Easter in Padstow is a great time of year. Both locals and visitors alike emerge from a sleepy winter to a chorus of new life. The quiet solitude of January and February is interrupted with gentle activity, and all around signs of spring are bursting into view.
If you have been spending time pouring over maps planning your Easter break, let your finger slide over to Padstow. Situated in Cornwall’s north coast, Padstow is a picture-postcard fishing village. Dotted with eateries, boutiques and natural and historical landmarks, it provides the perfect spot to renounce winter blues and welcome in spring.
So how should you spend your perfect Easter in Padstow?
St Endellion’s Music Festival
St Endellion’s 46th Easter Festival takes place between 13th and 21st April 2019. Located near Port Isaac, only a 30-minute drive from Padstow, the festival unites musos from all over the world and celebrates the sheer joy of music. Taking place annually, St Endellion’s Music Festival sees an eclectic range of musicians perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts. Look out for David Watkin, Professor of Strings at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and Gramophone Award-winner, as the festival’s Guest Music Director.
The beautiful ancestral home, Prideaux Place, will be open from the 21st to the 25th April, and then from the 12th May onwards until October. Nestled in the outskirts of Padstow, the Elizabethan manor has been home to the Prideaux family for over 400 years. All these years later it stands in all its glory and welcomes in the public for guided tours. If you are in Padstow this Easter, Prideaux Place is definitely worth a visit.
RNLI Egg Rolling
The RNLI’s egg rolling event will take place from 12 noon on Sunday 21st April in Duke Street, Padstow. In order to raise funds for Padstow Lifeboat, the event takes place every year and is a real cracker for all the family. Grab your eggs and head on down. Just remember to boil them first.
Padstow is found right in the heart of some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country. If you would like to make your Easter in Padstow extra special, head outdoors and spy the new life all around. Baby rabbits, lambs and flowers blossom and bounce all over the countryside and on the beaches blue skies meet bluer waters. Breathe, relax and enjoy. There are also plenty of stunning spring gardens for you to visit, too.
To take a closer look at the local wildlife, book a boat trip from Padstow harbour. Many tour operators start running again around Easter and will take you for an unforgettable trip along the stunning Cornish coastline. Seabirds, seals and dolphins are regular visitors around the coast, and if you are really lucky, you may even see whales too.
Eggcelent Family Fun at Lanhydrock
Just over half an hour away from Padstow you will find Lanhydrock House, a jaw-dropping Victorian country house. With endless gardens and woodlands to explore, this is a mini-adventurers playground. And fortunately for all explorers, this year the National Trust have organised another fantastic family-friendly Easter egg hunt in the grounds, sponsored by the one and only Cadburys. Solve the clues and claim your delicious chocolatey prize.
Easter Activities at Camel Creek Adventure Park
If family adventures are what you are looking for, a 15-minute drive away from Padstow is Camel Creek Adventure Park. Opening its doors again over Easter, the park will welcome families in for its Easter Eggstravaganza, full of fun, games and, of course, Easter egg hunts. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident lambs while you are there and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter bunny who likes to hop around the park.
Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show
Boasting a new venue, new look and new displays, the Cornwall Garden Society are getting ready to present their Spring Flower Show. Taking place on the 6th and 7th April, this fabulous family-friendly weekend celebrates natural beauty and encourages people of all generations to get green-fingered. Peruse the gorgeous arrangements and buy some seeds and bulbs to get started on your own horticultural masterpiece at home.