West Cornwall is a beautiful place at this time of year. We’re finally seeing gaps in the clouds, the daffodils are out, and there’s a lovely feel of springtime optimism in the air. It’s a wonderful time to visit – and what better excuse than making the most of the bank holiday, and heading to St Ives for a Cornish Easter?
Cornish Easter Traditions
Easter has always been a time of great celebration in Cornwall. Sadly, some old traditions have died out. You can’t play “Lilly Bangers”, an outdoor dice game with gingerbread prizes, in Penzance any more (although maybe we should revive this at Tregenna…?), and if you rise early to welcome the sun with a dance, you may get some strange looks. However in West Cornwall, the main way to celebrate Easter was with a nice, long walk with family and friends.
Good Friday was a holiday from work, and in West Cornwall, it was a popular day for a picnic. Follow in the footsteps of Easters Past by picking up some saffron buns or pasties in St Ives, and heading out along the coast path.
Those who like a good, rugged walk can pick up the coast path at the west end of Porthmeor Beach, and enjoy the cliff top hike to Zennor. The rest of us may prefer to join the coast path at our local beach, Porthminster, and have a more relaxed amble eastwards towards Carbis Bay. You’ll meet plenty of others still celebrating this old Cornish Easter pastime.
A family Easter in Cornwall
Of course, for the under tens, an Easter walk is made far more palatable by adding chocolate. Trengwainton Garden (National Trust) near Penzance is hosting one of the Trust and Cadbury’s popular Easter Egg hunts. Follow the trail through Trengwainton’s winding, jungly paths, across little bridges, and through Secret Garden-style gates in walls…
St Michael’s Mount also provides a spectacular venue for the National Trust’s Easter trail – what could be more exciting for your young egg-hunters than exploring a tidal island and castle, searching for clues? There will also be story-telling, crafts, and face-painting in the harbour village. Like the coast paths, the Mount has always been a popular destination on “Goody Friday”.
If you want a break from chocolate (and yes, that can happen), walk down into St Ives and call into Porthmeor Studios. There the Tate-run family workshop, The Beehive, has a selection of arty activities for children. Or of course, you can always just pop down to beautiful Porthminster Beach for a good, old-fashioned scamper on the sand.
Easter at Tregenna Castle
How will we be celebrating Easter at Tregenna? With superb food and drink, of course! And with such extensive grounds, naturally there’ll be an Easter egg hunt… Your children can have a great time burning off lots of energy as they explore the gardens and woodland around the hotel, finishing in time for Sunday lunch.
Join us for Sunday lunch on Easter Day, where the live jazz music in the background creates a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, and the locally-sourced meats are absolutely delectable. If you’re out for the day on Easter Sunday, come along later for the evening carvery. Please contact us to book your table.
We really hope to see you this Easter holiday – and may we wish you all a Pask Lowen, a very happy Cornish Easter.
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