Visiting Cornwall in May
May is a good time to catch a quirky event in Cornwall. Padstow May Day, also known as ‘Obby ‘Oss Day, often attracts thousands. The streets, decorated with bunting, become the backdrop for the two ‘osses’ to prance through the crowd, being taunted by a ‘teazer’ as they go. Expect plenty of costumed characters, dancing, music and song.
Similarly, the centuries-old traditions of Flora Day are upheld in the market town of Helston. Shops are adorned with spring flowers; dancers dance into buildings to symbolise spring emerging and tales of the town’s history are acted out as part of a vibrant pageant.
Meanwhile, the Falmouth River Festival lasts ten days and offers everything from music and drama to arts and heritage to swimming and walking. Or, visit Looe Lugger Regatta, a bi-annual event that celebrates local fishing heritage with a spectacular race of Cornish luggers, traditional sailing boats with two masts.