With the long haul of winter finally behind us, crisp dark days are being replaced by a far more favourable warmth. Winter can take its toll on our mental and physical health. At Rascal Remedy we want to focus on reacquainting with the great outdoors. Read on for our feel good guide to what's on in Cornwall in March.
Spring Daffodil Festival at Cotehele, Saltash. 9th March – 24th March.
What better way to blow away the cobwebs than with a visit to National Trust’s Cotehele house and garden. The superb collection of locally grown daffodils and hand crafted daffodil sculptures are nothing short of inspiring. Kids can learn all about this iconic flower by exploring the gardens’ daffodil trail.
Here’s an interesting fact: according to a 2008 study, flowers and plants can reduce stress and anxiety levels. The clinical trial which studied post surgery hospital patients also found that flowers encouraged faster recovery rates, lower pain levels and increase levels of positivity.
Stargazing at Trerice, Newquay. Saturday evening 9th March
When was the last time you really looked up at the night sky? Trerice house and Kernow Astronomers will be taking an after-dark exploration of the stars and constellations that glitter our Cornish skies.
Stargazing is a great way to reconnect with nature; it calms the mind and gives us perspective. A study by American Psychological Association has shown that experiencing “a large-scale wonder” creates awe-inspiring feelings, which has ego shrinking effects, helping us to feel part of something bigger.
Sharing these types of experiences can also help us to feel closer in relationships and evaluate and appreciate all the good stuff we’ve got going on in our crazy lives.
Twilight run at Tehidy Woods, 16th March
Grab your trainers and take part in a 5k or 10k twilight run along Tehidy’s carpeted bluebell floors and woodland paths. Running and jogging increases circulation, endorphins and - we imagine - adrenaline levels too, given that you’re running from piskies, giants and whatever else that’s lurking in these spooky woods. Why not create a crowd funding page to raise money for a local charity for the ultimate feel good feeling.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar at The Eden Project, 16th March
Re-emerse yourself with the timeless tale of an endearing caterpillar's gluttonous journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Explore a fun and educational caterpillar trail through Eden’s impressive biome, make your own caterpillar string puppets, butterfly wings, wind up flutterbies and more. Getting creative is proven to boost self esteem and reduce stress. It is also proven that arts and crafts can help to improve children’s visual learning, memory and speech.
Wind in the Willows, The Minack Theatre, 29th March
What better way to enjoy Grahame’s classic woodland tale than from a 1930’s theatre carved into the edge of a Cornish cliff, offering the most breathtaking panoramic views out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Going to the theatre is a really fun way of experiencing the liveliness of a story, and musicals and plays that make you laugh can reduce stress levels and boost endorphins.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that laughter increases blood circulation and blood pressure and helps us to feel relaxed. Each giggle stimulates our vital organs, with more oxygen reaching the heart, lungs and muscles.
Mothering Sunday at The Eden Project, 31st March
Helping others feel good, as well as ourselves, is just as important. Instead of a bouquet, give Mums the whole garden this Mother’s Day at The Eden Project, who are celebrating by offering free entry for Mums and Grans on 31st March. You'll be giving back to Mother Nature too, as The Eden Project works on educational, ethical and sustainable projects all over the world.