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What’s on in May: Cornwall’s Diary

May brings with it mellow sunshine, two bank holidays, and events in Cornwall by the bucket load. Discover our diary round-up here – from dancing and dining to art, literature and one of our favourite Falmouth festivals.

1ST MAY: MAY DAY FESTIVAL, ST IVES

Where: 45 minutes from The Greenbank
Celebrating the end of winter is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years in Cornwall, and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day Festival a few years ago. At midday the May Queen and King will be chosen, and horn-blowers will herald the start of spring. At 1pm there’s a lively parade with May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music.

6TH MAY: FLORA DAY, HELSTON

Where: 20 minutes from us
The town will be decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves gathered from the surrounding countryside. Dancing begins at 7am and not long after the Hal-an-Tow (a boisterous mummers’ play featuring St George slaying the dragon) begins, cheered on by the crowd. The evening dance concludes the dancing, starting at 5pm. There’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night, with packed pubs, stalls and a fairground.

UNTIL 7TH MAY: BLUEBELL FESTIVAL, ENYS GARDEN

Where: 8 minute drive or 50 minute walk from us
Visit Enys Garden near Penryn to see their famous bluebell meadow – a sure sign that spring is finally here! The gardens are open from 11am to 5pm every day during the festival, from 29th April until 7th May. There will also be an art exhibition inside Enys House, showcasing the work of local artists.

6TH – 13TH MAY: FOWEY FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND LITERATURE

Where: an hour from The Greenbank
Taking place in various locations in the pretty riverside town, Cornwall’s favourite literary festival will feature a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists. Daphne du Maurier events and workshops and the Fowey Art Trail is back, bigger and better than before. In its 21st year, it’s a must do event with something for everyone – not just book lovers!

13TH – 20TH MAY: ST IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Where: 45 minute drive from the hotel
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. Expect book launches, poetry readings, workshops and open air events including live music, comedy acts and creative writing workshops.

Also during the weekend of 13th – 14th May, St Ives will host its annual Food and Drink Festival on Porthminster Beach. Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer, and see some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations.

26TH MAY – 4TH JUNE: FAL RIVER FESTIVAL

Where: on our doorstep
This festival embraces the places, people, history and culture that are connected by this very Cornish river and encompasses over 150 events – music, drama, arts, heritage, swimming, cinema and more. We are excited to be hosting drop-in fishing taster sessions with Cornwall Fishing Adventures from our quay, on 27th May 2pm – 5pm and 3rd June 9am – 12pm.

26TH MAY – 4TH JUNE: OPEN STUDIOS CORNWALL

Where: all over Cornwall
The folk in Cornwall are a pretty creative bunch! Now in its thirteenth year, Open Studios Cornwall 2017 will be the largest ever with 293 artists, craftsmen and designers throwing open their studio doors to the public. Grab a guide, create your very own art trail and get exploring – from Coverack to Crackington Haven, Penzance to Port Isaac and Lamorna to Lanreath.
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