With the daffodils blooming and crocuses appearing, Cornwall’s mild climate is the perfect place to soak up some spring warmth and have some fun as a family on any one of Falmouth’s three sandy beaches.
To tempt you a little more, we are offering a 20% discount* on all full week bookings over Easter so it’s the perfect time to head for the coast! (* Quote ‘blog03’ on booking to be eligible for 20% off a week’s stay)
Once you’ve chosen your fabulous seaside holiday home, it’s time to pack a bag and hit the road. Don’t forget your wetsuit!
Once you’ve arrived here, you’ll instantly feel at home. (Ninety per cent of our cottages are second homes and as such ooze personality, charm and home comforts).
It’s time to go exploring! Why not share some of the special Easter traditions that you enjoyed as a child. I always make ‘Easter gardens’, so it’s off to collect some greenery, daffs, wild flowers and pebbles. Having an exciting end goal in mind is always encouraging for little legs – sourcing plants and bark is half the fun, then back home to make a little garden with the treasured finds.
It’s time to play! Off to the beach, trusty flask and Easter cake in the bag, along with the important glistening golden goodies which will soon be hidden, found and readily enjoyed. The children have been looking forward to this holiday for many weeks and now it’s here; even the dog is excited!
Once at the beach, Mum keeps the children occupied skimming stones across the mill-pond water, while Dad goes off to lay the treasure for the hunt. Something you may think about and plan for days is often over in moments but look at the joy that is spread across the children’s faces as they find a golden egg hidden under a stone or beside a rock pool! Once found, all the eggs are placed carefully in a bucket and then readily enjoyed. The Easter Egg hunt is a huge success!
So when did the popular Easter egg hunt originate? It is believed that Easter eggs go back thousands of years and are largely a pagan tradition. Hunting for eggs date back to the 1700s when it was believed there was an egg-laying hare. Children were encouraged to build nests for the hare to lay in and then search for the eggs it left behind. The tradition stuck and now children all over the world go hunting in anticipation of finding chocolate eggs each Easter.
Sound like fun to you? There are some fabulous family Easter egg hunts and events for all the family happening in and around Falmouth this Easter.
Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith 14th-17th April are offering Easter egg hunts for young children in the Olive Grove and older children in their beautiful gardens.
Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith 11th and 13th April are holding Easter workshops for the children to make their own Easter nest, plus a special Easter lunch on Easter day (pre-booking required).
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 3rd to 23rd April have ‘Pirates ahoy’ fun for all the family!
Trelissick, Truro 14th-17th April have a Cadburys Easter egg hunt through the gardens with a chocolate prize at the end!
Flambards, Helston 1st – 23rd April have Easter activities throughout the holidays including a Victorian Easter quiz trail and a grand Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday!
‘Wild Spring Hare’ play with Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods 7th – 17th April. An adventure set in the woods amongst bluebells and birds which the whole family will love. (photo above)
After all that exploring, now it is time to eat.
Get stocked up with all your essentials in the large variety of great shops in Falmouth offering artisan bread, organic vegetables, freshly-caught fish, local meat and a fabulous health food shop full of cooking ingredients.
For your tasty Easter meal, there are a large choice of cafes and restaurants in Falmouth which offer something for everyone’s taste, whatever time of day. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Cornish pasty on the Prince of Wales Pier, while watching boats bob about in the harbour, or purchasing some fish and chips from Harbour Lights (recently voted Britain’s best fish and chip shop) and eating them on the beach. Finish it off with a Cornish Roskilly’s ice cream at Gylly Beach Café.
It’s time to get creative and decorate some eggs! This delightful artistic activity is an age-old tradition. I remember my mother annually bringing out the precious box of eggs decorated from previous years; some a little faded and cracked but this only adding to the beauty. All you need are some hand blown eggs and whatever you fancy decorating them with. You can use paints, natural dyes (beetroot, cabbage, turmeric or onion) or food colourings. Get experimenting with crayons, sponges, rubber bands or string to create pretty patterns. Once done, why not hang them up on a branch you’ve collected from the woods (some thread on a match stick works well) to enjoy over Easter.
Now for the sweet treats! Getting the little ones involved in the kitchen is a great rainy day afternoon activity. This super-simple, delicious recipe for peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs is a winner every time, plus the children will love getting their hands all chocolatey!
Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Easter Eggs
• Egg moulds
Ingredients for filling:
• 3/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup/honey
Ingredients for coating:
• 1 cup chocolate
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
To make the filling:
• In a small pan melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil together then stir in the vanilla until mixed well.
• Pour the mixture into egg moulds and freeze for an hour.
• Remove and leave to one side.
To make the coating:
• Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a hot pan of water until it’s well mixed then pour into the egg moulds.
• Place the peanut butter eggs in the chocolate, pressing down so the chocolate covers the eggs.
• Place in the fridge to set for half an hour.
All ingredients can be sourced locally from The Natural Store in Falmouth.