Escape the Ordinary! Easter Adventure Awaits in Cornwall 2024

Cornwall is the best place to spend your Easter holiday. Why’s this? Well, our milder climate means that our gardens, woods and verges are in full bloom in time for Easter and you’ll (hopefully) enjoy a bit of early-season t-shirt weather. We’re also great at feasting and baking treats, which is just what you need for your Easter celebration: we even have a choice of local chocolatiers so you can buy a delicious Cornish Easter egg. 

Add to this a busy What’s On calendar for March and April and you have everything you need for the perfect springtime break. Here’s a glimpse into Easter 2024 in Cornwall. 

A traditional Cornish Easter 

What does the traditional Cornish Easter look like? “Goody Friday” has always been quite an occasion, with families heading out for a bank holiday walk and picnic (snack tips incoming). This is always a lovely day for a walk, with plenty of friendly folk to pass the time of day with. If the weather’s good, take to the South West Coast Path with a blanket and hamper.

On Easter Sunday, it’s church followed by an Easter feast. If you’d like to attend an Easter service, try one of Cornwall’s many parish churches or celebrate Easter in beautiful Truro cathedral. Book Sunday lunch at a friendly local pub, or treat yourself to some home-reared pork from Trevaskis Farm, cooked in your Cornish holiday cottage.

Cornish Easter goodies

We eat lots of special Cornish treats at Easter. What delights should you pack in your Goody Friday hamper or enjoy for Easter Sunday afternoon tea? It wouldn’t be Easter in Cornwall without saffron buns (also known as “revel buns”), which are like hot cross buns with the distinctive addition of saffron. Try Rick Stein’s saffron bun recipe, or pop into your local bakery.

You could also tuck into Cornish fairings, which are very moreish ginger biscuits, or a slice of hearty “hevva cake”. Of course, you can also stick to traditional Easter fare, courtesy of local chocolatiers like Josh’s Chocolate, Chocolarder and Trenance Chocolate. Try your hand at making your own Easter chocolate at a Coco Kitchen workshop.

Where to find Easter egg hunts in Cornwall

It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt and as always, the National Trust hosts fantastic family Easter egg hunts. Have a look at the National Trust website for further details; however, we always recommend Trengwainton Garden near Penzance and Trerice near Newquay, which are both beautiful settings for your chocolatey adventure. 

Paradise Park in Hayle and the Eden Project always hold fun family events over the Easter holidays and it’s always worth checking out Newquay Zoo, Dairyland Farm Park and Lappa Valley for other Easter-themed activities. You don’t hunt eggs in Padstow – you roll them. Join in with the town’s traditional egg rolling race, which raises money for the RNLI (details to be confirmed nearer the time).

Make sure your pooch doesn’t miss out on the fun by enrolling them into the St Agnes Easter Bunny Dog Race. Yes, you did read that correctly: Cornwall’s canines set off across the sands in pursuit of the Easter Bunny herself (again, 2024 details are still to be confirmed).

Easter 2024 festivals and celebrations

What’s on for Easter 2024 in Cornwall?  As well as the classic egg hunts and family days out, Cornwall also offers some more unusual events over Easter. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is hosting “Lost Suppers”, a feast night featuring produce from their kitchen garden and home farm. St Endellion Easter Festival celebrates live chamber and choral music, performed in the beautiful village church. The festival runs from Saturday, 30 March until Sunday, 7 April 2024.

On Saturday, 30 March head for Falmouth to join in with the fun of Aberfest. Cornish and Breton performers join together in celebration of our joint Celtic cultures. Expect plenty of lively music and dancing, including in Falmouth’s many pubs. 

The Rogue Otherworld spring show has become something of an Easter holiday tradition among Cornish families and regular visitors. Don’t miss this unique immersive performance, which takes the audience on a journey through Tehidy Woods. Tickets for “Wild Awake” are due to be released soon! Online booking is essential.

Book your 2024 Easter break in Cornwall

As you’ve just read, there’s plenty to keep you, the kids and the dog busy over Easter in Cornwall. Make sure you have the perfect place to stay for your Cornish Easter break, by searching through our collection of luxury Cornwall holiday cottages. May we wish you a “Pask Lowen”, a very Happy Easter!

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