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Easter Fun in Cornwall

March 7, 2017 No Comments

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Our little darlings are soon breaking up from school; Easter is the perfect time to get away, kick back and relax – it’s time to go on holiday.

With the daffodils blooming and crocuses appearing, Cornwall’s mild climate is the perfect place to soak up some spring warmth and have some fun as a family on any one of Falmouth’s three sandy beaches.

To tempt you a little more, we are offering a 20% discount* on all full week bookings over Easter so it’s the perfect time to head for the coast! (* Quote ‘blog03’ on booking to be eligible for 20% off a week’s stay)

Once you’ve chosen your fabulous seaside holiday home, it’s time to pack a bag and hit the road. Don’t forget your wetsuit!

Once you’ve arrived here, you’ll instantly feel at home. (Ninety per cent of our cottages are second homes and as such ooze personality, charm and home comforts).

It’s time to go exploring! Why not share some of the special Easter traditions that you enjoyed as a child. I always make ‘Easter gardens’, so it’s off to collect some greenery, daffs, wild flowers and pebbles. Having an exciting end goal in mind is always encouraging for little legs – sourcing plants and bark is half the fun, then back home to make a little garden with the treasured finds.

It’s time to play! Off to the beach, trusty flask and Easter cake in the bag, along with the important glistening golden goodies which will soon be hidden, found and readily enjoyed. The children have been looking forward to this holiday for many weeks and now it’s here; even the dog is excited!

Once at the beach, Mum keeps the children occupied skimming stones across the mill-pond water, while Dad goes off to lay the treasure for the hunt. Something you may think about and plan for days is often over in moments but look at the joy that is spread across the children’s faces as they find a golden egg hidden under a stone or beside a rock pool! Once found, all the eggs are placed carefully in a bucket and then readily enjoyed. The Easter Egg hunt is a huge success!

So when did the popular Easter egg hunt originate?  It is believed that Easter eggs go back thousands of years and are largely a pagan tradition. Hunting for eggs date back to the 1700s when it was believed there was an egg-laying hare. Children were encouraged to build nests for the hare to lay in and then search for the eggs it left behind.  The tradition stuck and now children all over the world go hunting in anticipation of finding chocolate eggs each Easter.

Sound like fun to you? There are some fabulous family Easter egg hunts and events for all the family happening in and around Falmouth this Easter.

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Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith 14th-17th April are offering Easter egg hunts for young children in the Olive Grove and older children in their beautiful gardens.

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith 11th and 13th April are holding Easter workshops for the children to make their own Easter nest, plus a special Easter lunch on Easter day (pre-booking required).

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 3rd to 23rd April have ‘Pirates ahoy’ fun for all the family!

Trelissick, Truro 14th-17th April have a Cadburys Easter egg hunt through the gardens with a chocolate prize at the end!

Flambards, Helston 1st – 23rd April have Easter activities throughout the holidays including a Victorian Easter quiz trail and a grand Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday!

‘Wild Spring Hare’ play with Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods 7th – 17th April. An adventure set in the woods amongst bluebells and birds which the whole family will love. (photo above)

After all that exploring, now it is time to eat. 

Get stocked up with all your essentials in the large variety of great shops in Falmouth offering artisan bread, organic vegetables, freshly-caught fish, local meat and a fabulous health food shop full of cooking ingredients.

For your tasty Easter meal, there are a large choice of cafes and restaurants in Falmouth which offer something for everyone’s taste, whatever time of day. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Cornish pasty on the Prince of Wales Pier, while watching boats bob about in the harbour, or purchasing some fish and chips from Harbour Lights (recently voted Britain’s best fish and chip shop) and eating them on the beach. Finish it off with a Cornish Roskilly’s ice cream at Gylly Beach Café.

It’s time to get creative and decorate some eggs! This delightful artistic activity is an age-old tradition. I remember my mother annually bringing out the precious box of eggs decorated from previous years; some a little faded and cracked but this only adding to the beauty. All you need are some hand blown eggs and whatever you fancy decorating them with. You can use paints, natural dyes (beetroot, cabbage, turmeric or onion) or food colourings. Get experimenting with crayons, sponges, rubber bands or string to create pretty patterns. Once done, why not hang them up on a branch you’ve collected from the woods (some thread on a match stick works well) to enjoy over Easter.

