Here’s why you can’t miss a visit to Cornwall over the next couple of months!
Over the next couple of months, everything in The Duchy reawakens; flowers bloom along the coast paths, the days stretch longer as fiery sunsets fill the skies and arts, music and food festivals start to pop up all over the county.
Here’s our pick of the top events that you don’t want to miss in May and June.
Padstow May Day – 1st May
Marvel at the legendary Obby Oss and dance through the streets to the sound of drums as thousands of locals and holiday makers alike celebrate May Day, the biggest event in Padstow’s calendar.
Some say the tradition has pagan roots as a rain or fertility symbol whilst others think it was created as a deterrent to a possible landing by the French centuries ago. Either way, it’s a fascinating and unmissable insight into true Cornish heritage. There’s plenty of free merriment to enjoy around the harbour town every 1st May.
Taking place on the stunning Porthminster Beach, this event has become a highlight in the South West’s culinary calendar. Events take place right down on the sand, with the sound of the waves in your ears and the town of St Ives as a beautiful backdrop.
See, discover and taste a wide range of Cornish delicacies, watch some of Cornwall’s finest chefs whip up local dishes, take part in a food foraging walk, enjoy live music with your toes in the sand or join in the Oyster and Champagne tastings. You’re free to roam around and enjoy the daytime festivities with tickets needed for evening music sessions.
This quirky festival is inspired by the famed author Daphne du Maurier, who created a rich literary legacy of titles set inspired by her time spent in and around Fowey, and showcases the inspiration behind her stories.
Set in the picture-perfect Cornish harbour side town of nearby Fowey, you can soak up the culture and the atmosphere with panoramic views over the river, with activities ranging from live music and painting workshops to garden walks and piano recitals. Tickets for individual activities can be purchased on their website.
Fal River Festival – 24th May – 2nd June
This 10-day event celebrates everything about life on the Fal River; its people, history, culture, sport and industry that are all connected by it. It’s a real feel good community event, encompassing over 150 events from music & drama and the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking and more. Tickets for individual activities can be purchased on their website.
Royal Cornwall Show – 6-8th June
You might just spot a member of the royal family at this prestigious show! One of Cornwall’s must-do annual events, the Royal Cornwall Show has showcased the very best of rural life in The Duchy since 1793.
Livestock judging, the famous flower tent, show jumping, Cornish wrestling, traditional steam fair, local food and drink demos, quintessential Cornish entertainment and so much more…If it’s unique and Cornish, you’ll find it here. Over 130,000 people flock to Wadebridge for the event every year, so plan ahead and make sure you get there early!
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival – 14-16th June
Intertwining with the Falmouth Classics Regatta, this event is a fantastic free festival of maritime music and is the perfect way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past. With performances by over 50 groups from all over Cornwall, the UK, Holland and France, the event sets the shoreside scene with a spectacular array of traditional song and music.
Our advice? Grab a pasty and a cold beer, and find a spot on the harbour to watch the world go by in song.
Polperro Festival – 15th-23rd June
Centered around the Summer Solstice, this week-long free festival celebrates the coming of summer in the beautiful fishing village of Polperro. It’s a feast of entertainment for both villager and visitor, with live music, an arts and crafts fair, a comedy night, the lighting of the solstice bonfire, colourful village carnival and even a unique ‘mock mayor’ festival (we don’t want to spoil the surprise, you’ll have to come down and find out for yourself…)
Mevagissey Feast Week – 23rd-29th June
This community festival is believed to be the longest surviving in Cornwall and it’s right on our doorstep. Packed full of entertainment, demonstrations, live music and lots of fish dishes to taste, the event ends with a colourful carnival parading through Mevagissey’s ancient streets and a spectacular firework display out over the water.
Have a go at catching some crab on the harbour, try your luck in a fishing boat race or take part in the traditional flora dance. There is no charge for the majority of events organised but all donations are gratefully received to help keep the festival alive each year.
When you’re done exploring, tasting and experiencing the crazy uniqueness of Cornwall’s festivals, you can retreat back to your home-away-from-home here at Trevalsa and enjoy a glass of something chilled at the bar. Click here for our best rates on spring time breaks.