So you’ve booked your Easter holiday in Cornwall and now you’re looking for exciting or interesting things to see and do? Don’t worry, there are loads of activities, events and places to explore in Cornwall over the Easter period. Here’s our top ten list of some of the best things to experience and enjoy during your Easter holiday in Cornwall.
1. Try Traditional Easter Egg Rolling
Decorated eggs have been rolled down Duke Street in Padstow on Easter Sunday morning for as long as anyone can remember. This traditional Easter event provides fun for families and an important fundraiser for the RNLI. Children can join the fun by bringing a decorated hard boiled egg to roll down the hill.
2. Experience Easter at Eden
The Eden Project is a fantastic day out at any time of the year. But it’s particularly special at Easter when spring flowers colour the outdoor gardens and the attraction puts on a number of events for children and families. This Easter at Eden, from 6th to 25th April, visitors can join all sorts of fun games and activities, including a golden egg hunt, a giant scramble course and storytelling and craft workshops.
3. Visit Spring Animals on a Farm
Kids love seeing cute Easter animals such as lambs, chicks and bunnies and there are plenty of farms around where you can see and even stroke these springtime creatures. The best place to visit in the Padstow area is Old Macdonald’s Farm near Porthcothan Bay. This family-friendly visitor attraction invites children to pet and feed animals including lambs, cows and ponies. Youngsters can also enjoy pony rides, take a spin on the pedal kart track or ride a miniature train.
4. Get Active on the Cornish Coast
The sea starts warming up around Easter time as the first of the sunny spring days warm the water. It’s a lovely time to explore the north Cornwall coast while coasteering, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. Local activity providers, such as Harlyn Surf School and Cornish Rock Tors, provide instruction and tours for these and other activities from local beaches and coves.
5. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
Each year the National Trust organises egg hunts at many of its properties in North Cornwall. Visitors staying in and near Padstow should head to Lanhydrock, where children and parents are sent on a trail through the glorious grounds to find clues and win a Cadbury’s chocolate egg. This activity is available daily throughout the Easter school holidays. Easter egg hunting can also be done at Trerice, another National Trust property near Newquay, and many Cornish tourist attractions.
6. See Spring Flowers Bloom
Cornwall’s gardens spring to life at this time of year as the early season flowers bloom. Here in Padstow, the gardens at Prideaux Place are particularly beautiful at Easter thanks to the changing collection of spring bulbs and hundreds of herbaceous plants. Visitors will also love the delightful woods and formal gardens at Pencarrow House near Bodmin.
7. Dine Out for Easter Lunch
Visitors should book early to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in and around Padstow over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. This is a particularly busy weekend for the restaurants, cafés and pubs, which will put on Easter Sunday lunches. For something really special try Greens of Padstow or the Cornish Arms in St Merryn. Or explore further afield and treat yourself to lunch at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac or Scott & Babs in Mawgan Porth.
8. Hit the Cycle Trails
There are a few better ways to explore the beautiful Cornish countryside than on two wheels. For families there are numerous safe, off-road trails to enjoy in Cornwall, including the Camel Trail between Padstow and Wadebridge, the Bissoe Trail between Devoran and Portreath and mountain bike trails in Cardinham Woods.
9. Explore the Beach
Cornish beaches are magical places to spend some time, no matter what the weather. If it’s sunny and warm, visitors can spend long days stretched out on the sand, surfing in the sea or exploring rock pools. We have some of the best beaches here in the Padstow area. Local favourites include Harlyn, Constantine and Treyarnon.
10. Have a Thrilling Time at a Theme Park
For a thrilling day out, families should check out Camel Creek Adventure Park near Wadebridge, where kids can enjoy exciting rides, an indoor play area, animal attractions and Easter activities. Meanwhile, Flambards in Helston offers guests some hair-raising rides and daily ‘Explosive Easter’ shows where madcap ‘scientists’ stage a series of explosive fun experiments.
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