Springtime in Cornwall is a magical time to visit the beautiful coves, beaches, coastal paths and the multitude of family attractions.
Birds singing, newborn animals, beautiful colours…oh, we just love Cornwall in the springtime and we’ll let you into a little secret, it’s one of the best times to visit. Here’s just a few reasons why…
Blooming Magnolias mark the early arrival of spring
Cornwall is always head and shoulders ahead of the rest country when it comes to shaking off its winter coat and thanks to the Great Gardens of Cornwall we’ve now got proof. They’ve been keeping an eye on the Champion Magnolia campelli trees at six gardens across the county and will officially declare spring to have sprung when all six have at least 50 blooms.
February and March is the perfect time to see the flush pink emblems of spring at their absolute best so get along to Caerhays, Trebah, Heligan, Trewithen and Tregothnan (private tours only) super quick.
It’s lambing season
Aww, there’s nothing cuter than fluffy lambs and they’re popping up on farms across Cornwall as quick as you can say baaaa. Check-in at a farm stay and help out with bottle-feeding – if you time it right you may even get to witness a birth. The lambing experience at The Olde House near Wadebridge is a real treat!
It’s the perfect time to see seals
We’re not the only ones who are pleased to be saying goodbye to winter and a big hello to summer; grey seals have also been feeling the wrath of the cold, winter storms. Coinciding with their breeding and pupping season, winter has brought troublesome adventures to many of them but thankfully the marvellous Cornish Seal Sanctuary has been on hand to pick them up along the Cornish coast.
Get along to the Sanctuary now to catch these beautiful creatures as they are treated to a spot of rehabilitation before they are released back into the wild.
Springtime in Cornwall, Roadsides are ablaze with colour
Daffodils have been casting roadsides and fields alight in a blaze of colour since way before Christmas and they’re still looking more than a little spectacular. Take in the spring displays from behind the wheel on a coast and country drive. This way to some of our fave routes.
We’ve got the Falmouth Spring Festival, 30 Mar – 17 April
Offering an explosion of colour by quite simply painting the waterside town of Falmouth yellow, this lively two week festival provides family fun alongside a show of spring flowers and a weekend of folk & cider.
….and the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, 1 and 2 April
Amazing colour, over 100 trade stands and tips from expert gardens are just a flavour of what’s on the bill at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show. Hosted on the jaw-droppingly beautiful grounds of Boconnoc House and one of the first events in the gardening calendar, this Cornwall Garden Society showcase is a fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania.
Oh, and did we mention delicious foodie events?
The World Pasty Championships (4 March) kicks off Cornwall’s gluttonous list of fabulously foodie events and boy can you get your fill in the spring plus there is the Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival (17 – 19 March),
Springtime in Cornwall, Glorious spring walks
Step out onto the South West Coast Path and you’ll find hedgerows draped in colour and teaming with new life but there’s a pretty good chance fellow walkers will be few and far between. Follow our lead to some of the best spring walks.
Carpets of bluebells are on their way
April and May are an amazing time to see carpets of bluebells in Cornwall so we haven’t got long to wait. Start planning now by checking out our guide to some of the best places to see them.
Summer is just around the corner