From pirate quests to giant patterns in the sand, open days in historic gardens to Mexican fiestas – this Easter holiday in Cornwall is filled with a medley of different activities for everyone. Here are our favourite mini-adventures, so take your pick…
27th March – 5th April
Truro’s cultural festival celebrates the diversity and creativity of Cornwall’s capital city. Amongst art, music, theatre, film, literature and Cornish culture, there are activities for the whole family to get involved and do something different. On Monday 30th March there is even a Fiesta Mexican celebrating the cultural exchange between Mexico and Cornwall and their shared mining heritage – with shrine making workshops, chilli pasty demonstrations and poetry readings – there will be something for everyone.
Throughout the Easter Holidays
Always wanted to sail the seven seas and come face to face with smugglers, mermaids and real live buccaneers? You can if you venture to Pirate’s Quest in Newquay. This new attraction is an hour-long tour led by a live pirate crew that immerses you in piratical history. You will escape the wreck of the Royal Anne Galley, explore the magical Land of Legend, tread cautiously through Ne’er Do Well’s Passage, and swagger into Captain Morgan’s Tavern for some Dutch courage before braving the depths of the thrilling Lost Land of Lyonesse. Later, you’ll rub shoulders with the majestic heroes of Arthurian legend, creep past Jack O’Lantern, King of the Piskies, gaze upon the mysterious White Witch of Helston, and marvel at the enchanting Mermaid of Zennor. Each tour is for up to 12 people and the actors tailor each one to suit all ages of the party so no one gets too scared. They wear their considerable historical knowledge lightly, which makes for a fascinating, fun and educational hour for both adults and children alike. Well worth a visit.
Trereife House Easter Food and Craft Fair
3rd – 6th April
Easter arrives at Penzance’s historic Queen Anne manor house with a series of cookery and craft demonstrations, art, live music and plenty of spring-themed entertainment. There will be a big marquee where you can browse lots of local food producers including Worthy Farm cheeses and fish Cadgwith Smokies, locally produced beer, cider and wine. There will be some high-quality art and craft from Cornish designer-makers such as Familly Silver Jewellery and contemporary screen printer Esther Connon. Younger visitors can also take part in Trereife’s Grand Easter Egg Hunt.
Outsid’er St Agnes Outdoor Festival
10th April – 12th April
The weekend is a quirky little celebration of all the best things that St Agnes’ unique coastline and countryside have to offer, encouraging both local and up country visitors to get out, get stuck in, and try something a bit different. This year Tony Plant will be the artist-in-residence creating whole beach sand drawings on the beaches around St Agnes: Porthtowan, Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth.
Charity Garden Open Weekend at Tregothnan
11th April – 12th April
Tregothnan Estate have chosen to fundraise for Cancer Research UK during their annual open weekend. Tregothnan is usually private, but will open its gates on April 11th to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall. Get lost in ancient Camellias, mountainous Magnolias and the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower. The sheer scale of the garden, over 100 acres, means that there will be plenty of peace.
The Alternative Trail
30th March – 8th April
Come to Cotehele, a superb Tudor estate near Saltash, and follow a mystery trail from the house through the woods to Cotehele Mill. You’ll find clues along the way and a surprise at the end. Good for children of all ages, but bring your wellies.
Glendurgan Easter Egg Trail at Glendurgan, Falmouth
3rd – 6th April
Explore Glendurgan Garden and follow the exciting Easter trail. Complete all the activities and you’ll receive a lovely Cadbury chocolate prize at the end.
Trelissick Garden, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
Come to beautiful Trelissick Garden, near Truro, for a fun introductory session to the ancient art of archery.
This is an Instructed two hour session starting at 10am.
St Endellion Easter Music Festival
4th April – 12th April
St Endellion Easter Festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – all of whom pay to participate in just over a week of very high quality music making. The programme of music takes place in the 15th century Collegiate Church of St. Endelienta, St. Endellion, and recent years have seen such works as Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana performed.
If you like the sound of all of these mini-Cornish adventures, why not take a look at our Easter breaks? Including a very special Magical Woodland themed entertainments program to keep the whole family entertained.