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Local things for kids to do in Cornwall for Easter 2022

Easter holidays alert! Panicked about what to do with them? Not on our watch: we've found fabulous, local family activities for toddlers, kids, and teens across Cornwall.

EGG HUNTS

National Trust Easter Egg Hunts 9 – 24 April 2022

Credit: National Trust

Easter Egg hunts galore at the usual big-hitters in Cornwall, including Trelissick (above), Antony, Lanhydrock, Glendurgan, Cotehele, Godolphin, Trengwainton and Trerice. Trail packs cost £3 plus entrance, booking ahead may be necessary for some gardens. All details here. Finish the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg or an allergen-free alternative at the end (where available).

Easter Adventure Quest, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, 2- 24 April

Crack the clues and search for the eggs as you explore the outdoor trail around the castle. Discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. Track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate. Pre-booked entry tickets only, plus £1.50 per child for the quest, paid for on site.

Dragon Egg Hunt, Enys Gardens, Penryn, Falmouth, 11 – 25 April

Hop on over to beautiful Enys Gardens in Penryn for an egg hunt through the spring flowers. (adults £8, kids £2)

RHS Rosemoor at Great Torrington, Giant Egg Hunt, 9 – 24 April 2022

As if we need an excuse to tour the stunning gardens of RHS Rosemoor, just over the border near Bude. If the smaller members of the family need a bit of persuasion they provide you with an Explorer pack filled with a trail to take you around the garden to find giant painted eggs. Fun puzzles to solve and of course plants and wildlife to spot. Inevitably chocolate will be involved however these little treats are from PLAYin CHOC – organic, vegan, free from main allergens and ethically made in the UK. Nice. Also keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny hopping around the garden on 11 – 14 April, 10.30am – 3pm
and 19 – 22 April, 10.30am – 3pm. (Free with garden entrance)

Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, Wadebridge

With exhilarating rides, a gigantic indoor play centre, outdoor fun, water flumes and the UK’s most hi-tech 5D Super Sim Theatre , Camel Creek is great fun for the kids, rain or shine and back open at Easter for the first time in two years. Look out on social media for their character days which this Easter include Peter Rabbit (12-13 April) followed by Sonic the Hedgehog (19-20 April). Also seasonal treats galore with Easter trails and eggcellent games, giving every child the chance to win a free chocolate Easter egg.

GET OUTSIDE!

Nature’s Superheroes at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 2-18 April

Become re-acquainted with some of the world’s most invincible and globally important characters, Nature’s Superheroes!

Discover the heroes of the natural world and the detailed and daily climate-affecting missions they embark on to save the planet. Choose your superhero and follow your quiz trail mission map to follow them across the Heligan estate, learning more about their lives and how they affect ours. What do you already know about them, what will you learn and how will you pledge to help their missions?

The natural world contains many superheroes, all working hard to fulfil their life’s missions to help our planet work in a healthy harmony.

So, pick up your superhero mask, and pick a mission. Who will you follow?

Easter at Eden, The Eden Project, 9-24 April 2022

Collect your Easter activity pack, loaded with adventures for the whole family to enjoy and get stuck into games designed to help you explore the great outdoors and witness all the beautiful signs of spring. Including daily story telling activities in the Citrus Grove.

Gofindit is the original scavenger hunt card game that invites you to use all of your senses by getting hands on with nature. Spin the wheel, receive your set of cards, and then head off around site to see what you can find to match them!

WORKSHOP: Outdoor Survival Activities with Under The Canopy Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth

The team at Under The Canopy Cornwall will take each child through the three key priorities of survival: Protection, Rescue, Water and Food. Suitable for those aged 8 and over, each part will be broken down in to a micro hands on lesson over a three-hour session.

Whether they’re new to forest school or a seasoned explorer – this is a fun, relaxed opportunity for hands-on fun in a safe environment (and grown-ups can enjoy three hour’s of parent-free time!).

THEATRE

THEATRE: Hetty Feather, The Minack, 10 – 21 April

Roll Up! for a circus of dreams with Hetty Feather at the Minack this Easter

Hetty Feather hates her cruel life at the Foundling Hospital and longs to find her true mother.  Only her courage and imagination give the determined little redhead the strength to keep her hopes alive but when she encounters the glamorous, flame-haired circus performer, Madame Adeline, her dreams become dangerously entangled with the perils that lurk in the real world.

Adapted by Emma Reeves from the popular children’s books by Jacqueline Wilson, this imaginative stage version will have surprises and delights for both fans and newcomers to the story. 

THEATRE: The Kiss that Missed, The Minack, 11 – 20 April

The Little Prince’s goodnight kiss has gone missing.  It’s escaped into the forest where it has no business to be, so the brave and fearless knight is sent on a mission to bring it back… But is he brave and fearless enough?

David Melling’s delightful series of Knightly Tales is brought to life with all the charm and humour of the original stories, plus some new songs and, of course, plenty of kisses bouncing around.  

