Things to do

May events in Cornwall

From flora day to polo on the beach, Cornwall has plenty to offer it's visitors this May. You'll be spoilt for choice for things to do. Festival season begins and weekends are suddenly filled with live music and craft ales (hopefully) aided by the sun shining down. It seems like everyone comes out to play once the sunshine appears. 

Crisp spring days of early May are perfect for strolls in the woods, picnics and visits to your favourite towns. The warmth of late May means the beach is the only place to be, especially during half term with the kids. But elsewhere in the county, there are tons of festivals to discover; the St Ives food and drink festival is a good one to sink your teeth into or head for Fal River festival to keep all the family entertained.

Make the most of your May and explore the finest events Cornwall has to offer.

Throughout May: A casket of pearls exhibition at Penlee House gallery

Throughout May: National Maritime Museum Tattoo exhibition

1st May: The Padstow Obby Oss

1st May: St Ives May Day

6th May: Helston Flora Day

6th May: Port Eliot dog festival

6th to 13th May: Fowey festival of Arts and Literature

7th May: St Agnes bolster festival

7th May: Classic cycling event at the Eden Project

13th to 20th May: St Ives literature festival

13th to 14th May: St Ives food and drink festival

14th May: Lostfest in Lostwithiel

19th to 21st May: Aspall Polo on the Beach

26th May to 4th June: Fal River festival

26th to 29th May: Bude and Stratton folk festival

26th to 29th May: Falmouth Street Food and Craft Ales festival

26th to 28th May: Bodmin moor poetry festival

27th May to 4th June: Circus skills for kids at Flambards

28th to 30th May: Launceston Steam Rally


Two bank holidays this month give you extra days to enjoy some fun and frolicks with friends and family. Come away for a short weekend away and catch up with those you don't see very often. Crack open a bottle of wine and chat like you've never been away. Now is the time when friendships are rekindled and summer jaunts together can be planned.

Choose a self catering cottage in Cornwall to make the most of your summer.

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