The best May Events in Cornwall

What’s on in Cornwall – 1st – 31st May 2013

May is a very busy month for events in Cornwall; traditional festivals. sport competitions and family days, there is so much on offer you could spend hours researching where to go. Luckily we have done all the work for you and have listed the best May events in Cornwall for you.  Whether you are on holidays with children in Cornwall or just booked a hotel break in Cornwall we are sure you won’t be disappointed.

Here an overview of the best Cornwall events for May 2013:

1st May
Padstow May Day
(25 mins drive from Sands Resort Hotel)

Cornwall Family Events in May

May Day (or ‘Obby ‘Oss Day as it is known outside of Padstow) is the biggest day in Padstow’s calendar.  It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into our little town.  

Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning two “osses”, one red and one blue emerge from their stables. Obby Oss regalia is set into a body covering costume built around a six feet wide circular wooden hoop.

The “osses”, swirling and dancing proceed through Padstow’s streets taunted by a Teazer, who leads the dance with theatrical movements. s the procession moves around the town dancers perform a traditional gyrating dance to the sound of the accompanying musicians and drummers. Last, but not least, are the followers, young and old who follow the procession every year and join in the singing of the traditional May Song. Ideal if you are on holiday with older children.

3rd – 6th May 2013
St Agnes Bolster Festival
(30 mins drive from Sands Resort Hotel)

A celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster, who having ravaged the locality and terrified the locals is finally brought his comeuppance by a fair village maiden. On the Saturday evening a lantern procession leaves Churchtown at the centre of the village, heading for the highest point in the locality, The Beacon, where a bonfire is lit to fire clay houses that local children have made. In the evening there is live music at the local pubs.

4th – 6th May
English National Surf Championships
Watergate Bay (3 mins drive from Sands)

Following its 40th anniversary last year, the English National Surfing Championships will see the next generation of young surfers battle to knock established competitors off the top spot.

8th May
Helston Flora Day
(50 mins drive from Sands Resort Hotel)

This ancient festival is held to celebrate the end of winter and mark the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life. The houses and shops of the town are decorated with greenery and floral arrangements to express the spirit of renewal.

When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at seven in the morning, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence. Some eighty couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring.

18th – 19th May
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
(50 mins drive from Sands Resort Hotel)

A celebration and gathering of some of the finest food & drink producers and chefs in Cornwall which will take place in St Ives on Porthminster Beach. It is believed to be believed to be the UK’s only beach food and drink festival. Great fun whilst on holidays with children. 

18th – 19th May
Polo on the Beach 2013
Watergate Bay (3 mins drive from Sands)

A firm favourite on the Cornish events calendar, Polo on the Beach has attracted top international polo players and every year since its debut in 2007 thousands of spectators have stood side by side on the sands of Watergate Bay to witness thrilling displays of beach polo.

24th May – 2nd June
Fal River Festival Falmouth, Truro, Roseland
(45 mins drive from Sands)

Celebrating life on the river Fal this is a community festival encompassing over 150 events, including a fish festival, gig racing, swimming, wildlife walks and lots more.

For more ideas and days out in Cornwall take a look at our other Days out in Cornwall posts.

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