6 Exciting Things to do in Cornwall This May!


1. St Agnes Bolster Festival 

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. A great day out for all the family! 

More info on the legend of Bolster here!

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2. Helston Flora Day 

A day of dancing that starts at 7am and lasts the whole day. The pre-christian tradition is to usher in a prosperous harvest. 

The children of the town dance at 10.00am wearing flowers and lily of the valley and at midday the formal dance of the day begins with men wearing morning dress and the ladies decked out in magnificent ball gowns and hats that could be the envy of Ascot. To round off the day of dancing, the Evening Dance starts from the Guildhall at 5pm.

More info on the tradition and on how you can get involved here.

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3. Music at the Minack 

A week long celebration of music at possibly the best venue in the entire country. Spectacular views accompanied by various music, from classical performances to contemporary rock. 

The full list of performers, with dates and times of their performances can be found here on the visit Cornwall website. 

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4. Fal River Festival 

This fantastic 10 day celebration offers something for everyone, with over 100 events showcasing creative talent from the worlds of art, music, food, theatre, film, adventure & more.

It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture & industry that are connected by this beautiful Cornish river. This fantastic celebration is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses everything from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking and lots more.

With this diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival is perfect opportunity to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, and discover it’s best bits! More info: www.falriverfestival.co.uk

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5. Bug and Butterfly Quest at Paradise Park

Paradise Park has a special quest for kids this May! Explore and find all the hidden butterflies, answer all the questions and win some tasty chocolate prizes. 

Fun for the whole family and especially great for the kids this may half-term. More info can be found on their website here: https://paradisepark.org.uk

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6. Potting Up at St Michael's Mount

This May Half Term holiday, junior gardeners are invited to join the gardening team on St Michael's Mount and learn a little about the lush sub-tropical garden and the flowers that grow there. 

Kids will be able to pot a sempervivum which they can then take home to watch grow! This  is included for free with normal entry to the island. More info on St Michael's Mount can be found here.

If you're still looking for somewhere to stay this May half-term, there is still some limited availability remaining on some of holiday cottage lets. Use the availability checker below for more detailed information.