Like the rest of Britain, Cornwall has been battered by storm after storm this winter. Heavy rain and strong winds have become the norm, especially in exposed coastal areas which bear the brunt of weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic.
But spring is finally edging its way into the Cornish countryside.
The cliff tops and hedgerows are coming to life with spring flowers and birdsong has returned to the skies. Someday soon the clouds will part, the winds will ease and the weather will warm up. Then we’ll be able to explore and enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer without braving the elements each time we step outside.
Looking forward to warm, sunny days we recall that spring is one of the best times to visit the county for colour and revitalisation after the dark, gloomy months of winter.
If you’re in Cornwall for the spring, celebrate the season with these energising activities.
1. Enjoy a peaceful beach walk
Cornwall has so many beaches that you can usually find some space and solitude at any time of year. But the spring is a good time to visit for peaceful walks along the beaches before they get busy with summer visitors. As well as miles and miles of golden sand to explore, there are beautiful cliff-top walks which are ablaze with yellow gorse and the pink thrift during the spring months. If you’re visiting with dogs, you’ll also have the run of all the beaches before the seasonal dog ban starts on selected beaches.
2. Take a stroll among the spring flowers
Cornwall has a large number of world-renowned gardens, where you can watch spring unfurl in all its glory. Glendurgan, Trebah, Eden Project, Lanhydrock and the Lost Garden of Heligan are just a few of the impressive gardens with colourful spring blooms. They say that spring is marked by the flowering of magnolia trees and you can see many of these in full bloom at gardens across Cornwall, as well as colourful camellias, rhododendrons and, of course, daffodils, primroses and bluebells.
3. Leap into the sea
Only the hardiest of surfers take to the sea in mid-winter. By Easter, the air and water temperatures have warmed up just enough to enable the rest of us to brave the sea. Whether surfing, coasteering, kayaking or swimming, a dip in the sea is an exhilarating way to welcome the spring. Local shops, surf schools and activity centres can supply wetsuits to make the experience more pleasurable. For surfers, spring can be better than summer because the waves tend to be bigger and less crowded than high-season months.
4. See newborns on a working farm
There are few signs of spring more recognisable than newborn lambs leaping around a field. There are loads of places where you can see lambs in farmers fields around the Cornish countryside. There are also several petting farms at local attractions, where you can see, stroke and even feed lambs and other young animals. One of these is Old MacDonald’s Farm near Porthcothan. Other animal attractions in the area include Camel Creek Adventure Park, Dairyland and Heeley’s Cornish Cyder Farm.
5. Attend a spring festival
Cornwall is brimming with festivals in the spring. There’s the Truro Festival, the St Agnes Bolster Festival and the Fal River Festival. If you’re visiting Padstow, try to time your trip for the traditional egg rolling competition or the Obby Oss celebrations on May Day. These festivals provide an insight into the culture and traditions of Cornwall, plus the chance to celebrate with locals and enjoy fun activities.
Book Your Holiday Cottage for a Spring Break in Cornwall
If you want to visit Cornwall this spring, you’ll need somewhere to stay, so please check out all the holiday houses, cottages and apartments we have available to rent in Padstow and the surrounding beaches and villages.
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