May is a great time of year to visit Cornwall, whether it’s your first time or as a returning visitor. As the temperatures rise with highs of 20 degrees, summer is just around the corner, and there’s plenty to see and do in Cornwall during the May school holidays. As well as some pretty spectacular places to stay, although we are a little biased…
Spring brings with it a bounty of natural beauty, with gorgeous flowers – keep your eyes peeled for foxgloves – and luscious greenery and let’s not forget the beautiful beaches, which look stunning all year round.
As the days grow longer, the sun shines brighter and the winter layers come off, Cornwall comes to life. Here’s a handful of not-to-be-missed events taking place across the Duchy this May half term.
The Piskie in the Garden at Minack Theatre
Cornwall’s iconic Minack Theatre in Porthcurno family-friendly show The Piskie in the Garden is running throughout May half term. Running across several dates over the half term (and summer months), the show tells the tale of an old gardener who has a sudden awakening. Expect a mixture of puppets, music and wonderful storytelling, plus plenty of mischief and fairy magic.
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
The seaside town of Bude on north coast, is running its annual Folk Festival from 26 – 30 May. A small and friendly festival, there’s plenty of music, song, dance, and storytelling alongside concerts, a folk club, barn dance, open-mics and more.
Aerial view of Tate St Ives © Kirstin Prisk
Tate St Ives: Ad Minoliti
A trip to Tate St Ives always comes recommended, but even more so when a new ehibitions begins. Starting on 28 May and running until October, artist Ad Minoliti draws on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America and presents alternative universes influenced by feminist and queer thought. The exhibition will also feature Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, transforming part of the gallery space into an active classroom.
Family Craft Sessions
Bedruthan Hotel & Spa near Newquay is running a full programme of events. Over May Half Term book into a family craft session and learn something new, such as painting, collage, or textile work. Drawing on influence from the artists used in the hotel, get creative and take something home with you to remind you of your time in Cornwall.
Beach Cleans National Trust
Whether you’re walking on Cornish sand for the first time, or live locally, you’ll agree that our beaches are pretty special. Throughout half term the National Trust are operating beach cleans on some of its beaches. Head to Hemmick, Porthcurnick and Pendower beach to help do your bit.
From large properties in the countryside to cosy boltholes by the sea, find your perfect Cornish Secret for May half term.
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