Bank holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a short break in Cornwall. Take advantage of the extra day off to travel to the seaside and head home on Monday after a long weekend away. Cornwall is always busy over the bank holidays and this is especially so during the bank holidays at the start and end of May.
There are various well known events and traditional days to
be enjoyed throughout the county as well as newer options that include music
and food festivals.
You need to be efficient with your time on a bank holiday
and we always advised taking the Friday off work to make sure you get the most
out of the weekend. Checking in on Friday means that you have an extra day
exploring the coast with loved ones.
Here are a few things to enjoy over the May bank holidays:
St Ives May Day
Celebrating the start of spring in St Ives makes a fantastic
day out. The tradition stretches back hundreds of year’s starts by crowning a
king and queen, followed by a procession and Maypole dancing. Enjoy the
atmosphere on the busy streets of this picture perfect coastal village and take
in everything else the town has to offer, including art galleries, independent
retailers and some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.
Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’
The biggest day of the year in Padstow is May day, otherwise
known as the ‘Obby Oss’. A tradition that has been passed through generations is
now a hugely popular event for tourists and residents alike. The two Osses from opposing stables are led
by procession through the town, with singing and dancing before meeting each
other late in the evening. They then return to their respective stables and the
night continues with much merriment!
May in Cornwall
Helston Flora Day (6th May)
This festival celebrates the coming of springtime. The music
starts to fill the streets from 7am and there will be dancing into the small hours.
It’s a great tradition and the whole town is alive with party atmosphere. It’s
a great family day out with fun and from morning till night.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival (13th & 14th
Hosted on the glorious sands of Porthminster beach this
growing festival is a true celebration of great food in Cornwall. There will be
amazing producers, chef demos, fun and games, music and plenty of opportunity
to sample incredible food. It also means you have the chance to take a stroll
in St Ives too.
Fal River Festival (26th May – 4th
This is a great community focussed festival that really
celebrates life on the River Fal. Across the week the festival will have over
150 individual smaller events, including food and fish festivals, gig racing,
wildlife walks and plenty of exploration on the water.