Written by Eve Hunter-Mann
Things to do: in Cornwall this spring
Spring in Cornwall is a magical time, perhaps the best season of them all.
Those crisp sunny days seem almost like summer without the hustle and bustle of those mid-year months. Lighter evenings and longer days welcome plenty of things to do in Cornwall, especially here at Bedruthan.
Call us bias, but the best day of spring could be our Spring Fayre at Bedruthan. Wander through curated exhibitors, all showcasing their beautiful creations - from ceramicists to painters. Take part in a selection of spring-themed workshops: willow weaving, silver ring stacking, or wreath making and master a craft to take home. Finally, enjoy an Afternoon Tea filled with delicious sandwiches and sweet patisseries, overlooking the Atlantic coast in The Herring. Make a day of it and apply your creative flair - what’s not to love?
As spring approaches, new bulbs bloom whilst a variety of fresh flowers and plants begin to blossom in our gardens. Wander through an abundance of biodiversity and admire new beginnings all around you. Across the Scarlet and Bedruthan campus, our hard-working gardening team keep our gardens an all year-round delight for our guests and local community. They also place a high emphasis on biodiversity and strive to find harmony and balance with nature and our coastal ecosystem, using sustainable gardening methods to protect the future of the soil and land for years to come.
As told by our gardening team members, spring can be the most exciting season as the leaves turn greener and the flowers turn brighter. Discover more about our wonderful gardens and the team who look after them on our sister hotel Scarlet's journal.
Whether it’s for Mother’s Day or just because, celebrate someone special this spring (even if it’s yourself!) Find ultimate rest in a sea-view spa day at Bedruthan with our spa’s thermal sauna, steam room, caldarium and hydro pool all whilst overlooking the Atlantic horizon. Find balance in one of our Ayurvedic-inspired treatments where we fulfil your mental and physical intentions for complete restoration.
Make a night of it with our one-of-a-kind spa breaks, and experience ultimate invigoration with a trip to our Sensory Spa Garden or Eat, Clay, Love spa experience. Or why not sample an Atlantic view Afternoon Tea at The Herring with delicious patisseries and unique sandwiches. Stuck for choice? Browse our gift vouchers and find the perfect gift to treat someone special this spring.
Over the coming spring months, we’re hosting a range of creative residences from painters to potters. Our recent, artist-in-residence was abstract artist Victoria Young Jamieson who made our sea-view clifftop space her studio for the week along with her dog Humphrey! Victoria works with ink, acrylic, and watercolour to convey the vibrancy of Cornwall's natural wonders, Bedruthan's clifftop setting being the perfect location for inspiration.
This March, we welcome our second artist residency Shaunna Hubbard, a Cornwall based artist whose also works as part of our Create teams at Bedruthan. One of the main focuses of her practice is capturing the captivating vibrant interplay of light and colour and the light-hearted imagery that's inspired by lazy summer days and their uplifting effect on her audience. Shauna will be based in the Lanai from Saturday 26th March to Wednesday 30th for guests to pop in and watch her work her magic on the canvas!
Situated on our open meadow space overlooking the sea, our outdoor theatre performances have been captivating both children and grown-ups for years. To kick-off our open-air theatre line-up for 2022 is a special telling of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie by Heartbreak Productions. Take a seat in our meadow amidst the Atlantic sea backdrop and settle in for a chilling tale of owls, ghosts, and adventure galore.
Learn a new craft with Create's exclusive workshops held by our in-house, and special guest creatives. This month, try your hand at willow weaving, silver ring stacking or live wreath making during our Spring Fayre; take home your wonderful creation and new skills to last a lifetime.
And whether your staying at Bedruthan or just in the area, try your hand at a new artform in our craft workshops over the coming spring and summer months. From candle making and calligraphy to evening painting classes to lino printing, our one-of-a-kind sessions are expertly led with a friendly and relaxed approach to ensure you get the best out of our workshops.
Those longer, brighter days welcome plenty of day trips and adventures, whether it's exploring gardens or visiting art exhibitions there's something for everyone.
Wander through local art galleries and become lost as your imagination takes you to a whole different world, perfect for slow rainy days.
Art at the beach is beach-side art gallery very literally just down the road from us in Mawgan Porth, perfect if you're just here for a short stay. As well as offering a range of original artworks, prints and cards to browse, they offer fun, informative art lessons for all ages and abilities online and on the beach.
The Tate in St Ives is arguably the most famous art gallery in Cornwall with famous names such as Barbara Hepworth and Bob Law showcasing their work. Around an hour drive from Bedruthan, St Ives is a little further afield making it a perfect location for a day trip with it's hustling and bustling atmosphere and plenty of other smaller art galleries.
Falmouth Art Gallery is situated in the heart of Falmouth - a lively town known for it's student residencies and beautiful beaches. The gallery showcases a collection of unique artwork with pieces dating from as early as 19th century and earlier! For spring, their The Art of Animation exhibition is perfect for all the family, showcasing what goes into the making of an animated film. Just less than an hours, drive it's another location for an unforgettable day trip.
Once you've wandered through our blooming gardens and along the coastal paths, there's plenty more in Cornwall to visit.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens overlook St Michaels Mount, an iconic Cornish landmark in Penzance, with their beautiful tree sculptures and sub-tropical plants. Make a day of it as you wander through exotic ecosystems and visit their impressive art gallery. And after, why not visit St Michaels Mount and sample one of Cornwall's most famous wonders.
Trenance Gardens, in the lively town of Newquay, is less than a 20 minute drive away and features a picturesque cottage café, tranquil stream, and stunning greenery. After wandering through cherry blossom and age-old trees, indulge in a Cornish cream tea at the café for the ultimate Cornish pick-me-up.
The Japanese Garden, in St Mawgan, is also just a short drive away; with it's spectacular bonsai, waterfalls and succulents you'll be transported to an oriental world. Originally built as a meditative garden it's the perfect space to calm the mind and let go of unwanted stress through contemplation and reflection.
The Eden Project, an iconic attraction in Cornwall, holds an "Easter at Eden" event from 9th - 24th April 2022. Just collect your Easter activity pack, loaded with adventures for the whole family to enjoy and get stuck into games designed to help you explore the great outdoors and witness all the beautiful signs of spring. Join the hunt to find hidden keys around site and return to the locked boxes to collect your Easter prize. daily storytelling sessions, where families can settle in to listen to magical stories.
Lanhydrock's Easter egg hunt is a great way to get all the family involved (with a bit of healthy competition!). Venture down their family-friendly trail with lots of fun activities to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn a chocolate egg at the end!
And if you're looking to celebrate Easter in style with friends or family, why not take a long stroll along the beach and then head up our Wild Café for a delicious sea-view Sunday roast.