Spring Time in Cornwall
Cornwall may be the land of summer holidays, but it’s spring time where you’ll discover the county at its most, well…Cornish.
There’s so much national pride, even the landscape itself takes on the golden hues of gorse and daffodils, painting the duchy in its traditional colours.
We’ve put together a round up of some fab and Cornish inspired treats for the spring.
Eden – World Pasty Championships March 3rd.
Other than the humble Cornish cream tea, there’s very little that sparks debate in Cornwall like whose pasty is best. The competition is massive with local big guns such as Crantock, Ann’s, Niles, Prima and Rowes lining up against other strong contenders like my mum, to be crowned the best. There was only one way to settle it, and so the Eden Project launched the World Championships.
Now in its seventh year, the great and the good of the Cornish crimp, flock from the four corners of the globe to do battle over perfect pastry and just the right amount of meat.
Will last year’s winner – a Canadian – win the title again? Which is the best local pasty shop? What can you really put in a pasty? All this and more will be answered as Eden add a sprinkle of ales, music and entertainment to serve you up a tasty day out.
This year’s music comes from 90’s favourites Dodgy with support from Three Daft Monkeys and comedy wonders Hedluv + Passman. If you fancy your chances you can register and bring your pasty along on the day to be judged.
St Piran’s Day – March 4
If you don’t know the story of the Irish saint, Piran, pulled from the Cornish shores, then you need to head to Perranporth for the annual reenactment. Here you’ll find a host of songs, stories and music as the procession (with animals!) makes its way across the dunes to the oratory.
To make it the perfect celebration, make time for a pint and a pasty in the local pubs where you’ll find more events and music. As we say in Cornwall, proper job.
Processions also take place in Truro and Bodmin and there will also be a St Piran’s Day Festival in Redruth. The day itself is actually celebrated on March 5, but events this year are making the most of the weekend.
Starts 1.30pm – Sunday March 4
Man Engine Resurrection – March 31 to Easter Monday.
Without a doubt the giant talking point of the past two years was the Man Engine – a celebration of mining heritage and culture that walked the length of the county raising spirits and voices as he went.
Standing a colossal 11.2 meters high the giant has returned offering visitors another chance to see this amazing spectacle. This time, supported by a children’s story book, the Man Engine is set to reappear at Geevor Tin Mine in West Penrith and Heartlands in Pool, before heading to Cornwall’s ancient Stannary capital, Lostwithiel, on Easter Monday.
Divided into two events – ‘Afternooner’ and the Afterdarker – the events will give families and big kids the chance to really get to know their favourite giant miner.
Daytime events are set to be an industrial-scale feast of fun and frolics, whilst the evening promises an edgier explosive experience, including white-hot pyrotechnics. Apparently sparks will fly!
After his home appearances the giant of Cornish industry heads north across the border taking his tales of tin and ingenuity to the rest of the country
Tickets are on sale from www.themanengine.org.uk
Learn some Cornish Skills – National Trust
Holidays are the chance to try new things so with this in mind why not use your break to give a Cornish skill a try? How about hedging? The fresh air, the sea views, the opportunity to head over to Port Quinn near Polzeath to learn an ancient art – sounding a little more tempting?
With the help of the National Trust you can learn to turn your hand to this historic craft.
There’s a chance to take part in repairing some historic field boundaries as you learn more from masters of their crafts. It’s a great way to unwind and learn something new while perhaps the rest of the family tackle the soft play?
Or, if you fancy a more family affair whilst you learn, head to Cornwall’s mystical village of Tintagel where you can learn more about the magic of Cornish Language with A wre’ta kewsel Kernewek? Taking place on various dates from April 16, this is a chance to find out if you can indeed speak Cornish.
The fascinating exhibition explores the dialect, it’s history and how people in the Tintagel area would have used it. It’s the perfect thing to impress your friends with when you send them a postcard!
The Wild Spring Hare – Rogue Theatre, Tehidy, North Coast.
Finally, it’s becoming quite the Cornish staple – the annual Rogue theatre event. From the wild delights of summer to the dark tales of winter, this Cornish theatre crew have been making big waves with appearances on radio with Chris Evans as well as being featured in national press as some of the hottest tickets of the year.
So grab those bunny ears and get ready to delve into the enchanted world of Rogue as they invite you on an immersive Easter adventure.
Performances lead you through an eruption of imagination along twisting paths as you hear a collection of tales that take you on a quest for life’s hidden treasure. This year’s Wild Spring Hare leads you deep in the woods of Tehidy North Cliffs for an Easter Trail like no other. Among the bluebell glades and the singing birds you’ll lose yourselves in the best of ways and maybe find some chocolate too…