Easter in Cornwall

Why spend Easter in Cornwall?

Hopefully we don’t have to explain to too many of you just how beautiful Cornwall is all year round. However, come spring, it is particularly special. The weather is warmer (although it can still be unpredictably wet!) and after a long winter, the natural surroundings start to flourish. With the improved weather and excitement of school holidays, you’ll find a great array of activities organised, beaches to explore, coffees to be drank and all the restaurants who’ve taken a well-earned rest, will gladly have their doors open ready to welcome visitors for some delicious Easter nourishment!

Things to do

Watch a play at the the Minack Theatre
The Minack theatre is a breathtaking venue in Cornwall and the perfect setting for a Spring day or evening. Throughout Easter the Minack theatre is hosting a number of fantastic shows, such as The Kiss that Missed, Hetty Feather and The People’s String Foundation.

See an exhibition at Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives is loved by visitors and local residents and with the huge variety of work they are displaying throughout the spring, we’re sure you’ll find a show you love. In April you’ll be able to catch the following exhibitions:
– Thao Nguyen Phan
– Sol LeWitt
– Rita Evans: Stringing the Matrix

Go mining (…kind of!)
Geevor Tin Mine was established in the 18th century and it was  the last working mine of the St Just Mining Distract. It now opens its doors to visitors offering an educational and insightful look into what life would have been like in Cornwall. You can leisurely look around the mine buildings and museum and then, why not book to explore the Wheal Mexico Underground Mine? It is rather mind-blowing and incredible walking through a mine built 200 years ago!

Join an Easter egg hunt
The National Trust annually hold Easter egg hunts across Cornwall and this year you’ll find one at Godolphin. At the beginning of the trail you collect your adventure pack and, along the way, you’ll find some ‘nature-inspired’ activities to complete and, when you make it to the end, you’ll find a chocolate treat waiting for you! This day out, although aimed at children, is always thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Get tropical at the Eden Project!
A trip to the Eden Project is an absolute must when in Cornwall, whether you’ve never been before or you’re an avid visitor. There is always something new and exciting to explore. The tropical and mediterranean biomes will send you into a world thousands of miles away, all whilst staying in Cornwall! Immerse yourself in the rain forest and soak up all the nature you can at Eden.

 

 

 

 

 

Places to Visit

Cornwall is home to some iconic landscapes in the UK as well as some of the most photographed sceneries. We’re sure you would have seen a few of these beautiful spots whilst scrolling on Instagram!

Land’s End
Land’s End is an area of outstanding natural beauty, the most westerly point in main land England, and quite simply breathtaking. Standing on the edge of England is always a pretty momentous feeling, but paired with the miles of sea that stretches out in front of you and the ragged Cornish coastline that almost feels jurassic, you’ll feel on top of the world, not the edge!

Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove has been a popular spot for visitors since the Victorian era, when travelling to Cornwall became hugely popular, especially when it came to painting landscapes. It oozes with natural beauty, from sea to land the colours burst, with the vibrant turquoise meeting the white sand, up to the deep colours of the Cornish heath. If you’re lucky, you may even see the Cornish Chough, a very rare breed of crow that has been re-introduced to the Cornish wild life.

Godrevy Lighthouse
Godrevy Lighthouse is an iconic landmark on the Cornish coast, made even more famous by Virginia Woolfe and her novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. The lighthouse is perched upon Godrevy Island, just over three miles into the sea, and has served as a warning for the bed of rocks it sits on since the 1854.  You can view this beautiful part of the landscape from Godrevy beach. The only feet to walk on Godrevy Island now, are those of birds!

St Nicholas Chapel
Sitting proudly on top of the Island over looking Porthmeor Beach, St Nicholas’ Chapel is a small but mighty sight in St Ives. The chapel itself could fit no more than 20 people inside, but it is steeped in history and gives you uninterrupted views of St Ives Bay out to the Atlantic Ocean. It is also one of the best places to watch the sunset over St Ives, perfect for spring time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Ives Harbour and beach

Beaches to Explore

Prussia Cove
Prussia Cove is a small tidal beach located along the Mounts Bay coastline. This beach is a hidden gem and perfect for a day of exploring! If you park at Perranuthnoe, you can take the 45 minute coastal hike to reach the secret beach.  It is certainly worth the adventure to sit amongst the subtropical surroundings. Now, it could just be an illusion given how tropical it looks, but we’re sure the water is warmer here than in St Ives!

Perranporth
Perranporth beach stretches across miles of golden sand. When the tide is out, even on the slightly busier days, it still feels like you have the whole place to yourself! The beach is surrounded by dramatic sand dunes and you’ll find it a hive of activity, especially in the spring! From horse riders and windsurfers to those just looking for a leisurely stroll or paddle, it is enjoyed by all.

Porthcurno
A piece of paradise, right here in Cornwall. Many beaches along our coast compete for the position to be crowned the most beautiful and, although it is quite literally impossible to choose one in our opinion, Porthcurno is certainly up there! You may have even seen it on the hit TV show ‘Poldark’. During Easter, when the sun starts to shine and the waters begin to calm, there’s really no place like it.

