Easter is a special time in Cornwall, with a jam-packed calendar of events, gorgeous gardens springing into life and longer days to enjoy it all. Here are some reasons we think you should visit Cornwall this Easter.

Explore colourful gardens

Magnolia at Trewithen Gardens - a fantastic day out in Cornwall for all the family.

Cornwall is awash with colour over Easter, with so many beautiful gardens to visit. One of our favourites is Trewithen Gardens near Truro.

Home to the same family for more than 300 years, Trewithen is famed for its camellias and is an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. It is a Spring garden, which opens from 1 March to 30 June each year and Easter is the perfect time to visit.

Look out for Trewithen’s Champion trees, intriguing pathways and red squirrels. Make sure you plan time to stop off at the Teashed café, which serves delicious homemade lunches.

Visit iconic attractions

Places to visit in Cornwall - St Michael's Mount

One of Cornwall’s most iconic locations is St Michael’s Mount in West Cornwall. Connected to the historic town of Marazion by a tidal causeway, it is accessible on foot when the tide is out and by boat at other times. St Michael’s Mount is inviting visitors to take a walk on the wild side with its Rockpool Explorer sessions on 6 and 8 April.

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s best known attractions, with its famous biomes and acres of outdoor gardens. Over Easter Eden is running three weeks of activities and events for families, including a springtime trail around the site and indoor and outdoor Easter games.

Feel the sand between your toes

No visit to Cornwall would be complete without spending time at the beach. The only difficulty you have will be to decide which ones to visit. From beaches that have appeared on screen in BBC’s Poldark like Church Cove at Gunwalloe to exceptional surfing beaches like Sennen Cove and Gwithian.

Wander historic streets

Cornwall has many historic towns and villages to explore and if there is a spot or two of rain, you will not be far from an artist’s workshop, gallery or independent shop to browse in until the sun comes out again.

St Ives is a highlight of many visitors’ trips to Cornwall. Famed for its light and stunning scenery, which has attracted some of Britain’s best artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Patrick Heron, the town still has a flourishing art scene. It is also home to Tate St Ives, which showcases work by leading contemporary artists, as well as celebrating the artists inspired by the town. Over Easter the gallery is running daily print workshops for families, inspired by its latest exhibition. The town also has four beaches, fantastic restaurants and vibrant shops – a day trip might not be long enough!

Wandering round Mousehole’s maze of streets is a delightful way to spend a day. The village’s harbour has two sandy beaches, where locals and visitors alike gather to soak up the sun and swim in the sheltered waters of the harbour.