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What’s on: Easter in Cornwall

Whether you’re visiting Cornwall this Easter, or you live in the county and are perhaps looking for family-friendly (and educational!) activities to keep the kids entertained, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice for things to see and do. Of course we hope for a sun-filled Easter break, but even if the weather doesn’t play ball and staying inside looks more appealing, there are plenty of fantastic museums, art galleries and indoor attractions to choose from.

Scroll further to plan your fun filled family adventure this Easter!


Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Penguin Eggstravaganza!

This Easter, the Sealife Trust will be bringing a whole load of feathered fun to the Sanctuary, with a number of events to keep the family entertained – all in celebration of our penguin friends!

Events include:
Mystery Egg Trail (25 March – 16 April)
Storytime with Lily (1 – 16 April)
Conservation Club (3 – 5 April, £120 pp)

When: 25th March to 16th April 2023


National Maritime Museum Cornwall – Pirates: Explore Beneath The Surface

Explore NMMC as they bring new and diverse perspectives to maritime issues, and highlight their relevance to the present day. They also bring rare objects from around the world to Cornwall to tell local, national and international stories.

In their latest major exhibition, Pirates: Explore Beneath The Surface, explore how popular culture has shaped how we think of pirates today and dive beneath the surface to unearth the harsh and terrifying truth. Join their Pirate Academy too – with Rattlebox Theatre, learn everything you need to know about becoming a pirate in the Golden Age of Piracy! There’s two different shows each day covering all the pirate essentials.

Pirate Academy: Monday 3 to Friday 14 April (every Monday to Friday), 11am, 12pm. 2pm & 3pm.
Pirates: Explore Beneath The Surface: Opens 31st March 2023


Pendennis Castle – Easter Adventure Quest

Head to Pendennis Castle for a cracking adventure this Easter holiday. Explore the grounds and hunt for clues! Find the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with an adventurers certificate and a tasty chocolate treat.

The quest costs just £2, which you can book online or pay when you arrive. This is in addition to the normal ticket price.

When: 1st April to 16th April 2023


Porthleven Food Festival

Porthleven Food Festival is an annual, award-winning, three-day food festival held in the town of Porthleven.

Presented in partnership with acclaimed chef Jude Kereama, expect super chef demos and local food and drink traders alongside day and night time music. Porthleven Food Festival has a great reputation for being a family-friendly and fun weekend so be sure not to miss it!

When: 21st April to 23rd April 2023


The Regal Theatre, Redruth – The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour.
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!
Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval).
Suitable for children aged 3+.

When: 15th April to 16th April 2023


Spring Flower Show – The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

Dramatic displays of spring flowers and shrubs, and exquisite exhibits by leading nurseries and floral artists are just some of the highlights of this celebration of Cornwall’s early spring, which will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April at The Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge.

Described by The Telegraph as “the most highly regarded spring show in the county” and by Gardens Illustrated as “one of the best flower and garden shows,” this popular two day event for all the family features Cornwall’s finest daffodils, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons in the Competitive Classes.

Gardener’s Questions and panel discussion on Gardens, Food and Plant and The Call of the Wild will both educate and entertain. An artisan area will showcase contemporary Cornish crafts. Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the gate (card only). Admission is free for the under 16s.

When: 1st April to 2nd April 2023


Eden Project – Easter at Eden

Take on playful challenges with family and discover how we can grow our way to a healthier planet – with lots of treats and prizes to be won! Afterwards, wander through the botanical gardens and giant biomes and explore educational exhibits, while learning all about their sustainable practices and conservation efforts. There is plenty to see and do at Eden!

When: 1st April to 16th April 2023


The Lost Garden of Heligan – Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots!

Delve into nature and take part in Heligan’s unique Easter Hunt with a twist! You’ll be exploring the science and magic of roots and shoots alongside the commitment, skills and joy of nature. Their barn will also be open 12 – 3pm everyday for you to view their newborn lambs and to learn all about this year’s lambing season alongside their conservation breeding programme.

When: 1st April to 16th April 2023


Lanhydrock – Easter Egg Hunt

At Lanhydrock, seek out the old Thatched Cottage, transformed into a House of Games specially for Easter. While you’re there, pop into the rainbow tent for face painting, indulge in a cream tea in the decorated Stables Tea-room, or visit one of the three Lanhydrock house routes and discover more about how the Victorians celebrated Easter.

When: 1st April to 16th April 2023