So why not the make the most of one of your May weekends and catch one of these great Cornwall events? It’s a beautiful month, and you deserve a beautiful short break with your loved ones. We have a number of last-minute cottages in Cornwall available throughout May for an amazing trip, so read on for our list of Top 5 Things to Visit in Cornwall this May!
1. St Ives Food and Drink Festival
On the 13th and 14th of May, get yourself to St Ives for some tasty treats. It’s the annual St Ives Food and Drink Festival. Their slogan? Relax, eat, drink and enjoy yourselves – and that’s clearly their intended order. Held at the iconic Porthminster Beach, you can expect all things local and traditionally Cornish, with a sprinkling of expert advice and demonstration. This is the festival’s 8th year so they know what they’re doing; it’s going to be a culinary cracker.
2. UK Pro Surf Tour
On the 6th – 7th May head over to Watergate Bay Newquay for some top class surfing. This will be the first leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour and it’s sure to be a thrill to watch. There will be an open event and women’s event as well as 7 junior categories. With plenty of awesome surfing, a great town to explore and hopefully some sunny weather, what other reason would you need to head to Newquay.
3. Fowey Festival of Art & Literature
Now for Cornwall’s artsy side. On the 6th -13th May, Fowey in south Cornwall settles in for a week of all things literary. From guest speakers to live music the Fowey Festival of Art & Literature transforms this small town into Cornwall’s unofficial art capital. The Fowey Art Trail, complete with Art Trail map, allows you a look in at a series of artist studios and is back again this year better than ever. It’s a wonderful weekend of all things artsy and even better for being surrounded by the beauty of Fowey.
4. Padstow May Day
The biggest day in Padstow’s calendar, for a reason! Padstonians across the world return to their homeland for the ‘Obby ‘Oss Day on 1st May (May Day to you or I). The origins of Padstow’s celebrations are unknown, with successive generations of Padstonians blurring the true reasons for its creation. With up to 30,000 people flocking to Padstow, it’s a crowded affair, but one full of tradition and cultural resonance for Cornwall. Head down to Padstow this May and be a part of the fun and celebration.
5. Port Eliot Dog Festival
Held on 6th May, the Port Eliot Dog Festival is a dog lovers delight. Last year saw hundreds of dogs and people enjoying the festival, with even more anticipated this year. For the dogs there are plenty of classes to enter (including who looks most like their owner!), and the Whippet Tea Party that sees the lunch invitation include whippets. For humans there will be delicious food and drink on offer as well as live music. This event supports the Children’s Hospice South West.