Top ten best things to do in Cornwall on Easter weekend
With the last cold-snap hopefully out of the way, Cornwall gears up for spring with a jam-packed weekend of events for Easter.
Here's out guide to the best ten things to do in the Duchy over the Easter break.
1) Helston-based theme park, Flambards, celebrates the on-set of spring on Good Friday, March 29th, when all rides, museums and exhibitions will be open for the first time this year. This year, for the first time ever, the award winning family attraction will be open every day and entrance prices have been reduced. Full details of all Flambards has to offer can be found on the new website www.flambards.co.uk.
2) The Eden Project opens the doors to the wonderfully weird world of Freaky Nature this Easter from March 29 to April 14. This year the popular event invites visitors to explore the freaky side of food, to find out which peculiar plants make it to the plate and exactly how they’re grown. They can also discover how plants eat and how they stop being eaten themselves, as well as taking part in freaky food experiments.
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3) St Michael’s Mount is the place to be this Easter for some special family fun. On Friday 29 and Sunday 31 March, go and take part in their Eggstra-special Easter Egg trail around the village and harbour where hunting out the golden eggs will win you a delicious prize. Have your face painted, bounce as high as a rabbit on their free bouncy castle, design your own egg-head or feast on Easter treats in the Island Cafe and Sail Loft Restaurant. Island musical quartet Great Together will be on hand on Easter Sunday to provide a musical eggstravaganza! Easter Egg trail costs £2.00 per child and takes place in the village/harbour area of the island. www.eastereggtrail.com
4) Re-introduce your kids to the great outdoors and have a fun packed time at the Tamar Trails Free Taster Day which takes place on Saturday, March 30. The activity-packed day also includes an Easter egg hunt through glorious woodland. The activities take place at the brand new Tamar Trails Centre which is the starting point for exploring 25km of trails through the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, following old mineral tramways around the former mining landscape. Climb up into the trees and try tree surfing and tree jumping, enjoy the buzz of the zip wire, learn some bushskills, test your archery skills or pan for gold. An arts and crafts tent will be packed with fun things to make and do. There’s a play area for children up to eight years old and a face painter too. Food is sold on site in the Tamar Trails café where you can sit and enjoy the live webcams showing the valley’s wildlife and learn about Cornwall's mining heritage through a series of interpretation boards. Outside there will be a hog roast. There’s plenty of parking at the Tamar Trails Car Park which is between Tavistock and Gunnislake on the A390 and costs £2 for the day. The activities take place between 10am and 4pm.
For more information find us on Facebook Tamar-Trails or follow @TamarTrails. To book call 01822 833409.
5) With the early onset of Spring, Cornwall has some of the first annual Spring Flower Shows in the country. First in the calendar is the Falmouth Spring Flower Show, 23rd and 24th March 2013, part of the Falmouth Spring Festival, which celebrates the town’s many stunning gardens and green spaces. Experts are on hand to answer questions and exhibitors include anyone with a love of flora, from big nurseries and public gardens to local residents with private gardens. Dubbed Cornwall’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, Cornwall Spring Flower Show is next on the calendar on 6th and 7th April 2013, set against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel. Children have their own classes and will be enchanted by Nature Workshops, face painting and a range of play activities related to the natural world.
6) Helston Railway opens this season on March 29th for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and then every Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday weekend until November. Their newly opened full size railway provides a unique experience with a lot of charm. Enjoy a two mile ride in a beautiful setting as the train trundles through the Cornish landscape taking in stunning views. Experience a ride in their Brake Van - no cushion seats, but a unique view of the line from an open veranda, and feel the Cornish breeze in your hair! Kids never seem to leave us without broad smiles on their faces and neither do the adults; “handsome” as one disabled gent put it! After enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the buffet car, learn about their project to reopen the branch line, its history and their plans for the future. Find them at Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick, Helston. TR14 0RY, more information on fares and events can be found on www.helstonrailway.co.uk or ring 07901 977597. We are the friendly railway – and are really looking forward to meeting you!
7) Join the troup of Easter bunnies at Newquay Zoo for family filled fun and games over Easter weekend. Take part in an amazing egg hunt, sponsor a duck in the daily duck race, make your own Easter hat and have a brilliant day out. This year the Zoo will be welcoming the Easter bunnies. You and your family can meet a wonderful array of animals, have fun making your own Easter bonnets, play games and win some amazing prizes. As well as all this the talented team of facepainters will be here. Meerkat feeding and penguin feeding will also be happening daily, which is a great opportunity to get closer to these amazing creatures and raise money for conservation.
8) At Cornwalls Crealy Adventure Park we want to encourage families to enjoy Easter fun together. Join us during the Easter bank holiday weekend and each child will receive a mini pack of Haribo Bunny Mix. Join in the Easter hunt across the park too and if you find three bunnies you will be able to enter their special Easter Lucky Dip where you’ll get the chance to find a special golden ticket and WIN A HOLIDAY! PLUS lots of other prizes to be won too! And don't forget their events with added character, Everyone’s favourite piggies, Peppa and George, are coming to Cornwall's Crealy on Tuesday 2 April. They’ll be appearing at intervals on each day giving you plenty of opportunities to meet them, plus Tree Fu Tom, the ordinary boy with a magic belt who, when he performs a series of magic action movements he creates Tree Fu Magic that transforms him into a tiny but mighty superhero!Join him on Tuesday 9th April, appearing at intervals throughout the day!
9) Pendennis Castle, Fri 29 Mar - Sun 14 Apr, 10am-5pm. Can you crack the clues to complete this ‘egg-citing’ trail? Complete the trail and you’ll be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize! Also enjoy some cracking craft activities, running over the Bank Holiday weekend.
10) National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, Mar 29th - Apr 1st, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Cast your very own mini chocolate Easter egg. Pour the chocolate yourself and when it sets, wrap it up in shiny foil just like a real Easter egg.