The best places to visit in Cornwall for Easter
Easter is fast approaching and thousands of people are expected to descend on Cornwall to enjoy their Easter holidays.
If you are one of the people that will be staying in Cornwall holiday parks and caravan sites then check out our list below; we have compiled a list of eggceptional attractions and events that families should visit to make their stay even more eggciting (ok, no more egg jokes)!
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is often described as the eighth wonder of the world and visitors to Cornwall this Easter just have to come and visit this great Cornish attraction.
Not only will visitors be able to explore the world’s largest conservatories, the biggest rainforest in captivity and see over a million plants, but this Easter the Eden Project has a number of special events planned.
The Great Eden Egg Hunt, which takes place from 28th March-12th April, will see kids (and adults) hunting for hidden eggs to trade in for some tasty treats as well as welcoming visitors to try and navigate an inflatable obstacle course and try a number of egg-themed fairground games.
Another great family attraction in Cornwall is Flambards and Easter is the perfect opportunity to visit the theme park.
The park is perfect for those seeking family fun and entertainment as Flambards boasts a number of attractions such as an indoor play area, a hands-on science experience and a number of children’s rides.
The thrill seekers of the family will want to head to the Big Ride Zone and jump on rides such as Skyraker 001, Thunderbolt, the Hornet or the Canyon River Log flume.
If that’s not enough then over Easter Flambards will unveil a brand-new ride called Sky Swinger and welcome back the popular demon dropslide after a four-year hiatus. The Sky Swinger ride is one of the largest and fastest of its kind in the whole of Europe and its 48 passengers can expect to reach speeds of up to 70kph!
Flambards is also home to a number of award-winning museums and exhibitions such as the Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz, the War Gallery and the Aviation Experience.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
The once beautiful gardens of Heligan were neglected and then damaged in 1990 by a freak hurricane, but now the gardens have been restored to their former glory.
If that isn’t enough of a prompt then the Easter at the Lost Gardens of Heligan event should certainly prompt you and your family to visit.
The Easter event, taking place from 28th March-12th April, gives visitors the chance to become eggsplorers (last one we promise) and search for special Heligan eggs around the estate as part of the special egg hunts that will be put on.
Visitors can also help feed the resident chickens, geese and ducks in the Poultry Orchard and take part in the special Easter craft and arts workshops.
Regarded as the legendary King Arthur’s castle, Tintagel Castle is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors every single year.
This Easter the castle is putting on an Easter Adventure Quest for families to take part in. From 3rd –6th April visitors can meet a royal character from the past to help crack clues whilst exploring Tintagel.
The adventurers that are successful will be rewarded with a chocolate treat and a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
This annual cultural event is a perfect destination for holidaymakers visiting Cornwall over Easter.
The 10-day festival, taking place from 27th March to 5th April, will bring a hive of creative and cultural activity to the city centre of Truro.
The Truro Festival will this year feature theatre performances, live music, comedy acts, dance shows and art exhibitions.
Alan Wallace, an organiser of the Truro Festival, said, “The 2015 event schedule is our most ambitious yet, as we plan to turn Lemon Quay into a ‘Festival Village’ complete with yurts, acoustic stage and a green area for people to relax and soak up the atmosphere.”
To find out more information about the festival check @TruroFestival on Twitter.
Pendennis Castle in Falmouth is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses as it dominates the rocky headland that overlooks the Fal estuary and the English Channel.
This Easter Pendennis Castle has a number of events planned including its Pirates Ahoy and Tudor Castle Capers events.
Pirates Ahoy, which takes place from 30th March-3rd April, tells visitors about Pendennis' pirating past and some of the dastardly deeds that took place at the castle. Kids can take part in a variety of games and activities around the castle as part of the event.
The Tudor Castle Capers event takes place from Monday 6th April-Friday 10th April and takes visitors back in time to the era of Henry VIII. Visitors can even take part in have-a-go battle drills and listen to stories of days gone by.
Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park
For a really fun day out over the Easter holidays you and your family should visit Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park.
Crealy is welcoming two brand new attractions just in time for Easter. The new attractions, a thrill ride called Wave Rider and a colony of leafcutter ants, will be open to the public on 30th March.
Wave Rider is a 32-seater flying carousel ride where riders are suspended above the ground. The ride is not just great for thrill seekers, but offers stunning views of the park. The leafcutter ants will be joining Crealy’s Pets’ Paddock on the same day.
The park will also be hosting an Easter Egg hunt from 3rd-6th April, where every participating child will get a free chocolate egg.
If that’s not enough then Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park will be putting on two character days over the Easter period. The eight-foot tall Titan the Robot will be entertaining visitors on 31st March and Peppa Pig will be making friends with the kids on 7th April.
This magnificent late Victorian country house offers visitors a glimpse into the two sides of Victorian life; below stairs and above stairs.
Visitors can see what below stairs living was like by exploring the kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters and comparing them to what above stairs living was like by seeing the luxurious family areas, spacious bedrooms and beautiful dining rooms.
Lanhydrock also boasts stunning gardens that are in bloom all year, ancient woodlands that offer kids ample opportunity to explore and a number of cycle trails, as well as offering a number of riverside walks to visitors.
Lanhydrock has a variety of family-friendly events planned for Easter, such as the Cadbury Easter trail where visitors get the chance to become an Easter detective and solve clues to win a chocolate prize.
Other events taking place at Lanhydrock over Easter include ‘Lanhydrock at War’, which shows visitors what impact the First World War had on Lanhydrock, as well as tours of Lanhydrock’s stunning bluebell woods and evening walks, where visitors can see some of the rare bat species that live in Lanhydrock’s parkland.
Image Credits: Eden Project, Flambards, Julian Stephens, Lost Gardens of Heligan, English Heritage, Truro Festival, Steven Haywood, Jerry Harpur.
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