With its unrivalled combination of rugged coastline and pristine beaches it is no surprise that Cornwall has become one of the UK’s most popular Easter destinations.
But while the county’s breathtaking natural beauty is no secret many people miss out on its eclectic line-up of man-made events.
This Easter there is an array of exciting activities to take part in and attractions to visit. Whether you are looking for a family day out or an afternoon of high culture you will find it here.
From Easter egg hunts at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens at Feock to open air theatre at the magical Minack at Porthcurno there is something for everyone.
One of the highlights of the holidays is set to be the two week Art in the City festival in Truro.
The event features a wide range of exhibitions, installations and hands-on activities at locations across the city.
These include displays of work by established artists like the Ben Maile in the Hall for Cornwall, a chance to paint your own creature for the Animal Art Zoo, and even an art car boot sale.
The festival, now in its fourth year is put on by Totally Truro to bring visitors to the city and boost the fortunes of businesses in the area.
Amy Weeks, event manager at Event Cornwall, who are helping promote the festival said: “The way the festival works is that it ties in with existing events at galleries and shops across the city and encourages other places to put on their own events during the two weeks.
“We then look at the programme as a whole and put on some of our own events to compliment what is already happening. There are a wide range of activities and events happening this year including some very special exhibitions.”
These include ‘The Malabar Project' , a collaboration between three artists using Truro’s Malabar residential estate to create an exhibition of film, photography and paintings to be displayed at Truro Arts Company as part of the festival launch.
Other events set to capture the imagination include the Art Competition, on the theme of ‘My Truro’ and the Scattered Art Exhibition which takes place in a number of secret locations that are only revealed on the morning of the event.
Amy said she was particularly looking forward to two events, the Big Art installation that sees giant canvasses displayed thoughout the city, and the Pop Up Art exhibition where an old banger will be turned into an eye-catching piece of piece of graffiti art before your eyes.
Amy said “ We always look forward to the Big Art event where 16 4ft by 5ft canvasses are painted in one day and exhibited in different shops and venues around the city before being auctioned at the end of the fortnight. The event has grown year on year and there have been some fantastic pieces of work produced.
“One of the other events that will be really exciting is the graf car which is a new event for this year. A big jeep is being donated from a local scrap yard and it will be turned into a piece of art by graffiti artist Cosmic down at Lemon Quay. It is going back to the scrap yard afterwards so you will only be able to see it for one day.”
For a full programme of the events taking place visit www.enjoytruro.co.uk/artinthecityevents.
And for other ideas on how to spend a fantastic few days in Cornwall this Easter check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions on offer over the holidays.
1. Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL, 01872 862090.
Easter Special: Easter trail, egg hunts, face-painting and Easter lunch.
Suitable For: All ages.
When: Easter trail March 31-April 15. Garden, restaurant and shop open 10.30am-5.30pm. Park open dawn to dusk.
Price: Whole estate entry (inclusive of Gift Aid) adult £8, child £4, family (2 adults 2 children) £20, family (1 adult) £12. Easter trail £2 extra. There is also a £4 parking charge.
With peaceful walks alongside the River Fal, beautiful gardens and an excellent cafe a visit to Trelissick is a treat at any time of year.
But with spring in the air and a variety of Easter-themed activities on offer there is no better time than the upcoming holidays.
From Easter egg hunts around the grounds to a delicious Sunday lunch in the cafe there is something here for young and old alike
The Easter trail through the gardens is running from March 31-April 15 with extra activities happening on April 8-9.
2. Flambards, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA, 01326 573404.
Easter Special: Hunt the Easter bunny activity and a chance to meet a number of children’s TV characters.
Suitable For: Children/all ages. (Easter bunny hunt 3-11 year-olds).
When: Open 10.30am-5pm (rides 11am-4.30pm) daily through the holidays. Hunt the Easter bunny April 9.
Price: Adult £21.95, child £13.95 (over 90cm tall - 15-years-old) senior £10.50. A range of family tickets are also available.
Cornwall’s only theme park has an array of events to keep the kids occupied over the Easter holiday.
As well as its usual range of rides, rollercoasters and exhibitions there is a ‘Hunt the Easter bunny’ activity on April 9 and a chance to meet some of children’s TV best-loved characters in person.
These include Peppa Pig on April 3 and Timmy the sheep on April 10.
You can also come face to face with the impressive Titan the Robot Entertainer on April 4, 9 and 11.
3. The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JU, 01736 810694 (box office 01736 810181).
Easter Special: Titanic - The Musical by the Atlantic Theatre Company and Storytelling with the Squashbox Theatre.
Suitable For: Titanic - The Musical: adults, children 11+, Storytelling: children 5-11.
When: Titanic – The Musical: 8pm April 6-9, 12 and 13. Additional performances 2pm April 9 and 10.20pm April 14. Storytelling: April 10.30am 3, 5, 10 and 12. General entry 9.30am-5pm.
Price: Titanic- The Musical: £4-£9.50. Storytelling free with entry: adult £4, seniors £3, children £2.
The UK’s most atmospheric outdoor theatre gets back in action over Easter for a stunning season or plays, musical productions and concerts.
The spring series kicks-off with Titanic - The Musical, a powerful show marking the hundred year anniversary of the infamous disaster.
Culminating in a special Centenary performance on April 14 and with the crashing of the waves in the background there could be no more emotive setting than the Minack.
During the Easter holidays the theatre is also open to day visitors.
And on April 3, 5, 10 and 12 there are some special storytelling sessions included in the price. Aimed at children, there are two separate performances, The Sea Show an ocean-themed puppet show, Skillywidden detailing the county’s fairies and folklore.
