Welcome the new season in Cornwall with these five outdoor activities.
From community-based events to popular tourist attractions – and even amazing walking trails – Cornwall is the perfect place to visit in the springtime. Book tickets for your journey to the South West in advance and save money when you travel by GWR train.
Celebrate St Piran’s Day
Every year on 5 March, Saint Piran’s Day is celebrated as the national day of Cornwall. Named after Saint Piran – one of the patron saints of Cornwall as well as the patron saint of tin miners – this day is all about rejoicing Cornish culture with marches, festivals and Cornish-themed events taking place throughout the county.
You can enjoy a number of St Piran’s Day celebrations in Falmouth, Bodmin, Penzance, Truro and Newquay including street parades, folk festivals and even a silent disco. Find the full list of St Piran’s Day events in Cornwall online.
Celebrate the start of spring as a number of community-based projects, seasonal celebrations and events take place to shine a light on all that Falmouth has to offer (19 - 29 March).
Will you take part in a Falmouth Spring Clean Day, which sees volunteers remove litter and plant wildlife in areas across the town? Perhaps you’ll visit the Falmouth Spring Flower Show or join in with a festival guided walk? With so much to see and do, there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy in Falmouth as spring begins to make an appearance.
Throughout the summer months the Eden Project is at its busiest as families descend on Cornwall for their holidays. But during springtime the Eden Project makes for a quieter day out, especially mid-week. Explore the Rainforest Biome with its tropical heat, mesmerising plantlife, towering tress and indoor jungle. Discover the outdoor gardens at leisure and find beautiful ornamental flowers and crops used for medicine, food and even fuel.
Trelissick Garden near Truro is a gem of a place offering panoramic views over the Fal estuary. Walk along meandering paths, through a picturesque woodland, past exotic plants and herbaceous borders, all in the property’s grounds and parkland.
When you’re ready for a cuppa, make your way to Trelissick house for a spot of tea and cake and settle down in the snug area for a well-deserved break.
Embrace the great outdoors with an idyllic ramble along the South West Coast Path from St Ives to the tiny hamlet of Zennor (via Land’s End). This 6.5 mile-hike offers breath-taking views out to the sea and of dramatic coastal cliffs. Once in Zennor, you can enjoy a beverage at The Tinners Arms before returning to St Ives by bus or by walking along a shorter inland route.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail from Plymouth to America. Discover the true story behind the pilgrims’ epic voyage and explore some of the top events commemorating the journey.