If you’re pondering what to do this spring, then fret not, for Cornwall’s scintillating schedule of entertainment is a year-round affair, ensuring every type of visitor to all areas will find something to suit their interests and whims – whether its filling your belly, entertaining the family, exploring Cornwall’s cultural landscape or getting outdoors to relish our world-famed scenery.
Early spring is the perfect time to roam the county and take in all it has to offer: fewer crowds, improving weather prospects, and quieter roads and coastal paths all mean that getting about and finding your own special somewhere is (generally) a far easier feat.
From Celtic festivals to food fests and big beach cleans to theatrical performances, your spring-time sojourn in Cornwall starts here…
From Cornwall’s World Mining Heritage to landmarks like St Michael’s Mount, Lands End, Tintagel and the Minack Theatre to world-class art galleries such as Tate St Ives, The Exchange and Newlyn Art gallery, if culture is what you seek you’ll find it here in brilliant abundance.
A fabulous way to get stuck into Cornish culture is by attending a parade or celebration near you for Cornwall’s annual national day: St Piran’s Day (or Gool Peran, 5th March). Join the mass pub sing-along during the anthem-sounding Trelawney Shout, grab a flag and join the crowds for a street-stomping spectacle (venues include Newquay, Penzance, Perranporth, Bodmin, Truro and Redruth), or visit the Eden for the World Pasty Championships on 2nd March, or Newquay for St Columb Hurling (5th-16th March).
Tate St Ives’ Film For Friday, exhibitions, daily tours, talks and Saturday Sessions creative workshops all offer arty holiday fun; while the spring opening of sister galleries The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery present spectacular new exhibitions and exciting events.
Food, glorious food
Though many believe it’s impossible to get your fill of pasties and cream teas, if you fancy something culinarily different, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. From Michelin starred celebrity chef restaurants to farmers markets, independent producers, and artisan makers, Cornwall’s foodie status is revered the world over.
Tuck into Trebah Garden's Fish Fridays (8th, 15th, 22nd February) or Sunday Lunches (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th February); for spoilsome scenery and top-notch grub, travel in style with Bodmin Railway’s Steam and Cream (18th-24th February); or relish an intimate rural setting with Nancarrow Farm’s Feast Nights, Spring Gathering (5th-7th April) and private dining events.
Cornwall is a veritable playground for all ages, especially the young. With attractions aplenty, there are oodles to do inside and out, and a host of engaging happenings across a variety of venues.
The Eden Project is always a winner when it comes to families, and with their latest exhibition Invisible Worlds (as well as ice skating until 24th February).
The whole family will delight in the various interactive offerings.
Enjoy experiments aplenty with Coppice Theatre Science Adventures (The Acorn in Penzance on 21st February, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin on 22nd-23rd February), while Toddle Tate (12th February) and Tate Create (18th-22nd February) will ensure bundles of arty fun in St Ives.
For theatre-lovers, classic tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker at Calstock Village Hall (16th February) will warm hearts both young and old – as will The Wind in the Willows (The Acorn, Penzance, 7th March); or for hands-on art activities visit Falmouth Art Gallery for their fantastic Family Art Workshops (19th-21st February).
The great outdoors
From gorgeous green spaces such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah, Tremenheere, Eden, Caerhayes, Trengwainton and Glengurdan to sprawling moorlands, enchanting woodland, mile-upon-mile of coastal footpath and, of course, exquisite beaches – Cornwall’s outdoors are as great and versatile as they get.
Explore and celebrate the myriad of alfresco spaces by visiting an attraction or joining in with an event, such as big beach clean, Love Your Beach Day (14th February at Millendreath and independently at all local beaches) or
Looe's Rock Pool Ramble (21st February, Hannafore Beach).
Then there’s Badger Forest School at Wheal Martyn (22nd February), who are also staging a series of other events including Winter Mask Making, Clay Structures Challenge, Water Wheel and Clay Faces in the Woods.
Meanwhile, floristry is in full swing by March with Falmouth Spring Festival (14th-24th March) and Spring Flower Show (23rd-24th March), with Boscastle Walking Week kicking off on 30th March.
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