Now for the sweet treats! Getting the little ones involved in the kitchen is a great rainy day afternoon activity. This super-simple, delicious recipe for peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs is a winner every time, plus the children will love getting their hands all chocolatey!

 

Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Easter Eggs

 

Equipment required:

•              Egg moulds

 

Ingredients for filling:

•              3/4 cup peanut butter

•              2 tablespoons coconut oil

•              1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•              1/2 teaspoon maple syrup/honey

 

Ingredients for coating:

•              1 cup chocolate

•              2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

Recipe:

 

To make the filling:

•              In a small pan melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil together then stir in the vanilla until mixed well.

•              Pour the mixture into egg moulds and freeze for an hour.

•              Remove and leave to one side.

 

To make the coating:

•              Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a hot pan of water until it’s well mixed then pour into the egg moulds.

•              Place the peanut butter eggs in the chocolate, pressing down so the chocolate covers the eggs.

•              Place in the fridge to set for half an hour.

 

All ingredients can be sourced locally from The Natural Store in Falmouth.

 

 

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Five things to do in Cornwall this Easter

February 26, 2016 No Comments

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Cornwall is a hive of activity at Easter time. Here are our top five things to do over the Easter holiday.
Walk the coastal paths with the dog
In the changeable weather of early spring taking Mole and Mingo for a long walk along the coastal path is a pure pleasure and is a favourite blustery adventure of everyone at Cornish Holiday Cottages. Crashing waves, salty spray and sleepy fishing villages all await exploration. You could pick any section of the Cornish coast and find something unique along the way. The path between Swanpool and Maenporth is a convenient starting point if you’re staying in our Cornish holiday accommodation. There are dog friendly beaches at either end (in the winter), dog friendly cafes and depending on the tide, a lot of rock pools and crevasses to sniff at.

 

Sunday Lunch at the Star and Garter, Falmouth
There’s nothing like a good Sunday roast, especially at Easter. In their own words, at the Star and Garter ‘Sunday lunch is sacrosanct.’ And with chefs that have all worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen they are producing one of the finest Sunday lunches in town. With an elevated view of the river Fal and sailing boats bobbing up and down in their moorings, you are treated to a quintessentially Cornish view with your succulent meat, monster Yorkshire pudding and seasonal veg.

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The Great Eden Egg Hunt
25 Mar 2016 to 10 Apr 2016

It’s not just your standard egg hunt down at Eden. It’s a regular eggstravaganza. There’s an eggstreme egg and spoon obstacle course, egg rolling, egg hooking, egg cracking and egg hunting. If you like eggs, then there’s something for all ages. If you don’t like eggs? Then they’ll be telling tales of chocolate in the biomes to appease you.

 

Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair

25 Mar 2016 to 28 Mar 2016

Trereife House’s Easter Food and Craft Fair is now entering its fourth year. The spectacular grounds of Queen Anne Manor House will be home to cookery and craft demonstrations for the adults and an eggs-treamly popular Easter egg hunt for the children. You can go on tours of the house itself, watch demonstrations from local chefs, sample a delectable selection of locally produced food and drink, and browse exquisite arts and crafts. There will also be magic shows, funky food workshops and storytellers.

 
The Truro Festival
2 Apr 2016 to 9 Apr 2016

The city’s annual cultural festival features music, art, exhibitions, theatre, dance, comedy, film, literature and photography.

There will also be an abundance of art and interactive exhibits at the 2016 festival. Daily workshops featuring local illustrators, comic book illustrators, manga artists, screen print-makers and puppeteers will be on offer for children and adults in the festival hub on Lemon Quay. Street art is also a big favourite and the city’s streets will be filled with creative flair once again.

Events will be on in lots of different venues throughout the city. Go to www.enjoytruro.co.uk for further information.

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Easter activities at Glendurgan and Trebah Gardens

Springtime is a unique time for Cornwall’s gardens. Daffodils, magnolias and tulips create a canvas of colour and each of these gardens has something special for the children over the Easter period. Glendurgan has a Cadbury’s sponsored egg hunt, while Trebah have Bunnie Bungalows Drop in Workshop. We’re not sure what it is yet, but we do like a surprise.

