Cornwall’s Bluebell Festival
A single bluebell nods its head to the arrival of spring, soon to be joined by a thousand others creating a floral sea of shimmering blue… Cornish woodlands are currently displaying lush carpets of this delicate and ephemeral wildflower; a beautiful sight to behold, and come May (2nd to 10th) the Bluebell Festival takes places at Enys Gardens, near Penryn.
Swathes of bluebells are a privileged sight, not to be missed, and at Enys the spring show is considered ‘breathtaking’. They are found in an open meadow, known as Parc Lye, within the 30-acre grounds with their waterwheel, flower garden, New Zealand garden and woodland areas.
There are many other dazzling bluebell displays at venues across the county, here are some suggested by VisitCornwall:
Tehidy Country Park, Camborne
Looe Valley, Duloe
Penrose Estate, Helston where on May 8thy they are used to decorate the streets for the traditional Flora Day celebrations
Pencarrow House and Gardens, near Bodmin
Antony Woodland Garden, near Torpoint
Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll, Torpoint
Godolphin House and Garden, Helston
Glendurgan Garden, near Falmouth
If you are lucky enough to visit in springtime, you may spot bluebells in the woods at CLC Trenython Manor where they appear each year; our guests of all ages are encouraged to discover our flora and fauna during their stay with us. Cornwall’s kind climate means the bluebell makes an early appearance to be among the early spring pollinators.
The common bluebell, Hyachinthoides non-scripta, is a protected species in the UK, so resist any temptation to uproot them! Instead, grab your camera and capture the beauty of this most popular of wildflowers, heralding as they do longer days and warmer weather!
photo credit: Ken Douglas