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What’s on during Easter holidays in Cornwall

Get Down on the Farm

Get up close with cute animals on a visit to a local farm attraction or petting zoo. Children love seeing and interacting with small animals, especially at this time of year when creatures are full with the joys of spring. Nearby Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is a great family attraction where you can meet Shetland ponies, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, pygmy goats and Cornish black pigs. There are more farm animals to pet at Dairyland Farmworld near Newquay, where you can also enjoy tours of the milking parlour, nature trails, pony rides and fun for young ones in the huge indoor play area.

Two goats at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Join an Easter Egg Hunt

You’ll find no shortage of places to join an Easter Egg hunt in Cornwall. Visit any National Trust property over the school holidays and you will likely be asked to join a Cadbury’s sponsored hunt. Nearby Trerice and Holywell Bay (Easter Sunday only) are great venues for tracking down chocolate while exploring the fantastic properties and surroundings. While at Lappa Valley, also close to Perranporth, you can mix egg hunting and springtime activities with miniature train rides over the Easter weekend.

A pink Easter egg lying in some grass

Go Cycling

Get out and about for a ride along one of Cornwall’s picturesque cycling trails. There are many off-road trails, where you can ride safely with children while exploring new areas. One of our local favourites is the Bissoe Trail, otherwise known as the Coast to Coast Trail. If you’re feeling energetic you can pedal all the way from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the south. Also worth a spin are the Camel Trail, the Clay Trails, and mountain bike park at Lanhydrock.

A wooden sign directing people to the coast path at Perranporth

Head to the Beach

You can’t come to Cornwall without visiting the beach. No matter what the weather is doing, you need to head down to the beach for a stroll along the sand and dip your toes in the sea. We’ve even been known to have hot, sunny weather at Easter so you might get lucky with long days playing on the beach. Perranporth Beach has three miles of golden sand, as well as sand dunes and rockpools to explore. There are other fantastic beaches nearby including Holywell, Crantock, Trevaunance Cove and Porthtowan.

People walking through the sand dunes to the beach at Holywell Bay in North Cornwall

Get Some Thrills

If your kids like to have a thrilling time on holiday, there are plenty of attractions and theme parks open with exciting rides over Easter. For fast rides and exhilarating fun, as well as Easter activities for young and old, head to Flambards near Helston. Meanwhile, Camel Creek Adventure Park near Wadebridge offers further thrilling rides, as well as family fun and entertainment.

People coming down a log flume at Flambards

Try Surfing

If you’re prepared to brave the sea (it’s still pretty cold in April), then you and your family can experience the thrill of wave riding. Luckily, the local surf schools have very good wetsuits to keep you warm and talented instructors who can get you up and riding in no time. Surfing is a great way to enjoy the beach, have fun and get active while on holiday. Try Perranporth Surf School for family-friendly surfing lessons.

Someone walking towards the ocean at Perranporth holding a surf board

Dine in Style

Treat yourself to some meals out while you’re in Perranporth. We have a range of restaurants, pubs and cafés in town and the local area where you can enjoy some tasty food and good atmosphere. Some of our local favourites include the Cove Café on the high street, the The Tywarnhayle Inn and the Alcatraz bistro on the beach.

The Watering Hole, a bar on the beach in Perranporth

Visit a Castle

It may be the school holidays but there’s no harm in learning a little history at one of Cornwall’s castles. From the old Cornish power seat at Restormel Castle to the ruins of ‘King Arthur’s’ castle at Tintagel, there are plenty of impressive, historic buildings to visit. Perhaps the most scenic is the landmark attraction of St Michael’s Mount. Here you can walk the low tide causeway (or get the ferry at high tide) to this magical, little island just off the coast from Penzance. Here you can explore the rooms of this 17th Century castle and take in the fine coastal views from the battlements and surrounding sub-tropical gardens.

A bird's eye view of St Michael's Mount surrounded by the sea in Cornwall

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