Atlantic House Spring Activities
As the weather begins to brighten and the daylight hours begin to extend, we’ve rounded up some activities that will be sure to get you out and about as we head towards spring. Along with the spring flowers and newly born lambs, there’s lots to see in Cornwall this time of year…
The Season of cute in Cornwall.
Head over to The Olde House in Chapel Amble where you can witness lambing for yourself and bottle-feed the hour-old lambs, or take a trip to The Lost Gardens of Heligan where lambs are springing about the field. Because of Cornwall’s moderate temperature, there are two lambing seasons throughout the year, from November to December, and February to March, meaning double the number of cute lambs to see.
Its also seal-pup season, with seals being born in the wild, so be sure to look out for them. Occasionally due to rough seas and various other factors, baby seals can be separated from their parents. These pups are then picked up and looked after by Cornwall’s Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre in Gweek, which is also home to otters, penguins and farmyard animals, with a quiz trail for the kids.
The Falmouth Spring Festival
From the 10th to the 28th March, Falmouth Spring Festival offers a variety of events and activities for the whole family. The week is spent literally painting the town yellow with daffodils and decorations, in Cornwall’s Paint The Town Yellow Day. Activities include Games on The Moor, a Folk & Cider Fayre, Guided Seashore Foraging, or helping to clear up the coastline by taking part in an organised beach clean.
The Cornwall Spring Flower Show
For the 103rd year running from Saturday 2nd to the 3rd April, The Cornwall Spring Flower Show will be held within the beautiful grounds of Boconnoc House. With more than 100 trade stands, gardens to wander around and gardening experts on hand, there’s plenty to do and see. Keep an eye out for the blossoming camellias, daffodils and rhododendrons which are particularly special this time of year. Parking is free and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
The World Pasty Championships
Now those New Year’s Resolutions have finally been forgotten, it’s time to indulge! Aptly held on St Piran’s Day, a day dedicated to the Cornish Saint, The World Pasty Championships are held on the 5th March at The Eden Project, celebrating the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. This event marks the first in the year of Cornwall’s food-related events.
The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival
From the 18th to the 20th March, the annual Beer and Mussel Festival will be taking over The Cornish Arms in St. Merryn. There’ll be 40 different beers and ciders on offer, with a great line up of live entertainment to enjoy over the weekend. The schedule includes a pub quiz, book signings with Rick Stein, cooking demonstrations, and the Six Nations kicking off on the big screen.
Mawgan Porth’s Midcentury and Vintage Fair
On Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of March, all things Vintage will take over the space in Bedruthan steps hotel in Mawgan Porth. With over 50 stalls, stunning sea views and a pop-up tearoom, this fair is the most vibrant of its kind. Tickets are free but due to the the venue holding a limited capacity, they do sell out quick, so grab them early.
Between the 30th April and 2nd May, Watergate Bay in Newquay will see the UK’s longest-running surf competition, the English Nationals, where the next generation of young surfers battle to knock established competitors off the top spot over three divisions.
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