6th-22nd April) complete with ‘Eagles of Paradise’ flying display, bird show, resident animals and JungleBarn indoor play centre.
The Curious Easter Hunt at The Mount (7th-22nd April) will lead you along a trail around the harbour and village as you discover more about the iconic attraction and answer questions to receive your special egg; while a hunt with a definite difference can also be found at The Great Eggcase Hunt with Shark Trust UK (Looe Lifeboat Station, 16th April).
Then there’s the Easter Family Fun Day at Bodmin Jail (21st April) for an Easter egg and bat hunt, face painting, guided tour of the jail and kids films in the cinema room, and “follow the trail by rail” with Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s special Easter events (7th-24th April).
Complete a nature-themed activity sheet and hunt the house to find the hidden eggs at the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (20th-21st April, National Trust Tintagel, Old Post Office), roam the garden at National Trust Trerice, Newquay (8th-22nd April) for a chocolaty treat, or use a map and follow the clues around the garden at Cotehele for a fantastic family-friendly Easter egg trail (6th-28th April).
Spring is the perfect time to start relishing the great outdoors in Cornwall with an activity to suit at a beautiful spot near you.
Explore the coast and sea-life with Rockpool Explorers at Marazion and St Michael’s Mount (7th-21st April) or Looe’s Easter Rock Pool Ramble (8th April, Hannafore Beach), and join the environmental movement with the Big Spring Beach Clean: Greenbank Beach (11th April, The Greenbank Hotel) or Easter Beach Clean at Seaton in Looe (14th April).
The Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening (13th-14th April) is the UK’s largest open annual event of its kind helping to raise money for iSight Cornwall, while aspiring botanists will adore Help a Plant Grow (11th and 18th April) at National Trust Trerice and Easter Workshops at Trebah Garden (9th-11th April).
Alternatively, get the little ones out and about at one of Cornwall’s most captivating venues with Wheal Martyn’s Badger Forest School (12th April) - or get arty with Easter Clay Modelling on 16th, Easter Pottery Painting on 17th and Make and Decorate Your Own Fantasy Eggs on 18th.
Cultural Day Out
From galleries and museums to historical landmarks and WHS mining sites, Cornwall’s cultural landscape is as diverse as its natural one.
For music, head to the St Endellion Easter Music Festival (13th-21st April), which presents no less than nine concerts conducted by Guest Music Director David Watkin, or to the Perranpoth Sea Song and Shanty Festival (11th-14th April) for 18 groups dispersed amongst 8 venues around the scenic seaside town.
Budding artists should schedule Botanical Drawing for Children at The Exchange in Penzance (10th April), Family Art Workshops at Falmouth Art Gallery (16th-18th April) or take a trip to St Ives for Tate Create (6th-22nd April) -where kids can tap into their inner creative to make a paper person or crazy creature for the gallery’s Forest of Figures.
And don’t forget to support Penzance’s Plastic-Free status with a visit to the Penwith Green Fair (St John’s Hall, Penzance, 20th April): a celebration of green ideas, lifestyles and products during the brilliantly benevolent annual showcase.