Porthmeor
A personal favourite of ours, we may be slightly bias due to Orange Roofs being based in St Ives, but it is loved by so many, we couldn’t leave it out! From dawn until dusk, this beach attracts the early morning swimmers to the sunset surfers and those who simply want to sit and watch the world go by. On either side of the beach there are landmarks to explore, St Nicholas’ Chapel to the east and Clodgy also known as ‘Mans Head’ to the west, so there’s plenty of adventures to be had at this beach!

 

Where to eat?

Now that spring is here, it is time to enjoy a little more alfresco dining this Easter!

The Mussel Shoal, Porthleven
The Mussel Shoal is a wonderfully quirky addition to the Porthleven Harbour Front, that has become a hive of energy and excellent food! They serve their food out of a converted shack, with outdoor dining only (and some slight cover). The menu consists of Cornish delights such as smoked haddock chowder, fresh mackerel toasties and so much more, all accompanied by a cracking drinks menu!

West, St Ives
West is an aptly named beach bakery, pizzeria and deli takeaway, located on the West side of Porthmeor. Their alfresco dining is just a a metre or so from the sand itself, meaning you can enjoy the sunsets, fresh sea air and the sound of life at the beach whilst you dine. It also means you’ve got some pretty outstanding views too! Their deli menu regularly changes and their pizzas are served from lunch until the end of their evening service.

The Jam Pot, Gwithian
The Jam Pot is a very sweet cafe that has long been overlooking Gwithian Beach. The inside of the Cafe is almost as small as an actual jam pot, but they have ample outside dining and it makes for a perfect lunch spot in the spring. They serve homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches as well as offering cream teas and delicious coffees to warm you through, if it is an especially fresh spring day!

Lula, Hayle
Located slightly beyond Hayle’s North Quay, Lula occupies a cosy corner of Hayle Beach. The floor for the outside dining is the same sand shared with the beach. You’re no more than a thirty second walk from the waters edge and it is an excellent sun trap for the spring days when the sun shows its face! Their menu is fusion of Cornwall meets New Orleans and it’s definitely worth a visit.

 

Coffee spot recommendations this Easter

Easter is the perfect time for picking up a coffee and enjoying your Cornish surroundings.

The Slipway, St Ives
The Slipway in St Ives has become a new favourite for our morning Coffees. For those of you that are early risers (even when on holiday) it’ll be perfect for you! Doors open from 8am, so you’re able to head down early, enjoy a fresh Lavazza and watch the town come to life along the harbour front.

The Rockpool, Mousehole
Perched just above a sea pool in Mousehole, The Rockpool is another brilliant coffee spot. You have the perfect combination of sea views, delicious coffee and outdoor seating so you can enjoy a cup of coffee no matter the weather.

Harbour Head, Porthleven
Harbour Head in Porthleven is the home of Origin Coffee, so you are guaranteed and an expertly made coffee. For the true coffee fanatics out there, we’re sure one of the helpful members of staff will be able to answer any specific questions about the coffee you’ll be drinking that day. For those who just want to enjoy the view and a yummy drink, you can do that here too with gorgeous views across Porthleven’s Harbour!

Godrevy Cafe, Godrevy
Loved by surfers, walkers, beach goers with their dogs, Godrevy Cafe is a great place to go for a coffee. The wooden structure stands over two floors and has a lovely outdoor seating area. An added bonus, you’re just a stone’s throw from Godrevy Beach. Their coffee is top drawer and so are their homemade delicious cakes that you’ll spot at the counter.

 

Where to Stay?

When it comes to a spring holiday on the Cornish coast, we've got you covered! 

Sea Views
Holiday Cottages with sea views are an absolute must for some guests, and it is not hard to see why. There’s something really quite special about waking up and being able to have your morning cup of coffee whilst looking out at the St Ives Bay. It also means that no matter the weather this Easter, wind, rain or shine (hopefully lots of shine!), you’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular Cornish scenery from the comfort of your own holiday cottage.

Dog Friendly
If you haven’t spotted it yet, we LOVE dogs here at Orange Roofs. They even make up a part of our office team! We’ve got a great array of dog friendly properties that offer a homely and luxury feel, whilst welcoming your dogs with open arms. Hopefully we’ll have the perfect cottage for you and your pooch.

Parking 
Easter can be a very popular time in St Ives and Cornwall, therefore parking can be a little bit of a daunting task. Let us alleviate some of that stress for you and take a look at our properties with parking! 33 of our properties come with parking, either onsite or a free and guaranteed allocated parking spot. Spend less time worrying about parking and more time enjoying your beautiful surroundings!

Garden
Because no Easter holiday is complete without an Easter egg hunt in the garden! Outdoor space at your holiday cottage can be a real luxury in Easter for a variety of reason’s, whether it’s to be a secure spot for your dog to relax, a sun trap for some April sunbathing or just somewhere to sit and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets. Oh, and of course, an epic Easter egg hunt!

Wood Burner
Now, we’re very hopeful that come Easter, we’ll be enjoying a sunny, warm and dry spring. However, as we all know, Cornwall is wonderfully unpredictable weather-wise. If you’re feeling you’d like to book a property with an extra added essence of coziness, then one of our lovely cottages with a wood burner is sure to suit you!