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Top Ten Things to do in Cornwall this May

May Day at Padstow1. Padstow May Day, May of 1st

Come and enjoy Padstow’s famous festival – Obby Oss day. Locals decorate the streets with bunting, flowers, flags, a maypole, and greenery. In the morning two “osses” are released from their stables, swirling and dancing as they move through Padstow taunted by a Teazer, who leads the dance with theatrical movements. The accompanying people dance along to the drum, dressed in white and donning spring flowers. The festival ends with the followers of the “osses” singing a traditional May song.

2. Port Eliot Dog Festival, 6th of May

This festival is wonderfully quirky and in honour of our four-legged doggy friends. All set in the delightful grounds of Port Eliot. For dogs there will be some wonderful competitions to enter.

Not forgetting the humans, there will also be stalls and cream teas, along with other refreshments, activities for children, including a treasure hunt, and musical entertainment. There is a special 25th anniversary Silver Tea Party.

The Dog Festival is being held in support of the Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal, raising funds to build a new children’s hospice at Little Harbour, near St Austell. There is a small entry fee, along with another small fee to enter the competitions. All proceeds go to CHSW.

3. Helston Flora Day, 6th of May

Helston Flora Day has a long history and has been celebrated for hundreds of years. It is a spring festival to mark the end of winter and the arrival of new vitality and fertility. The houses are decorated with flowers and greenery and the drum beats to mark the first dance at seven in the morning. Some eighty couples dance through the town all day long.

4. Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Hall for Cornwall, 16th – 20th of Mayseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical comes to Cornwall, with X Factor’s Joe McElderry. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. Songs include Those Canann Days, Any Dream Will Do, and Close Every Door.

5. Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, 6th – 13th of May

Taking place in various locations in Fowey over the week, festival goers will be able to enjoy a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians and artists. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, there will be du Maurier events too celebrating one of Cornwall’s most loved authors.

6. St Ives Food and Drink Festival, 13th – 14th of May

A celebration of Cornwall’s food and drink in one of Cornwall’s most popular towns. Taste, try, meet and buy and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer. The Festival takes place on Porthminster Beach, and is believed to be Cornwall’s only beach food and drink festival.

7. Eden Classic Cycle Ride Event, 7th of May

This mass-participation cycling event, offers riders the chance to pedal the length of Eden, along with a choice of distances through the surrounding coastal areas. Nearly 800 cyclists signed up last year, with different abilities doing different length routes from 35 miles to 100.

8. Aspall Polo on The Beach, 19th – 21st of May

Enjoy this family friendly event, with lots to do on the beach, as well as polo. A polo match will be played on Friday and Saturday at 6.30pm. On Friday there will be trophy presentations along with food and on Saturday there is a ticketed party. There will be polo demonstrations, a horse display team, Segway polo and the Sunday family dog show. There will also be live music, street food, a Champagne garden and Aspall cider beach bar.

9. Fal River Festival, 26th of May – 4th of June

Established in 2006, this festival celebrates the people, history, and culture along the River Fal. There are over 150 events running including, music, dance, arts, heritage, swimming and wildlife walks. The action takes place in Falmouth, Truro and the Roseland Peninsula.

10. Masked Ball, Porthleven, 26th – 28th of May

The Masked Ball kicks off the Cornwall Festival season at Beacon Crag, Porthleven, starting on the Friday with a grand long table feast, and then running from Saturday into the Sunday Service. This summer Ballers are invited to take A Voyage Through the Underworld. Revellers can take a night train on a journey through dark tunnels transporting them back in time through various parties that took place in the past. You could ride into a Brixton squat in the 80s, a Chicago blues club in the 40s, a New York Disco in the late 70s or a Manhattan speakeasy in the 30s.
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