Festivals, family entertainment and life in the great outdoors, this is May in Cornwall.
May in Cornwall is all about enjoying yourself and this beautiful county. Celebrations of local traditions take place all over Cornwall and May half-term means there are lots of family-friendly activities planned. With a definite pick up in pace, head out onto the scenic routes and see what is going on. There are so many festivals and events taking place that not a day goes by where there isn’t something to do or somewhere beautiful to go.
May in Cornwall is the month for festivals. An explosion of celebration bursts across the county and towns and villages share their heritage and local traditions. Take a drive through Cornwall’s stunning north coast and arrive in Padstow to witness the weird and wonderful Obby Oss Festival. Less than a week later, St Agnes celebrates the slaying of the tyrant Giant Bolster with its annual Bolster Festival. Throughout the month, local customs are proudly put on display for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, so make sure not to miss out.
Padstow May Day, Obby Oss Festival – 1st May 2019
St Agnes Bolster Festival 4th – 5th May 2019
The Black Prince Flower Boat May Day Procession – 6th May 2019
St Ives May Day – 6th May 2019
Helston Flora Day – 8th May 2019
Food, Art and Entertainment
More festivals, more fun. From home inspiration to a fascinating insight into artists’ worlds to foodie festivals, May is an exciting month for those looking to attune their cultural senses and treat their taste buds too. Starting on the 25th May, Open Studios sees countless artists, craftsmen and designers open their studio doors to the public for nine days, whilst on the newcomer Porthilly Spirit festival will be welcoming visitors for first time.
Cornwall International Male Voice Choir – 2nd – 6th May 2019
Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show in Wadebridge – 4th – 5th May 2019
St Ives’ Food and Drink Festival – 10th – 12th May 2019
Fowey Festival of Art and Literature – 10th – 18th May 2019
Lostfest – 19th May 2019
Porthilly Spirit – 24th – 26th May 2019
Bude and Stratton Folk Festival – 24th – 27th May 2019
Fal River Festival – 24th May – 2nd June 2019
Open Studios – 25th May – 2nd June 2019
Sports and Outdoors
With winter behind us, the outdoors is ready to draw us out again with blue skies and bright sunshine. Whether you are a player, spectator or both, there is plenty on offer this May in Cornwall. The first weekend in May sees the England Surfing Championships where pros take to the waves to compete. Later on in the month, Cornwall Wildlife Trust are holding their Wilder Festival where you can learn all about the fascinating wildlife that calls Cornwall home.
Looe Island Guided Walk – 2nd May 2019
The Big Hi5ive Triathlon – 4th May 2019
England Surfing Championships – 4th – 6th May 2019
Eden Sportive – 12th May 2019
CWT Wilder Festival – 26th May 2019
As the school year rolls on, another half term approaches. For families looking for fun things to do, Cornwall is a great place to spend your break. Practice your circus skills at Flambards or be transported to the Caribbean at Newquay’s Pirate Quest. There is even a mini beer festival at the Working Boat in Falmouth with a barbeque and homemade pizzas if mums and dads would like to treat themselves too!
Mini Beer Festival at The Working Boat – 24th – 27th May 2019
May Half Term at Camel Creek – 25th May – 2nd June 2019
Circus Skills at Flambards – 25th May – 2nd June 2019
Beastly Buccaneers Pirate Quest – 25th May – 2nd June 2019