I often get asked by guests, ‘When’s the best time to visit Cornwall?’ My answer invariably is ‘Anytime, it’s lovely all year round!’ But my secret favourite time is end of April to the 3rd week in May.
So to list my reasons why……
1. It is quieter
Cornwall is the UK’s favourite holiday destination and the peak months of July, August and school holidays are busy with visitors resulting in traffic queues, full car parks less availability at restaurants and attractions. Now is a great time to take a break from a busy city lifestyle.
2. Generally the weather is better
Lots of bright sunny mornings tempting you to get out and explore the beauty that surrounds you. Cornwall’s mild micro-climate means less rain this time of year and also less chilly weather in general.
3. The days are longer!
Daylight from 5am to 9pm so you can pack more in – barbecues on the beach while watching the sun go down – my idea of heaven. The long dark days of cold winter weather are over so this is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
4. The sea is warming up
You can expect approx 13 degrees C, up from just 9 in March! Plenty of opportunities for sea swimming and beach days. Porthpean Beach is an especially good spot for swimming, paddle-boarding, and kayaking as it’s in a sheltered bay so the sea is normally calm.
5. There is a wide choice of things to do
Gardens to visit are a must. Cornwall’s gardens are a delight in the Spring and there are many ‘feast’ days such as Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss on May Day, Helston flora day on 7/5, St Ives garden festival 13-15/5, Roseland festival 23/4, Enys bluebell festival 29/4 and a visit to the open air theatre at the Minack is unrivalled at this time of year. All events can be found here.
6. The natural world puts on its best display at this time of year.
New life abounds in the countryside, froglets on ponds, birds singing their hearts out, wildflowers galore carpeting fields and hedgerows in colour and profusion, together with endless shades of green and all for free!
7. Great walks
My main hobby is walking and I love to explore new routes and discover places I’ve not been to. The coast path anywhere in Cornwall has world class views in my honest opinion but its popularity means that some honey pot venues are very crowded in the height of the Summer, not so in early May.
8. Things are cheaper
Accommodation costs, car parking and entrance fees are seasonal and based on demand. Early May is deemed a ‘quieter’ period so prices are often less than the high season. We definitely recommend getting down here this time of year to take advantage of the lower prices.
Well, there you are, 8 of my top tips for a Spring visit. Hopefully we can share more detailed best spots to visit when you’re here, personally and via our Bosinver walking and activity guides. Our availability chart is here if you feel just a little bit tempted…