Events May 2019

National Trust Days Out

Whatever the time of year, there is always something going on at our local National Trust Sites and your visit needn’t been expensive, even if you don’t visit the actual stately homes, the grounds are gorgeous and a haven of the kids to run around and explore, so pack a picnic and pop your bikes or scooters in the boot and pay a visit to our personal local favourites at Lanhydrock in Bodmin, Cotehele, nr Saltash .

Cardingham Woods, Bodmin

Go Wild at Cardingham Woods, here the whole forest is a playground. Kids of all ages will love the wild play among the trees, joining Zog at Dragon school on the interactive activity trail and getting hands on with school holiday sessions at Badger Forest School.

May Day, Padstow

1st May 2019

May Day (or ‘Obby ‘Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow’s calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it’s a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.

St Agnes Bolster Festival

4th – 6th May 2019

A celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. A great day out for all the family.

Bradworthy Arts Festival

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th May

Pop over the border to the small North Devon village of Bradworthy for a weekend celebration of art, craft and performing arts. The theme for this years festival is ‘unity’. Set over 8 venues in and around the village, entry and parking is free. Just 12 miles and approximately 25 minutes from Court Farm, we’d recommend a visit. Admire the art work, take part in a creative workshop or enjoy the community read with acclaimed children’s author Claire Barker (Knitbone Pepper, Picklewick and Jack books).

Werrington Hillclimb

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th May

Werrington Park, near Launceston is the setting for Plymouth Motor Club’s biggest event of the season. The hillclimb will usually see a 100 competitors on each day driving up the 1250 yard hill as fast as they can.

To give an idea of just how fast, the hill record set in 2015 is 33.29 seconds, which is an average speed of 77 mph. This is from a standing start with a ninety degree, 10 mph bend in the middle!

Practice starts around 9:00 am and usually finishes between 16:30 and 17:00 with an awards presentation shortly afterwards, at which all are welcome.

With spectator viewing available at all of the best vantage points put this event in your diary as something not to be missed! If looking at the cars at close quarters is your thing then the Werrington paddock at the bottom of the hill is the place to go. You will find a wide range of machinery, from a standard road-going BMW’s to purpose designed and built single seater racing cars to fire your imagination. There are full catering facilities on site so you will not go hungry either!

Spectator Entry Fee is £6.00 for Adults and Free for Children under 14 Years. Please note dogs are not permitted.

Set the Post Code PL15 9SR in your sat nav or ask at reception for directions.

Marhamchurch Food Fair

Monday 6th May 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

Step out of your cottage to discover the 3rd annual Marhamchurch food fair. Building on the success of the last two years, the food and drink stalls will continue to be the centrepiece, showcasing our brand new community shop.

There will also be live music, cookery demonstrations, face painting, creperie, hog roast and barbecue. Plus the Haven art exhibition and activities for school age children bringing many elements of the village together.

Organised by village resident and community shop volunteer, Peter Green, all funds raised support our community shop.

Helston Flora Day

8th May 2019

The famous Flora Day celebration is believed to be pre-Christian and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being “a drunken revelry.” Dancing begins at 7am. A great family day out.

The Big Sheep

Various events happening this month at The Big Sheep at Abbotsham, visit their website direct for full details as well as discounted tickets.

Pigstock 2019

18th – 19th May 2019

Kick start your summer of 2019 with North Devon’s friendliest family festival! We are back and bigger than ever with so much more than just music and cheaper than ever before! So what can you look forward to?

Eden Classic Cycle Ride event

12th May 2019

The Eden Classic is a spectacular mass-participation cycling event, offering riders the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden past the world-famous Rainforest & Mediterranean Biomes, and along a choice of distances through the surrounding area.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May

A celebration and gathering of some of the finest food and drink producers and chefs in Cornwall. Set on Porthminster Beach the festival is free to attend.

Fowey Festival of Art & Literature

11th – 18th May 2019

Exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination.


19th May 2019

Lostwithiel’s quirky one day festival sees an eclectic mix of events numbering more than 100 arts, crafts and food stalls and demonstrations throughout the town, non-stop street music, dance and performers, plus children’s entertainment.


25 May – 2 June

Heligan Wild Week – Gardens of Heligan

Discover your wild side and join them for a week of outdoor adventure. Wild Music; Wild Tribes; Tribal Headresses; Hammocks; Catapaults; Wildlife; Rope Swing; Camp Fire; Tribal Facepainting; Toasting Marshmallows; Target Practice

Camel Creek Adventure Park, Wadebridge

Enjoy plenty of half term fun at Camel Creek this May. Have a go on the new ride – Creeky’s Water Rush, a mini log flume. Sail along the bumpy stream before splashing into the pool of water. They also offer Cornwall’s only state-of-the-art 5D Cinematic simulator, Clown Coaster, and Cornwall’s newest roller coaster- the Airblender an electrifying rider experience for the over 12’s

Lappa Valley, Nr Newquay

Travel into their family fun park on their miniature steam train, with two ore railway lines, crazy golf, a boating lake, indoor and outdoor play areas and much much more..

Dairy Lane, Newquay

Fantastic Fun for all the family; Pet-pet; pony rides; bottle feeding; nature trail; hayride; museum; bull pen indoor play area; drop sides; ball pools and more

Adrenaline Quarry, St Austell

Now bigger and better than ever before, with a Gravity Park, Water Park and Race Track. Since 2009 the friendly team have thrown hundreds and thousands of you over the edge. It’s a fabulous place for thrill-seekers within the Zip, Giant Swing, karting and the Aquapark as well as its axe-throwing and cliff diving activities. There are simply so many brilliant things to try or see and the great news is that entry is free, you just pay for the activities.

Fal River Festival

A fantastic 10 day celebration which encompasses over 150 events varying from music and drams, the arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking and lots more.

Circus Skills Week at Flambards, Helston

A circus skills week featuring daily performance from acrobats, jugglers and clowns plus workshops to learn the tricks of the trade including spinning plates, tightrope walking and unicycling. Discover Jurassic Journey, the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz ontop of all the usual fun and adrenalin rides.

Marine Conservation Week at Cornish Seal Sactuary

Learn about issues affecting our oceans as you take part in a variety of fun activities. If you visit during May Half Term, they are asking that you bring one piece of clean plastic rubbish with you to donate to a secret project! All this and much much more, including their fantastic talks and feeding sessions

Paradise Park’s Bug & Butterfly Quest, Paradise Park, Hayle

Join In with this fun way to explore the amazing world of insect life. Search out the questions around the park, to learn about the colourful butterflies, barmy bugs and creepy insects. Plus wildlife, nature and the environment at the heart of its brand new Wildlife Hero Quiz.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Journey back in time and experience the lgorious era of steam travel. Family fun this half term with Wallace & Gromit as they celebrate their 30th addiversary at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Open Studios Cornwall

Now in its 16th year, Open Studios Cornwall 2019 will see artists, craftsmen and designers opening their studios and workshops to the public. Grab a guide, create your very own art trail, follow the orange Os and explore the landscape as well as creative Cornwall from Coverack to Crackington Haven, Penzance to Port Isaac and Lamorna to Lanreath.

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

24th – 27th May 2019

The Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk concerts, workshops and themed events held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It features dance displays, music and song all based in and around Bude.


For details about more events happening in Cornwall during your stay, take a look at Whats On Cornwall  and  Cornwall365  Websites.