Try Surfing or Kayaking
With its mild climate and impressive swells, Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular surfing destinations. There are plenty of surf schools in the county which offer a variety of options including day lessons and surfing weekends. You can choose to do one on one lessons or group lessons, and some schools even tailor programmes for families. Some of the top beaches for surfing are Fistral Beach, Porthtowan Beach and Gwithian Beach. Another great way to explore Cornwall is by kayaking. Discover hidden coves along the coast, or admire the landscape as you make your way down Cornwall’s many rivers and creeks.
The Eden Project should be on every list of Easter activities in Cornwall. Visit the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome to discover plants that are used in everyday products. In the grounds, you’ll find the 30 acre Outdoor Garden which is filled with potent plants like sunflowers and hemp. For a bite to eat, head to the onsite restaurants which serve fresh local produce. The Eden Project is a great place to learn about the relationship between people and plants, and how to live sustainably. Make sure you check out their events calendar for workshops, activities and concerts.
Constructed by Henry VIII, Pendennis Castle is an artillery fort that has defended Cornwall for hundreds of years. With panoramic views out to sea, Pendennis Castle has plenty of exciting activities to get stuck into. Learn about the role that the castle played during the First World War, get up close and personal with Napoleonic guns, discover an underground ammunition storage used in the Second World War, and find out how enemy ships were spotted from the Battery Observation Post. Dine like the Tudors did in the castle’s cafe, with fresh Cornish dishes made with a Tudor twist.
Going for a picnic is a fun thing to do in Cornwall this Easter, and Glendurgan Garden is the perfect spot for it. This National Trust garden is home to a diverse collection of tropical plants all year round, but over Easter you’ll get to see the stunning displays of wildflowers including spring magnolias and camellias. Get lost in the cherry laurel maze which dates back to 1833, or discover giant rhubarb plants. You can even wander down to the village of Durgan and go birdwatching on the Helford River.
Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
If you’ve ever wanted to visit an animal rescue centre, this is your chance. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is home to seals, otters and penguins that have been rescued from the Cornish coastline. Head to the underwater viewing areas to meet the animals and to hear stories about how they were rescued. You’ll get to see the food preparation area, and get behind the scenes at the hospital pup pen. The centre is based on a 40 acre site of special scientific interest, and also has a woodland quiz trail, cafe and two gift shops.