Easter Eggstravaganza: what's on in Cornwall

This year Easter runs from April 15th to the 18th and represents the opening of the tourist season in Cornwall. If you’re heading down for a spring break with the family, here are few activities to consider.

Go Traditional

Easter is traditionally a period of reflection, and Cornwall has many beautiful churches where you can enjoy a service at this meaningful time. For something really special, head for Truro Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

Celebrate new life

One of the most heartwarming sights of spring is that of new-born lambs tottering their first steps. The flock at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, predominantly Devon & Cornwall Longwools, lambs from mid-March to early May. It’s one of many exciting things to see here during the Easter holidays, alongside an array of family activities and of course the fantastic gardens.

Look after the planet

Learn what you can do for nature at the A World at Sea exhibition, at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth. Meet Detritus of the Deep and the Washed-up Mermaid, create recycled masks in Make & Take and follow the Museum Trail to find out how to take care of our natural world.

Enjoy al fresco theatre

The Minack Theatre marks the Easter break with an adaptation of the ever-popular Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson. Set in the Victorian era, the action follows Hetty as she strives to escape her cruel life at the Foundling Hospital and find her true mother. When she encounters the flame-haired circus performer Madame Adeline, her dreams become dangerously entangled with the perils of the real world. Performance runs from April 10th to the 21st.

Go on a rollercoaster ride!

From thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace, there are activities for everyone at Flambards. The theme park near Helston, which reopens from April 2nd gives you the chance to take a spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster, check out the views from the top of SkyRaker, get wet on the Colorado River log flume and feel the G-Force on the Sky-Force. Younger families will love the gentler rides in Ferdi's Funland, whilst others will enjoy walking around the Britain in the Blitz and Victorian Village recreations.

Visit a garden

Spring arrives early in Cornwall, and offers a dazzling display of camellias, magnolias and rhodondendrons. There are so many gardens to choose from, including Pentillie near Saltash (special open days this spring) and Pencarrow between Wadebridge and Bodmin. Small private gardens that open exclusively once a year for Cornwall Wildlife Trust including Pedn Billy with its incredible views of the Helford (April 24); while ancient Enys, near Penryn, is famed for its bluebells at this time of year. 

See the invisible

The Eden Project presents one of its most ambitious and expansive exhibitions to date, as one of 12 gardens in seven countries to show Seeing The Invisible: a collection of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. The exhibition includes work by artists of international renown, and the AR allows for the creation of expansive, immersive works that engage with the natural landscape beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks. Visitors access the exhibition via a smartphone app activated on-site. Until August 2022.

Indulge in seasonal music

Serious music lovers will not want to miss the St Endellion Easter Festival (April 9th to 17th) in the remote church of St Endelienta, near Port Isaac. Highlights include the return of Sir James MacMillan to conduct his own beautiful Stabat Mater, and two performances of a new translation of Bach's St Matthew Passion, plus world-class soloists and a spectacular series of speakers.

Follow an egg trail

Symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus, Easter eggs aren’t only about chocolate. That said, an egg trail is a fun seasonal activity, and the National Trust is a good place to find one, having partnered with Cadbury’s for many years. Look out for holiday activities at Cotehele in the Tamar Valley, Lanhydrock near Bodmin and Trelissick near Truro.