Your Bumper Guide to Easter in Cornwall
Hurray for the hols! Easter’s almost here and it’s all kicking off in Cornwall but how do you keep the kids and adults equally entertained and strike the balance between school-holiday fun and grown-up fun? You check out your Muddy Guide is how.
Walk Scilly 2017, The Isles of Scilly, Sat 1 to Fri 7 April
If you haven’t set foot on the Isles of Scilly before – or need an excuse to return – Walk Scilly 2017, the popular walking festival begins today, with seven days of themed walks led by expert guides. Now in its 11th year, Walk Scilly has grown to offer 29 walks, from wildlife discovery tours and food foraging to top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands and an insiders’ stroll around Tresco Abbey Garden. The festival also has a programme of evening events, including a welcome party on St Mary’s, live music nights and and sunset drinks and canapés at Juliet’s.
SAS Big Spring Beach Clean, Mon 3 – Sun 9 April
Our children love joining local beach cleans – it’s a great way to get them out into the fresh air and teach them a bit about the environment while we’re at it. So we’ll definitely be joining Surfers Against Sewage at our nearest beach clean this week and they’re looking for lots more volunteers across the country. The charity has joined up with Ecover for this year’s annual Big Spring Beach Clean, which they’re predicting will be their biggest yet: with 400 registered cleans, over 10,000 volunteers and a target of collecting 50,000 plastic bottles for the Ecover Ocean Plastic Bottle Project.
Kernow Vertical Kilometre, Driftwood Spars, Sat 8 Apr
The lovely Tom from Freedom Racing shared some great 5k runs with us earlier in the year to help keep us to our resolutions but this one is likely to appeal to a slightly more serious runner – though you can split the full race in half with a friend and enter as a team of two. The Kernow Vertical Kilometre is new for 2017 and involves 15 miles of hill and cliff path trail running, with 1000m ascent and descent. If the feel good factor of surviving the feat isn’t enough, there are prizes, medals, beer and tees to enjoy afterwards.
Theatre & Music
Nell Gwynn, Hall for Cornwall, Tues 4 – Sat 8 April
Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s warm-hearted, bawdy comedy Nell Gwynn, embarks on its first ever UK tour, direct from critically acclaimed, sell out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre. The play tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King. It stars Oliver Award nominated actress Laura Pitt Pulford and is brought to the stage by English Touring Theatre. Lucky for us Muddy Sussex has already seen it and you can read her Nell Gwynn review right here to get the lowdown.
Goodnight Mister Tom, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Tues 4 – Thurs 13 April
It may still be slightly risky at this time of year but a theatre date at the Minack is a special treat you’ll only experience in Cornwall. This Easter, see one most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s modern classic ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’, brought to life in this stage adaption by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s’ Dramatist’ (The Times). The story is set during the build-up to the Second World War and follows the journey of a young boy, as he is evacuated from London to the English countryside and housed with reclusive Mister Tom and his dog Sammy. Produced by The Minack, directed by John Brolly and musical director Ben Sutcliffe, with a cast including Mary Woodvine, Jenny Beare, Steve Jacobs as Mister Tom and Oakley and Luca Partridge as William Beech, alongside members of the Minack Youth Theatre.
Wild Spring Hare by Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods, Fri 7 – Mon 17 April (excluding Mon 10)
Local favourites Rogue Theatre are back with a spring adventure in the woods at Tehidy, set among the bluebells and singing birds. Wild Spring Hare is an Easter trail like no other — tangle with roots and discover the new world of spring, as you collect the clues and follow the Hare to the Woodland King. He’ll be waiting at the heart of the woods with more stories and chocolate Easter treats for everyone. The show is designed for adults and children and involves a journey along the woodland paths, with seating along the way and at the café, where there’ll be drinks, hot cross buns and wild woodland stew at the ready. Performances take place three times a day (1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm) and last two hours. Tickets are £8.50 and free for children of 3 years and under.
Falmouth Folk & Cider Fayre, Fri 14 – Mon 17 Apr
If the eggs and extended family get a little much over the Easter weekend, slip away for a little music and lot of cider at the 5th annual Falmouth folk and cider festival. The event kicks off with a Ceilidh and Barn dance on Fri 14 followed by a weekend of folk and acoustic acts and over 70 ciders to sample as well as street food stalls and an arts and crafts market. Day tickets cost £15.
ALSO: Folk in the ‘Quee, Britannia Inn, St.Austell, Fri 7 Apr
A little warm up for the folk-filled weekend to follow, Celtic punk rock band Black Friday are supported by The Alley Cats for this charity night raising money for the RNLI. With a Hog Roast and Cornish-themed raffle.
Brunch on the Farm, Argal Home Farm, Sat 8 – Mon 10 April
Does this one go in art, music or food? Well it’s a little taste of each, just the way we like it, right? Brunch on the Farm is a gathering of makers, chefs and musicians at Yallah Coffee’s roastery at Argal Home Farm, near Falmouth. Each day starts with a lush brunch whipped up by creative St Agnes caters, Thyme and Tide (think Ottolenghi-style salads, huge paella pans, locally caught fish, tasty canapés and Mexican and Thai influences). After which guests can also sign up for a choice of workshops, including pottery, singing, screen printing and home brewing (coffee of course). £15 for brunch/ £45 for brunch and a workshop.