4. The Mill House Inn, Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HD, 01840 770200.
Easter Special: Traditional Easter Sunday lunch and Easter Monday duck race.
Suitable For: All ages.
When: Easter lunch 12.30pm-3pm April 8, Duck Race 3pm, April 9.
Price: Easter lunch: three courses for £19.50 or two for £14.50.
Combining fine dining and family fun, the Mill House is an ideal Easter destination.
On April 8 the restaurant is serving up a delicious traditional roast dinner.
And on Easter Monday it is holding a duck race in the millstream, which is always a fantastic spectacle.
Boasting locally sourced food and real ales, the inn has been praised in a number of top publication’s including, Alastair Sawday’s Special Places: Pubs and Inns and The Good Pub Guide.
5. Art in the City, Truro (various sites).
Easter Special: Various art events workshops and exhibitions.
Suitable For: Adults/all ages dependent on individual event.
When: April 2-15. For a full programme go to the Tourist Information Centre on Boscawen Street or visit enjoytruro.co.uk.
Price: Dependent on event, many are free.
From April 2-15 Truro will become one huge gallery with artists, exhibitions and workshops throughout the city.
With its aim to make art more accessible to the community, the festival has events happening in just about every open space, gallery and car park.
From ‘Funny Bunnies’ an Easter-themed family workshop on April 4, to the Ben Maile exhibition in the Hall for Cornwall, there is something for everyone.
There is an art car boot sale, an art zoo and even a pop up installation on Lemon Quay.
And for something a little bit different look out for the Scatterd Art Exhibiton on April 8. One of a series of similar events, the location is kept top secret until the day itself.
6. The Eden Project, Bodelva, Saint Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, 01726 811911.
Easter Special: Focus on ‘Freaky Nature’ including activities, storytelling and obstacle course. .
Suitable For: All ages.
When: March 31-April 15 open 9am-6pm.
Price: Entry on the door: Adults £23, concessions £16.50, children (5-16) £9.50. Various discounts available see website for details.
The award-winning Eden Project as a special focus on the freakier side of nature this Easter.
There are a variety of activities, workshops and exhibits delving into the hidden world of plants and the ingenious tricks they use to survive, drink, reproduce and outwit predators.
For younger visitors there will be storytelling sessions, an obstacle course that plots a plants route from seed to maturity and unlikely interactive way to learn about seed dispersal.
By dressing up in a sticky suit and hurling yourself at a fuzzy wall you can feel what it is like to be a burdock seed.
There will also be a chance to get up close and personal with plants and bugs using Eden’s giant microscopes, while little ones can join the fun by dressing as their favourite creepy crawlies at the Bug Boutique.
7. Trereife House and Gardens , Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8TJ, 01736 362750.
Easter Special: Three day food and craft market and Easter egg hunt.
Suitable For: All ages.
When: April 6-9.
Price: Adults £3, children £2, family £8.
From fantastic local food and crafts to live music, Trereife House has something for everyone this Easter.
The attraction is holding a three-day festival celebrating the very best of Cornwall’s artists and food producers.
As well as an array of stalls there are also tours of the house, cooking demonstrations and an Easter egg hunt throughout the woods and walled garden.
Other things to keep younger visitors occupied include a ‘funky food workshop’ and a magic show from Mister Cool Magic.
8. St Michael’s Hotel, Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4NB, 01326 312707.
Easter Special: Four course Easter lunch.
Suitable For: All ages.
When: April 8.
Price: £24.95 per person.
For fine dining in a stunning setting, head to St Michael’s Hotel this Easter.
Its award-winning Flying Fish restaurant is serving up a mouth-watering four course menu perfect for celebrating the occasion in style.
From starters like tian of local crab, smoked salmon and prawns with lemon mayonnaise, cucumber salad and granary toasts, to mains that include roast breast of guinea fowl with crushed new potatoes, spring greens and pink peppercorn and cream jus, you won’t be disappointed.
Throw in sensational sea views, a stylish interior and desserts that include warm chocolate brownie sundae with raspberry sorbet, and you have all the ingredients for a very special Easter.
9. Paradise Park, 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB, 01736 751020.
Easter Special: Easter egg hunt.
Suitable For: All ages.
When: March 31-April15. Park open 10am-5pm.
Price: Entry: Adults £8.95, children (3-15) £6.95, seniors £6.50, family (2 adults, 2 children £30.25.
With its birds full of the joys of spring and bunnies galore down on the Fun Farm, Easter is a great time to visit the award-winning Paradise Park.
There is also a free flying bird show featuring macaws, cockatoos and conures, and a separate ‘eagles of Paradise’ birds of prey display.
The attraction is also holding a special Easter egg trail with clues all around the park and a choclatey prize on offer.
And even if it rains there is still plenty to do with a cafe and the indoor Jungle Barn play area.
10. St Endellion Music Festival, Collegiate Church of St Endelienta, St Endellion, North Cornwall, 07870 548187 (Easter box office only).
Easter Special: Classical music festival see website for full programme.
Suitable For: Adults
When: March 31-April 8 see website for full programme.
Price: Main concerts reserved seating £17.50, unreserved £12.50. Late night concert £10. Lunchtime prom at Kew church £5 (under 16s free).
If you are a fan of classical music there is only one place to go in Cornwall over Easter and that is the St Endellion Music Festival.
The week long programme offers an eclectic range of events from ‘have a go’ wind and brass workshops to choral evensong, lunchtime proms and an evening in tribute of jazz great Miles Davis.
And of course there is also the St Endellion Easter Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by James Burton and Andrew Watkinson.
For full details of what’s on please visit the website.