Naturally, we love Cornwall all year round, but there’s something particularly special about the county in springtime. Spring comes earlier to the South West, with brighter mornings, lighter evenings and hedgerows dappled with colour from February.
We’re writing this in early 2021, so we’re still not sure when places will be opening up. When you’re planning your Cornish trip, check what travel restrictions apply, which attractions are open, and whether you need to pre-book any day trips. One of the good things about Spring it that it happens every year – so if not now, soon.
Here are some of our favourite things about Cornwall in the springtime:
7. Blue skies and warmer weather
Thanks to the mild Cornish climate, Spring is often a gently warm time of year. From March to May, the daytime temperature ranges between 10ºC and 15ºC, so perfectly pleasant for a walking or cycling holiday. May is actually our sunniest month, so a late-Spring visit is definitely a good plan.
The sea is still a bit chilly (10ºC is fine on a bike, less so in your bathers), but it looks beautiful against the blue sky and the blossoming hedgerows. Spring is a popular time for hardy surfers, who make the most of the quieter beaches to catch the perfect wave.
6. The gardens are in full bloom
Spring is the perfect time to visit Cornwall’s gardens, from the magnolias and primroses of early Spring to the bluebells and rhododendrons in late April. Daffodils begin flowering here before Christmas, so there’s a riot of yellow in the verges by March.
The Eden Project bursts into colour with its annual celebration of tulips. In its sheltered position, Trebah Garden near Falmouth is one of the loveliest places to feel the Spring sunshine; although you may also want to spend time in the shadier woods of Godolphin House estate (National Trust) for some of the best bluebells in Cornwall. Close to The Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle grounds are both beautiful springtime gardens.
5. The coast path is blooming
Flowers aren't confined to gardens, and you'll find the most stunning wildflowers along Cornwall's paths and lanes. Nature's own flower show is spectacular every year, creating a spectrum of scented colour. We love sunny stretches of the South West coast path, where bluebells, campions and wild garlic blend in with the sunshine yellow of the Cornish gorse and the delicate purple of the heather.
It's an excellent time for a walking holiday in Cornwall. The weather is gentle and the paths are reasonably quiet. Many of the seaside, beach and village cafes and pubs have also opened for outdoor service, so you can enjoy a pasty and a pint or a freshly prepared meal before heading home.
4. Dogs are back on beaches
From mid-May, your dog can join you on the beach again. There are several tiers of dog restrictions, so it's always worth checking on the Cornwall Council website before loading your excited pooch into the car.
Beaches that welcome dogs back from mid-May include Trevone Beach in Padstow, the beaches in Bude, Porthminster and Porthmeor Beaches in St Ives and Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. It's also worth remembering that few beaches have an outright dog ban; many allow dogs to scamper before 10am and again in the evening.
3. Celebrate St Piran's Day
In Cornwall, we celebrate St Piran's Day on the 5 March. St Piran is the patron saint of tin and miners who, legend has it, miraculously floated across the sea from Ireland with a millstone around his neck. In Cornish legel, Piran was an Irish abbot who discovered tin. This is celebrated in the design of the iconic Cornwall flag, which shows the white tin against the black ore.
Of course it's better to be in Cornwall for this annual celebration, but wherever you are, you can still grab a pasty and a pint of Cornish ale before launching into a loud rendition of Trelawney.
2. Easter Eggs by the sea are the only way
Like most places, we celebrate Easter in Cornwall with food and drink. Cornish seasonal delicacies include saffron buns, succulent Cornish lamb and Cornish fairings biscuits, as well as locally produced Easter chocolate.
There's no better way to walk off the indulgent Easter roast than with an Easter egg hunt. Cornwall's National Trust properties are always brilliant for organised events that the kids will love - check out Lanhydrock and St Michael's Mount.
1. Peace & tranquillity
If you like a spot of sunshine, invigorating sea air and stunning views, a Spring break in Cornwall offers the ideal antidote to the Winter blues.
With over 300 beaches, however you're feeling when you arrive, by the time you leave you will be refreshed, relaxed and ready for anything.
The Cornwall Hotel & Spa is home to a collection of Scandi-style lodges, some with hot tubs, sleeping up to eight guests. The self-catering properties, nestled in the heart of the 43 acre woodland estate, are available year-round. See inside and check availability or give us a call.