May is a marvellous month! With Spring festivals, two bank holidays and warmer weather promised it’s got to be up there as one of the best months of the year.
Here’s our list of Cornish Events this May!
Padstow May Day, 1st
Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss is the iconic celebration of May Day and welcomes around 10’s of thousands of visitors! It’s the largest celebration on Padstows calendar and dates back to Cornish Pagan times. With a red and a blue ‘Oss, it’s like something from your dreams, visit Padstow on the 1st May to see what it’s all about.
St Ives May Day, 7th
May Day celebrates the end of the Winter darkness and the arrival of Spring! Head to The Guildhall at midday for the ‘Pee Whip’, there’s also May Pole dancing and local music. There’s local choirs and bands providing entertainment through the day so make a day of it. Find out more on our St Ives May Day blog.
Flora Day, 8th
Not only is there the Flora Dance but Lily of the Valley and the Hal-an-Tow all add to the tradition. Head along on Flora Eve, or for one of the many dances throughout the day to see the Helston locals celebrating this iconic Cornish festival.
Read more in our Flora Day blog.
Fowey Festival of Art and Literature, 11th -19th
Fowey Festival is one of Cornwall’s best literary events. With a range of authors, speakers and artists this festival will appeal to all. Organised by the Du Maurier Festival Society, and in Fowey there’s lots going on. Find out more on the Fowey Festival website.
St Ives Food and Drink Festival, 11th – 13th
This is one of the top food festivals in Cornwall (read about the others on our Best Cornish Events blog). We are expecting big things this year, with sunshine, amazing food and great entertainment.
Read last years St Ives Food and Drink Festival blog to find out more.
Eden Classic Cycle, 13th
If you’re a keen cyclist the Eden Classic has distances of 35, 62 or 100 miles so there’s something for almost everyone. All the races start and finish by the Eden biomes and take you on an out and back loop through the Cornish countryside, covering many of our Cornish hills! The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan are open free of charge for your family and friends to support. Head to their website for more information or to enter.
The Minack Theatre, 21st – 1st June
From the 21st – 25th the Minack has ‘Before I Wake’ on, and from the 28th – 1st June it’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. This unique cliffside open air theatre is a great place to watch a show while you’re in Cornwall or fancy a night out! Pack a picnic or a pasty and sit looking out into the Atlantic while being entertained perched on our Cornish cliffs, how extraordinary.
Fal River Festival, 25th – 3rd June
Celebrating the places, history and culture of the Fal River area with events happening along its course. This non-profit festival hosts more than 150 events across music, arts, gig boats, swimming and walking. There’s live music and outdoor film screenings as well as local cuisine to enjoy. The events are held all the way from the Roseland Peninsula to Truro and Falmouth.
Penlee Park Theatre, 29th – 31st
This year celebrates the 70th Season of the Open Air Theatre in Penzance. On the 29th May the Heartbreak Theatre are showcasing David Walliams’ ‘The Midnight Gang’. Tickets are £15 for adults and £9 for children. Or Thursday 31st the Imago Theatre are in a Beckett Double Bill, tickets are £6 for children and £10 for adults.
Let us know what Cornish Events this May you’ll be heading to!
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