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Spring has Sprung in Cornwall

Spring has Sprung in Cornwall

Cornwall is literally bursting into Spring .... The days are beginning to gradually stay lighter for those few minutes longer as we move at what appears to be lighting speed through March. Our hedgerows are looking stunning with snowdrops, daffodils & crocuses providing welcome displays of vibrant colour throughout our lovely County.

With hazy sunny days fast approaching, Cornwall has many attractions, including an abundance of gardens, woodlands, beautiful beaches & coastal paths for visitors of all ages to enjoy during their stay.

Take a peek at the list below to see some of our all time favourites:

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan is packed with fun, educational and wellbeing activities for everyone to enjoy. The gardens are constantly evolving with new discoveries being made during each visit. Different seasons are embraced and celebrated within this beautiful cornish haven. Spring is a particular favourite of mine with Snowdrops, Daffodils, Crocuses & Bluebells flooding the space with their delicate scents & vibrant colours.

The Rare Breed Farm with residents among others, of sheep, plus perennial favourites the cheeky Tamworth pigs & naughty goats is not to be missed as the kids especially will enjoy watching the antics of these adorable animals.

When those inevitable hunger pangs appear, onsite cafes, pop ups, and the main restaurant will save the day, all serving up tasty food with a menu that is freshly produced, varied and delicious - Perfect for coffee & cake or full blown lunches !

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan's Giant's Head: Image Credit: Julian Stephans, Heligan Gardens

The Eden Project

There is always something new to discover when visiting the Eden Project, be it zip lining over the top of the park for those amazing sky high views & a more hard core experience! Immersing yourselves in the biodiversity of both the Mediterranean & Rainforest Biomes and enjoying the stunning gardens which are crammed with colourful plants, trees & artworks.

The shops at Eden are packed to the brim with a huge selection of products that are sustainable, eco-friendly & generally kinder to the environment. There is something for everyone here from brightly coloured pure cotton clothes, handmade jewellery, exquisite ceramics, plants and much more, definitely worth a look & not to be missed!

Cafes, restaurants and pop up stalls abound at Eden, all producing a range of delicious freshly made, responsibly sourced food & drink. Whether itís a quick coffee or tea on the go or a sit down lunch with the family most tastes & diets can be catered for!

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The Eden Project

Eden Project: Image Credit, Matt Jessop, Visit Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum - Falmouth

If excitement, history and adventure plus having bucket loads of fun during a day out in Cornwall is what you are looking for The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is the place to be!

There are a total of fifteen galleries spread over five floors to explore and be immersed in the history of the huge variety of boats & floating vessels from around the world, take a look upwards whilst there to check out the hanging flotilla of colourful small boats on display.

The RNLI has long been carrying out rescue missions in & around the Cornish Coastline, the museum celebrates this by having a collection of their ride on vehicles showcased, which can be used by kids to try out for themselves during their visit! A dressing up area adds to the fun, whilst essential detail on safety precautions when in & around coastal areas is also displayed.

Take a meander through to The Hold, an exciting space where the museum presents one off exhibitions for a set duration. The current presentation is 'Pirates' where you will be able to learn some fascinating facts on their scary, terrible secrets ...., as well as joining in with a hornpipe dance and entering a digital world of The Sea Thieves game. Running until December '24 this popular exhibition will surely keep you spellbound!

The onsite Waterside Cafe is a great place for a pit stop to refuel, choosing from the menue of light lunches, drinks & snacks on offer. During the School holidays there are picnic areas set up where you can relax whilst enjoying your 'bring your own lunch' !

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The National Maritime Museum - Falmouth

Falmouth Harbour - Image Credit: Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall

Newquay Zoo

Head on over to Newquay Zoo during your stay in Cornwall & spend some time with the huge variety of animals, amphibians & reptiles residing in this lovely kingdom. Lemurs, Penguins, Monkeys, Red Pandas, Otters, Armadillos & not forgetting the cheeky Markeets will be vying for attention during your visit!

The kids can enjoy tiring themselves out in the outdoor play areas & Tarzan Trail, whilst trying out the swings, climbing frames and slides! Whilst Grown-ups get to relax over a drink or two whilst watching their antics, safe in the knowledge that everyone should sleep well that night!

For a little bit of peace and tranquillity after all the previous activity, why not take a meander through both the Tranquillity & Oriental Gardens where you will come across all types of plants, trees and wildlife, including stunning native Acers and Azaleas, Otters, Squirrels & Civets within the Oriental Gardens.

The Tropical House is an exhibit not to be missed if you dare .... On entering this twilight zone you will see creepy crawlies, exotic birdlife & hissing snakes! Whilst there, see if you can spot Roxy & Hadar two resident sloths, both of which can usually been seen sleeping somewhere high up during the day.

Food and drink is always close to hand whilst on your travels through the zoo! With a choice of indoor, outdoor & takeaway munchies all selling locally produced, freshly prepared meals & snacks everyone can enjoy a well deserved pit stop to refuel before continuing with their adventures!

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Newquay Zoo

Red Panda at Newquay Zoo: Image Credit, Newquay Zoo

Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay is in our opinion one of brightest jewels in Cornwall's crown. Family friendly, acres of golden sandy beach to stroll along in the sunshine, rock pools by the dozen & great waves to surf or splash around in the shallows it's one of our absolute favourites ! Life guards are in attendance throughout the Summer season helping to keep visitors safe both in & out of the sea, plus having a coveted Blue Flag award, you can be sure that the water, surrounding area & facilities will be clean & of the highest quality.

Kids can enjoy exploring & looking for crabs & minnows in the numerous rock pools dotted along this gorgeous beach, whilst the oldies can enjoy chilling out and catching some of those precious rays! There are also numerous coastal walks & wildlife to be discovered nearby, great for working up a healthy appetite in one of the numerous cafes & restaurants in the surrounding area.

Located just off the renowned stunning Atlantic Highway (A39) Widemouth Bay is easily accessible by car & with the vibrant coastal town of Bude just a short hop down the road, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this fantastic day out in Cornwall.

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Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay: Image Credit, Matt Jessop, Visit Cornwall

Date of Post: 25 February 2024

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