From Polo On The Beach to flower festivals, there’s lots to do in Cornwall during spring. Here’s our pick of the ten best…
Cornwall is lucky enough to see spring earlier than many parts of the country because of its climate. Through March, April and May all around Cornwall the beautiful gardens and hedgerows are doing what they do best – showcasing a dazzling display of flowers and plants that thrive in our mild climate. Visit the Eden Project, Trebah Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan as well all the wonderful National Trust properties and estates like Tregothanan, Boconnoc and Lanhydrock and enjoy the Cornish garden. Watch the video »
2. Falmouth Spring Festival – 14th – 24th March
The Falmouth Spring Festival celebrates Falmouth’s beautiful open and green spaces with guided walks and talks, garden spring clean events, Gardeners’ Question Time and a Spring Fair. Join in Cornwall’s largest open-air zumba class or follow a Nordic walk workshop. Launch day sees the town coloured yellow with daffodils and the festival ends with a spring flower show in the Princess Pavillion (23/24 March).
Now in its seventh year, the renowned Fifteen Cornwall farmers’ market will be bustling with all sorts of seasonal produce, from spring veggies to Cornish fish, local meat to artisan cheese and bread, they’ll have it all! Not forgetting a full line up of chef demos including Nathan Outlaw and Head Chef, Andy Appleton as well as pasta making workshops. Book your place.
4. Annual Oyster Gathering 2013, Mylor – 29th March – 1st April
Now in its 4th year The Oyster Gathering and Local Food Harvest is a small oyster festival at Mylor Yacht Harbour where people are invited to see oyster fishermen in action with boat trips on the Fal River. There is a local seafood market and a chance to sample culinary delights cooked up by local chefs.
Lanhydrock House and Trerice – 29th March – 1st April
Explore the houses and gardens of the Cornwall National Trust Properties with their Cadbury’s Easter trails, a chocolate delight for those that succeed!
6. Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair – 29th March – 1st April
Follow the clues for the Great Easter Egg Hunt around the woods and walled garden and take part in the Funky Food Workshop with story tellers and magicians. Adults can enjoy food demonstrations by local chefs as well as food a craft stalls dotted around the grounds of the historic Queen Anne manor house.
7. Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc - 6th – 7th April
This is a real celebration of Cornish garden flowers at the Boconnoc Estate. There will be Gardeners’ question time, live music, competitive flower classes, plenty of local food on offer and even a plant crèche that will look after your purchases while you enjoy the rest of the show.
8. Art8 Newquay – 11th – 18th April
Art8 is a feast for the senses, 8 days of art in 8 disciplines, to include all aspects of fine art, dance, design, photography, word, drama, music and craft. A varied programme of free or nominal charge events will excite and tempt everyone to get involved.
9. Porthleven Food Festival - Saturday 20th April
The festival hosts the very best of Cornish food producers and has a full programme of entertainment including two stages with live bands, buskers and street performers, a fish BBQ, a dedicated area for the Young Persons Festival and local history exhibitions, all of which make up a fantastic, free family day out.
New! Legends of the Bay - 27th – 28th April
For the first time, British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) and the British Stand Up Paddlesurf Assocation (BSUPA) will be collaborating to bring the brand new Legends of the Bay to Watergate. Whatever the conditions, spectators are promised a great display of beach action.
English National Surfing Championships -4th – 6th May
National champions will be decided in the longest-running surfing competition, now in its 40th anniversary year. You will see up and coming surfers battle to knock established pro’s off the top spots.
Polo On The Beach - 18th – 19th May
This spring the surfers will make way for ponies on Watergate Bay for the 7th edition of Polo on the Beach. For the first time the event will take place over a weekend and will be packed full of events, entertainment and music all on the beach, the highlight being an exhibition polo match between two teams of top international players on Sunday 19th May which will be free to attend.