Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Cornwall - thanks to the Gulf Stream the weather is getting warmer, beautiful blooms are blossoming, there’s an abundance of wildlife to discover and beautiful beaches to explore.
Take a look at a few of our favourite things to do in Cornwall this spring:
Have an adventure
Explore Cornwall from a different perspective with Lizard Adventure and enjoy an adrenaline filled day out exploring the secluded and wild parts of Cornwall with its craggy cliffs and hidden coves. Or why not take a bespoke Blue Badge guided walking tour with Viv Robinson of AbsoluTours and discover the locations behind your favourite TV shows, including Poldark and Doc Martin.
Cornwall is home to a huge range of cool beach cafés, cosy inns and celebrated restaurants - plus a wealth of delicious local produce and some of the best seafood in the world. Start with breakfast on the beach at Gylly Beach Café (we recommend the full Cornish), lunch with the C-Bay cafe and finish with a delicious desert from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall whilst watching the sunset at Watergate Bay.
Spring is the perfect time for a little pre-summer pampering. Treat yourself to a soothing hot stone massage at the St Ives Harbour Hotel, or an exotic lime and ginger salt glow therapy at the Carlyon Bay Hotel for a truly indulgent day out in Cornwall.
Hit the beach
It’s a little chilly for a bikini but spring is a great time of year to visit the beaches in Cornwall. Visit the north coast to find some of the best surfing conditions in Britain including Fistral and Haryln or, tour the beautiful beaches that starred in Poldark, including Gunwalloe on the Lizard Peninsular or Porthcothan in West Cornwall.
Discover Cornwall’s gardens
There’s no better time to visit Cornwall’s range of beautiful gardens than in spring when the magnificent magnolias are in bloom alongside a range of native and foreign flowers and trees. We recommend visiting the stunning woodland garden at Trewithen or exploring the biomes at The Eden Project, filled with exotic plants from across the globe.
Go to ground
Visit Carnglaze Caverns near Liskeard and enjoy a day out venturing beneath the beautiful Cornish landscape – the perfect place to visit on a rainy day in Cornwall. Explore the breathtaking Cathedral Chamber or the azure waters of the underground lake and if the sun is shining take a walk through the bluebell-carpeted woodland above.
Immerse yourself in Cornwall’s range of galleries and museums this spring. The Newlyn Art Gallery boasts a range of fantastic exhibitions throughout the year and the Penlee House Gallery in Penzance houses a brilliant collection of artwork alongside archaeology exhibits and photography collections.
Sit back, relax and enjoy Cornwall’s natural beauty and unspoilt landscapes with a trip along the Fal River with Enterprise Boats. Pass by a variety of iconic locations, landmarks and historic houses as well as cross the third deepest harbour in the world.
Explore the county’s history
Cornwall’s history goes back to the Stone Age and since then many significant events and people have left their legacy here. Visit the castles built by Henry VIII or the ceremonial circles the Hurlers - said to be the remains of men petrified and turned to stone for playing the Celtic game of hurling on a Sunday.
Have a hoot of a time
Visit the Screech Owl Sanctuary this spring and meet a variety of new fluffy and furry friends from resident owls to a range of fascinating creatures that include laughing kookaburras, racoons, alpacas, pygmy goats and emus - there’s plenty to discover.
You can find more ideas on things to do in Cornwall this spring right here.