1) Visit Trewithen Gardens
Open from the 1st March Trewithen is an historic, privately-owned Cornish estate with beautiful gardens famous for their plant hunter origins, royal connections and astonishing variety of species. It is also an International Camellia Society Garden of Excellence. 2015 celebrates Trewithen’s 300th anniversary and an exhibition exploring the estate’s history from 1715 to the present day has been curated to commemorate the event. www.trewithengardens.co.uk
2) Take part in one of the many parades and festivals celebrating St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall.
The Falmouth Parade 5th March. The parade features the furry dance performed by local school children and accompanied by the town’s musicians which will leave the moor at 10am.
The Bodmin St Piran’s Day Parade 5th March. The Parade through the town to Mount Folly begins at 11am, local school children then lead on to St Petroc’s Church.
Redruth St Piran’s Festival 7th March. The St Piran’s Day procession starts at noon from the Western End of Fore Street. Local choirs perform the Cornish national anthem Trelawney whilst celebrations continue in to the afternoon with live music, a craft fair and exhibition by the Redruth Story Group.
Perranporth St Piran’s Play 8th March. Produced by the St Piran’s Trust the play is performed on the sand dunes, where legend has it St Piran himself arrived from Ireland by sea.
3) Explore the Mid-century and Vintage Fair at Bedruthan Hotel and Spa 7th -8th March.
Set over 3 floors with 50 stalls showcasing the finest mid-century and vintage delights. There’s something for everyone from retro furniture to vintage fashion -featuring workshops and live music throughout the weekend. www.bedruthan.com
4) Discover Daffodils at Trelissick Gardens 7th - 22nd March
Every March Trelissick’s stable blocks become home to hundreds of daffodils. The daffodil story, the importance of the industry to Cornwall and a children’s trail all feature in this three week event. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick/
5) Stimulate your senses at Fifteen’s Spring Farmers’ Market 14th March
Mouth-watering fish, meat, bread, cheeses, fruit and vegetables are just a few delights that are showcased at the Farmers’ Market. Be inspired by demonstrations from Paul Ainsworth of Number 6 Padstow, Emily Scott of the Harbour Kitchen and Tom Hunter from the Scarlet Hotel. www.fifteencornwall.co.uk
6) Take part in the ‘big beach clean’ at Hollywell and Crantock 18th March.
Organised by the National Trust in an effort to keep Holywell and Crantock beaches looking their best for the upcoming Easter Holidays. Great for groups, remember a packed lunch, good footwear and suitable clothing. Meet in the Holywell carpark at 10am / Crantock car park at 1pm.
7) See Cinderella performed by the Royal Duchy Ballet 20th -21st March at Hall for Cornwall.
Now in its seventeenth year at Hall for Cornwall, the Royal Duchy Ballet will be performing their rendition of the much-loved fairytale classic Cinderella. The best of Cornwall’s dancers will be joined by guest artists Sara and Jonathan Barton from the renowned Ballet West (Scotland) in the principal roles. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
8) Experience the Beer and Mussel Festival on the 21st & 22nd March.
The Cornish Arms will be hosting its fourth Beer and Mussel Festival showcasing 30 types of beer and mouth-watering mussel dishes. The weekend also includes, screening of the England rugby game, cooking demonstrations by Jack Stein, and ‘beer talk’ from the St Austell Brewery. www.rickstein.com
9) Participate in the Truro Festival 27th March – 5th April
The Truro festival features a diverse range of cultural activities, including art, music, film, literature, Cornish Culture and theatre. The fortnight hosts nearly 100 events, ending with an Easter Sunday Party, live music, exhibitions and an Easter egg hunt. www.enjoytruro.co.uk
10) Explore the Cornwall Spring Flower Show on the 28th – 29th March
Organised by the Cornwall Garden Society the 103rd spring show will host the very best of Cornish horticulture. The competitive classes feature camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons, shrubs and trees. Over 100 trade stands exhibit at the show, brilliant for both the novice and professional gardener. A weekend guaranteed to be a colourful spectacle – whatever the weather. www.cornwallgardensociety.co.uk