The blooming of the magnolia trees is what officially marks the beginning of spring in the Duchy and gardens across the county are on the lookout to see when the magnolia campelli trees are in full bloom. This can occur anytime between February and March, and this is the best time to see the pink emblems of spring in either Caerhays, Trebah, Heligan, Trewithen and Tregothnan gardens.
As you drive along the country roads in Cornwall in spring you will notice the hedgerows are ablaze with colour. Daffodils, crocus, pansies and snowdrops add a delightful brightness to the countryside after a winter of grey and brown. Even better is the carpets of bluebells will soon be on its way when spring gets into full swing.
Around our Fowey hotel, there are lots of great walking routes, and spring is the best time for it. Either head out on the South West Coast Path and see beautiful flora and fauna or try some circular walks in the area and explore some of Fowey and neighbouring Polruan.
Spot the seals
The end of winter is not just welcomed by us humans, but the seals which live around Cornwall's coastline are very welcoming to the warmer weather. As well as the seals who have managed to brave the wintery seas, there are the seals rehabilitating at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to see.
The start of spring also marks the start of the festival season in Cornwall. There are the Falmouth Spring Festival and a little closer to our Cornwall hotel, the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, which is held annually in the stunning grounds of Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel.
There is also lots of foodie events for those coming to Cornwall to indulge in the many culinary delights on offer. The World Pasty Championship at the Eden Project will soon be underway and there is also the Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival for anyone looking to try out some seafood. And for everyone staying at our luxury Fowey accommodation there is our award-winning restaurant which uses the best local and seasonal ingredients for its tasty dishes.
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