9 pictures that sum up spring in Cornwall
Spring really does bring out the best in Cornwall. Between the months of March and June, the county truly comes alive, and you’ll be treated to dramatic scenery, exciting festivities, and an explosion of colour.
Here are 9 photographs that sum up perfectly what life is like in Cornwall during springtime.
Al fresco dining
Spring means that we can once again venture outside for a spot of al fresco dining. Nothing beats the taste of your first ice cream of the year on a sunny spring afternoon, and the Moomaid of Zennor serve up some of the best ice cream in Cornwall. You can sample their amazing range of unique flavours in St Ives Harbour or Porthtowan beach.
While the arrival of spring means sunnier days and bright blue seas, you’re also guaranteed to witness some dramatic waves. If you fancy trying your hand at surfing, then it’s the perfect time of year to give it a go. The surfing capital of Cornwall is undoubtedly Bude, and the town’s beaches along the Atlantic-facing north coast are perfect for exhilarating watersports.
They say that when the Cornish magnolias begin flowering, spring has arrived in the county. These beautiful blossoms are a welcome sign that winter is over and warmer weather is on its way. Some of the best places to see blossoms are the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell, Tregothnan near to Truro, Trewithen, and Caerhays Castle on the Roseland.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Cornwall, and the beauty of visiting beaches in the springtime is that they are so much quieter. Miles of golden sand stretch out in front of you, and even on a grey day you can’t beat a bracing stroll along the seafront to blow away the cobwebs. You may even have the beach to yourself!
With the days growing longer, springtime in Cornwall means there is plenty in the way of outdoor activities. The Minack Theatre is a world famous open air theatre, and while the venue is open all year round, their performance schedule really ramps up after Easter. What’s more, the rough springtime seas crashing against the nearby rocks create a much more dramatic atmosphere!
May means the arrival of breathtaking carpets of bluebells. There are plenty of parks, woodlands, and landscaped gardens where you can see these lovely wildflowers for yourself, including Tehidy Country Park, Godolphin estate, Glendurgan Garden, and our very our woods at Clowance!
If you’re looking for something more challenging than a stroll along the sand, head to the coastal paths for a ramble. During spring, not only will you be rewarded with some amazing views, but you won’t be battered by the winter winds! We recommend walking from Tintagel to Boscastle harbour – the scenery is simply stunning and there are plenty of pubs in Boscastle where you can enjoy a hearty lunch afterwards.
Cornwall plays host to a wide range of festivals throughout the season. From the popular Porthleven Food Festival where you can enjoy three days of food, drink and live music, to the historic St Endellion Music Festival which brings together musicians from across the globe to perform opera, choral and orchestral concerts in the Church of St Endellion – you’ll find plenty of things to see and do.
The longer days mean more time for exploring the local area. On clear evenings, it’s well worth heading down to a local beach to watch the sunset. Porthleven is a great place to catch the last of the sun’s rays, or if you fancy dinner with a view, try Fifteen Cornwall – Jamie Oliver’s award-winning restaurant overlooking the beach at Watergate Bay.
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