8 things to do in Cornwall this Spring

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8 things to do in Cornwall this Spring

Posted: February 24, 2023

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As winter comes to an end, the warmer days of Spring beckon us to get out and about. It is the perfect time to explore coast, countryside and culture that Cornwall has to offer visitors at this time of year.

1. Seek out the best blooms

In February, daffodils pop their pretty yellow heads up across the fields to remind us that Spring will soon be here.

Cornwall’s gardens burst into colour at the beginning of Spring with the early Magnolia blooms towards the end of February. Find the first buds to burst at the beautiful gardens of Trengwainton, Trebah and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Read more about the Spring Story here, where gardens of Cornwall hope to be the first to declare spring!

Nothing is more tranquil than a walk through the bluebell woods. In early May breathe in their heavenly scent at Cardinham Woods, Tehidy Woods, Enys Garden and Lanhydrock Estate.

tregngwainton boy

2. Go on an Easter egg trail

Use your National Trust card and head over to an organized Easter egg trail. It is a great way to get outside and explore the beautiful National Trust properties in Cornwall. Children love an activity and parents will be thankful for the entertainment! Our favourites are Godolphin House, Trelissick Gardens, Glendurgan and Tregwainton Gardens – all within 45 minutes of Porthleven. Find out more from the National Trust here.

Easter Eggs hunt

3. Explore the south west coast path

Spring is the perfect time to get your boots on and walk the South West Coast path. The weather is warmer and the coast path is relatively quiet. The section of coast path near Porthleven is especially beautiful. Our favourite walk is from Porthleven to Praa Sands and beyond to the gorgeous Prussia Cove. We love the iwalkcornwall app for guided walks with interesting information about the area. Check the weather before you head out at XC Weather.

kynance cove

4. Immerse yourself in Cornish culture at a Spring Festival

Trevithick Day , Porthleven Food Festival (21st April),  Obby Oss (1 May), Flora Day (5 May), St Ives Food and Drink Festival (12-14 May)  Daphne du Maurier Lit Festival (12-20 May), St Pirans day Celebrations in Falmouth (6th March), Royal Cornwall Show (8 June) are all wonderful Cornish festival to immerse yourself in Cornish culture.

Porthleven Food Festival is sponsored by Porthleven Holiday Cottages and brings famous chefs to our town along with plenty of entertainment for all ages.

Porthleven food festival

5. Get in the sea

In the Spring the sea starts to get a little warmer and a lot calmer, especially in May. If you are used to cold water swimming it is a wonderful time to go wild swimming. Swimming is especially popular in Porthleven’s outer harbour with many swimmers taking their morning dip. There are also countless coves and beaches to swim off nearby. Try Battery Rocks in Penzance or the safe swimming beach at Praa Sands.

The calm of Porthleven’s inner harbour is the perfect place to try paddleboarding. Try Vertical Blue on the harbourside for kayaking adventures and paddleboard hire.

Porthleven and Ship from Mounts road

6. Explore west Cornwall on an e-bike

Porthleven’s very own Shipyard Cycle Hire have e-bikes for hire and a plethora of maps to guide you to the best cycle trails around. We tried them out and managed to get all the way to the Helford where we had lunch at the Ferry Boat Inn, soaking up the atmosphere on the shores of the Helford river. Family-friendly cycling can also be found on the Clay Trails  which takes you through mid-Cornwall’s china clay country.

ship yard cycles

7. Enjoy outdoor theatre

The magical Minack Theatre is truly the most enthralling setting for a theatre. Set into to the dramatic clifftops overlooking Porthcurno, audiences can enjoy Spring performances such as Giants, about the St Michael’s Mount giant and music from local and national artists.

The theatre is also open for daily visits and is well worth it for the scenery and beautiful sub-tropical gardens. In 2023 the Minack is offering guided tours by the head gardener with stories about what makes it unique.

minack theatre

8. Visit St Michael’s Mount

Whilst it is very busy in the summer months, Spring is a lot quieter at St Michael’s Mount. Take a boat at high tide or walk across the causeway at low tide to this wonderful National Trust property with a castle on an island. Explore the iconic castle, harbour and village and its surrounds with far reaching views from the battle fortresses and learn about the history, mystery and legend of this magical island. The castle is open to visitors and makes a wonderful day trip.

st michaels mount
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