The Lost Stories of Heligan with Woodfired Canteen, Sat 15 April
Woodfired Canteen explores the stories of the Lost Gardens of Heligan through their food in this series of special evenings. On Sat 15 April, they will be celebrating 25 years since the historic gardens were rediscovered – having been lost in a tangle of weed, unknown and unseen for many years. More than a plate of food, this supper is inspired by the stories of the gardens using produce from the gardens and surrounding farms, showcasing heritage vegetables, rare breed and productive gardening techniques. The evening costs £35 and guests are encouraged to dress for any weather.
The Studio & The Sea, Tate St Ives, 31 Mar – 3 Sept 2017
Hurrah – The Tate St Ives has finally reopened after 18 months, following a prolonged closure for refurbishment. A two-part exhibition titled ‘The Studio & The Sea’ marks the reopening. Visitors to the ocean-facing galleries will find large-scale paintings, films and sculptures by Jessica Warboys. The British artist created some of her pieces on a nearby beach, casting mineral pigments onto the damp canvas and submerging it, before dragging it ashore to let the elements ‘paint’ the canvas. That Continuous Thing explores 100 years of studio pottery, with over 80 works from more than 50 international artists.
Gillian Ayres & With Space in Mind, The Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, nr Gulval, 1 April – 14 May 2017
I finally made it to the new gallery at Tremenheere last week and these two exciting new spring exhibitions are the perfect excuse to head straight back. Gillian Ayres and With Space in Mind are curated by the Alan Cristea Gallery, London and feature new works on paper by five internationally renowned artists; a solo exhibition by Gillian Ayres RA CBE, and a group exhibition, With Space in Mind, featuring, Michael Craig-Martin, Antony Gormley, David Nash, and Cornelia Parker.
ALSO: ‘While The Bees Were Sleeping’ – Charity Art Auction, Union Hotel, Penzance, Sat 15 Apr
Cornwall Bumblebee Group have organised this art auction to raise money for their Pollinator Friendly Towns project, encouraging Cornish towns to plant bee-friendly flowers in their hanging baskets and public spaces as well as supporting vital research at Sussex University. Viewing starts at 5pm, with the auction kicking off at 6.30pm.
Fun For Kids
Family Wildlife Day, Trebah Garden, Fri 7 April
Learn about the wildlife in your garden and local countryside at beautiful Trebah Garden this Easter. This fun, family wildlife day in association with Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs from 11 am – 3pm, offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with field mice, owls and buzzards with Gary Zammit, Wildlife Ranger at Gwel-an-Mor. There will also be arts and crafts activities at the Wildlife Trust’s ‘Fox Club.’ Free with garden entry, donations to the Wildlife Trust welcome.
Easter the Eden Project, Sat 1 – Mon 17 April Eden
More than just any old egg hunt, Eden has put on a programme of Easter-themed fun for children this holidays – and it’s all included in your normal admission price (or free for those with local’s passes). There will be team egg scrambles, bouncy slides, fairground rides, a golden egg hunt, nest ball and prizes for successful egg hunters. They are also offering relaxed sessions for children with autism spectrum conditions, sensory and communication needs or learning disabilities who may benefit from a more informal experience on 5, 11, 12 and 15 April.
Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 1 – Mon 17 April
The Lost Gardens of Heligan have put their own spin on the Easter trail – children will have to round up the ‘lost’ Tamworth piglets to win a chocolaty prize. They have also transformed their tractor shed into ‘The Barn’, an informative agricultural space we you can meet the estate’s newly born lambs and piglets. There will be family fun games such as egg and spoon racing, egg rolling, ‘Hook a Duck’, the ‘Lost Eggs’ obstacle course and the Hobby Donkey Derby. And in the Easter marquee, you can transform yourself into a cheeky Tamworth piglet or a springy Lamb, by creating your own headdress.
The National Trust Cornwall – Cadbury’s Egg Hunts
Beautiful places to get your chocolate fix! Each Easter the National Trust teams up with Cadbury for a series of outdoor egg hunts (at least let them earn it right?) You’ll have to check the website for all the details, that’d be a blog post in itself, but we know they have hunts planned at: Trerice, Trelissick, Lanhydrock, Glendurgan, Tintagel, Cotehele, Godolphin and Antony. A great way to get the kids excited about an outing you quite fancy yourself if you ask me! Lanhydrock has the benefit of child-friendly bike trails too, you can try out the maze at Glendurgan and enjoy the stunning displays of flowers in all of these pretty spots.
Bird Bonanza (Easter Weekend) & Rock Pool Explorer (various dates in April), St Michael’s Mount
We love a trip to St Michael’s Mount and know these activities will tempt the kids to yet another visit (that and the promise of an ice cream at Jordan’s beach café). On Sun 2 (2.30-4.30pm), Sun 9 (10am–12pm), Mon 10 (10.30am–12.30pm), and Wed 12 (12-2pm) you can join Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors for free sessions rummaging in the rock pools beside the causeway. Meet the weird and wonderful creatures that live here and find out about their lives. No need to book, just drop in and remember to wear rock pooling shoes or old trainers. Then over the Easter weekend it’s all about the birds! Head to the mount to make your own willow bird feeder, become an expert bird spotter, take the feather trail challenge, plant a sunflower and have a go at making your own birds nest.