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What’s on in May: Cornwall’s Diary

UNTIL 8TH MAY: BLUEBELL FESTIVAL, ENYS GARDEN

Visit Enys near Penryn to see their famous bluebell meadow. The gardens are open from 11am to 5pm every day during the festival, from 30th April until 8th May.

7TH MAY: FLORA DAY, HELSTON

The town is decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves gathered from the surrounding countryside. Dancing begins at 7.00am with gentlemen wearing shirts and ties and the ladies in summer dresses. Not long after the Hal-an-Tow, a boisterous mummers’ play featuring scenes of St George slaying the dragon, begins cheered on by a crowd. The children of the town dance at 10.00am wearing flowers and lily of the valley and at midday the formal dance of the day begins. To round off the day of dancing, the Evening Dance starts at 5pm.

During the day the main street and down towards the boating lake buzzes with packed pubs, a fairground and stalls. There’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.

12TH MAY: KERNOW KING AS TREVITHICK, THE POLY, FALMOUTH

Directed by Kneehigh’s Associare Director Simon Harvey and starring Kernow King, Trevithick is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer. Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals.

Trevithick is bursting with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.

15TH MAY: FALMOUTH’S RACE FOR LIFE  

The long awaited Race for Life is coming back to Falmouth! An army of women dressed in pink will gather at Gylly Beach on the 15th May at 11am for the 5K run to support Cancer Research UK. Cheer them on at this fun community event or take part yourself – you can run, walk or even dance your way round the course.

14TH – 21ST MAY: ST IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Internationally famous for its artistic connections, St Ives hosts a full programme of literary events over eight days, featuring writers and poets who descend on the town to share their love of words with locals and visitors alike. Expect book launches, poetry readings, workshops and open air events including live music, comedy acts and creative writing workshops.

28TH MAY: GAMES ON THE MOOR, FALMOUTH 

The monthly games event brings together a mix of exciting rides and free activities for kids and big kids alike. Leap around on the bouncy castle, wrestle in sumo suits, try your hand at giant garden games, and more.

30TH MAY – 5TH JUNE: FAL RIVER FESTIVAL

This festival celebrates the River Fal and all the events and venues that take place – from marathon runs to art exhibitions, plays and cinema. The opening ceremony brings all the participants down the river in a flotilla of boats to Events Square for music and refreshments.