Easter fun for the kids
Brace yourself readers, the Easter hols are almost here. But Muddy's got your back! Here's two weeks of ideas to keep the kids out of trouble.
Easter at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 24 Mar – Sun 15 April
Enjoy an all-new three week programme of fun for the whole family at Eden this Easter. There’s dozens of activities for you and the kids to have a crack at – go eggsploring on an egg hunt, take on a giant inflatable challenge and find your way through the spring maze.
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea, Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow, throughout the Easter holidays
This Easter sees the arrival of Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm’s brand-new Peter Rabbit-themed Cornish afternoon teas in its new Mowhay Tea Rooms. Visitors can enjoy tasty treats with the opportunity to meet real rabbits as part of their farm experience. Inspired by the release of the much-anticipated 2018 Peter Rabbit film, and life on the working farm with animals, Healeys has created fun twist on the classic English treat to savour amongst the apple orchards.
Quest for the Golden Egg, Pirate’s Quest, Newquay, Sat 24 Mar- Sun 15 Apr
Travel back 300 years ago with Captain Blackbeard and embark on an adventure set in The Golden Age of Piracy. Enjoy a live pirate show where you will be rescued by pirates and who will escort you through secret passageways, and then guide you through several detailed sets and scenes. Discover mystical caves and brave the murky streets of eighteenth century Cornwall as you look out for clues that might lead to the discovery of some chocolate gold.
National Trust Cadburys Easter Trails, venues across Cornwall, Sat 24 Mar – Sun 15 April
Once again this Easter, The National Trust has teamed up with Cadburys, hosting 250 nature trails around the UK all ending in a chocolate prize. From Lanhydrock and Trelissick to Glendurgan and Godolphin, join in the fun at the Cornish National Trust estates.
Explosive Easter at Flambards, Helston, Sat 24 Mar – Sun 15 April
Young visitors can enjoy experiments, explosions and a chocolate egg trail as part of an action-packed Easter at Flambards Theme Park. The Helston attraction is open throughout the holidays and will be running an all-new ‘Explosive Easter’ event with a team of madcap scientists staging a series of explosive fun experiments in their indoor laboratory.
Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare, Tehidy Woods, Thurs 30 Mar – Mon 9 Apr
The most gorgeous way to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Cornwall! Join the brilliant Rogue Theatre for their first show of the year, Wild Spring Hare in Tehidy Woods. Wild Spring Hare is a promenade performance of magical stories – including new ones for 2018. An Easter trail like no other, follow the stories and discover a new world of spring. The woodland king will be waiting in the heart of the woods with a chocolate treat for everyone.
Tate Create: The Wallpaper Caper, Tate St Ives, Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 April
This Easter come have some family fun designing and printing your own wonderful wallpaper, inspired by our new Virginia Woolf exhibition. Get designing, get printing and then get sticking it up in our studio to make a fantastic room of our own. For families with children under 18. Free with admission, local’s pass or Tate membership. Drop in, no booking required, but places will be limited at busy times.
Easter Egg Hunt, Callestick Farm, Truro, Fri 30 Mar- Mon 2 Apr
If you want to save yourself the job of squirrelling eggs all round the house this Easter weekend, head to Callestick Farm for some Easter-themed fun. There’ll be a free egg hunt, plus themed ice cream sundaes and lots more indulgent treats.
The Scarecrow’s Wedding, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 Apr
Join the team at Heligan during the Easter holidays for a fun trail, games and workshops; all themed around the classic book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Explore the garden and farm and help Harry and Betty collect all the items which will make their dream wedding. You’ll need to find; a white feather to make a dress, a shell to make a necklace, a pink flower, a ring and a bell; which are dotted within our garden and farm. Collect one of each item and bring them to Scarecrow HQ where you can exchange them for a small chocolate prize! All activities included with garden entry.
Blast from the Past, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 Apr
Travel back in time and meet the Tudors at Pendennis this Easter. Hear muskets roar, take part in kids’ drills, and discover how the castle garrison defended the coast from foreign invaders.
The Man Engine, Resurrection Tour, from Sat 31 Mar
The Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, built to celebrate the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site’s tenth anniversary. After a sellout tour in 2016 – here’s your chance to see him on the streets of Cornwall again. On Sat 31 Mar, The Man Engine will begin his journey at Geevor Tin Mine, appear at Heartlands on Sat 1 April and Royal Cornwall Showground on Sun 2 April, before heading off to dates in Devon.
Enys Gardens Easter Egg Trail, Penryn, Sun 1 – Mon 2 April
Hop on over to beautiful Enys Gardens in Penryn for an egg hunt through the spring flowers. (adults £6, kids £2)
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Crantock Beach, Newquay, Sun 1 Apr
Join the rangers on a Cabury Easter Egg Hunt along Crantock beach whilst learning more about the coast. You can choose a smaller, easier route for the small ones or for those older chocolate lovers there is a more challenging route to take.
