Things to do in Cornwall this May
A run down of what’s on in Cornwall in the month of May – whether you’re looking for a family friendly day out, or a evening feasting with friends there’s something for everyone…
Exhibition: Now – 2nd June, Newlyn Art Gallery
An international group exhibition exploring the overarching and infinite rhythms of nature, folklore and the occult and how they have become a lived system embodied by both artists and communities. Artefacts loaned by The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and private collections will be on display alongside key artworks from the 20th century and pieces by artists exploring these themes in a contemporary context.
Tim Shaw RA
Exhibition: Now – 12 May, The Exchange
A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician. Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.
Forage & Feast
Lunch: 4 May, The Gurnard’s Head
The day includes a two hour circular coastal walk from The Gurnard’s looking at wild edible plants native to the coast and grassland, picking a whole range of plants. They will head back to The Gurnard’s for a three course wild lunch which will be pre-prepared using seasonal foraged ingredients supplied by Caroline and cooked up by Max Wilson, Head Chef. The Forage & Feast Day is £65 per person
Groundwork Opening Weekend
Exhibition: 5 -7 May, West Cornwall
Join CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust) for the launch of Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art exhibitions and events in unusual locations around West Cornwall. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the Groundwork programme presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists.
Drawing Explored – Newlyn Society Of Artists
Exhibition: 5 – 29 May, Tremenheere Gallery
Newlyn Society of Artists will present two exhibitions of members work across both floors of Tremenheere Gallery. In the lower gallery will be ‘Drawing Explored’. In the upper gallery will be an NSA spotlight show featuring the work of Jack Davis and Michelle Ohlson, curated by Daniel Turner.
Festival: 8 May, Helston
Flora Day is a Spring festival to celebrate the end of winter and mark the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life. The houses and shops of the town are decorated with greenery and floral arrangements to express the spirit of renewal. When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at seven in the morning, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
Festival: 11 – 13 May, Porthminster Beach
Taking place on the beautiful Porthminster Beach, this year’s St Ives Food and Drink Festival promises great culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. With crowds of over 12,000 expected, there will be a huge range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family.
The Fowey Festival of Art and Literature
Festival: 11 – 19 May, Fowey
In the beautifully quaint seaside town of Fowey, this literary festival will once again feature a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, it takes place in the town which was home to Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and is associated with Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.
Eden Classic Sportive Cycling
Sports: 13 May, Eden Project
A sportive is a non-competitive mass participation cycle ride. Our Eden Classic has three distances suitable for varying abilities: the short yet challenging 35-miles for novice sportive riders, the mid distance of 62-miles for intermediate riders and the 100-mile route for the experienced sportive rider looking for a challenge. Enter online by 30 April.
Dinner: 16 May, Nancarrow Farm
You are invited to experience the hospitality of a working family farm, feast on our seasonal harvest and share memorable experiences with family, friends and colleagues. Nancarrow Farm’s feasts are held throughout the year. Guests are welcomed into our atmospheric courtyard and invited to take a stroll around the farm and gardens, before sitting down for the feast.
Before I Wake
Theatre: 21 – 25 May, The Minack Theatre
In August 1914 a group of gardeners wrote their names on the wall of the Thunderbox, an outdoor toilet in the Heligan Estate. It was a last act of hope and camaraderie before marching off to fight in the first World War. Of the 13 men known to have enlisted, just four survived. The story of those men, their families, their friends and their community, is being brought vividly to life in a remarkable and heart-warming new play that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
Festival: 25 – 27 May, Porthleven
A myriad of rooms, dance floors, dens, hidden bars, unpredictable nano-venues, eccentric humour and epic raves with a soundtrack of New York disco, primal chants, cosmic guitar licks and terrifying techno. The Masked Ball, an event that heralds the start and the end of the great British festival season is a bi annual event staged in West Cornwall since 2009 The Spring Ball is carved into the clifftops near Porthleven, overlooking stunning Mount’s Bay for one long weekend in May. This event is over 18’s only.
Family Events: 26 May – 3 June, Lost Gardens of Heligan
Discover your wild side and join Heligan for a week of outdoor play. Explore our giant assault course, test your hunter gatherer skills, get musical and feel the beat of your animal tribe. Finally, chill out by our fire and relax in a hammock.
Invisible Worlds launch week
Exhibition: 26 May – 3 June, Eden Project
Eden has a great selection of interactive exhibits, extraordinary artworks, hands-on experiments and exciting events which bring the invisible into view, uncovering the interconnectedness of life and the Earth’s environments at every scale.