 

Great Holiday Cottages for an Easter Egg Hunt

February 25, 2016 No Comments

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We exist in an age where technology gives our children all their entertainment needs. Now, forgive us for sounding like old luddites but the Easter egg hunt is just as flash as any tablet game and is a great way of entertaining your little bunnies this Easter. What’s better than a mystery with an edible prize or the anticipation of a treasure trove of chocolate? Just pop on a pair of silly bunny ears and you’ll be good to go.

The most important part of creating your Easter egg hunt is the trail. Something cryptic that’ll get their brains working will do the trick. If it rhymes then all the better. But not all of us know our iambs from our kennings, so we’ve been brainstorming clues at the Cornish Holiday Cottage office that would suit any holiday home.

You could start off by sending your children to the fridge: somewhere cold.

The Easter Bunny has been today
Dropping off some eggs along the way
Follow the clues to find the gold
The first place to look is somewhere cold

Next, it’s up to the bedroom;

The second hiding place might be out of sight,
Think of somewhere cosy where you sleep at night

This clue could be in their wellies;

This clue is hiding in the dark
In somewhere squelchy and rather smelly
We put these on to jump in mud, puddles and bark
That’s right, it’s hidden in a ……….

Or hidden in the wardrobe?

Lambs have wool, chicks have feathers
How do you keep warm in colder weathers?

One for the bathroom;

You’re nearing the end of the Easter gold rush,
Now head to the place where you’d find your toothbrush.

You then just need to think of a place to hide that final payload. A large cooking pot will do the trick;

The end’s in sight so take a look
The last clue’s hidden in something you’d use to cook.

Now all you need is an establishment for your treasure trail. And boy do we have some holiday cottages that are practically crying out to be the venue for a cracking Easter hunt. We’ve got some Cornish holiday homes that would appear labrythine to your little egg hunters and accommodation with gardens almost jungle like in their abilities to hide chocolate from mini hoarders.

Calamansac (East Wing, West Wing and Sail Loft)
Calamansac’s garden wouldn’t just make the perfect venue for a sunny day egg hunt. It would be an awe-inspiring, super egg hunt. You could hide a lifetime’s supply of Easter eggs out there without difficulty. There’s the garden itself, a large meadow strewn with seasonal flowers. The garden then leads to a bracken and bluebell woodland which which takes you down to the creek’s edge. The children could be hunting eggs all day!

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Rose Cottage 1
There are a wealth of hiding places at Rose Cottage 1. There are wood beams, a stone hearth and loads of nooks and crannies to place your loot.

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The Coach House
The Coach House has access to the Trerose Estate Garden, it’s beautifully manicured lawns and immaculate boarders and beds. All perfect places to snaffle away a few chocolatey surprises.

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Willow Cottage
It may not look like there are many hiding places from the outside, but the large conservatory adds plenty of original and egg-siting hiding places.

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The Foreshore
With a garden that arches its way down towards the water, The Foreshore offers multi level chocolate seeking. In the multiple flower beds and small garden trees, you’ll be able to hide little treasures high and low.

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Tehidy House
This grand town house has so many hiding spots, I don’t think I’d know where to start when creating an egg hunt here. There are antique sideboards and lots of little pots for depositing mini treats within. The creak of the floorboards as your children scamper back and forth will let you know how their progress is going.

Easter events in Cornwall

March 23, 2015 No Comments

Yay! After the long winter, spring is finally here. Yes, I know: we’re an optimistic lot here at Cornish Holiday Cottages, but it appears that that we’re in for one of the hottest Easter weekends on record. According to the Met Office’s long term forecast and our local rag, ‘The West Briton’, temperatures could rise to more than 26C between Good Friday and Easter Monday (April 3 to April 6).

That’s fantastic news for everyone, unless your Easter eggs spend too much time out in the sun that is. But if you’re looking for something a little more festive or an alternative family day out over the Easter holidays, then we have a few suggestions for you. We’ve also thrown in a recommendation for an appealing evening of pop-up opera for good measure.

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Helston Museum Celebrates 150 years of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

Between March 30th and the 8th of April the museum will be taking a trip through the looking glass and into Lewis Carrolls’ Wonderland. You’ll have to follow your nose to navigate the museum’s maze and also have the chance to design your own Mad Hatter’s hat – perfect for a tea party and free of charge too. There is also the chance to win a prize by following the White Rabbit’s Clock Trail through the museum.

