As the weather turns warmer more quickly in Cornwall, the festival season starts earlier too. Across the county there are a variety of events celebrating the best of local food, art, culture and gardens.
Here is our guide of what’s happening in Cornwall this April:
Tregothnan Open Weekend, 22nd – 23rd April
The 100-acre Tregothnan Estate is usually closed to the public, but visit this stunning secret garden on 22nd and 23rd April and you’ll get to see the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall.
So get lost among ancient camellias, mountainous magnolias and some of the biggest rhododendrons in the world. Experience 40-foot crescendos of trees, shrubs and bushes in full flower. This is an amazing event, not to be missed, and proceeds this year go to Cancer Research.
Porthleven Food Festival, 21st – 23rd April
If you fancy making a day of it – head down to Porthleven Food Festival. Travel down to magical West Cornwall, catch a glimpse of St Michael’s Mount and explore the streets of Mousehole and Newlyn, before the tasty delights of Porthleven Food Festival. Not only will there be a array of stall holders from across the South West, there is a line-up of chef demos with tasters, music and even film screenings.
Spring Makers Craft Fair at Bedruthan Hotel, 21st – 23rd April
Our sister hotel Bedruthan, just a five-minute walk away, is hosting a craft fair for the weekend, featuring some of the best makers and crafters from across the South West. You’ll find beautiful jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass work, illustrations, prints, accessories and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind items, for yourself, or gifts for loved ones. Tickets are only £3 in advance, or £4 on the door.
Tattoo: Britist Tattoo Art Revealed at the National Maritime Museum, 17 March 2017 – 7th January 2018
If you’re in Cornwall this year, don’t miss this ground-breaking exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. The exhibition celebrates the rich artistic heritage of British tattooing with over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts. It will also include the ‘100 Hands Project’ – one hundred silicone arms each tattooed with an original design by 100 of the leading tattoo artists in the UK.
Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show, 1st – 2nd April
This year’s Spring Flower Show on the beautiful Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel is set to be the largest yet with over 120 trade stands. You’ll find a wide variety of many spring favourites including daffodils, camellias, rhododendrons and woodies.
There are a number of exciting art exhibitions lined up around Cornwall this spring showcasing some of the county’s finest contemporary artists. Here are a selection of our favourites we’ll be visiting over the coming months:
Clay: That Continous Material at the Leach Pottery
The Leach Pottery is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year – but this exhibition on til August 2017, will tell the story of clay – from the early days of the pottery, to its place in Cornwall’s geology.
Simon Bayliss at the Newlyn Art Gallery
Humorous and colourful watercolours and ceramics inspired by the Cornish land and seascapes.
Ten Years On: Showing Off at the Porthminster Gallery
Celebrating its tenth year in St Ives – the Porthminster Gallery are opening this exhibition of eight new artists to the gallery, alongside gallery favourites.
Jessica Warboys at Tate St Ives
When the Tate re-opens at the end of March the ocean facing galleries will be filled with the work of British artist, Jessica Warboys. Her large-scale paintings, films and sculptures are inspired by the coast and pagan history and folklore.
Coast Exhibition in Trelissick Gallery
Trelissick Gallery is a lovely little gallery selling affordable art: original paintings, prints, illustrations, ceramics, textiles and jewellery, based in Trelissick gardens. From the 25th March there will be a Coast exhibition by three Cornish artists: Ben Taffinder, Andrew Tozer and Philip Lyons.