10 Reasons To Visit Cornwall in Spring
Not that you need a reason to come to Cornwall but here are some reasons why we think you should visit in Spring.
We have said goodbye to the chilly winter weather and are more than happy to welcome Spring with open arms. For us it is an enchanting and exciting time to visit and probably one of the best times to come explore this delightful corner in the southwest of the country.
Spring arrives earlier in Cornwall than the rest of the country, owing to its mild, sub-tropical climate thanks to the Gulf Stream.
The region is just starting to slowly wake up from its winter slumber; buds are growing, the leaves are beginning to unfurl, flowers are starting to poke their heads through the ground, snowdrops, daffodils, primroses and crocuses make themselves known and their bright colours brighten hedgerows and fields bringing beauty and vibrancy everywhere. April and May is an amazing time to see carpets of bluebells in Cornwall.
World renowned gardens offer plenty of green spaces to explore as nature awakens from its long hibernation with bursts of colour offset by the sub-tropical foliage found year round. A lovely time to visit the seriously glorious gardens situated here, such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden, Tresco Abbey Garden and Caerhays Castle Gardens, and the many National Trust and private gardens, immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity they create.
Beat the Crowds
The towns and villages are much quieter without the hustle and bustle the summer crowds bring. Although there is a vibrant energy in the summer, it is nice to wander around when it is less crowded. Spring is much quieter, so you enjoy the sparsely occupied beaches, you practically have them all to yourself. This also equates to less traffic, so easier to get around and easier parking too.
British Summer Time is almost upon us. Brighter mornings and longer days allow you plenty of time to get out and explore. The skies are blue and clear, the temperatures are starting to rise, the air is crisp and fresh. A perfect time to explore the delights of Cornwall. The ideal time to venture outdoors and make a stop at a cosy pub afterwards for a well deserved drink and some delicious pub grub.
The weather hasn't reached its peak temperatures of the summer, offering a more pleasant and temperate climate to amble along beaches, coastal pathways, woodland trails, moorland and World Heritage Mining sites. Scenic scenery is still abundant, and the rolling countryside is teaming with new wildlife. It is a great time to explore all that Cornwall has to offer.
Festivals in Full Swing
The festival season is in full swing with time aged traditions and festivals taking place. To name a few of the more well known that are held in Spring, these are; Trevithick Day, St Piran's Day, Porthleven Food Festival, Obby Oss, World Pilot Gig Championships, Daphne du Maurier Lit Festival, Fal River Festival. That is not forgetting the number of local smaller fetes, fairs and country shows held throughout the county. With plenty of opportunities to sample some of the county's best produce from local growers and artisan producers. Enjoy all the live entertainment provided and embrace the friendly atmosphere.
The last spring event is Golwan Festival, taking place on the solstice or last day of spring.
Fun Filled Easter Activities
Get involved in fun Easter filled activities, outdoor adventures of lots of chocolate treats. There is a whole collection of Easter egg hunts and weekend extravaganzas going on across Cornwall, with chocolate-fuelled Easter trails, egg rolling, beach activities and a bird bonanza. Young visitors will delight with all that is on offer.
A perfect time to come surfing, firstly the beaches are considerably quieter and the waves are better at this time of the year, mellow but still good. The water although cooler is starting to warm up, simply wear a 4/3mm wetsuit, gloves and boots and you will be good in the water. Not a bad trade off to have some of the best rolling waves all to yourself. If a bit rusty after the winter it gives you the opportunity to ease back into action. But then who needs an excuse to hang out at the beach.
Chill in the Scilly Isles
The ferry to the Scilly Isles comes out of dry dock, take the opportunity to visit these beautiful isles before they are over-run by visitors. It is also when the World Pilot Gig Championships take place on Scilly, a colourful and energetic event with thousands of visitors watching teams from around the world race it out between the islands. Or perhaps take part in the annual Walk Scilly and learn all about the island's history, heritage and see its stunning scenery. Go puffin spotting; they return to Scilly in late April to breed.
It's a Dogs Life
There are no restrictions for dogs on the beaches at this time of year. Unfortunately, for dog owners most of Cornwall's best and most popular beaches have some type of seasonal dog restriction. Spring is the ideal opportunity for your four legged friend to enjoy the wide expanses of golden sands, with plenty of opportunity for them to run free and explore ahead of the summer ban. Stop at a dog-friendly cafe for refreshments after all that fresh air and exercise.
Seal Pup Season
Spring is a great time for wildlife, the birds are singing overhead and migratory birds are starting to make their way back to the shores. It is a great time to spot marine mammals. You might even be able to spot seal pups, an opportunistic spot for this is Mutton Cove, just round from Godvery.
If you fail to spot any pups in the wild make your way to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. They usually rescue around 40-60 stranded seal pups during the colder months. They are nursed and rehabilitated before being released back into the wild. The seal hospital and nursery pools are generally full at this time of the year, so it is the ideal time to visit with little visitors.
Regardless of when you visit this unique destination, you will encounter many pleasures and an overwhelming charm.