Ignore those April showers and enjoy Cornwall at its best

Magnolias in a Cornish garden

Birds singing, newborn lambs, beautiful colours…oh, we just love Cornwall in the springtime and we’ll let you into a little secret, it’s one of the best times to visit. Here’s just a few reasons why…

Blooming Magnolias mark the early arrival of spring

Cornwall is always head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to shaking off its winter coat and thanks to the Great Gardens of Cornwall we’ve now got proof. They’ve been keeping an eye on the Champion Magnolia campelli trees at six gardens across the county and officially declare spring to have sprung when all six have at least 50 blooms. This year (2020) the arrival of spring was declared on Tuesday 18th February.

It's always wonderful to see the first flush pink emblems of spring at their absolute best, so get along to Caerhays, Trebah  or Heligan, super quick and catch them at their best. 

It’s lambing season

Aww, there’s nothing cuter than fluffy lambs and they’re popping up on farms across Cornwall as quick as you can say baaaa. Check-in at a farm stay and help out with bottle-feeding, if you time it right you may even get to witness a birth. There's also plenty of calves about and you might even see the odd piglet!

It’s the perfect time to see seals

seal

We’re not the only ones who are pleased to be saying goodbye to winter and a big hello to summer; grey seals have also been feeling the wrath of the cold, winter storms. Coinciding with their breeding and pupping season, winter has brought troublesome adventures to many of them, but thankfully the marvellous Cornish Seal Sanctuary has been on hand to pick them up along the Cornish coast.

Get along to the Sanctuary now (early spring is the best time to see pups) to catch these beautiful creatures as they are treated to a spot of rehabilitation before they are released back into the wild.  

Roadsides are ablaze with colour

Daffodils and primroses have been casting roadsides and fields alight in a blaze of colour for some weeks now and they’re still looking more than a little spectacular. Take in the spring displays from behind the wheel on a coast and country drive. This way to some of our fave routes.

We’ve got the Falmouth Spring Festival, 19th March - 29th March

Offering an explosion of colour by quite simply painting the waterside town of Falmouth yellow, this lively two week festival provides family fun alongside a show of spring flowers, guided walks, rockpool rambles and many other comunity events.

….and the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, 4th and 5th April

Amazing colour, over 100 trade stands and tips from expert gardens, are just a flavour of what’s on the bill at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, held at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge, as the Cornwall Garden Society once again showcase a fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania.

Glorious spring walks

Step out onto the South West Coast Path and you’ll find cliffsides draped in colour and teaming with new life.  Walk some of our favourite walks or join fellow walkers at the Boscastle Walking Festival in North Cornwall. 

Easter events: As usual you don't have to go far for an Easter Egg hunt in Cornwall this year, plus there's an outbreak of giant bunnies at the Eden Project! For Easter events click here.

Carpets of bluebells are on their way

Bluebells

April and May is an amazing time to see carpets of bluebells in Cornwall, so we haven’t got long to wait. Start planning now by checking out our guide to some of the best places to see them.

 

..and generally it's a quiet time to visit. Come down and enjoy Cornwall at it's best!