Five reasons to stay in… May

May ushers in the start of summer in Cornwall, and the events calendar really starts to get packed out. From action-packed sports events at Watergate Bay, to traditional town gatherings, top music acts and literary festivals, it’s all happening.



English National Surfing Champions

Saturday 2-Monday 4 May

Firmly established on the UK Pro Surf Tour, the 42nd English National Surfing Championships returns to Watergate Bay for the bank holiday weekend. The UK’s top surfers including Jayce Robinson, Russell Winter and local rider Mark Harris will battle it out for the title won by Joss Ash last year, with other divisions including, longboard, ladies and juniors.

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Flora Day

Friday 8 May

It’s hard to describe the appeal of Helston’s ancient town festival, but the decorated high street is packed as the band play and locals dance through the streets. The festival ushers in the start of spring and is a lively colourful celebration that involves the whole town. The first dance begins at 7am, followed by the Hal-an-Tow play featuring St George and the dragon, a children’s dance at 10am,the main midday dance at 12pm and the final 6pm dance. It’s a great family day out with stalls and a large fair.

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Thundercat Racing National Championships

Saturday 9-Saturday 10 May

Hailed as the world’s toughest watersport, the official warm-up race returns to Watergate Bay with a bang. The inflatable catamarans reach speeds of up to 65mph and regularly jump 15f in the air when the waves are on. With all the races taking place just metres from the shore, spectators can easily watch all of the action.

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Fowey Festival of Words & Music

Fowey Festival of Words & Music

Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, the country’s flagship literary festival returns for its 18th annual event, staged in the scenic riverside town which was home to Daphne du Marier and celebrated authors Sir Arthur Quiller-coach and Kenneth Grahame. Last year’s event saw author and Harper Bazaar editor Justine Picardie and Richard and Judey Madely answering questions from the crowd. This year, there’s talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops and art and garden trails plus lots more.

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Tunes in the Dunes

Friday 22-Saturday 24 May

Tunes of the Dunes have aimed high and scored Status Quo and new kid on the block Tom Odell (the singer on the John Lewis Christmas advert) for a bank holiday weekend of music on an incredible backdrop of cliffs and sand dunes at Perranporth. Donavan Frankenreiter, Willie and the Bandits and Reel Big Fish are also supporting, bringing their trademark surfer’s soundtrack to a great beach-side location.

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