What’s on in Cornwall this May

Cornwall this May is going to be perfect. Warm weather, sunshine, beach days and longer evenings to enjoy. It’s the making of a marvellous Summer, and there’s still so much to look forward to!

The festival season is really beginning, and there’s a whole load to fill the calendar with this month. From May Day celebrations, to food, drink and literary festivals.

Here’s a list of some of the best events to head to in Cornwall this May…

Padstow May Day, 1st

Padstows ‘Obby ‘Oss is the celebration of May Day and usually welcomes around 30,000 into the tiny streets and harbour. It’s the biggest celebration on Padstows calendar and dates back to Pagan times. With a red and a blue ‘Oss, it’s like something from a dream, you really have to see it to believe it.

Visit Padstow on the 1st May to see what all the fuss is about.

St Ives May Day, 1st

May Day traditionally celebrates the end of the winter and the arrival of Spring! Head to The Guildhall at midday for the ‘Pee Whip’ and some May stick dancing and music. There will be local choirs and bands providing entertainment through the day so make a day of it.

Find out more in our St Ives May Day blog.

st ives may day Cornwall this May

Flora Day, 6th

With Lily of the Valley and the hal-an-tow, Flora Day is full of traditions. Head along on Flora Eve, or for one of the many dances to see thousands of people celebrating this iconic Cornish festival.

Read more in our Flora Day blog.

Helston Flora Day Cornwall this May

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature, 6th – 13th

In its 21st year the Fowey Festival is one of Cornwall’s best literary events. With a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists this week will appeal to lots. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, and in Fowey, which was the home of Daphne du Maurier, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Kenneth Grahame.

Find out more on the Fowey Festival website.

Eden Classic Cycle, 7th

With over 800 cyclists last year and with more set to take part in the fast-growing event in you’re a keen cyclist don’t miss this! With distances of 35, 62 or 100 miles there’s something for everyone (or nearly everyone). All the distances start and finish by the biomes and take you on a lovely journey through the Cornish countryside (and up the Cornish hills!). The Eden Project is open free of charge for your family and friends to support, or if you want to just go along and cheer the cyclists along.

Head to their website if you want more information or to enter.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival, 13th & 14th

This was my favourite event from the whole of 2016, so I am expecting big things this year. It if rains I will be so disappointed!

Read last years St Ives Food and Drink Festival blog to find out more.

st ives food and drink festival Cornwall this May

St Ives Literary Festival, 13th – 20th

Another book Festival, this time in St Ives for this popular week long event. With book launches, poetry readings and workshops there’s lots to enjoy in this wonderful seaside town.

For a full list of the events head to their website.

Fal River Festival, 26th – 4th June

This festival celebrates the places, history and culture of the Fal River with a mixture of events happening along its course. This non-profit festival hosts more than 150 events from music, to arts, gig boats, swimming and walks. From live jazz, to outdoor film screenings and lots of local cuisine to enjoy there will be something for everyone. The events are held along the Roseland Peninsula along to Truro and Falmouth.

fal river festival 2017 cornwall this may

Let us know of any other events you’ll be heading to in Cornwall this May!

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By | 2017-04-20T15:46:38+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Activities and Days Out|1 Comment

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  1. Sara 13th January 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    This is a great post, but you left out Open Studios Cornwall, which runs during May every year. Whilst it’s not strictly speaking a festival, it is a celebration of all the many and varied artists living and working in Cornwall. More than 300 artists open their studios over a 9 day period. It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to the artists, and buy a special piece of art to take home. Look out for signs with a bright orange O popping up all over the county. Check the Open Studios Cornwall website for dates,maps and a full list of participating artists. You won’t regret it.

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