THEATRE: Rogue Theatre ‘Wild Awake’, Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs, 13 – 23 April

Woodland-King-and-Hare-Rogue-Theatre-Tehidy

The most gorgeous way to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Cornwall! Join the brilliant and Muddy award winning Rogue Theatre for their first show of the year, Wild Spring Hare in Tehidy Woods. Wild Awake is an immersive performance of magical stories – including new ones for 2022. The Wild Spring Hare has emerged with a brand-new adventure; pass through the bluebell woodland; into a story world of wonder as the wild awakes. Rogue returns to Tehidy Woods in spring (for the first time in 2 years) with a re-imagined version of Wild Spring Hare!

COMEDY: Professor Ben Garrod’s “So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs”, Launceston Town Hall, 21 April at 3pm

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit sold-out stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Professor Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet.  Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rexAllosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!

Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’.  So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever. Tickets £15 adults / £12.50 child (age 5+ recommended).

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS/WORKSHOPS

Detritus of the Deep and the Washed-Up Mermaid, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, 9 – 24 April

Detritus of the Deep is a larger-than-life showman, king and master of the sea. Hear this gentle giant’s story of coastal adventures and watch as he magically conjures up wonders from Cornwall’s waters. His friend, the Washed-up Mermaid, sings of our seas and asks us a very important question – can we help them save our oceans? Workshops and activities all weekdays.

WORKSHOP: Easter Egg Branch Workshop, PK Porthcurno, 14 and 21 April

Drawing on the German tradition of an Easter egg tree, where a branch was brought inside to hang Easter decorations, we invite you to get crafty as you explore our brightly coloured fabrics and feathers. Cut out Easter egg shapes and make buzzing bees from pinecones to hang from your branch.

Shackleton’s Legacy and the Power of Early Antarctic Photography, The Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, 9 April – October 2022

The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown has teamed up with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to present an exhibition that celebrates a pioneer of polar exploration, Sir Ernest Shackleton. This year marks the centenary of Shackleton’s death in 1922 during the Quest expedition to Antarctica, and is super timely given that the wreck of his ship Endurance has been found 107 years after it became trapped in sea ice and sank off the coast of Antarctica. The explorer’s legacy, extraordinary expeditions and the power of early Antarctic photography will take centre stage at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum from 9 April and is included with entry.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES /EXHIBITIONS

SCIENCE: Reimagining Reality, Narisa Hall, Priory Park, Bodmin

Reimagining Reality is an innovative exhibition for Cornwall that will turn your world upside down! Explore the weird and wonderful peculiarities of science with interactive exhibits. Be prepared to be left wondering what you really know. If you think science really isn’t your thing, come for the art! Experience an immersive journey along surreal passageways leading to quirky exhibits that are an artwork in their own right. This exhibition is about as environmentally friendly as they come. Everything has been carefully crafted with waste or reclaimed materials. Follow the stories that are entwined in each exhibit; where it’s components came from and how it was transformed.

ART: Thao Nguyen Phan, The Tate St Ives

Thao Nguyen Phan’s most extensive UK exhibition to date opens at The Tate St Ives. Internationally renowned for her poetic, multi-layered artworks Phan explores the historical and ecological issues facing her homeland Vietnam, while speaking to broader ideas around tradition, ideology, ritual and environmental change. Through storytelling, and the mixing of official and unofficial histories, her work often amplifies narratives that are less well documented, or in some cases obscured. This exhibition will bring together a selection of Phan’s videos, paintings and sculptures from the past five years, alongside new work exhibited for the first time. This includes First Rain, Brise Soleil, a major new multi-channel film commission, and an accompanying series of paintings.

SEA: Monsters of the Deep, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Explore the centuries-old myths and legends, when chance sightings and odd appearances led to tall tales of deep sea creatures. Learn how, even today, these stories continue to capture imaginations, fuelled by fake news and conspiracy theories.

SPORTS / ACTVITIES

CLIMBING: Tide Climbing Centre, New Trevibban Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge

Inspired by the Sport Climbing at the last Olympic games? Have a go yourself at the Tide Indoor Climbing Centre between Wadebridge and Padstow. They cater for all sorts of climbing and are in the unique position to offer both bouldering and rope climbing under one roof. With over 100 bouldering problems for you to try, as well as 22 lines and 4 auto belay points, there’s plenty for everyone.

SEGWAY: Bude Segway & Outdoor Pursuits, Bude

Something slightly different on two wheels here – glide around the woodland track on your very own Segway (once you’ve completed an intro course to make sure you can ride one ok – you must be over 5 stone and 4 foot tall, aged 7+ to ride). Other activities on offer include the 24ft Climbing wall and a caving experience.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Old Hill Bike Park near Wadebridge

Not so much a trail as a maze of wheeled obstacle courses! You’ll need to have got all the kit in advance (helmets with face protection are mandatory, body armour recommended) – book in for a half or full day’s riding and try out jumps, ramps and drops along miles of graded tracks in what looks like off-road biking heaven. Top tip – walk the black route first!

