Things to do in Cornwall this spring

When the world begins to open its eyes and stretch out of hibernation, it’s no wonder that many take advantage of the quiet yet beautiful spring season here in the Duchy. Despite its quieter climate, when it comes to things to do in Cornwall, we are spoilt for choice. Whether you want to get some exercise while traversing the captivating countryside, head out on the glassy blue water to explore the world beneath its surface, or stay on land exploring the winding streets of quaint fishing villages and local attractions, there truly is something for everyone.   

Day trip to the Scillys

Venture to the Isles of Scilly, a collection of stunning inhabited islands plus countless deserted ones offering miles of breathtaking coastline waiting to be explored. Take your time to truly get to know each one; whether you’re drawn to St Mary’s, the hub of the islands, or the pristine beaches of St Martins, hopping between these slices of paradise is made easy with frequent boat trips throughout the day. You can fly to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter airports or sail on the Scillonian passenger ferry from Penzance Harbour to experience a day you’ll never forget.

An overhead shot of the Isles of Scilly surrounded by turquoise sea

Head to the water

Make the most of the Cornish waters with boat trips from Looe Sea Safari. These are perfect for wildlife lovers and thrill seekers alike who will have the opportunity to take in picturesque Looe Bay in the comfort and safety of boats operated by professional skippers with many years of experience. Ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours, everyone from families, couples and larger groups can explore the beauty that inhabits our coast from a front row seat. Alternatively, head out from one of the many beautiful beaches on your doorstep and get up close and personal with nature from your surfboard, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

Looe Harbour at dusk with lights reflected in the water.

Go for a cycle

If you prefer to stay out of the water then the Duchy is full of various trails, loops and routes for those looking to stay active while exploring the abundance of woodland, heathland and countryside on offer. Simply jump on your bike or visit a nearby cycle hire then pick your destination! Cycling the 1.9-mile trail from Wheal Martin to St Austell offers interesting mining heritage features and is perfect for riders of all ages whereas Wheal Martyn to Sky Spur provides a challenging 2-mile route through rugged landscape with stunning vistas.

Cyclist pushing his bike along a wooded path.

Galleries and museums

Take in the art and culture of Cornwall while supporting local with a trip to one of the many galleries and museums on offer like Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing just a stone’s throw from Old Lanwarnick. If you fancy venturing a little further, make your way to Tate St Ives to take in the work of modern British artists and while you’re there, make sure to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, also managed by Tate St Ives. For a day of discovery head to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, home to a dynamic programme of events and exhibitions from photographic collections to showcasing the best of Cornish life. No matter where you go in Cornwall, the diverse range of artists, makers and creators means you are never too far from a fascinating studio, gallery, or museum.

View of Tate St Ives looking up toward the grand circular entrance.

Seal spotting

Whether you have a chance sighting of a seal popping its head out of the choppy waves in the distance or you’re lucky enough to see large groups hauling out on nearby beaches and rocks, these beautiful creatures are truly fascinating to spot. Keep an eye out near Looe Island, where grey seals inhabit the waters during spring and occasionally harbour seals come out to say hello.

Grey seems lounging on the beach sporting happy expressions.

Easter egg hunts

One of the most exciting aspects of spring has to be Easter; the chance to have a break from school and work, the beginning of warmer, sunnier weather and of course the never-ending supply of chocolate. Fun for the whole family, head to one of many places hosting brilliant easter egg hunts this spring, from the beautiful gardens at Trelissick to activity-filled trails at Cotehele and Lanhydrock.

Overhead shot of two young children, sitting on grass, playing with plastic Easter egg shells in many colours.

Bluebell walks

Take in the beauty of spring and go for a walk amongst the blossoming bluebells that carpet the surrounding woodland here at Old Lanwarnick. Let the sound of chirping birds fill the air as you admire the subtropical gardens of Heligan, stroll through the idyllic Cardinham Woods, or immerse yourself in the grandeur of Pencarrow House and gardens.

Dappled sunlight on a bluebell path through woodland.

Carnglaze Caverns

Just a short trip from Old Lanwarnick in Liskeard lies Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall’s only underground slate mine set amongst eight miles of riverside ancient oak woodland. Go 60 metres below the hillside and take in the mining heritage of Carnglaze where one of the flooded caverns forms a beautiful crystal-clear lake before heading out on the woodland walk above ground.

Illuminated Carnglaze Cavern.

Polperro awaits

Just south of Looe is the port of Polperro where narrow streets and pretty cottages remain undeniably attractive throughout spring. Home to galleries, exhibitions, quaint shops, bakeries and pubs, the streets are so narrow cars are banned, so make the most of the nicer weather and go out on foot for a day of exploring.

Polperro harbour with pleasure boats in the foreground.

Adrenaline Quarry

 If you are looking for adventure during your time at Old Lanwarnick then we can guarantee endless fun for everyone at Adrenalin Quarry in Liskeard. With activities for all age groups, try your hand at axe throwing, freefall 150ft above the lake, climb on the inflatable playground and jump in a go kart to race around the all-weather track.

Man and woman on a dual zip wire over a flooded quarry.

Whether you’re spending spring encompassed by nature or out exploring the host of nearby attractions, when it comes to things to do in Cornwall, there is nowhere better to base yourself than in the peaceful embrace of Old Lanwarnick where the coast and countryside are at your fingertips. Book your Easter getaway now.



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