Here at Merchant House Hotel our location is perfect to use as a base for exploring the picturesque places Cornwall has to offer.
We are a 7- 10 minute walk to the City Centre of Truro, where you will find the Hall for Cornwall, lots of great shops and fabulous restaurants as well as some enjoyable events all listed below!
Here are some of our recommendations of places to visit and great days out, as well as what’s on in and around Truro and Cornwall over the next couple of months.
“Iceberg dead ahead!” Head to the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth on the 8th April for a brand new exhibition – Titanic Stories! Transport yourself back to 15th April 1912, and re-live the sinking of the world famous “unsinkable ship”. Delve into the mysteries of one of the most talked about events of the 20th century and explore many of the myths that still linger today.
Keen to sample some traditional Cornish cuisine? Take a trip to the seaside for the Porthleven Food Festival held from 20th-22nd April. There will be live music, traditional dance performances, cooking workshops and of course, the chance to indulge yourself on some of the finest food that Cornwall has to offer!
It’s a busy month at the Hall for Cornwall with a full schedule of plays and shows on offer. Why not make a night of it and stay with us? Just a 7-10 minute walk down the hill or 2 minutes in a taxi and you’ll be at the Hall doors! There is something for everybody this month with some fantastic shows such as: “The Bob Dylan Story”, “Brainiac Live”, “The Evely Brothers Story” and “The play that goes wrong…” For more information or to book your tickets ahead of time visit the Hall for Cornwall website.
The beautiful Boconnoc estate near Liskeard plays host to the Cornwall Flower Show on the 7th April. One of the friendliest and welcoming flower shows in the UK, this is not one to miss if you wish to see Cornwall in bloom and welcome spring in style!
Not sure how to spend an evening? Take a stroll down the hill to the Plaza Cinema for a night in front of the big screen. This independent cinema features a full range of movies, from the latest blockbusters to a one-night-only screening of the Royal Ballet on April 1st.
Head over to National Trust-owned Trelissick Garden on Monday 16th April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women securing the vote. “I dare” tells the story of how, in 1931, the ‘straightforward and modest’ Ida Copeland defeated fascist Oswald Mosley to become MP for Stoke-on-Trent.
Enjoy an all-new three week programme of family fun this Easter at The Eden Project. There are plenty of activities running throughout April including: an Easter egg hunt, giant inflatable challenge and a spring maze. Please click here for more information.
Perhaps you’re looking for a way to occupy your kids this Easter? Be sure to check out Truro Children’s Fun Day on April 14th for a day of free activities, fun workshops and great offers! Or head to Helston, just a 35 minute drive from the Hotel, to Flambards which is fully open throughout the holidays. Take part in an Easter egg hunt, get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies or maybe just come and marvel at Billy Wizz, everybody’s favourite magician, ventriloquist and balloon modelling genius.
Head down to Padstow for May Day on the 1st of the month, the biggest day in Padstow’s calendar. Up to 30,000 people will be visiting this tiny fishing port for a day of celebration, singing and dance. We recommend getting there early to beat the traffic! For more information please follow this link.
On 5th May, St Agnes plays host to the Bolster Festival, a celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. This is a great day out for all the family and not one to be missed! Use this link for more information.
Taking place in Wadebridge on the 5th May, the Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show showcases the best of the regions interiors, gardens, renewables and self-build related products and services- all under one roof! With over 140 exhibitors, this is a must for anyone looking to make home and garden improvements or those who just fancy a great day out window shopping.
Ready to banish winter and welcome in the spring and summer? Head over to Helston on Tuesday 8th May for Helston Flora Day, an ancient spring festival dedicated to ushering in a prosperous harvest. It expresses itself in a lively, colorful celebration that includes the whole town. Dancing begins at 7.00am with gentleman wearing shirts and ties and ladies in light summer dresses and doesn’t stop until sun down! A great day out for all the family.
Not sure how to spend an evening? Take a stroll down the hill to the Plaza Cinema for a night in front of the big screen. This independent cinema features a full range of movies, from the latest blockbusters to a one-night-only screening of the I, Claude Monet on Tuesday 22nd May.
Are you a keen cyclist? Taking place on the 13th May, the Eden Classic sportive is a non-competitive mass participation cycle ride and one of the key events of the 2018 cycling calendar. There are 3 distances for varying abilities: the short (yet challenging) 35-miles for novices, mid-distance of 62-miles for intermediate riders and the 100-mile route for experienced riders looking for a challenge. Riders will start and finish at the Eden Project passing along beautiful coastlines and through picturesque Cornish villages.
The Race for Life has become one of the most well-known charity fun runs in the country. Taking place in Falmouth on the 13th May, this is the perfect opportunity to dust off those running shoes and help to beat cancer. Suitable for all ages, this 5-km route begins at Gyllyngvase beach at 11am. Or if you don’t fancy the running why not show your support to the locals and cheer them over the finish line! Follow this link for more information.
Falmouth, Cornwall’s most popular visitor destination, is also set to host its annual River Festival between 25th May and 3rd June. Now in its 13th year, this 10-day celebration promises to be a fantastic day out with over 150 events set to take place including: gig racing, swimming, the arts and music and drama. It’s a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.
Do your kids love Paddington Bear? On the 30th May they will have the chance to meet everyone’s favourite bear at Lappa Valley Steam Railway Station. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the magic of this wonderful day out. Bring the whole family, including the dog, for a day out that isn’t to be missed. Head to their website for more information.
May marks the last full month before the Hall for Cornwall closes its’ doors for renovation and there are plenty of shows and plays on offer this month. Why not make a night of it and stay with us? Just a 7-10 minute walk down the hill or 2 minutes in a taxi and you’ll be at the Hall doors! There is something for everybody this month with some fantastic shows such as: “Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings”, “Toddler Tuesdays”, “Steve Steinman- The Meatloaf Story” and a special night of comedy with Tim Vine. For more information or to book your tickets ahead of time visit the Hall for Cornwall website.
Hailed as ‘one of the most traditional singers to emerge in recent years’, Daoiri Farrell is set to make an appearance at Devoran Village Hall on the 20th May. His distinctive, perceptive and fluid vocals are teamed with an instrumental musicianship honed through years of study, all driven by a deep love of Irish traditional song. Click this link to book tickets.
Not sure where to take the kids during May half-term (28th May-1st June)? Trelissick gardens are hosting a unique event called ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ which is sure to be a day filled with plenty of fun-filled activities for all of the family. Download a checklist of those 50 activities here and see if you can tick them all off! Head to their website for more information.
Travel back in time this May Bank Holiday weekend (5th-7th May) at Flambards and celebrate ‘Days of the Dinosaurs’. Enjoy daily talks and shows at 1pm and 3pm, where you can get up close to some prehistoric creatures that still exist today! This is an exciting event for all of the family so be sure to check it out.