Top 10 Easter events for your family holiday in Cornwall

Top 10 Easter events for your family holiday in Cornwall

Top 10 Easter events for your family holiday in Cornwall

Date Posted: 28 Feb 2023

As we all get used to the change in season, where we are greeted with more daylight, brighter days and more enviable calendars, there’s no bigger springtime celebration than Easter.

School’s out for the kids, making it an opportune time for a family getaway. Cornwall is one of the UK’s most favoured staycation spots, and while Easter is a popular time to visit the area it’s not the height of season meaning places and events are much more accessible.

We round up our top ten favourite family Easter events happening this year in Cornwall.

Make an Egg Cup!

Where: Leach Pottery, St Ives
When:4th, 5th, 11th and 13th April

An event planned with children in mind, take inspiration from St Ives’ Leach Pottery standard ware and the salt pots seen in the Michael Leach exhibition and make your own collection of hand built egg cups and salt and pepper pots. Young potters will be shown how to make their own egg cups or salt and pepper pots using hand building techniques. They will then be be fired and glazed then posted back to workshop participants. Costs £8 per participant.

Find out more here…

Easter Fancy Dress Swim

Where: Bude
When: Sunday 9 April, 12-2pm

Fancy some Cornish open water swimming this Easter? Head to Bude’s infamous tidal Sea Pool for an afternoon of sea-inspired celebrations with its inaugural Easter Fancy Dress Swim and Treasure Hunt. From 12-2pm you’ll find an Easter beach hunt, with Easter egg rewards, a fancy dress competition across seven categories – from best Easter bonnet to winning sea themed outfit, and refreshments and homemade cakes to purchase. You don’t have to swim to enter, and wetsuits are allowed, just come along, and join in the fun. There’s a £1 entry charge.
Find out more here…

Pendennis Castle, © English Heritage

Adventure Quest at Pendennis Castle

Where: Falmouth
When: Saturday 1st – Sunday 16th April 2023,10am-5pm 

English Heritage’s Pendennis Castle in Falmouth will be hosting a cracking Easter programme. The Easter Adventure Quest will see you exploring the castle as you hunt for different clues and challenges along the way. Visitors can take part in traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. Hunt the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with something chocolatey and an adventurer’s certificate.

The Easter Adventure Quest costs an additional £2 per child (for members and non-members) on top of normal admission prices.
Find out more here…


Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Giants at Minack

Where: Porthcurno
When: 2-13 April

It’s hard to beat the Minack Theatre’s incredible setting, and with plenty of family-friendly shows to choose from this Easter, it’s not to be missed. From 2-13 April, those aged five plus can learn all about the Cornish legend of Cormoran, the terrible giant of St Michael’s Mount, with a family-friendly theatre show packed full of songs and fun.
Find out more here…


Cyclamen in front of the house at Trerice, Cornwall ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel

Easter egg hunts at Trerice

Where: Near Newquay
When: Saturday 1st until Sunday 16 April, 10.30-4pm

The National Trust’s Trerice near Newquay, is a stunning Elizabethan manor house and delightful garden, and a cracking spot to hide eggs. This April families can make their way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities. The trail costs £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end. Many of the National Trust owned houses and gardens will be running similar Easter activities, including Pentire, Lanhydrock and Trelissick.
Find out more here…


Easter at Eden

Where: Near St Austell
When: Saturday 1st – Sunday 16 April, 9:30-6pm

Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project run fantastic family-friendly activities and events throughout the year, and Easter is no exception. With a jam-packed Easter programme, visit Eden and grab your Easter activity pack, which is loaded with springtime adventures. Take on playful family challenges and discover how we can all grow and eat our way to a healthier planet – with lots of treats and prizes to be won along the way.
Find out more here…

Spring Flower Afternoon Tea

Where: Newquay
When: Served 2-4pm, during March and April

Hosted in The Headland’s stunning Samphire restaurant, with glorious ocean views over Fistral Beach, the Spring Flower Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to celebrate the change in seasons. With all the usual suspects on the menu, including delectable finger sandwiches, homemade scones with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam and plethora of sweet treats, the seasonal afternoon tea is available every day to both hotel residents and non-residents, throughout March and April. Priced at £35 per person on weekends and £30 on weekdays, children are half price and can enjoy a child-friendly afternoon menu.
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Overlooking Seaton a village and beach on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom Europe. © Ian Woolcock Shutterstock

Easter Beach Clean

Where: Seaton Beach, Across the river from Seaton Beach Cafe
When: Saturday 8th April, 2-3:30pm

The Looe Marine Conservation Group has organised an Easter Beach Clean near Looe on Seaton Beach. A free event (donations to Looe Marine Conservation Group are welcome), volunteers big and small can play their part in cleaning up our ocean, with this local beach clean. The kit is provided, but come along in suitable clothing and footwear. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Find out more here…


The BIG Easter Shop Small Market

Where: Truro
When: Friday 7th & Saturday 8th April 13, 9-4pm

A collaboration between the Truro Farmers Market and The Cornwall Shop Small Market, will see Truro’s central plaza come alive this Easter with The BIG Easter Shop Small Market. This four-day event is a great opportunity support Cornwall’s independent producers and reduce your carbon footprint, with every pound spent going back into the local economy.
With over 60 traders, visitors can expect craft demonstrations and tasty street food, alongside music and entertainment. You’re sure to find a springtime treat or two.
Find out more here…

Easter Golden Egg Challenge at Paradise Park

Where: Hayle, near St Ives
When: Saturday 1st until Sunday 16th April

Paradise Park in Hayle celebrates its 50th year in 2023, and is well known for its annual Easter challenge, which is taking place throughout most of April. The Easter Golden Egg Challenge quiz will put skills to the test, and once you’ve completed the exercise, claim your tasty chocolate reward! An award-winning wildlife sanctuary, Paradise Park is home to an incredible 1,200 birds, plus red pandas, penguins, red squirrels, and Asian otters. And if the Cornish weather isn’t playing ball, the huge indoor Jungle Barn play centre will keep spirits high.
Find out more here…

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Visit an English Heritage Easter Escapade

Where: Across 26 sites the UK

If you’re looking for something outside of Cornwall, we’ve got you covered for that, too! Why not spend an afternoon or two playing Easter games and hunting for chocolatey treats at various historical sites in the UK? Sounds like the perfect afternoon or day out for us! We got this idea from Love Cocoa’s Easter Activity list – be sure to check it out! And if you’re looking for an English Heritage Easter event, you can find them here

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