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Easter Holiday Activities & Things to Do in Cornwall

When Spring begins, Cornwall is close to its best; with sunny days – punctuated by the occasional shower – Easter is always one of the most popular times to visit.

If you’re visiting as a couple, or travelling with a family there’s no shortage of things to do in Cornwall at any time of the year.

However, if you’re looking for something specific to Easter, there are dozens of great activities you can participate in all across Cornwall in the Easter Holidays.







The Lizard Stallions in Truro – April 5th

If you want to put a foot – or a hoof – in the past for an afternoon, then Truro is the place to be on April 5th this year.

Already a historic town, with cobbled streets and Victorian architecture, you’ll head the once-familiar clatter of horseshoes and iron-clad wheels on the streets for one day only as the Lizard Stallions entertain passengers for one afternoon only.

Drawing a carriage – specifically a two-storey Victorian Omnibus – guests can travel in true early-century style for £3 for adults and £2 for under-16s.

The Easter Trail at Lanhydrock, Bodmin – April 5th to April 21st.

One of Cornwall’s most beloved Victorian country homes with a glorious wood in its estate, Lanhydrock comes alive at Easter, inviting guests to its gardens for an Easter trail.

For £2.50, kids can take place in what must surely be one of the best Easter Egg hunts in the country; kids can feel lost in a storybook environment as they scour the gardens for chocolate eggs – yum!

Easter at the Zoo, Newquay Zoo  – April 5th to April 21st. 

Newquay Zoo is always popular with visitors, and Easter is no exception!

Included in days activities is a programme of Easter fun, including a egg hunt on the dragon trail, duck racing and even a tea party with the Easter Bunny himself! For more details on that, you’ll have to check out their website!

The Outlaw Craft Fair, Penzance – April 5th

Far from your average craft fair, the Outlaw Craft fair invites anyone with turboessays a desire to make, do or mend to head to the Porthcurno Building in Penzance to come on down and get busy.

With a range of demonstrations and workshops from over 50 artists and designers from across Cornwall, there’s something to have a go at for just about everyone. At £2 a head with Under-16s going free, the price is nothing to snip at, either.

Chocolate Tuesdays at St Kitts Herbery, Camelford, April 8th & April 15th

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there really isn’t anywhere better to be than Chocolate Tuesdays at St Kitts Herbery!

For £4.50, anyone can get involved in an activity session run by a trained Chocolatier and make their own sweet treats from Belgian Chocolate.

Running on the Hour and Half Past the Hour from 11am to 3pm with no booking needed, we’d struggle to name a better way to spend a lunchtime.

History Detectives Egg Trail at Levant Mine, Pendeen – April 18th

Let your kids discover the way they might have lived had they been born 150 years earlier at Levant Mine, Pendeen this Easter!

For £2 a head, kids are let loose in the Victorian mine, following a trail of fun clues to learn the lives of youngsters earned their keep over a century ago, before being rewarded with a Cadbury Easter egg for taking up the challenge.

If learning that they could have been working down a mine at their age and getting a chocolate egg doesn’t make the kids grateful for the rest of your time in Cornwall – we don’t know what will!

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Dine in Style is back !

This winter, head chef Steven Mesher and his team are prepped and ready with a superb 2 course evening menu, showcasing unique & traditional starter & main course dishes.

February 2nd – March 29th  2014

Click the links below to view our menu:

Dine in Style Dinner menu Feb 2014

Valentines day at The Bay 2014

There seems to be something to celebrate every month – February’s for Valentine’s day – and we love a reason to create a special menu using all the best ingredients and the most imaginative dishes to fit the occasion.

For all the romantics amongst you, we have created a menu especially for Valentine’s Day and in 2014 it’s served not only on Friday 14th, but Saturday 15th too, making each day, a day to celebrate.

Spacious and light, with views across Mounts Bay from our panoramic windows this is a place to relax with loved ones, and on a Winter’s evening what could be more delightful than sitting in one of our lounge enjoying a glass of something mellow before enjoying delicious food as you gaze at the twinkling lights across the bay to Newlyn and Mousehole.

To view our menu click here:Valentine’s Menu 2014


Things to do in Cornwall this January: Ice Skating @ Eden

Whilst known for gorgeous landscapes, inimitable culture and – if we do say so ourselves – spectacular dining, if there’s one thing Cornwall isn’t known for it’s winter sports. Things to do in Cornwall - January - Ice Skating at Eden

Thankfully, Eden – also known widely as The Eden Project – have reestablished the ice rink that has proved popular these last couple of winters – so you really can get your skates on!

Running through to February 3rd, Eden’s ice rink boasts skate rental and sessions for people of all ages and abilities – so be sure to call ahead to find out if there’s a time that might suit you or your family best.

If you’re looking to cap off a day of January fun in Cornwall, you’d do well not to miss out on some of the seasonal specials right here at The Bay in Penzance.

We’e got a selection of warming soups and seasonal vegetables that are proving to be true winter warmers in these most tempestuous of conditions.

For more information, be sure to visit our menu page for more details on what’s currently filling up our specials board.

Christmas in Cornwall – What’s on this December?

Christmas is once again upon us and many people from far and wide choose to spend the Festive season with us. After all, is there more appealing setting for your celebrations than a Cornish Christmas?

Many wonder what can be expected in if you choose to stay in Cornwall over the holiday period, with our charming region most known for it’s sub-tropical climate, scenery and beaches.

