April is always an exciting time for us at Hendra, with so much going on around Park, and also the much anticipated and welcome arrival of spring, after what feels like a really long winter!
So, it is time to be hoppy and brace yourselves for the most egg-cellent Easter in Cornwall – ever!
1. Visit Newquay Zoo, this Easter 28th of March to the 13th of April
Newquay Zoo is always a wonderful place to visit, with lions, monkeys, a lynx, meerkats, tropical house, petting farm, red pandas and penguins – as well as many more. Set in beautiful gardens, with two kids’ play areas, picnic spots, and café – this zoo will keep you all entertained all day long, with the opportunity to get a return ticket to visit over 7 days afterwards!
This Easter kids can complete the Easter Egg Trail and claim a chocolatey surprise. There’s face-painting throughout the holidays in the Barn, along with informative and fun talks from the keepers.
2. Visit Camel Creek, near Wadebridge, this Easter 28th of March to the 13th of April
A great place to visit with rides, indoor and outdoor play, plus the chance to return, for just £3 extra, over two weeks. This is a fantastic place for kids to visit. This Easter there’s the opportunity to meet Hey Duggee and the Trolls (Poppy and Branch), along with Easter games – with a chocolate egg to win.
3. See some bluebells in a Cornish wood
Cornwall has a milder climate and spring comes to us first, with the daffodils blooming early (we spotted some in January!). Cornish woodland is the perfect place to spot a whole carpet of bluebells, which start blooming in mid to late April. Idless Woods, near Truro, is one of the best places to spot them. This a popular place for mountain bikers too, if you want to bring your bike.
Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin, is also a top place to see the bluebells. Cardinham is a popular place for biking, with trails. There’s a cosy tea shop for those who want a more chilled visit, selling tasty cakes and of course Cornish Cream Teas.
4. Go to Trenance Cottages for an Easter Egg Hunt, 5th of April from 2pm until 4pm
Just a stone’s throw from Hendra, Trenance Gardens is a lovely place to visit especially in spring when the blossom and flowers are a welcome sight. In the gardens sit the pretty Trenance Cottages, with parts of the old buildings dating back to the 1800s. The Trenance Cottages have been Newquay’s biggest community lead project, now fully restored, complete with a cool cafe. On the 5th of April there is an Easter egg hunt, crafts and Easter bonnet competition. Trenance gardens is the perfect setting for some Easter fun with its spring blooms.
5. Visit Flambards for Easter fun, near Helston, 28th of March – 19th of April
Flambards is a so much fun to visit, with a range of big rides, including the Hornet rollercoaster, log flume, sky raker, toddlers rides, indoor play, and a unique Victorian and Britain in the Blitz experiences.
This Easter join their madcap scientists staging explosive and exciting experiments! There’s an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday too, so come and join in the fun at Cornwall’s fantastic theme park.
6. Thrill Seekers – to a zipwire at Hangloose
What better way to zoom out of winter and into spring than by zip wiring across the Eden Project at 100 metres above the ground?! Prepare to be suspended face first in a superman style flying position. SkyWire is the only zip wire of its kind in the country. Half a mile of exhilaration, as you zoom from a cliff edge above the brilliant biomes! Other activities include Cornwall’s giant swing, a giant air bag and more. Book packages here.
7. Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium, this Easter
The Blue Reef Aquarium is next to Towan Beach, Newquay. There’s lots to see here and it will certainly keep little eyes busy and amazed. There are crabs, lobsters, seahorses, stone fish, piranhas, hermit crabs, shrimps, clown fish, tropical fish, and black tip reef sharks.
This Easter the Blue Reef is celebrating its new blacktip sharks, so they are doing a nautical nippers trail and an Easter bunny hunt!
8. Easter at DairyLand, 28th of March until the 13th of April
A farm attraction, less than a 15-minute drive away from Hendra, here you will experience play areas outdoors and a massive indoor play area – The Bull Pen, along with animals, tractor rides and pony rides.
This Easter there’s Giant Easter Hunt, Easter crafts, the chance to meet baby lambs and fun farm activities – it will be egg-cellent!
9. Do a beach clean at Fistral, 25th of April
Visit one of England’s top surfing beaches, whilst helping keep it clean. The feel-good factor of a beach clean is not to be underestimated! You will surely want to reward yourself afterwards by browsing Fistral’s shops, or grabbing something to eat at The Stable, which sells pizzas and pies, along with a cider tasting tray, or grabbing Fish and Chips from Rick Stein’s.
10. Go to Heligan, this Easter, from the 28th of March until the 13th of April
The beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan is sure to make you full of the joys of spring! The flowers are blooming and this Easter there’s a story trail of Lowenna the lost lamb, who has lost her bounce. Help her to rediscover the spring in her step by noticing signs of spring, collecting stamps in your book as you go. Fill your booklet to win a chocolate prize from the spring marquee!
Make your own flower head band, plant a garden pea and take it home to grow, play hook-a-duck and visit the Home Farm at The Barn where, between the hours of 12 – 3pm, you can see baby lambs being born.