March is a great time to head to Cornwall for a short break. With Easter and Mother’s Day to celebrate, Cornwall really goes to town on providing some great activities for all the family, as you will see below. Two of the biggest and most comprehensive festivals take place in March – the Vital Spark Festival in Liskeard and the Falmouth Spring Festival and Flower Show. Devoid of summer crowds, with Cornish hedgerows alive with primroses and snowdrops, a visit to Cornwall in March will probably make you want to stay here forever!
Zumba, walking, music and flowers at the Falmouth Spring Festival
Where better to celebrate spring than down on the waterfront in the lovely town of Falmouth? The week-long Falmouth Spring Festival takes place the third week in March and has something for everyone, from beach scavenger hunts to the largest open-air Zumba in the county!
Learn the technique of Nordic walking (poles provided, so no excuses!) or help raise money for charity with the RunFalmouth half-marathon. Go foraging for wild food with an expert or take a historian-led tour of the town and learn about riots, murder and ghostly goings on! The Falmouth Spring Festival concludes with the Folk and Cider Fayre and the gorgeous Falmouth Spring Flower Show.
The Arts are alive and well at Liskeard Vital Spark Festival
The lively Liskeard Vital Spark Festival takes over this small market town for the first two weeks of March each year. In 2013, the theme is Stiles and Style, so expect plenty of country walks experiencing some of the area’s 35 stiles. Events include a Script Writer’s Workshop, tours of a local print company, a Jive band concert, a ceilidh and a memorable Art Exhibition in historic Stuart House.
Eden Project hosts the World Pasty Championships
Celebrate St Piran’s Day, the National Day of Cornwall, by participating in another Cornish tradition – the Eden World Pasty Championships. This popular local festival takes place the first Saturday in March at the Eden Project.
Better known for its palms than its pastry, the Eden Project World Pasty Championships keeps everyone happily entertained at this annual event. Hang around for the formal trophy presentation and join in the Oggie Oscars party to round off the day!
Celebrate Easter Cornish-style at the Trereife Food and Craft Fair
Another great event for foodies in Cornwall is the Trereife Food and Craft Fair. Held on the three days of the Easter Weekend, it attracts some of the best chefs and food producers in the county. The marquees are a-buzz with enthusiastic food talk and appreciate mumblings as visitors discover Cornwall’s latest food and drink offerings.
As its name suggests, the Trereife Food and Craft Fair also showcases the work of some of Cornwall’s most talented artisans. Join the Giant Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds or pick up some tips from Cornwall’s top chefs as they cook up delicious meals in minutes using locally sourced ingredients.
Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day with a Posy Making Workshop at Trerice
The National Trust estate of Trerice is the perfect place to take Mum on Mother’s Day. She’ll love the Georgian glassware collection in the house, or perhaps the unique collection of antique lawnmowers will be more to her taste! Join in the Tudor Posy Making Workshop to make the perfect personal Mother’s Day gift before treating her to lunch and a slice of their famous lemon meringue pie in the restaurant.
Nowhere beats Cornwall in spring, so why not cut winter short and spend some time in this scenic county? One thing is for sure, with so much going on, you won’t have time to be bored!
Have you taken part of any of the events we have highlighted? If you know of other events taking place in Cornwall during March, please feel free to broadcast the details in the comment box below.