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Five things to do in Cornwall this Easter

February 26, 2016 No Comments

Mingo-Boscowen Fields-Falmouth

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.

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.


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.


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





Mother’s Day

March 9, 2015 No Comments



With mother’s day just round the corner, there’s no better place to celebrate it than down here in Cornwall. Whether it be day trips or lunch time treats, there’s a plethora of ways you can thank your mother for all that hard work she put into raising you.

We’re beginning to get glimpses of spring here at Cornwall Holiday Cottages and that’s the best thing about Mother’s Day; it feels like the first of the season’s many celebrations. Because of this we usually get the whole family together and take the coastal path down to the Ferryboat Inn for Sunday lunch. It’s tradition.

But in case you are looking for another way of pampering your mum – or looking to be pampered – here are some handy suggestions.


Newquay Zoo flower show

Offering half price entry to all Mums and free entry to any children that bring their own posies, Newquay Zoo’s flower show attracts some very inventive flower displays in its competition.

With over 130 species of animals Newquay Zoo is always a great family day out and the abundance of beautiful bouquets complement the lions and llamas, red pandas and penguins well.

Also, the Lemur Cafe is on hand with homemade lunches and hot drinks, Newquay Zoo has everything you need to keep both you and your little monkeys occupied.


Glendurgan Gardens Posy Making

With its ornamental garden maze and manor house Glendurgan Gardens is perfect for Mother’s Day. The expansive grounds welcome dogs and open out onto the Helford footpath – a short walk from the Ferryboat Inn.

Plus the kids will get the chance to treat mum to a beautiful handmade posy, put together using lovely colourful spring flowers picked from the Glendurgan estate.


Visit a National Magnolia Collection

To continue the flower theme

The Woodland Gardens at Caerhays, near St Austell, are a real springtime wonder. Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons grow in abundance and are nothing short of spectacular. Gardens entry is priced from £8.00 and as a special Mothering Sunday treat all mums will receive a free Camellia with garden entry. Visitors can also book a special Mother’s Day High Tea within the beautiful grounds of Caerhays castle in the Magnolia Tea Rooms. Offering a selection of exquisite finger sandwiches, an array of little homemade cakes, and butter scones with Boddington’s strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, all served with a pot of Twinning’s tea or a coffee, High Tea is priced at £25 for two and booking is essential. For further information and to book Tickets, Tours or High Tea, please visit: www.caerhays.co.uk or call 01872 501310.


Sunday Lunch at the Pandora Inn.

Situated on the shores of Restronguet Creek, The Pandora Inn’s food seems to have jumped up a notch since reopening after 2011’s fire and they are offering a The children will enjoy crab fishing on the pontoon while you sip afternoon drinks. Park on the quay at Mylor Bridge and walk the coastal path for a full day out. Booking is essential.


Did you know Cornwall is the largest creative hub outside of London?

October 7, 2014 No Comments

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Falmouth has always been an arty place, and since the expansion of the School of Art to Falmouth University the town is alive with creativity.

There are many ways to get involved whilst down on holiday, with local markets selling homemade items and an abundance of independent shops selling locally crafted goods. The high street also hosts many art galleries, selling small cheaper prints to extravagant paintings and pottery.

Take a trip to the old cinema ‘The Poly’ in the center of town, with weekly changing exhibitions and evening events from shows to art house films and new to 2014 their very own tearoom upstairs. The building itself is very impressive with high ceilings and beautiful features, with ever changing exhibitions you never know what you may find!