May Day - a Cornish Celebration of Spring

Cornwall is a land of traditions and myths – perhaps that’s part of the charm of the place that visitors describe as they visit time and time again. May Day is of particular importance to many of our communities across the county, as they draw from their pagan past to celebrate the coming of Spring. Celebrations form some of the oldest surviving traditions in the country, and in order to really get a flavour of Cornwall, there’s no better way than to join local people in their May Day festivities.

Being right in the middle of Cornwall, Tregolls is well placed to visit many of the fabulous events on May Day, which would lift even the coldest Winter heart!

Padstow May Day

Steeped in history and tradition, May Day (or Obby Oss Day) is the highlight of the Padstow calendar, with a huge parade of the two rival groups (Blue and Red) through the town which is decorated in bluebells and hazel twigs to mark the coming of Spring. Celebrations continue throughout the day until the late evening. Thousands of people flock to the little harbour town of Padstow every year to be a part of this unique event - This year was no exception. [Thanks to Julie for the pictures]

St Agnes Bolster Festival

Bolster the legendary giant makes a dramatic appearance at this traditional event in the pretty town of St Agnes, just North of Truro. With bonfire, Barbeque, parades and giant puppets the Tale of the Legend of Bolster the Giant is played out on the cliffs above the beach. Music and entertainment continues during the day as the people of St Agnes open their town and hearts to all.

St Ives May Day

The pretty seaside town of St Ives is a delight to visit any day of the week, but the May Day celebrations are a lovely opportunity to join local people in this Spring festival, first recorded in 1573. A host of May Day traditions are observed, from gathering flowers, a parade through the town, bands and may pole dancers.

Looe Festival of the Sea

2016 should be a very special festival year, as Looe also celebrates 150 years of RNLI Lifeboat in the harbour. For a range of activities and events in and around the harbour, on the sea, fishing and conservation. Includes rock pooling, fishing trips, jaunts to Looe Island, seal trips, crabbing, guided walks and boat races. Music and dance will be held throughout the day, with sea shanties sung with vigour!

May Day celebrations stretch into next weekend too with the renowned Helston Flora Day when local people dress in all their finery to dance through the streets and gardens of the town, ably accompanied by Helston Town Band, but we hope to get some photos and videos for the Blog next weekend, so watch this space!

For information on booking for 2017 May Day celebrations contact Marilyn

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