April is a wonderful time to visit Cornwall and stay at the Scarlet. The beaches are still quiet, while the weather is mild, and there is so much to do.
Here’s a list of our top six mini adventures to be had across Cornwall in April:
1. Tregothnan Estate Open Day
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April
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. The 100-acre Tregothnan Estate is usually closed to the public, but visit this stunning secret garden on April 12th and 13th and you’ll get to see the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall.
2. Outsid’er – St Agnes Outdoor Festival
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th April
This quirky little celebration pays homage to the best St Agnes’ unique coastline and countryside have to offer. The idea is to encourage both locals and visitors from beyond the Tamar to get outside, get stuck in and try something different. Events include:
- Food foraging walks
- Campfire cooking
- Beach finds jewellery-making
- Rock pool rambling
- Beach cleaning
- Sunset Photography
- Sand Sculpting
3. St Endellion Easter Music Festival
Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th April
This spring festival’s speciality is English language performances of the Bach Passions, and it takes place in the 15th Century Collegiate Church of St Endelienta in St Endellion, North Cornwall. The Festival also includes chamber, orchestral and choral concerts with some of the leading soloists in the country and there’s a daily ‘thought for the day’, given by a cross section of eminent speakers.
4. Porthleven Food and Music Festival
Saturday 26th April
The festival celebrates local food on the global stage, with Cornish specialities and traditional British favourites sharing the table with the exotic tastes and smells of street food from around the world. There will be an eclectic mix of music and entertainment going on in the background, and all-day cooking demos including one by festival patron Antony Worrall Thompson.
5. Mother Ivey’s Bay
This quiet beach lies just along the boast from Harlyn Bay is a favourite spot for locals as it rarely gets busy, even in high summer. While it faces north east, the beach is remarkably sheltered from the Atlantic swell and prevailing westerlies by Trevose Head. The bay takes its name from the legend of Mother Ivy, a local wise woman and reputed wise witch. Tucked away behind the Merope Rocks, the bay lies in a secluded spot framed by stunning coastal scenery where the soft sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing, sandcastles and romantic walks.
6. The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery
Discover an oasis of eastern tranquillity nestled in the lush Vale of Lanherne. Set in just two acres, the Japanese Garden is a perfect example of small is beautiful. Its crisscrossing paths lead into a myriad of divine features, including a water gardens, stroll garden and a zen garden. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere from the Zen viewing house, where you can admire the horticultural splendour, contemplate the rockscape and savour the sweet scents of your surroundings.