Spring in Cornwall

Two large white and pink magnolia trees in full bloom

Spring kicks off early in Cornwall and with our subtropical climate, this colourful season is arguably one of the most beautiful times to visit.

According to the Met Office the start of Spring depends on which calendar you are following – astronomical or metrological calendar. The date for astronomical Spring this year is Monday 20th March. In Cornwall, Spring is typically declared when 6 Champion Magnolia campelli trees in six selected gardens across the county have at least 50 blooms. Last year, the annual declaration of Spring happened on 22nd February so in just a few short weeks Cornwall will begin to come alive with colour, more sunshine (hopefully) and slightly higher temperatures.


What to do in Cornwall this Spring

Enjoy a Springtime Stomp – We are blessed with almost 300 miles of coast footpath in Cornwall which is a paradise for walkers. Move a little inland and walks are still plentiful with 2400 miles of pathways to explore on foot. Download the app iWalk Cornwall to discover 301 circular walks from 2 – 13 miles. The chosen walk guides you every step of the way and shares interesting information along your route.

See a show – Cornwall might be small but there is plenty of options when it comes to the performing arts. The Minack theatre is an open-air theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno near Land End, it’s a theatre experience like no other with the sea as its backdrop. If you prefer something a little more traditional the Hall for Cornwall in Truro has a capacity of well over 1000 people with shows to suit everyone.

Go to a Cornish event – Seasonal events in Cornwall are popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Spring is a busy time of year for things happening across towns and villages –from Cornwall Spring Flower Show to Porthleven Food Festival and everything in between. Cornwall has something on for everyone. Visit Cornwall and Whats on 365 are both in the know of the must attend events, so be sure to check these out when booking a visit.

Look for Bluebells – The bluebells come out in force from late April to early May we are often treated to beautiful carpets of bluebells in some of our Cornish woodlands, estates and gardens. The best places to see them include Godolphin Estate, Cardinham Woods, Enys Gardens and Lanhydrock.

Dog friendly beaches – Almost all Cornish beaches have restrictions for dogs in the summer. Whilst this is great for some families, dog owners can feel a little unwelcome. Visiting in the Spring offers dogs (and their owners) freedom to explore wide expansive golden sands without the crowds. To find a guide to dog friendly beaches visit – Dog Friendly Cornwall. 

Visit Gardens – Cornwall has a selection of magnificent gardens to discover, popular choices are the world famous Eden Project or the mysterious and magical Lost Gardens of Heligan, both are a short drive from Bosinver. If you are a National Trust Member, Cornwall has plenty of places to choose from including Lanydrock or Trelissick.

Immerse yourself with Art – St Ives is home to the Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum along with many other smaller galleries. Barnoon Workshop is a popular place for arts and craft activities across all levels of experience – watercolour and acrylic painting, tours of the town with a sketchbook, or you can learn to make jewellery, paper, soap, or candles.


Enjoy a break in Cornwall

If you would like to enjoy a break in Cornwall and reconnect with nature and enjoy all the fun events and festivals around Cornwall we’d love to see you. We’ve got a range of cottages which sleep 4-12 people and we’ve won many awards because we are passionate about sustainability – find out more and check availability.

Have you got any suggestions for things to do in Cornwall in the Spring that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook or Instagram.

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