With beautiful beaches, renowned visitor attractions and year-round festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Cornwall is a popular destination for group holidays. Whether you opt for a long weekend away with friends or fancy a more leisurely week’s holiday with the grandparents, April and May are ideal months for a group getaway in Cornwall.
Spring brings with it longer days and warmer weather, making it perfect for getting out and exploring. Cornwall’s glorious gardens are at their finest, with magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias adding a dramatic splash of colour.
And if you’re planning a holiday to celebrate an anniversary or a milestone birthday, there are plenty of options to choose from to mark a special occasion – such as an atmospheric boat trip on the River Fal, dinner at one of Cornwall’s renowned restaurants, or an extra special picnic with a spectacular view.
What’s on in Cornwall: highlights in April and May
Porthleven Food Festival, late April
For one weekend in April, Porthleven celebrates Cornwall’s culinary delights. food and craft stalls surround the harbour, and there will be live cooking demonstrations and workshops, music, dancing, and a range of activities for younger visitors.
Charity Garden Open Weekend at Tregothnan, 21st/22nd April 2018
Tregothnan’s tranquil botanical gardens are open to the general public for one weekend only for their annual charity garden opening. Owned by the Boscawen family, the estate is also home to England’s only tea plantation.
At other times of the year, you can join group garden tours or arrange a private garden visit – see the website for details).
Enys Bluebell Festival, late April early May
Within the 30 acre gardens at Enys is an open meadow known as Parc Lye, which is covered in bluebells during the spring. The Enys Bluebell Festival is a celebration of this breathtaking natural display. Visitors can enjoy exploring the gardens before relaxing with a cream tea or a slice of homemade cake in the café.
Outside the Bluebell Festival, the the gardens at Enys are open from April –September on Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday afternoons (gardens open every day during the Bluebell Festival)
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, 12th-19th May 2018
There’s no better time to visit Fowey than during the festival. The diverse programme includes talks, interviews, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, performances, concerts, an art trail, guided walks and river cruises. And as you’d expect, there’s also a range of Daphne du Maurier related events and workshops.
St Ives Literature Festival, May
Book lovers will be beating a path to St Ives in May as authors and poets descend on the town for eight days of literary loveliness from book launches to poetry readings, creative writing workshops, live music and comedy.
St Ives Food and Drink Festival, 12th/13th May 2018
The St Ives Food and Drink Festival is believed to be the UK’s only beach food and drink festival. Bringing together some of the finest food & drink producers and chefs in Cornwall, this gastronomic festival is likely to be on any foodie’s ‘must-do’ list. There’s also a range of activities and entertainment for the whole family.
Open Studios Cornwall, May to June 2018
Artists and craftspeople across Cornwall throw open the doors to their studios for nine days.
Group holidays at Bosinver
While Bosinver’s tranquil setting makes it feel like you’re miles away from anywhere, our location is second to none. Just off the A390 outside St Austell, we’re easily accessible by car. We’re also just a few minutes away from the railway station in St Austell (which is on the main line to London Paddington) and only 30 minutes’ drive from Newquay Airport.
Luxury cottages ideal for groups
We’ve got several large cottages perfect for groups of friends or large families. The characterful Farmhouse (sleeps 12) and eco-house Lowen (sleeps 8) each have their own private hot tub – ideal for relaxing after a busy day of activities! Jack’s Barn and Laburnum both also sleep 8, with plenty of communal space. For a bigger group, you could book two or more cottages, as they’re all only a hop, skip and a jump away from one another.
You can book a short break in any of our available cottages between mid-September and mid-May (minimum stay three nights, stays can start any day of the week except Sunday). Please see our availability chart to check our live availability.
If you’ve got any queries or need some advice on which cottage to choose, just give us a call.
Have you visited Cornwall on holiday with a large group? We’d love to hear what you enjoyed the most about your holiday – and any tips on how to make the most of your time together. Leave a message below, tweet @bosinver or post on our Facebook page.