What’s on locally this Easter?
Slowly, slowly things are opening up. Here’s where to take the family locally over the holidays for a very welcome change of scene.
National Trust Easter Egg Hunts (29 March – 5 April)
Easter Egg hunts galore at the usual big-hitters in Cornwall, including Trelissick (above), Lanhydrock, Glendurgan, Cotehele, Godolphin, Trengwainton and Trerice. Trail packs cost £3 plus entrance, booking ahead may be necessary for some gardens. All details here.
Kids Art Club, St Ives School of Painting (28 March & 11 April)
Encourage their creative side – the St Ives Painting School’s Porthmeor Young Artists runs online fortnightly workshops aimed at 7-12 year olds (but younger kids can join in too, although you’ll need to supervise). All are run by experienced artist tutors. Each workshop is inspired by one the artists that made the historic Cornish fishing village of St Ives an art mecca, including Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson. Workshops incorporate a little art history, a little art technique and a whole heap of creative fun in the one hour, which is then available to be re-watched for the next week. You’ll need your own supplies but nothing too complicated – poster paint, thick paper and wax crayons are ideal, unless you’re tempted by the idea of a little online shopping.
Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (2-18 April)
Celebrate new life at Heligan – the historic camellias and rhododendrons put on their dazzling spring performance and the newest residents, the Cornwall and Devon Longwool lambs (above) can be enjoyed frolicking in the Paddocks. The Heligan Orchard will be decorated with colourful Easter inspired decorations, and down on East Lawn everyone is invited to write their Easter wish before attaching it to get granted on the especially created Easter Wish Tree.
Tintagel Castle (opens 29 March)
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle – complete with a trip across the new bridge. Note that there is currently a one-way system in place which means leaving via 140 steep steps.
Easter Adventure Quest, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth (29 March – 18 April)
Crack the clues and search for the dragon eggs as you explore the outdoor trail around the castle. Intrepid explorers who track down the hatched dragon will be rewarded with a chocolate treat and a certificate. Pre-booked tickets only, plus £1.50 per child which includes a handy pencil.
Easter Egg Trail Enys Gardens, Penryn, (1-5 April)
Hop on over to beautiful Enys Gardens in Penryn for an egg hunt through the spring flowers. (adults £8, kids £2)
Trebah Gardens opens 29 March
No family activities as such, but still, a change of scene to see the spring flowers, plus all the children’s play areas are open! That includes Tarzan’s Camp (wooden play area for over 5s), Fort Stuart (for under 5s, no dogs) and Trebah’s famous Paraglide, for those over 5 and under 16.
Adrenalin Quarry, Plymouth
Adrenalin Quarry is a fun day out for the whole family, and great for stroppu teens! The Gravity Park, with its mega zip wires and giant swing opens 29 March – the Water Park is not open until 12 April. Go-karting at The Race Track is also open from 29 March. Pre-booking for all activities essential.
Via Ferrata Cornwall, Penryn
Penryn’s Adrenaline centre, Via Ferrata, is launching 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 Easter 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.
Easter Rockpool Ramble, Hannafore Beach, West Looe (9 April)
Organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Rockpool Rambles allow the whole family to join local experts to explore the rocky shore, finding lots of the amazing critters that live on it and in it. Learn about starfish, crabs, fish, anemones and lots more.
Rockpool Beach Cafe Treasure Hunt, Gwithian (2-5 April)
The Rockpool beach cafe is hosting a new (Covid-compliant) treasure hunt. Taking place outside in the grounds overlooking Gwithian and St Ives bay, little ones will be gifted a paper challenge and colouring pencils (which they can then take home) to set-off in search of hidden letters to uncover a hidden word – and for taking part each child will receive a delicious, sweet Easter themed treat. Expect good food (takeaway only at present) and sun-soaked beachside views.
Easter Bunny Trail, The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery (2, 3 and 5 April)
Find the bunnies around the nursery and pick up a reward at the end. Fun for all the family. Free to do. Opening hours: 10am – 4pm (closed Easter Sunday)