Spring time fun near Looe
Spring is finally upon us, and if you’re travelling down to Cornwall’s caravan parks to make the most of the first glimpse of sun, there promises to be lots to do and explore this season for those on holidays in Looe.
Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival, 18th – 20th March
Home to a fantastic array of seafood, and not to mention the humble Cornish pasty, celebrity chef Rick Stein has found the perfect place to open his trademark restaurants, pubs and cookery school. This month will see one such venue host a celebration of land and sea – or hops and fish – as The Cornish Arms puts on the Beer and Mussel Festival in St. Merryn.
From the 18th until the 20th of March, revellers can savour the culinary delights Mr Stein is known for, while enjoying a cracking line-up of live music. Offering their own unique take on traditional and shanty songs, the Boscastle Buoys will be making an appearance at this year’s festival. A favourite group in the South West, the boys have sung at Newquay’s Boardmasters festival and the Cornwall Show among other regional events. The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival is a festival particularly close to their hearts as it offers the opportunity to raise funds for charity Cornwall Hospice Care – where a former member of the Boscastle Buoys was looked after in his final weeks.
“£20k has been donated to date and wherever we go our little pink collection bucket goes as well,” explains one member.
“We have been invited to perform again at the Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival after our successful gig last year at the venue. A great weekend event showing off a lot of talented performers, and of course great food.
“We love to mix our singing with a bit of banter and have been billed as ‘Humour & Harmony’ entertaining and involving our audience whenever we can.”
Why not visit one of the county’s first festivals of the year and do your bit for a good cause?!
St Endellion Music Festival, 26th March – 3rd April
If you’re looking for a classical experience with family around Easter, the St Endellion Music Festival is just the thing. Taking place over the Easter bank holiday until 3rd April, this traditional event includes a series of concerts hosted in the beautiful St Endellion Church.
The festival is distinct in that it attracts talented performers and conductors from the UK and further afield, paying a small fee to appear in the concerts alongside other like-minded musicians. In their spare time, they make the most of the opportunity to surf, go for a cliff-side stroll and explore stunning Cornwall.
Helping to organise this year’s festival, Catherine says: “As well as attracting very many Cornish residents, many others travel every year to this part of North Cornwall specifically for this festival which has been running for 43 years. Some stay the whole week, others come for just one or two concerts.”
English National Surfing Championships, 30th April – 2nd May
As the sun comes out and the days get longer, the beach is the place to be in Cornwall. For those who love splashing around, the English National Surfing Championships is a chance to measure your skills against the elite, or be inspired by them.
Taking place at Watergate Bay and organised by English Surfing, the competition will see veterans and newcomers compete in a range of longboard and open contests.
If you’re planning on heading to Newquay to see surf pros battle it out in the waves yourself, make the most of the trip and explore some of the intriguing coastline in the area with a unique exploration activity. Heritage Coasteering is a fun way to discover Newquay’s past and the culture that’s made it a popular place to visit today.
Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc, 2nd – 3rd April
Nothing quite says spring like seeing the first flowers blossom across the country, but in Cornwall, the first blooms of the year are celebrated on a whole other level.
Hosted by the Cornwall Garden Society, the Flower Show will showcase Cornish gardens, horticultural talent and produce from the area with master classes and the gardeners’ forum offering visitors advice for their own green-fingered adventures. Join expert traders and celebrities, such as Jim Buttress of BBC’s Allotment Challenge and radio broadcaster Tim Hubbard, at this event presenting the finest gardens in the county.
With the weather warming up, spring is the ideal time to beat the summer crowds and explore the crème de la crème of Cornwall’s picturesque fishing villages and quaint eating options.
During the day
Enjoy the seaside scenery and watch the world go by at Talland Bay Beach Café. Situated on the beach itself, guests can pull up a candy-coloured stool in the café or grab a beach hut table for a bit more privacy and a view that stretches out over the bay. Go for a pick-me-up with a locally sourced Origin Coffee or treat yourself to a sumptuous cream tea – you are in Cornwall, after all!
In the evening
For those staying at Tencreek Holiday Park, Mama J’s is a vibrant restaurant conveniently located next to the harbour in Looe. Serving up Italian inspiration in Cornwall, the restaurant offers an authentic experience of the Mediterranean influenced by owners Julia and Guy’s many travels to Italy.
Mama J’s welcomes families from 12pm until 9pm every day, with high chairs and children’s menus at the ready to please everyone. Watch as the skilled chefs cook up a show in the open plan kitchen, using only the freshest, local ingredients.
Diners visiting Mama J’s over Easter will be in with a chance to win free pizza for life by simply filling in a card with their email address when they visit or by entering online. The winner is due to be announced at Looe Music Festival in September.
On the go
If you’re after a unique experience while holidaying in Cornwall, why not combine a walk with learning about delicious ingredients from the hedgerow or shoreline by trying Wild Food Foraging course?
Organised by foraging expert and author Rachel Lambert, the courses are the perfect way to explore Cornwall’s natural beauty while picking up a few tips about the many uses for plants and wildlife around us. Discover which flowers, leaves, seaweeds, fruits and seeds are edible and how to prepare and cook them with these stimulating forays in to nature. The Forage & Feast Event on April 1st is likely to be popular, so book soon to avoid disappointment!
Spring is a chance to shake off the winter, try something new and be inspired by all that Cornwall has to offer. We hope to see you here at Tencreek Holiday Park in the new season!
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