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Spring into family fun in St Ives

29Mar

Cornwall really bursts into life in spring, and there are loads of fantastic family friendly holiday activities in and around St Ives. Get the most out of your stay in St Ives with our favourite activities:

Looking for a scenic and exciting egg hunt?  The National Trust and Cadbury team up for their Easter trails (6/7 – 22 April), follow the clues to get your tasty Easter treat. Our favourites are Trelissick and Godolphin for gorgeous gardens, and Trengwainton and St Michael’s Mount for stunning scenery. Or just head to Marazion beach to look for special dragon’s eggs amongst all the pebbles. If you want to have your own trail on the farm you can roam around the fields and the woods and look for spring treasures on your doorstep!

Easter at Eden

Easter at Eden

The best family days out!  The Eden Project never fails to entertain in the school holidays and this Easter (6-25 April), you can go Down on the Farm and enjoy lots of indoor and outdoor games and activities, story telling, the Great Eden Egg Hunt and trails for the whole family, in their farm-themed Easter event. In Hayle, at Paradise Park, you can get close to goats, rabbits, mini sheep and donkeys in their fun farm field, be a Wildlife Hero or enjoy the Easter Golden Egg Challenge (6-22 April), and the race around indoor soft play area – the Jungle Barn.

Why not get creative?   If you want to get more hands on with chocolate – try a fun Chocolate Workshop at Coco Kitchen with St Ives’s very own artisan chocolatier. Or get messy with clay at the Leach Pottery who run clay days for 6-12 year olds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the school holidays.  At Tate St Ives children can get hands on with Tate Create and explore the exhibition by Anna Boghiguian before making their own art figure.

Get out on the coast path – with the gorse and daffodils bursting into colour and the warm spring sunshine its a great time to walk and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. This spring there have been regular dolphin sightings, even a humpback whale being spotted in St Ives Bay, so make sure you have your binoculars and get out early to get the best chance.  Seals love the sunshine and from the clifftops at Godrevy Point you can see crowds of them peacefully sunbathing in the coves below.

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Rogue Theatre March Hare

Get in the water!!  With the warm spring sunshine its a great time to take to the water – stand up paddle boarding or kayaking from Carbis Bay beach, or surfing at Gwithian or Porthmeor are all fantastic fun and just minutes away – remember (or hire!) your wetsuit!

Have a bit of drama in your holiday! The famous, award-winning Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare (12-22 April) takes you on a magical journey of immersive outdoor theatre through the wild wood to the Woodland King. Or the Minack Theatre, with its spectacular clifftop setting has family friendly shows throughout the school holidays with the highly enjoyable Squashbox Theatre (Mon/Weds am – book in advance – for younger children), and this Easter are showing Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

Kurt Jackson Following the Surfer

Following the Surfer

27Feb
Kurt Jackson surfboard

Kurt Jackson surfboard

Popped down to see the fantastic exhibition – Obsession: Following the Surfer by Kurt Jackson this month.  A real gem with a series of large and small paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics inspired by the coastline and surfing.  One of our favourite pictures (featured top) really did have such power and depth you could dive right in.

This gallery space in St Just is a clean, fresh canvas to display the wide variety of works that local artist Kurt produces and is well worth a visit.

We look forward to the next exhibition Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet – that runs from 25 March  – 19 August 2017.

More info here