If you’re one of those people, you’ll love our guide on what to expect in Cornwall this Christmas; whether you’re just enjoying the festive menu in our fine dining restaurant, or you’re spending a little bit of Christmas in our luxurious Cornish hotel – here’s what will be at your doorstep.

Penzance Illuminations – December to January 

When you can’t walk the streets of Penzance in warm sunlight, the red and green glow of the Illuminations is a fine substitute indeed. No matter where you walk in the area, your evenings will be just that little bit brighter, with the High Street and surrounding areas a particular highlight.


Montol Festival – 1st – 21st December

A culture all of it’s own, come and experience the traditional side of a Cornish Christmas at the Penzance Montol festival. Based on the historic festivals of Midwinter and Nadelik native to Penzance, you’ll be able to see lantern parades, dancing, markets and the traditional ‘lighting of the Mock’ up until Montol Eve on the 21st of December.


Tom Bawcock’s Eve – 23rd December 

You might have to venture a little out of town for this one, but if you’re after a traditional celebration that you won’t find anywhere else beside Cornwall, the trip to Mousehole is a small trip to make.

Facing starvation after a rough winter, Mousehole was saved by local fisherman Tom Bawcock who braved the seas to bring back enough fish to feed the entire town. His catch was made into the Star Gazey Pie Mousehole is now famous for. Tom’s courage is well-remembered on Tom Bawcock’s Eve, where The Ship in replicates that pie and offers it up free to villagers and visitors alike who enjoy an evening of choirs, lantern processions and more.

New Year’s eve at The Bay

New Years Eve 2013

The Bay’s pushing out the old year and welcoming in 2014 with a Gala Black tie Dinner Dance this year.

So get out your glad rags and glitter and join us for sparkling Champagne cocktails  & canapés on arrival from 7.30 followed by 6 luscious courses with fun and games and dancing from to The Great Little Band seeing in the New Year and carriages at 1am.

Click below to take a quick sneak peak at the menu:

New Year’s Eve ’2013

Click below to take a listen to couple of THE GREAT LITTLE BAND’S  tracks.

The great litttle band

Emily Barr’s Insider Guide to Cornwall

Casting off the shackles of Sleet Street, former journalist Emily Barr lived every city-slicker’s dream of ditching the tube for a towel on the beach in Cornwall.

Ever the source of many an artist’s muse, Cornwall helped Emily unlock her creativity and sent her on to scribe twelve wonderful books – many of which take place in our corner of the world.

In a recent interview with VisitCornwall the author of celebrated novel ‘The Sleeper’ gave her insider guide to the sights and spectacles of Cornwall – something we thought well worth sharing.

Emily Barr’s Insider Guide

What do you love about most Cornwall? The light. It’s different here from the way it is elsewhere in the country. Particularly on a sunny winter’s afternoon, being in Cornwall can be magical.

Must see sight? St Michael’s Mount off the coast of Marazion. How often do you get to walk at low tide to an offshore island? Not only that, but the castle contains a room called the ‘Chevy Chase room’.

Must do experience? The ferry between Falmouth and St Mawes. A straight line between the two places goes directly across the water, and the ferry service does the journey in 20 minutes. Travelling across the water with the wind in your hair and a castle at either end of the journey is breathtaking and very good for the soul.

Most people don’t know but… If you’re travelling between Falmouth and St Mawes on the ferry, although the ferries stop running at around 6pm, you can use your return ticket on the water taxi, and so enjoy a night out and go back across the water at whatever time you like.

Good value tourist ticket you can buy? The National Maritime Museum, in Falmouth: as tickets are valid for a year, you can go back with children every time it’s raining, and they love playing in the lifeboat and standing at the top of the observatory tower.

Souvenir you must take home? Armfuls of Cornish-set books, from one of the wonderful independent bookshops, eg the Falmouth Bookseller.

Local delicacies to try? Sit in the Waterfront pub in Falmouth with chips from Harbour Lights and a drink of something local. Life feels good.

Local tipple? Cornish sparkling wine – surprisingly impressive!

Best viewing spot? The Hub in St Ives, upstairs by the harbour. Sit back, enjoy a lengthy lunch, and look out at the sun reflecting off the water.

Best place to explore on your own? Anywhere that involves a walk along the coast path – ideally a stretch with a pub at the end of it.

Best place to see with a guide? I have never seen anywhere in Cornwall with a guide, but I would like an expert to show me the ancient monuments in West Penwith, and to tell me all about them.

The best place for shopping? I love Penzance, with its mixture of independent shops, budget shops, and lovely pubs. There are not as many chains as you get in town centres elsewhere, and I am constantly diverted into odd-looking places with windows crammed with interesting things.

Where is a must-visit which will keep the kids entertained? Sennen. The beach is wonderful and has life guards, there is a lovely café, and you can walk the mile to Land’s End along the coastal path, avoiding the parking charges, and let the children loose in the brilliant playground.

Anything else? The sleeper train that runs between Penzance and Paddington makes the 300 mile journey a joy. If you pay the extra for a cabin.

Emily Barr, has three children and now lives in Falmouth, Cornwall. Once a journalist for The Guardian, she has now followed her dreams and written 12 fantastic books, her latest being ‘The Sleeper’ set in both Cornwall and London.

Dine in style is back

This winter, head chef Steven Mesher and his team are prepped and ready with a superb 2 course menu, showcasing unique & traditional starter & main course dishes.

Thursday 28th October- Thursday 5th December 2013

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