The Fal River Festival, Falmouth
25 May – 3 June
Celebrating life on the River Fal, this community festival encompasses over 150 events during the course of the week, including Cornish gig racing, swimming, wildlife walks and much more. Providing a diverse mix of events and a chance to learn about and enjoy the places, people, history, culture, sport and industry that are connected by the river. Family and dog friendly.
For more info visit: www.falriver.co.uk
Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
31 May – 3 June
The historic town of Launceston celebrates its great poet Charles Causley in this three-day literature and arts event. Including storytellers, talks, live music and a food festival, you’re sure to come away inspired!
For more info visit: www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk
The Eden Project, near St Austell
May half term sees the launch of The Eden Projects’ latest new exhibition: Invisible Worlds. Revealing the world beyond our senses – too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too far away in space and time – the exhibition will include interactive exhibits, extraordinary artworks and hands-on experiments to bring the invisible into view.
For more info visit: www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/invisible-worlds-launch-week
Camel Creek, Wadebridge
On the 29th May, throughout the day, The Gruffalo will be making appearances at Camel Creek adventure park. A family attraction featuring rides, animal petting areas, and a 5D cinema, other May half term activities will include a treasure hunt, and the chance to meet the new meerkat pups! Book tickets online in advance and save 10%!
For more info visit: www.camelcreek.co.uk
National Trust, various locations
From a Wildflower Walk at Pentire headland, to Rockpool Explorers at St Michael’s Mount, and Picture Trails at Glendurgan gardens, the National Trust manage spectacular properties, gardens and coastline in Cornwall, and there’ll be plenty to see and do over the half term. Visit their website for more details:
For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Newquay Zoo, Newquay
Get close to over a thousand fascinating animals in 13 acres of lush tropical gardens at Newquay Zoo, and this half term learn all about Marvellous Mini Beasts too in a week long special event.
For more info visit: www.newquayzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events/detail/jungle-may-hem
Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East
In addition to all the usual great attractions at Lappa Valley this May half term (steam railways, canoeing, crazy golf and brilliant play equipment), visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Paddington Bear on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May! Bring the family, bring the dog; no-one will want to miss Paddington’s appearances throughout both days at East Wheal Rose!
For more info visit: www.lappavalley.co.uk
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Journey back in time for an historical adventure at the Tudor fortress of Pendennis Castle on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May 11am – 5pm with the Clash of the Knights. Experience an all-action contest as teams of knights battle for victory, and try out your own combat skills too! Buy tickets online before Friday 25th May and receive 10% off!
For more information visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/pendennis-clash-of-the-knights-may-2018/
Family friendly attractions abound in Cornwall and you’ll be spoilt for choice! We recommend Healeys Cyder Farm, Flambards, Paradise Park, Dairyland and Holywell Bay Fun Park as just a few of the many great places for a fun family day out.
What to do on wet days
If the weather’s wild and you don’t fancy battling the elements, there are cinemas and theatres in many towns, and the Hall for Cornwall in Truro which always has a great line up of acts and shows. To learn more about Cornwall’s rich and fascinating history, there are some wonderful museums to visit. The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is a treasure trove to the past, regularly holds children’s events and showcases specific collections and exhibitions. The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is housed in a fabulous harbourside building and is full of maritime artefacts and tales of smuggling and daring rescue.
Hit the Beach!
If we’re lucky the sun’s shining, make the most of it and head to the sand! From the vast expanse of Perranporth beach to the great rockpooling to be found at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes; the stunning landscape of Kynance Cove, and perfect picnicking spots at Crantock, Cornwall has a wealth of fabulous beaches to explore and enjoy. Pack a picnic, take your body boards, beach boules, paperbacks and a towel and settle in for the day.
Duchy Holidays’ self-catering cottages on the north Cornish coast offer an ideal location and great base from which to explore all that Cornwall has to offer. If you’re looking for accommodation for the May half term, we have a wide range of properties from contemporary beachside apartments to traditional Cornish cottages. Get in touch with our friendly team on 01872 572971 for expert advice and to book.