Celebrate Easter in Cornwall – five top family activities
As the Easter holidays get nearer, as parents we are asking the usual question: what are the best things for families to do? Happily, there’s plenty on this year for everyone to enjoy. Here are our top picks for families in Cornwall this Easter.
Hunting for Easter eggs in Cornwall
No family Easter would be complete without scouring the walls and hedges for Easter egg clues…Easter egg hunts are a great activity – even the smallest child will happily be dragged around a National Trust garden if they know there’s chocolate in it for them. The grownups have a lovely day out somewhere beautiful, the kids get to explore and win chocolate, and everyone has plenty of fresh air and exercise.
There are several National Trust properties in Cornwall hosting one of their popular Cadbury’s egg trails. Try beautiful Glengurgan Garden or Lanhydrock House, or venture a bit further afield and explore St Michael’s Mount for a real day out to remember.
Closer to The Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Heligan has a more unusual egg hunt. They’re celebrating their resident emus by holding an emu egg hunt – and you get to meet the real emus too. Other events going on at Heligan include egg decorating and egg-and-spoon races, as well as visiting the birds at the lovely Heligan Hatchery.
Easter arty activities
When you think that everyone has had sufficient chocolate, distract them with an arty activity. Falmouth Art Gallery has great sessions for younger families.
If you’re heading further west, visit St Ives and call into Porthmeor Studios, where the Tate-run family workshop, The Beehive, has a selection of engaging activities for children. For families that have passed the finger painting stage, try Barnoon Workshop, also in St Ives, where Easter holiday workshops include jewellery making, sandcasting, sculpture, and pottery.
Easter chicks – and other animals
We’ve already mentioned Heligan’s emus. There are plenty of other places to get closer to nature these holidays. Newquay Zoo has an egg hunt – however the best thing to do there is have a wonderful time watching the animals! This year, the focus is on Asian wildlife.
Screech Owl Sanctuary (just off the A30 at St Columb) is a wonderful place to visit, with regular displays and hand-tame owls to meet. To see a wider variety of birds, Paradise Park in Hayle has a stunning collection of parrots and many other animals – and of course, it’s running an Easter egg hunt. It also has a fab large indoor soft play area – which brings us neatly to…
If you need to be indoors…
It’s March. It may rain. The Eden Project does not necessarily market itself as an indoor attraction – there’s a lot of fabulous outdoor space there. However, on a dull day in Cornwall, there are few nicer places to be than inside a biome. This Easter, there are events going on inside the Stage building, including a super-sized obstacle course. There’s also an Easter-themed fairground, egg hunts, and storytelling.
When you think “Easter”, the word “Viking” doesn’t usually spring to mind. However, we’re recommending this anyway because it’s fantastic. Take your family to Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum to catch the Viking exhibition. This excellent museum always has great activities for kids of all ages, and there are some brilliant Viking-themed things on at the moment. When you’re in Falmouth, you can always visit the Art Gallery, as recommended above…
Escape the crowds this Easter
Organised events are great, but sometimes you just need to let the kids off the leash on a large expanse of sand (especially if they’ve had a lot of Easter eggs).
It would be hard to choose one specific beach – have a look at our earlier blog post, Sand Dunes and Salty Air, to get an idea of what magnificent beaches are out there, all ready to be scampered on. The beaches are starting to get a bit busier now, but nothing like they are in August. With all that gorgeous coastline, there is plenty of room for everyone.
And of course, you can always enjoy our 42-acre estate this Easter… Have a look to see what’s on for families at The Cornwall this year.