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Our favourite things to do in Cornwall this April

April, Easter, Spring,

Spring is here!

Finally; it is spring time! Spring is always very welcome, after the winter months, because who doesn’t like milder weather and more daylight hours? We have plenty of great ideas for you on what to do in Cornwall this April, so take a look at our top ten things to do in Cornwall this spring!

DairyLand, near Newquay 1. DairyLand Farm world, with Easter egg hunts, 6th – 22nd of April

Not far from Hendra, DairyLand is a wonderful farm attraction for the whole family. There are farm animals to feed and pet, talks, tractor and pony rides, indoor and outdoor play, and different events on throughout the season. You can read more about Hendra’s visit to DairyLand here. This Easter there’s lots of fun to be had with Easter egg hunts and crafts.

2. Golden Egg Challenge at Paradise Park, Hayle, 6th – 22nd of April

Paradise Park is set in beautiful grounds with a huge variety of exotic birds, over 650 in total! Other animals include the red pandas, Humboldt’s Penguins, along with a petting zoo. There are wonderful flying displays on throughout the day. There’s outdoor play and a multi-level indoor play area. You can read all about Hendra’s visit to Paradise Park here.

This Easter there is the ‘Golden Egg Challenge’. A celebration of ‘Talis’, Paradise Park’s Golden Eagle, joining the Eagles of Paradise flying display. Seek out the golden egg and then claim your mini chocolate reward!

3. Porthleven Food Festival, 26th – 28th of April

This festival is one of Cornwall’s most anticipated events. Held at picturesque Porthleven, a town, civil parish and fishing port near Helston. The festival is now in its eleventh year. This mouthwatering festival attracts the crème de la crème of people from the food world, with cooking demonstrations, and food and drinks stalls galore. This festival will certainly get stomachs rumbling. There’s more than just food though, with workshops, lots of family fun from crafts to bouncy castles, and the opportunity to master circus skills! There’s a literary tent and music stage.

4. Easter Egg Hunt at Trerice Manor, 8th – 22nd of April

A ten-minute drive from Hendra, Trerice Manor is a world away from the bustling town of nearby Newquay. Surrounded by Cornish countryside, this Elizabethan Manor is a National Trust property. This Easter there is the Cadbury Easter Egg challenge. You are invited to follow the clues around the gorgeous gardens, and finish your adventure with a Cadbury treat at the end.

5. Wild Spring Hare, Rouge Theatre, Tehidy Woods, 12th – 22nd of April

Rouge Theatre takes you on a magical journey through the woods, just follow the rabbit…
This is an immersive theatre experience, with different tales as you wander around the woods. There are seats along the way, and at the end of the show you can visit Rogue’s refreshment tent, which serves hot and cold drinks, beer, wine and cider, hot cross buns, snacks, and Wild Woodland Stew from a bubbling cauldron, and there are toilets. This is a wonderful experience for children and adults.

6. The Secret Garden at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 9th – 19th of April

There’s nothing in the world like the Minack Theatre, and it is right here in Cornwall. A theatre perched on the cliffs, overlooking the breathtaking Porthcurno.
The Secret Garden is adapted for the stage this April, by Jessica Swale. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this is story about Mary Lennox who is thrown into chaos by a cruel twist of fate. Sent home from India in 1910, she is orphaned and alone. She is sent to England to live with her distant Uncle in Misselthwaite Manor, which is a mysterious place full of dark corners and peculiar sounds.
Angry and lost, Mary finds herself slowly becoming entranced by the house and its grounds. Her curiosity leads her to find friendships hidden in unexpected places that will transform her life and those around her forever.
This heart-warming story is suitable for all.

7. Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium, NewquayGiant Pacific octopus at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium

The Blue Reef Aquarium is in the heart of Newquay, next to Towan Beach. There are crabs, lobsters, seahorses, stone fish, piranhas, hermit crabs, shrimps, clown fish, tropical fish, and black tip reef sharks. You can read about our visit to the Aquarium here.

8. Flambards, Easter fun, near Helston, 6th – 22nd of April

There’s so much fun to be had at Flambards. There are big rides, little rides, indoor play, outdoor play, a model Victorian Village, and a Britain through The Blitz experience. This fun-park is sure to delight the whole family. Read about Hendra’s visit to the Park here.
This Easter kids will enjoy experiments, explosions and a chocolate egg.
The Helston attraction is fully open throughout the holidays and will be running an ‘Explosive Easter’ event with a team of madcap scientists staging a series of explosive fun experiments in their indoor laboratory.
Kids will love making gunge with the scientists. The 30-minute shows are at 1pm and 3pm daily.
On April 21st Flambards’ foxy mascot Ferdi will be leading the BIG Easter Egg Quiz Trail, find the clues dotted around the park, and then hand in your quiz sheet for a chocolate egg.
The park’s award-winning indoor Victorian Village is staging its own quiz trail too!

Red Pandas can been seen at Newquay Zoo 9. Then and Now Trail at Newquay Zoo, 6th – 22nd of April

The Zoo is good to visit any time of year, with so many animals to see including lions, meerkats, penguins, monkeys, a sloth, fishing cat and petting zoo. There’s an excellent play area too.

This year the Zoo is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and you are invited to take a stroll down memory lane to see if you can spot the visual differences to the zoo over the past 5 decades.
Complete the Then and Now trail booklet and then you can claim your chocolate treat!*
(charge applies.)
Other fun includes, face-painting for children, where your little ones can be transformed into their favourite animals!
You can watch the animals enjoy some special Easter treats, and learn about the animals at the daily talks from the zoo’s keepers.

10. Visit a Cornish Garden

Spring has sprung! Cornwall is a real treat for garden enthusiasts, and there are so many gardens to visit. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, has so much to see and experience, and is one of the most famous gardens in Cornwall.
Trebah, is near Falmouth. A real paradise with colourful blooms and a garden that leads down to a pebble beach overlooking the Helford River. Another great garden is nearby Glendurgan, which also has a pebble beach overlooking the Helford River. Glendurgan Garden has a maze, which is sure to be a winner with kids who need to burn energy!
Or try the famous Eden project, which focuses on conservation and has plenty going on for kids this Easter. There are two biomes, one Mediterranean another rain-forest biome.

There are many other gardens in Cornwall too, which are just waiting for you to discover this spring.