On Wednesday 8th April the celebrations reach their peak with The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. There will be tea, cake, fun and games that are perfect for the little ones. Visit their website here.

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Trail – Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith

3rd to the 6th April

Glendurgan Garden have littered the grounds with hints and clues to create an exciting Easter trail which, mixed with their fantastical grounds, giant stride swing and beach, will create a memorable Easter day out. For those that complete all the activities there’s a Cadbury’s Egghead prize too.

Pop-up Opera at Knightor, St Austell.

7.30pm 4th April.

This one is more of an adult affair, but is one not to be missed: Pop-up Opera perform in the beautiful Knightor Winery & Restaurant in Trethurgy, Cornwall. The Pop-up Opera crew will be performing a Mozart comedy about two young men, Belmonte and Pedrillo, attempting to rescue their lovers Konstanze and Blonde from an Ottoman harem.

All kinds of high jinks and mishaps occur as they don disguises, make merry with the servants and sing an ode to Bacchus god of wine, in an attempt to save their beloveds.

The music contains some of Mozart’s most spectacular and virtuoso arias, and is richly embroidered with his interpretation of Turkish music. An opulent and highly entertaining treat.

Trereife House Easter Food & Craft Fair. 10am.

3rd — 6th April

Trereife has developed a reputation for attracting some of the finest local food and craft producers which is set to continue this Easter with Farm Cheeses and Fish sales, locally produced beer, cider and wine, as well as a selection of high quality art and craft from Cornish designer-makers – if you’re looking for some holiday mementos then this is the place to get them.

Away from the food demonstrations and at the top of every younger visitor’s list of things to do has to be the taking part in Trereife’s Grand Easter Egg Hunt.  Set within the woods and around the walled garden, the Egg Hunt has become very popular with hundreds of happy children expected to be eagerly following the clues this year.
As well as the egg hunt, youngsters can have a go in the Funky Food Workshop or be totally amazed by story tellers and Trereife’s popular craft workshops.

The event will be open from 10am-5pm Friday 3rd to Monday 6th. Admission for adults is £3.50, children £2 and under 5s free of charge. Family tickets are £11 (two adults and three children).

The National Maritime Museum’s Viking Voyagers Supersized Weekend

28th – 29th March

To mark the launch of their epic Viking Voyagers exhibitions, there is a weekend of Viking themed events from the 28th to the 29th of March. Create your own helmet, sword and shield, join in a Viking battle and see Vikings brought to life by Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. Plus make a monster scale and add it to their dragon art installation.

The Viking Voyagers exhibition carries on throughout the school holidays with some make and take activities for your own vulgar little Vikings. They can make a long-ship model and Viking brooch and become a mighty warrior or a fearsome dragon.

All activities are free with entry.

Truro prepares for a spectacular spring festival

27th March to 5th April

Plans are afoot in the city of Truro to deliver some big surprises at this year’s Truro Festival.

The city’s annual cultural festival will be taking place from 27 March to 5 April, and is set to bring a hive of creative, cultural activity to the city during the Easter holidays.

Art, music, theatre, film, literature, dance, comedy and more will be buzzing in all corners of the city with the return of intimate theatre performances, live music and art exhibition.

The festival organisers 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.

Many events are exploring the festivals ‘journeys’ theme for 2015. The Story Republic will be in residence at the Royal Cornwall Museum for the duration of the festival inviting intrepid story travellers to begin their own voyage into a realm of tales, poems and song. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt which will take families on a trail around the city to solve cryptic clues and the possibility of winning a cash prize.

Another returning event is the Easter Sunday party on the 5th April. A free party with live music, arts activities, food and drink for all the family. Being the main hub for the festival, the ‘village’ on Lemon Quay will be open from 10am – 4pm during each day, with an abundance of family friendly events and activities.

Events will also take place in venues around Truro, including the Royal Cornwall Museum, Waterstones, Truro Library, the Plaza, Truro Arts Shop, B Juicy, Reids Café, Innertide and the City Hall. Further updates on events can be found by visiting www.enjoytruro.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Poldhu Easter Rubber Duck Race

April 24, 2014 No Comments

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Wet weather didn’t deter families attending the annual Easter Duck Race held on the beach at Poldhu Cove near Mullion on Easter Day.

Ducks could be purchased for a £1 each and were then raced in heats down the beach.  In total £714 was raised for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Lots of fun and lots of prizes.