Food, surfing, gardens and more – we think we’ve covered all bases in our guide of things to do in Cornwall this May and June.
See the first bluebells
Early May to early June
If you do one thing in Cornwall in May, experiencing a carpet of shimmering bluebells in our stunning countryside has to be it. The breathtaking spectacle means that spring has well and truly arrived. Our favourite places to see them are in Pencarrow House and Gardens near Bodmin, Godolphin Woods near Helston, Ennys Gardens near Penryn and Glendurgan near Falmouth.
English National Surf Championships
Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May Bank Holiday
Watch the cream of British surfing at the 44th English National Surf Championships held over the Bank Holiday weekend at Watergate Bay. With junior, womens, mens and longboarding titles up for grabs and competitors hoping for a repeat of last year’s thumping conditions, it’s sure to be a spectacle for spectators. Want to join them in the water? Learn to surf with the Extreme Academy, located on the slipway down to the beach.
Pick your own farms
The thought of freshly picked strawberries and clotted cream makes our heart – and tummy’s – sing. But they’re not the only thing to grow beautifully in Cornwall during summer. You can also PYO raspberries, gooseberries, currants, courgettes and rhubarb depending on the month. Our favouirtes are Mitchell Fruit Farm and Trevaskis Farm.
Get on your bike
May is a very good month to get on your bike, whatever your ability. Take a look at our guide put together by our friends at Go Bycycle including easy routes for families with young children all the way up to leg-burning 62-mile North Cornwall Challenge. Keen road cyclists will also want to check out two big cycling events in May. Ride along the Atlantic Coast on the Cornwall Tor on Sunday 1 May, one of the most dramatic and picturesque sportives on the calendar. Meanwhile, The Eden Classic on Sunday 8 May is a mass-participation cycle ride offering riders three route options and the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden past the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as they start their challenging journey.
St Ives Food, Drink and Literature Festival
Combining two of our favourite things – food and the beach – St Ives Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May will celebrate some of the finest food & drink producers and chefs in Cornwall right on St Ives’ Porthminster Beach. Gizzi Erskine, Jack Stein and The Fabulous Baker Brothers are all set to demo. Meanwhile, St Ives will play on its artistic connections for eight days of literature, book launches, workshops and open air events including poetry and prose readings, live music, comedy acts, creative writing workshops for the St Ives Literature Festival from 14-21 May.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Classics Regatta
Classic boats and sea shanties combine to produce an sea-worthy event – a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past. The three day event kicks off on Friday evening with singing on Custom House Quay and in Events Square, continuing at several other venues in town until late. On the water, classic boats from all over the world take part in the Classics event, with boats built as long ago as 1882 lovingly restored taking to the waves. The highlight is the Parade of Sail and Power sailing out of the inner harbour and into Carrick Roads – best viewed from Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive orTrefusis Point.