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May celebrations in Cornwall

Madron Well

Festivals and events galore in Cornwall!

Bank Holiday Weekend 28th April – 1st May

May Day Celebrations in Padstow
Celebrations for May Day or ‘Obby Oss’ take place over the whole of bank holiday weekend with a fair, parades and entertainment.

Be inspired by art and performance.

St Agnes Bolster Festival
Follow the Cornish giants! Bonfire and BBQ on Saturday evening and a pageant on Sunday celebrating the ancient pagan idea that giants roamed Cornwall.

1st May

St Ives May Day
Traditional May Day celebrations with a parade followed by a fish bbq and lively market.

6th May

Helston Flora Day
Celebrating the start of spring in a floral tradition with beautiful decorations and dancing in the street.

6th – 13th May

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature
Writers workshops, talks, walks and entertainment in a full programme of literary events.



13th – 20th May

St Ives Food and Drink and Literature Festival
The food and drink festival takes place 13th to 14th and then the Literature Festival continues until 20th.

14th May

Arts, crafts,
food and live entertainment.

13th – 14th May

Mini Riviera Run
Mini car festival at Pentewen Sands.

19th – 21st May

Aspall Polo on the Beach
10th anniversary matches at Watergate Bay.

26th – 28th May

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival
Readings, music, walks, talks and visual art.

26th – 29th May

Live in the Wyldes
Live music with Rag’n’Bone Man, Chase & Status, The Human League, Dan Caplen and a host of other acts. Week St Mary, north Cornwall.

Rag n Bone Man

26th – 29th May

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival
Popular folk music festival takes over the town. This year there will also be a fringe festival.

26th May – 4th June

Fal River Festival
Events on and around the river in Falmouth.


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