The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sun 1 Apr
The first family theatre event at Truro’s Old Bakery on the first weekend of the Easter hols. “Some pretty odd ideas are floating around Paul’s street. There’s Mabel, whose brother hides under a brown paper bag. And Clarence the poodle who thinks he can fly. But Paul has the oddest idea of all. He thinks that the moon is a big hole in the sky and he’s going to climb into it…”
Pirate School – Interactive shows with Rattlebox Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Easter Holidays
Swagger up for Pirate school for a broadside of pirate entertainment and learning! Haaar! Find out how to load a cannon, find your way around a ship and handle some pirate treasure! Find out about ships articles (and the punishments if you break the rules) learn to sing a shanty, what weapons you might fight with and what terrible wounds you might get and how they should be treated! Hear the amazing tales of the pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and learn of the daring and wicked exploits of other infamous pirates such as Blackbeard, Black Bart and Sam Bellamy.
Dinosaur World Live, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Sun 2 – Mon 3 April
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive new show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Stegnosaurus!
Rockpool Explorer, St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Tues 3, Thurs 5, Fri 13 & Sun 15 April
Take a walk on the wild side and join Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors for a rummage in the rockpools this Easter School Holidays. Discover and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that live just off the causeway. Learn amazing things about their lives and find out who is dinner and who is diner! Rockpool Explorer is suitable for all ages and children must be accompanied. There’s no need to book, just drop in at the start time. Free!
The Railway Children, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Tues 3 – Sat 14 April
The Railway Children is a heart-warming tale of an Edwardian family whose lives are turned upside down following the mysterious disappearance of their father. Forced to leave their privileged London life, Roberta (Bobby), Peter, Phyllis and their mother, move to Three Chimneys Cottage, where they forge new friendships, embark on adventures and discover a secret that will affect their lives forever. Produced by the creative team behind the Minack’s highly acclaimed production of Goodnight Mister Tom, The Railway Children’s cast includes a host of Cornish acting talent alongside members of the Minack Youth Theatre. Suitable for all ages.
Brainiac, Truro, Hall For Cornwall, Weds 4 April
More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts! Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home!
Kids Easter Parties, Basecamp, Gwel An Mor, Portreath, Weds 4 and Weds 11 April
Basecamp at Gwel An Mor is one of our kids favourite places to hang out and this Easter their hosting two special family days. Meet the chicks and bunny, enjoy Easter arts and craft, soft play, Clip n’Climb taster sessions, a disco, party games, buffet and drinks. £10 per child (free for guests or under 1’s). Booking required. The cafe and bar will be open for adult food & drinks.
Kid’s Easter Cupcake Course, Philleigh Way, Philleigh, nr Truro, Thurs 5 April
Especially for junior bakers, Philleigh Way has introduced a new children’s cupcake course. Children will get to bake their own delicious cupcakes choosing from a variety of flavours, before sitting down around the Philleigh Way farmhouse kitchen table to create their own handmade sugarcraft decorations under the guidance of expert baker Christine Hawker. The children will be shown a variety of icing techniques and will then get to ice and decorate their own cupcakes which they can then take home for family and friends to enjoy. (£30)
Easter Family Workshops, Falmouth Art Gallery, Sat 7, Tues 10, Thurs 12 April
Fancy getting creative with the kids, drop in to Falmouth Art Gallery’s Easter Family Workshops, including Inventing with The Old Lemonade Factory, Tinkering About and Constructing Marble Runs.
Easter Pisky Trail, Roskilly’s Farm, St Keverne, Sat 7 – Sun 8 April
Fancy a break from hunting eggs? How about tracking down Cornish Piskys? The Cornish Pisky Pals will be running a weekend of trails at Roskilly’s Farm. £2.50 per child, parking is free and dogs on leads are welcome.
Children’s and Teen’s Cookery Course, Rick Stein Cookery School, Padstow, Thurs 12 April
Get them well trained young, that’s what I say! If you have a budding chef at home (one with a birthday perhaps – it’s pricey) book them in for a masterclass at Rick Stein’s. Their children’s cookery courses are specifically designed to inspire and engage the young chefs into the world of cookery. Thai fishcakes, roasted monkfish and Eton Mess are on the menu. (£72)
Spring Gathering, Nanacarrow Farm, Zelah, Fri 13 & Sat 15 April
Celebrate the end of Winter with the family at Nancarrow Farm’s Spring Gathering. Wander around our farm, visit craft stalls, enjoy delicious food and drink, see the animals and listen to local musicians. You can even help feed the lambs at 11.30am and 2.30pm each day. More details will follow but you can expect activities throughout the day for children and plenty to keep grown-ups happy too!