From the tastes and sounds of Porthleven Food & Music Festival to exhibitions at Eden Project and the Tate, St Ives, we've hand-picked our favourite spring-time events.
Book to stay at Watergate Bay in spring.
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2020
One of the biggest food and drink events in Cornwall’s calendar, three days of feasts, drink and music in and around the stunning harbour of Porthleven. Top south west chefs gather to promote awareness of the extent and quality of locally produced food, alongside performances, live bands and entertainment.
Porthleven Food Festival
Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 April 2020
The largest private garden in Cornwall is opening its gates for one weekend only. 100 acres of gardens set within its own special micro-climate boasts botanicals, nurturing rare plants and Camellia Sinensis (tea plants). Set on the banks of the River Fal, Tregothnan is a rare example of a living private estate, supporting local families and the environment since 1334.
Open until 3 May 2020
The Tate St Ives is hosting a large-scale exhibition of the acclaimed constructivist and sculptor Naum Gabo until May 3 2020. As a response to this rare exhibition, Emily Speed’s film and installation explores the politics of the built environment in “Rooms Designed For a Woman”.
Tate St Ives
Surfing is the most popular wave riding sport on the planet and Watergate Bay is one of the finest beaches in the country. Extreme Academy supplies you with all the gear to keep you warm and experienced instructors are on hand to guide you every step of the way. Don’t forget your Extreme Hot Chocolate in the Beach Hut afterwards.
A brand new climbing centre in the heart of Cornwall, the Tide Climbing centre is only a short drive from the hotel. Large areas are dedicated to bouldering, so you can climb without any ropes or harnesses. Come rain or shine, The Tide Climbing Centre is open daily to all abilities and makes for a great indoor activity option, followed by coffee and cake in the onsite café.
The Tide Climbing Centre
A new permanent addition to the Eden Project, Invisible Worlds reveals the world beyond our senses. An interactive exhibition showcasing extraordinary artworks, hand’s on experiments and an insight into our invisible world. Entry is included with standard ticket prices.
With multiple walking and cycling trails, Cardinham Woods offers both easy access routes and steeper, adrenaline fuelled biking tracks amongst the pine trees and wildlife. Picnic tables are dotted all over, or there's the Woods Café for freshly bakes cakes and scones!