Top things to do in April

    April in Cornwall

    Welcome to April in Cornwall, where the landscape fully awakens, adorned with the vibrant hues of spring flowers and the lively chirps of newborn wildlife begin to fill the air. This is the moment to shake off the last chills of winter and immerse yourself in the beauty and activities that Cornwall has to offer, before the rush of the summer crowds. Take advantage of the milder weather to wander through our idyllic towns, from the bustling streets of Falmouth to the historic charms of Penzance, each offering a unique blend of culture, cuisine, and coastal views.

    As Cornwall springs to life, so too do its attractions, with April hosting a plethora of events from Easter activities perfect for family fun, to food festivals celebrating local produce and artisan crafts. It’s an ideal time to discover Cornwall's gardens in full bloom, partake in unique local festivals, and support the vibrant community through bustling farmers' markets.

    Explore Things to Do to dive into the heart of Cornwall this April, from thrilling adventures on its rugged coastlines to peaceful strolls through its verdant gardens. Whether seeking tranquillity or excitement, Cornwall in April offers an escape filled with discovery and delight, just as the county begins to bask in the longer, sun-soaked days.

    If we haven’t already given you enough inspiration on how to spend this month, here are a few top things to do in April.

    National Trust Easter Trail

    Easter events and school holiday activities

    Kick your April off with family friendly fun over the half term. Throughout Cornwall, our favourite attractions are offering Easter events and Springtime activities. Whether you want to soak in the spring sun with a walk, keep it classic with an easter egg hunt or you’re looking to plan ahead for some indoor fun on those rainy days, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Cornwall.

    Dive into adventure at Stithians Lake with water-based activities and experience the Easter Eggstravaganza for land and water challenges. Chocolate lovers shouldn't miss The Milky Way Adventure Park's chocolatey wonderland, complete with Easter Bunny encounters. Camel Creek invites families to its Easter Extravaganza, boasting new attractions and festive activities.

    For a dose of education with your fun, become a Mini Marine Biologist at The National Lobster Hatchery or explore Cornish heroes at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Don’t forget the classic Easter trails like the Pendennis Castle Quest or the National Trust’s nature-inspired activities. Whether it’s the thrill of an adventure park or the intrigue of a historical quest, Cornwall's diverse Easter events ensure there’s joy for every-bunny.

    Porthleven Food Festival

    Porthleven Food Festival

    Coinciding with the sun’s cheerful return comes festivals celebrating the joy of outdoor gatherings, local culture, and the promise of sunny days ahead. Dubbed a must-visit for food enthusiasts, Porthleven Food Festival returns this April 26th-28th, transforming the charming Cornish town into a foodie's paradise.

    This free, award-winning, three-day event, crafted in partnership with renowned chef Jude Kereama, draws crowds by the thousands. It's not just about indulging in Cornwall’s finest food and drink; the festival also focuses on raising awareness of environmental issues. The harbourside buzzes with activity, hosting an impressive lineup of chefs, workshops, and talks focused on sustainable food production. From live chef demos and music to family fun and evening festivities, it's a full weekend celebrating community, culture, and cuisine.

    Colwith Farm Distillery Sessions

    Saturday 27th April, 7pm - 11pm

    Immerse yourself in Cornwall's vibrant culture at Colwith Farm Distillery this April. This enchanting evening will showcase Cornwall's finest with Ashley Harding's soul-stirring Country, Americana, and Roots music, alongside local culinary delights by The Cornish Italian. Ugo Massabo, celebrated for the UK's best Tiramisu, brings Italian cuisine with a Cornish twist.

    Enjoy a welcoming cocktail or mocktail and savour the selection at Colwith's upcycled bar, featuring locally inspired cocktails, ciders, and ales. At just £15 per person (under 18s free with an adult), it's a celebration of community, culture, and the artisanal spirit of Cornwall.

    Falmouth Pride Parade

    Cornwall Pride

    Cornwall Pride kicks off in April with Falmouth Pride on April 27th. This free event begins with a spirited march at 12pm from The Prince of Wales Pier through Falmouth’s bustling town centre, finishing at Events Square. Here you’ll find live entertainment bringing joy as the community comes together to support LGBTQ+ individuals from Cornwall and beyond.

    Alongside the performances, enjoy a taste of local flavours with food and drink vendors dotting the area. Falmouth Pride showcases the strength and inclusivity of our community, offering a day of fun, solidarity, and celebration. The pride events continue into May and all the way up to October with marches and celebrations throughout Cornish towns. To find your nearest march, click below.

    Cornwall Spring Flower Show
    Isles of Scilly

    Cornwall Spring Flower Show

    Described as the ‘Chelsea of the West’ the Cornwall Spring Flower Show is the perfect spring outing for garden enthusiasts, especially if you don’t fancy forking out at least £40 for a ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show. Tickets for the Cornwall Spring Flower Show start at a much more reasonable £10 and allow you entry to an immersive Show Garden where you will see dazzling floral displays and the finest shrubs in competition for one of the Flower Show’s 41 trophies. Also at the Flower Show you’ll find an interactive Grow Your Own space designed for all the family. Horticultural experts will be giving talks at Tipi Talks while you can learn about sustainable practices at the immersive Cornish Garden.

    Walk Scilly Festival

    Ok, technically the Isles of Scilly isn’t in Cornwall but with great transport links to the Island’s from Cornwall, we can’t help but bring some attention to our paradisiacal neighbour. The Island’s make for a perfect long day out, and with their Walk Scilly Festival taking place this month, what better time to explore the Islands? With its position on the westernmost edge of England, the Isle’s of Scilly benefits from the Gulf Stream’s warm influences allowing for a unique tropical climate and a wonderful range of flora and fauna. Book a walk as part of the Walk Scilly Festival and meet expert tour guides who can give you the insight on the flora and fauna of the Islands alongside the local communities.

    Animal Encounters and Farm Stays

    April is synonymous with cute baby animals and where else to see them than Cornwall, where lush countryside comes alive with the season’s newest and most adorable arrivals. Make the most of lambing season with country walks or, for those seeking a more immersive experience, consider a farm stay in Cornwall, where you're not just a visitor but a part of the farm's daily life. Here are some top accommodations where cute animals take centre stage:

    Bosinver Farm offers bespoke farm experiences that cater to animal lovers of all ages. Guests are invited to partake in the joyous routines of farm life, from feeding chickens, ducks, goats, and sheep to collecting eggs and even pony rides.

    At The Olde House children are invited to meet and feed a variety of friendly farm animals. Guests can feed energetic Pygmy goats, enjoy cuddles with guinea pigs, and get acquainted with the resident Kunekune pig. The Olde House is known for its special lambing weekends, offering unique moments to feed and bond with a new flock of baby lambs. While this year's lambing events have concluded, it’s definitely one to note for a farm stay in 2025.

    Callestock Courtyard offers Farm Experiences where, you can meet their herd of Jersey Cows which provide milk for Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream and Butter – during your stay you’ll even be invited to try the clotted cream in home-baked scone. If you wake up early enough, you can learn about the milking process in the milking parlour. Their calving season begins at the end of February, so you’ll be sure to see a few young calves during your stay.

    April is also the perfect time to see seal pups, as they emerge to sunbathe and play along the coast. For a chance to see these charming creatures in their natural habitat, we recommend a walk around Godrevy, where you are likely to find seal pups basking on nearby Mutton Cove. Or, visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary where you will be guaranteed an up-close experience with these adorable marine residents.

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