Easter is a lovely time to visit St Ives. The daffodils are out, and there’s the fresh feel of spring in the air. Here’s how to enjoy Easter in Cornwall…
Hunting for Easter Eggs in Cornwall
It wouldn’t be Easter without a surfeit of chocolate. However, at least at Easter the children have to work for their treats as they search for clues in one of the county’s many chocolate egg hunts! Paradise Park in Hayle has a fun Easter Egg hunt (and is also one of the best places around for tiring out young egg hunters!). For a different sort of Easter Egg hunt, head up the line to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, where the Easter trail can be followed by a brake van ride. A short drive away, The Eden Project always lays on (sorry) a great egg hunt, and many more family activities.
The National Trust teams up with Cadbury’s every year to run egg hunts in many of its properties. There are plenty of National Trust houses and gardens close to St Ives: try St Michael’s Mount, Trengwainton Garden, Trerice, Glendurgan Garden and Lanhydrock House. The Trust hasn’t released full details yet, so keep checking its website to find out more about its Easter egg hunts near St Ives.
Easter days out in Cornwall
Of course, you may want a break from chocolate! The splendid Pendennis Castle in Falmouth is celebrating Easter in a peculiarly Cornish way, with a pirate theme. As ever, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, also in Falmouth, has a full programme of events which appeals to all tastes and ages; and the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro always has an imaginative timetable for families over the holidays.
As the weather warms up, you may be happy simply exploring the beautiful coast and countryside around St Ives. If you do, you’ll be celebrating Easter in the real old Cornish way…
Have a traditional Cornish Easter
If you’d like to celebrate Easter in proper Cornish style, what do you do? Well, in West Cornwall, the tradition was to round up your family, pack a hearty picnic of pasties and saffron buns, and head out for a walk.
If you stride out on “Goody Friday”, you’ll still run into plenty of people carrying on this lovely tradition. To join in, pick up the South West Coast Path at The Garrack, and walk along the rugged path to Zennor, stopping for a clifftop picnic. If you prefer a more relaxing walk, join the coast path at the other side of St Ives from Porthminster Beach, where there’s a lovely path to Carbis Bay.
Just make sure you don’t do any tin mining on Good Friday, as it upsets the Knockers (the spirits in the mines), and if you feel up to it, rise early to watch the dawn on Easter Day. If you want to attend an Easter service, try Truro Cathedral or St Ives’ own parish church, St Ia‘s.
An Easter Feast
Yes, we’ve all eaten enough chocolate bunnies to fill us up until next Easter. However, when it comes to enjoying really great food with the family, Easter has become the second Christmas.
So however many chocolate eggs you find, save some space for a traditional Easter roast around the table at The Garrack. We’ve got a scrumptious celebratory menu made from seasonal local ingredients – and yes, there will also be plenty of chocolate…