Easter in St.Ives

4th April 2022

Lighter evenings, daffodils in flower and the sight of chocolate filling supermarket shelves, it can only mean one thing… Easter!


Now we can finally celebrate Easter away from home, why not take a trip down to us here in St.Ives! There is plenty to see and do for all the family so here’s a round-up of ideas to get you started…

Easter Egg Hunts

It wouldn’t feel like Easter, if you didn’t take part in an Easter egg hunt, and there are plenty to choose from.

Lelant’s local Easter egg hunt returns this year in Anne’s Wood on Sunday 17th at 10am, organised by the Badger Pub. Bring your own bucket as you hunt around the small woodland area for the hidden chocolate. It’s £2.50 per child and all money raised is donated to Children’s Hospice South West.

Just down the road in Hayle, Paradise Park has a Golden Egg Challenge, which involves a quiz and chocolate. Whilst you’re there, enjoy the wonderful wildlife as well as the Jungle Barn – a large indoor soft play space for the kids to burn off some energy, especially on a wet day!

If you’re National Trust members, Trengwainton Gardens has a family friendly Easter trail which involves 10 nature inspired activities along the way. It runs until Sunday 24th April, with the gardens open Sunday – Thursday, as well as Good Friday, and is £3 per child.

Right here at Polmanter, we have a trail for your little ones to complete too. From Friday 15th April, you’ll find a number of puzzles located around the site. Collect a set of clues and map from Reception to help find them, and once they’re all completed, bring them back to claim an Easter treat.


Easter egg hunts at Easter in St Ives


Theatre with a difference

Experience theatre with a difference whilst visiting Cornwall.

Rogue Theatre perform in Tehidy Woods throughout the year, and this April it’s the turn of their Wild Awake production from 13th – 23rd. This theatre adventure in the woods is not one to miss and will easily mesmerise both adults and children.

If it’s an outdoor theatre experience you’re after, a trip to The Minack Theatre is a must. Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather is on centre stage this Easter, with tickets from £10 and under 16s half price. With the theatre built into Cornish cliffs at Porthcurno, the backdrop to this production is stunning as you’ll see right out across the Atlantic thanks to the lighter evenings. If you can’t make it for the performance, you can still take a day trip to visit the theatre and beautiful gardens.

For something more traditional, let our local youth theatre group Kidz R Us entertain you with Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates panto. This swashbuckling tale is performed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, for the next couple of weeks from 6.30pm.


Entrance to the Rogue Theatre Easter performance

Source: Rogue Theatre

Get crafty

We can all appreciate a bit of art, but there’s nothing better than creating something yourself.

Tate St Ives is welcoming families to its ‘Tate Create’ event in their Foyle Studio. Designed by a group of students from Falmouth School of Art, this is an interactive space inspired by the themes in Thao Nguyen Phan’s exhibition in the gallery. Access with a general admission ticket and open daily, until 22nd April.

Work with clay at one of Leach Pottery’s Spring creative workshops. These sessions offer children aged 7-18 years old the opportunity to make a decorative textured tile celebrating growth, bloom and nature.

For chocolate lovers, you have to visit Coco Kitchen. This family run business is hosting Easter themed workshops, which are suitable for all ages. Pick your chocolate, start decorating and enjoy the tasting afterwards.

The best thing about all these crafty activities… they’re all right here in St Ives.


Children taking part in a chocolate making workshop during Easter in St Ives

Source: Coco Kitchen

Explore West Cornwall

Aside from Easter activities, there is plenty more things to do and experience.

If you fancy exploring on foot, join the South West Coast Path for some stunning walks along the rugged Cornish coastline.

Or why not see the sights on two wheels? There are some lovely quiet lanes to cycle around the countryside or down to the beach. For the more adventurous, we’d recommend hiring from St Ives eBikes, so that you can cycle further and take on one of their West Cornwall routes. As a Polmanter guest, quote POLMANTER10 for a 10% discount.

Buses are also a great way of getting around, especially now, as Transport for Cornwall has reduced their fares. A day ticket has been reduced to £5 for adults, £4 for under 19s and £10 for a family ticket, which you can use on any bus* across the county, no matter what colour it is, or who’s driving – it’s one, big joined up network. There also savings to be made for ‘town zone’ travel, including St Ives.

No matter how you decide to travel, check out more attractions close to Polmanter and further afield. You really won’t be stuck for ideas – come rain or shine!


Cycling in St Ives with St Ives EBikes

Source: St Ives eBikes

Easter at Polmanter

Here on site, we’re looking forward to welcoming our Easter guests.

As mentioned, we’ll have an Easter trail available for the children to get involved with at any time throughout your stay. Pop into Reception to pick up the trail’s map and clues to get started.

There will also be an Easter egg drawing competition. Draw, colour, paint… we want to see your best Easter egg creations! Collect a sheet of paper from Reception with the outline of an Easter egg and once you’ve completed your masterpiece display it in the conservatory of The Stable Bar for judging to take place on Friday 22nd April. A prize will be up for grabs for the best one.

The Stable Bar will be extending their opening hours, serving breakfast 9-11am Easter weekend (Sat-Mon), and also opening Easter Sunday evening, in addition to its usual evening service Wednesday to Saturday.

Friday 15th – Open from 5pm | Dinner 5-9pm
Saturday 16th – Open from 9am | Breakfast 9-11am | Dinner: 5-9pm
Sunday 17th – Open from 9am | Breakfast 9-11am | Lunch 12-3pm | Dinner 5-8pm
Monday 18th – Open from 9am | Breakfast 9-11am | Dinner: 5-9pm
Tuesday 19th – Open from 5pm | Dinner 5-9pm
Wednesday 20th – Closed
Thursday 21st – Closed
Friday 22nd – Open from 5pm | Dinner 5-9pm

Liz’s Quizzes will also be making a return for the 2022 season on Sunday evening from 8.30pm. Be sure to pull a team together of family and friends and put your general knowledge to the test.


We hope this has given you a good idea of what you can do this Easter in St Ives. All you’ve got to do now is book and get packing!