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Oyster gathering to Trevithick Day, Cornwall is busy in April

Cornwall has a packed calendar of events in April, from the Cornwall Home Show to unique events such as Trevithick Day & the Mylor Oyster Gathering Festival
April is great month to appreciate Cornwall’s culture and heritage, and the locals are celebrating bigtime! There’s an Oyster Gathering for those who always wanted to know what oyster fishermen do, and Trevithick Day commemorates one of the county’s most famous engineers with a Steam Parade. The Cornwall Home Show celebrates the county’s local businesses as well as showcasing sustainable home designs.

2013 is the 40th anniversary of two popular Cornish organisations – the St Endellion Easter Music Festival and the South West Coast Path Association. Visitors can make history by being part of those events, or join in the Art8 Newquay Festival which is still in its infancy. All this AND Cornwall’s natural beauty – you’re in for a great time if you visit Cornwall in April!

Join the Great South West Walk around Cornwall’s coastline

If you want to enjoy a scenic walk and help the South West Coast Path Association celebrate its 40th anniversary, you need to register now for the . The SWCPA is organizing several sponsored walks throughout April around some of Cornwall’s loveliest areas.

Read on to learn all about this historic anniversary by participating in one of the listed walks. They offer a variety of challenging gradients and range from 2 to 18 miles in length along the footpaths and byways of Cornwall.

Trevithick Day celebrates the life of Camborne’s famous engineer

Cornwall is fiercely proud of its heritage and one of the best ways to see this is at the in Camborne. Celebrated on the last Saturday in April (the 27th in 2013) it includes a parade of restored steam engines, vintage vehicles, the town band and the traditional Bal Maidens and Miners Dance.

This article delves into Cornish history to discover more about the 18th century inventor and engineer, Richard Trevithick, who was born and raised in Camborne.

8 ways to enjoy the arts with Art8 Newquay

Newquay shows its cultural side by hosting in a host of venues around the town. Starting on the second Thursday in April (11 April 2013) it runs for 8 days and centres on 8 different aspects of the arts including drama, dance, music, photography and more. Local artists compete for a valuable grant to produce their own art exhibit for this fun event and if you want to try a new skill, join one of the how-to workshops.

St Endellion Easter Music Festival near Port Isaac hits a high note

More culture, this time in the shape of classical music, can be enjoyed at the . This highly regarded 10-day event is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013 and starts on Good Friday. Most of the concerts and performances take place in the delightful 15th century Collegiate Church of St Endellion near Port Isaac.

This festival of musical excellence is fully covered in our article, as well as the history of the festival and an outline of the programme to whet your appetite for this celebration of music.

The Cornwall Home Show at Kingsley Village, Fraddon provides DIY inspiration

You don’t have to visit Earl’s Court to enjoy the “ideal” Home Show! The is staged at Kingsley shopping outlet village each year on the last weekend in April. As well as all the usual shops (and you really must browse the gourmet Food Hall!) the exhibition area has over 40 exhibitors who are keen to display their gadgets and gizmos.

The show is very eco-friendly and many experts demonstrate their sustainable living must-haves including solar panels, electric vehicles and more. Kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, furniture and building improvements can all be browsed at this splendid event.

Go oyster fishing at the Mylor Oyster Gathering near Falmouth

Keen fishing enthusiasts and seafood lovers will find the on 1 April 2013 offers a fascinating insight into a centuries-old Cornish trade. Take a boat trip and watch the oystermen bringing in the last catch of the season or sample oysters cooked a dozen different ways by chefs on Flushing Quay. Read all the Mylor Oyster Gathering and learn a few facts and falsehoods about oysters.

From hiking to shopping, and history to music, we seem to have covered most topics in this eclectic mix of articles. Now all YOU have to do and get yourself down to for a week and enjoy all that’s happening in the busy month of April.

If you live in Cornwall or have attended one of these annual events, we’d love to hear your tips and experiences. Have we missed some other events in Cornwall in April? Do let us know by adding your invaluable information in the feedback box below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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