ZIP WIRE: Hangloose, Eden Project, Bodelva

If you’ve been to Eden, you’ve probably noticed people speeding over the biomes on a giant zip wire – ‘there goes another one!’ It’sEngland’s longest and fastest. What you might not have realised, is that along with the famous SkyWire, there’s a catalogue of other nail-biting experiences to choose from at Hangloose at the Eden Project: a 20-metre giant cliff swing, free falls, airbags drops, 360 swing and climbing challenges. Wanna try the lot? Discounts are available on multi-activity tickets. 8+ years. From £38.

GIANT SWING & AXE THROWING: Adrenalin Quarry, Liskeard

Making use of an old quarry in South East Cornwall, these adventure sports specialists have been chucking people off cliffs since 2009. There are loads of activities to choose – all guaranteed to give you a rush –  including a fast and furious zip wire, giant swing and coasteering but the one I’m most tempted by is axe throwing (just me?). Kind of like archery for maniacs, hurl your whirling weapon at the tree stump targets and listen out for the satisfying thud.

SKATEBOARDING: Mount Hawke Skate Park, Mount Hawke, Truro

While a lot of towns have a dedicated outdoor skate park (including St Ives’ new beauty) Mount Hawke Skatepark is one of the longest-running indoor parks in the UK. Built originally in 1986 to meet the needs of young people living in rural Cornish communities, Mount Hawke started as an outdoor facility but was developed inside in 1996, becoming the South West’s largest indoor skatepark. Another one for your list if your teens were inspired by Tokyo 2020 and Team GB’s awesome skaters, it is split into different sections; street and transition, the ‘black pool’, the bowl, the rhythm section, the vert ramp, mini ramp alongside a new outdoor plaza and pump track, making us an all-weather facility. 

HIGH WIRE: Via Ferrata Cornwall, Penryn

Penryn’s Adrenaline centre, Via Ferrata, launched a range of new activities for the 2021 season following a successful first season in 2020. The 60-acre site hosts a high-wire and climbing route around a disused granite quarry. This year it has added kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding as well as coasteering and archery. Via Ferrata is also operating an adventure holiday club during the hols with activities for 6–13-year-olds. Options include courses in climbing, zip-lining, kayaking, canoeing and archery as well as half, full and wraparound day care.

SPEED BOAT SAFARI: Wavehunters, Rock and Padstow

Exhilarating and magical Cornwall wildlife spotting and sightseeing trips and charters from Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac can be booked with Wavehunters, who know all the secret places and where the dolphins are likely to be. Sit at the front of the boat for the fastest seat, and if you choose private hire, you can swim off the boat too when conditions are right.

Bike Riding

Check out our piece on bike trails here which includes the Camel trailBissoe trail, through Cardinham Woods or around the woodland paths at Lanhydrock (you’ll need to book first) – all pretty kid-friendly, even for those with no gears!

CASTLES AND GARDENS

Tintagel Castle

Photo credit: Hufton & Crow Photography

Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king. Now it’s your turn to be inspired – complete with a trip across the new bridge. Note that due to storm damage to the beach steps, there is currently no access to the beach and Merlin’s cave. 

Caerhays Castle Gardens, Gorran, St Austell

Caerhays Castle Cornwall © Emily Whitfield Wicks

On the south coast near St Austell you’ll find the magnificent gardens and Grade II listed 140 acre woodland at Caerhays, often described as a spring-time wonderland for visitors. Home to a National Magnolia Collection, the collection even houses a 100 year old Magnolia tree. The gardens also feature many rhododendrons, camellias and trees which are nationally classed as Champion Trees by the Tree Register.

Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel

Restormel is said to be one of the most remarkable castles in Britain – and certainly sits among some beautiful countryside near Lostwithiel, with far reaching views across the valley to the river Fowey. The present circular structure, built in the late 13th century, was a luxurious retreat for its medieval owners and was twice visited by Edward, the Black Prince. Now looked after by the English Heritage, don’t miss the walking trail between the castle and Muddy fave Duchy of Cornwall Nursery where you can have lunch.

Launceston Castle, Launceston

Launceston Castle is an imposing sight in the town itself, the ancient capital of Cornwall. Building of the castle started soon after the Norman Conquest – it is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The castles main function used to be a prison before Bodmin Jail was constructed. After you’ve walked up to the keep and round the town you can also head out on to the moor to see the Hurlers which are three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England. Parking is free, but you’ll need to keep dogs on leads due to grazing lambs.

ANIMALS

The Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

On the river at Gweek, which is beautiful, find the seals – so full of Cornish character. Pre-booking essential.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Head to Plymouth’s harbour for the UK’s largest aquarium, with sharks, rays, octopus feeding-time and fascinating jellyfish. They’ve made some changes to their pricing so all tickets now come with a year’s free pass, and locals with a PL postcode always pay the cheaper Saver price, regardless of what time you visit. All 3-15 child tickets are HALF the price of an adult and under 3s go free. Booking essential.

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