Top reasons to visit Cornwall in May

Probably one of the best months to visit Cornwall, May sees the start of the summer with typically better weather, longer days, events celebrating local culture and showcasing amazing local produce. All in all a great excuse to get into the holiday spirit a little earlier.

Walk amongst the bluebells

Cornwall at this time of year is stunning; particularly as the bluebell season kicks in, and there are a number of places to walk amongst them.  Great swathes of bluebells can be seen at Enys Gardens near Falmouth at their bluebell festival from 29th April – 7th May, and Tehidy Country Park near Camborne.

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Local Events – capture the culture of early summer

The county’s local towns and villages enjoy having a good reason for a knees up and the events really begin to ramp up in May, and lucky for us many are within an hour’s drive of The Rosevine:

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature 6th-13th May

Cornwall’s premier literary festival is located in numerous locations throughout the beautiful riverside town of Fowey, known famously by its connections to novelist Daphne Du Maurier. You don’t have to be a book lover, there are events for everyone from authors, speakers, musicians, and artists, join the Fowey Art Trail and discover Fowey’s secret garden, take a look at the programme here.

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Roseland Festival 22nd April – 6th May

A great little festival on our very own Roseland Peninsula, affectionately known for its quirky and eclectic mix of cultural happenings, with a programme including walks, talks, song, film, food, exhibitions and theatre.

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Fal River Festival 26th May – 4th June

Celebrating this very special area of Cornwall, the Fal River Festival is again just on our doorstep with over 150 events in and around Falmouth and on the water varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.  Fancy an open water swim from St Mawes to Pendennis Castle, or a stand up paddle tour of the area?  There’s so much for all ages, and of course land lubbers too.

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St Ives Food and Drink Festival 13-14th May

Head west for the St Ives Food and Drink Festival – a gathering of some of the best food and drink producers in the county.  Located on Porthminster Beach – it is believed to be the only beach-based festival – enjoy tasting a wide range of local produce, and you’re only a short walk from St Ives centre, nationally known for its arts – don’t forget it houses the Tate St Ives Gallery – and take the coastal train ride from St Erth for some great views.

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Open Studios Cornwall 26th May – 4th June

The county is world famous for its arts and crafts, and there isn’t a better time to explore the 293 artists, craftsmen and designers opening their studios and workshops to the public.  Grab a guide, make your own trail, and discover the inspiration behind their work – just follow the orange Os.

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Foodie Events

Philleigh Way Cookery School

There’s a couple of great cookery courses happening just up the road at Philleigh Way Cookery School – Extravagant Desserts is on the 20th May – a chance to wow friends and family with new skills including foams, gels and chocolate work.  And just in time for summer – Weber Essentials on 24th May – perfecting your BBQ skills not just with steaks but cooking pizzas, roasts and even cakes!

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Feast Nights at The Hidden Hut

These popular evenings spent overlooking Porthcurnick Beach are a real favourite.  The picnic-style al fresco one meal nights kick off with Porthcurnick Fish Pie on 11th May, followed by Spit Roast Chicken on 20th May  and Monkfish Curry on 29th May.  Tickets go on sale on Monday 1st May.

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Join us for an early summer holiday this May! And don’t forget that your four legged friends are welcome too.  Call us on 01872 580206 or email [email protected] for availability and to book.


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