Spring Time in Cornwall – A Time for Culture and Festivities

As the warm months of May and June approach, we are eagerly looking forward to the exciting events and festivities that take place in North Cornwall during this time. With the sun shining brighter and the days growing longer, there’s no better time to explore the wonders of this beautiful region and create lasting memories during your stay with us. In this blog, we would like to highlight some of the fantastic events that North Cornwall has to offer during May and June, including the Royal Cornwall Show, May Day celebrations, St Ives Food Festival, Fowey Festival, and more.

Padstow May Day

Padstow May Day is a time-honoured tradition that’s not to be missed! Taking place on May 1st, this lively event brings the quaint town to life with electrifying energy and colourful festivities. 

The highlight of the day is the spirited Obby Oss performance, where “Old” and “Blue” hobby horses ‘Obby Osses’ lead lively processions through town accompanied by traditional musicians. The streets are adorned with ribbons, flowers, and decorations, creating a vibrant atmosphere that’s sure to captivate you as you wander through Padstow’s charming streets. You’ll be swept up in the infectious energy of the day as you join in the festivities. 

As Padstow May Day draws crowds of visitors, it’s good to plan for parking. The town can get quite busy, and car parks and streets in the old town may be closed to traffic. To ensure a hassle-free experience, it’s recommended to arrive early and secure parking. If that’s not possible, don’t worry! There is a convenient park and ride service available at a field near the Tesco supermarket at the top of the town. Alternatively, you can park in the nearby village of Rock across the estuary and take the regular ferry across to Padstow, adding an extra touch of excitement to your day.

Padstow May Day is a truly unique and unforgettable experience, celebrating community, tradition, and the joy of springtime. So, mark your calendars and get ready to join in the fun and festivities of this cherished event!

Helston Flora Day

Friday 5th May 2023 – Held annually, this time-honoured spring festival is a cherished tradition that marks the end of winter and the arrival of new life as nature bursts into bloom. The town comes alive with a riot of colours, as vibrant decorations of greenery and floral arrangements adorn the houses and shops, expressing the spirit of renewal that fills the air.

Kicking off with the beat of the big bass drum at seven in the morning, couples dance through the town, symbolically driving out winter and welcoming spring. Don’t miss the renowned Hal an Tow pageant, showcasing Helston’s history through colourful costumes and singing. This captivating spectacle adds a unique touch to the festivities, celebrating the town’s rich heritage. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this ancient festival is a must-see event that will leave you captivated and inspired by the spirit of renewal and vitality.

St Ives Food Festival

For food lovers, the St Ives Food Festival is a must-visit event during May. Taking place from May 12th to May 14th 2023, this three-day festival is a celebration of Cornwall’s vibrant food scene, with a wide range of local produce, culinary demonstrations, workshops, and live music. Visitors can indulge in delicious seafood, artisanal cheeses, freshly baked pastries, and much more, all while enjoying the picturesque coastal setting of St Ives. It’s a foodie’s paradise and a perfect opportunity to sample the diverse flavours of Cornwall. Get the full low down…

Credit: St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Royal Cornwall Show

Another highly attended event is the Royal Cornwall Show, which takes place from June 8th-10th June in 2023. Held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, this iconic agricultural show attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country. With a rich history dating back to 1793, the Royal Cornwall Show is a showcase of the region’s agricultural heritage, featuring livestock competitions, equestrian displays, traditional crafts, and a wide range of food and drink stalls. It’s a perfect day out for the whole family, providing a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant culture and community of Cornwall. See the full itinerary.

Credit: Royal Cornwall Show | Cape Creative

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature (The Daphne du Maurier Festival)

In June, the picturesque town of Fowey comes alive with the annual Fowey Festival, which takes place from June 10th to June 19th. This literary festival celebrates the rich literary heritage of Fowey and Cornwall, featuring a line-up of renowned authors, poets, and speakers who share their insights and inspirations. The festival also includes music performances, art exhibitions, guided walks, and workshops, providing a diverse range of activities for visitors of all ages. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of literature and arts while enjoying the stunning coastal scenery of Fowey. Read More…

Credit: Fowey Festival

In addition to these major events, there are numerous other festivities and activities happening in North Cornwall during May and June. From traditional village fairs and music festivals to outdoor adventures such as surfing, hiking, and cycling, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The region’s natural beauty, including its stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and picturesque countryside, provides a breath-taking backdrop for any activity or event.

When planning your stay with The Point Holidays, be sure to check out the local events and festivities happening during your visit. Our team can provide you with up-to-date information and recommendations to help you make the most of your stay in North Cornwall. Whether you’re interested in immersing yourself in Cornish culture, indulging in delicious local cuisine, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery, there’s always something happening in North Cornwall during May and June.

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