Surf competitions, glorious bluebells, a celebration of the Cornish pasty and seal pups – this is our guide for what to do in Cornwall in spring.
See the first bluebells
If you do one thing in Cornwall in May, experiencing a carpet of shimmering bluebells in our stunning countryside has to be it. The breathtaking spectacle means that spring has well and truly arrived. Our favourite places to see them are in Pencarrow House and Gardens near Bodmin, Godolphin Woods near Helston, Ennys Gardens near Penryn and Glendurgan near Falmouth.
Lanhydrock cycle trails
The National Trust’s Lanhydrock’s cycle trails have become a favourite with families and mountain bikers alike since they were revamped in 2014. The new and exciting cycle trails are open everyday and all year round, with easy (green), moderate (blue) and difficult (red) trials of lengths available, as well as cycle hire.
Seal pup season
Spring is the time to see the Cornish Seal Sanctuary do what it does best – rescue, rehabilitate and re-release stranded seal pups. Around 40-60 pups are rescued each year during the colder months and are taken here – the leading Seal Rescue Centre in Europe. The seal hospital and nursery pools are usually full at this time of the year, so it’s the perfect time to visit with little ones. Or, to spot them in the wild, head to Mutton cove just past Godrevy head at low tide – home to a large colony of grey seals.
World Pasty Championships at Eden
Sunday 3 March, 2018
When you think of Cornwall, you think of the Cornish pasty. Take part in the sixth annual celebration of Cornwall’s most famous dish. The championships feature varieties from Cornwall as well as from around the world, and visitors are encouraged to come and take part in the entertainment. There are nine categories in all, celebrating the traditional Cornish pasty (potato, swede, onion and beef only please) and the more exotic varieties.
National surf and SUP competitions at Watergate Bay
Throughout April and May
Watersport lovers are spoilt for choice at Watergate Bay with not one but three different national events happening in April and May.
28-29 April – UK’s best stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) and kitesurfers will compete to be crowned Legend of the Bay.
12 & 13 May – The first leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour comes to Watergate Bay with The Surfaced Pro competition.
St Piran’s Day
Considered as the Patron Saint of Cornwall, St Piran’s Day on 5 March was one of many traditional tin miner’s holidays in Cornwall which involved plentiful feasts and drinking. Eat a pasty and join one of the many town processions taking place. Or take a pilgrimage to Perranporth – where St Piran supposedly first set foot in Cornwall – where you’ll find oratory and St Piran’s Play being performed in the sand dunes.