While the rest of the UK shivers under late frosts and chilly drizzle, Cornwall is usually quietly basking in warmer temperatures with a host of outdoor activities to celebrate spring.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream and experiencing the mildest of winters, Cornwall starts to celebrate spring way ahead of other counties in England. Easter is a great time for enjoying long walks beside rolling waves, generous portions of tasty Cornish fare at local pubs and shopping in Truro without the crowds of summer visitors.

Green-fingered gardeners will delight at the early spring colour in Cornwall's many estates and gardens. By Easter, daffodils, snowdrops and crocus are almost at an end and bright pink azaleas, camellias and magnolias take the limelight. The Eden Project with its giant biomes manages to cheat winter and has a year-round show of exotic fruit, flowers and plants. The Mediterranean Zone manages a spectacular display of tulips in spring along with scented hyacinths and colourful bulbs.

The Boconnoc Spring Flower Show has been taking place in late March for over 100 years and is well worth visiting. Its patron is HRH the Prince of Wales and it is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society.

Another splendid attraction is Cornwall's Mines and Engines at Redruth. It is part of the ten sites of Cornish Mining that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of Cornish mining for tin, copper and other minerals through models, films and exhibits at the former East Pool Mine. If you visit over the Easter weekend you can take part in the Easter Egg Trail that takes you around this historic site.

You can hire bicycles and cycle to this attraction along the Mineral Tramways Cycle Trail, passing many architectural relics along the way. See tall chimneys, crumbling engine houses and old workings that are all part of Cornwall's historic landscape.

Other great places to find an Easter Egg Trail include the Tudor house and gardens at Cotehele. While you're there, climb the tower of the 18th century folly for great views and explore the cherry and apple orchards that will be laden with blossom.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, voted Britain's Finest Garden by Countryfile magazine, has an Easter Egg Hunt daily over the Easter weekend and provides all the materials for visitors to enter the Best Dressed Egg competition. The nearby Lanhydrock estate hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza with face painting and family fun.

Other spring activities in Cornwall include shopping, antique hunting at the many fairs, geocaching, walking, mountain biking, boating, riding a steam train or taking a helicopter ride to the Scilly Isles. With local theatres, award-winning restaurants, cinemas and a host of museums, there is sure to be something to make your Easter break in Cornwall extra special.