What’s on in April: Cornwall’s Diary
2ND – 9TH APRIL: TRURO FESTIVAL
Easter welcomes the return of Truro’s very own art, culture and music festival. Inspired and created by the artistic endeavour of people from within and around Truro, visitors can expect events to entertain and entice like never before.
Art, music, theatre, film, literature, dance, comedy and more will be brimming in all corners of the city over the course of the event. The hub of activity will be in the ‘festival village’ on Lemon Quay, complete with yurts hosting performances, street art, workshops, talks and a relaxed place to just hang out and soak up the atmosphere.
2ND – 3RD APRIL: CORNWALL SPRING FLOWER SHOW, BOCONNOC HOUSE, LOSTWITHIEL
Cornwall’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show. Flower power is something you can’t miss in Cornwall with gardens crammed with a profusion of colourful plants. Even in winter the climate is so mild that buds start to appear in the hedgerows in January, so by the time spring comes that passion for gardening has awakened into a spate of flower festivals. This is one of the first held in the country. The two-day event takes place in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, an 18th century mansion owned by the Fortescue family. It will feature show gardens, Gardeners’ question time, live music, local food, horticultural trade stands and competitive classes. Tickets cost £6 in advance and children go free.
UNTIL 3RD APRIL: THE WILD SPRING HARE, TEHIDY WOODS
An immersive Easter adventure by the weird and wonderful crew at Rogue Theatre. Wild Spring Hare is an eruption of imagination and possibility, a twisting of paths and collection of tales. Join the fun deep in the woods of Tehidy North Cliffs for an Easter trail like no other! Chocolate Easter treats for all, or head to the woodland café for hot cross buns. The show is on three times a day (1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm) and tickets are £7.50.
UNTIL SUNDAY 10TH APRIL: EASTER EGG HUNTS
We know the big day has been and gone, but if you’re still craving chocolate (we certainly are!), hunt out a Cadbury’s egg at Cornwall’s most beautiful homes and gardens with the National Trust. Bring your children to Cotehele, Godolphin, Trerice, Trengwainton Garden, Antony or Glendurgan Garden and follow the clues to win your Easter treat.
Or are you up for the challenge of the Eden Project’s Egg Hunt? Scramble through their eggy obstacle course, hunt out hidden eggs, and dip into themed games.
16TH – 17TH APRIL: PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL
A free weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags, eat yourself silly, and drink until you are merry. Expect over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour and all day cookery demonstrations from some of the UK’s biggest names. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae. Thanks to Sean Gee for the images.
16TH – 17TH APRIL: CHARITY GARDEN OPENING, TREGOTHNAN
Tregothnan’s private gates will open for one weekend only to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall. Experience the unequalled diversity of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of River Fal. Get lost in ancient camellias, mountainous magnolias and the biggest rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower. Also available will be Cornish cream teas with Tregothnan tea (which The Greenbank is also proud to serve), a barbecue, musical entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations and a classic car display. Children go free and dogs on leads welcome.
30TH APRIL: TREVITHICK DAY, CAMBORNE
Local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick gets the recognition he deserves today, as Camborne celebrates its importance as a major player in Cornwall’s former mining industry. The streets play host to local trade stalls, choirs, brass bands, clowns, buskers, musicians and dancers including hundreds of children from local schools traditionally dressed as traditional Bal Maidens and Miners. You can also expect live theatre, an impressive convoy of vintage vehicles, spluterring steam engines, and fairground rides.