7 things to do in Cornwall during Easter

Spend your family holiday on the beach this Easter and enjoy the laid-back coastal lifestyle.

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, there is an abundance of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it's an activity on the beach or a visit to one of Cornwall's attractions, here are our favourite things to see and do during your stay this Easter.

Experience the beautiful coastline from the water

You’ll find the ocean-mad team at Newquay Activity Centre togged up in wetsuits and sharing their expert tips in everything from surfing to stand-up paddle boarding 360+ days a year. Take the plunge with them as they coasteer around the coast, paddle their huge super stand-up paddleboard through caves, kayak under the famous bridge as you look up to the house on the island, or take on a family surf lesson. They offer something for everyone.

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Walk the South West Coast Path

Walk onto any beach in Cornwall and you'll spot part of the South West Coast Path to your left or right. Whether you choose to explore the rugged north coast and its hidden coves or the tropical south coast, you’ll find something different and exciting each turn you take.

Find your closest route.

sea view over cliffs

Go rockpooling

Head to many beaches in Cornwall at low tide and visitors will be pleasantly surprised with hundreds of rockpools just waiting to be explored. You’ll be treated to a natural display of fascinating and tough creatures, including the Cornish Sucker fish, Worm Pipefish and the Common Shore Crab.

See our full guide to rockpooling and where to go.

family rockpooling

Eden Eggstravaganza

Every bit as good as the hype, the Eden Project is on Cornwall’s essential tick list. Outstanding on a sunny day and a good choice when it rains, Eden is an inspired blend of indoor and outdoor fun. Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some, this dramatic global garden is housed in tropical biomes the size of 30 football pitches.

Over Easter there are dozens of activities for the whole family in a three-week programme. Explore Eden on one of their egg hunts, scramble your way through an assault course and tackle other Easter-inspired games. Plus, there will be lots of special prizes and treats to enjoy.

easter egg

Easter Quest at Pendennis Castle

Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail around Pendennis Castle. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too!

You can get questing at Pendennis every day of the school holidays. It costs just £1 per child, and there’s no need to book.

4 - 19 April.


Go Foraging

Make the most of the Spring sunshine and get out and about with a forage that will take you deep into Cornwall’s woodlands, hedgerows and on the coast. From Cornish mussels and rose chips to wild herbs and edible plants, you'll find plenty of wild foods great for cooking.

If you’re looking for a little guidance on your forage we recommend Rachel Lambert, an expert in foraging the Cornish coastline.

Credit Tom Bailey

foraging by the sea

Heligan Gardens

Cornwall’s not only known for its stunning beaches, its magical gardens are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees just waiting to be explored. Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell over Easter and you will creep past the sleeping giant, skip past the Mud Maid and join the fun trails, games and workshops; all themed around the classic book The Scarecrows Wedding.

March 28 - 13 April.