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Padstow Obby Oss Day
The first day of May is Obby Oss day in Padstow.* The origins of this
traditional celebration are lost in the midst of time but it is thought
to celebrate the arrival of Spring and may even be an ancient fertility
festival. *or Monday if 1st is a Sunday. Inhabitants of Padstow (those
born in the town) traditionally dress in white, with family loyalties
dictating whether they follow the 'Red'/original Oss, or the
'Blue'/peace Oss. Both Oss' are similar in appearance and perform a
dancing ritual accompanied by an hypnotic folk song (unique to Padstow)
around the town. Each Oss is lead by a group of followers as they make
their way through the narrow streets and around the harbour. The
festivities start at 10am with the 'Blue' Oss making its first
appearance from its stable, followed at 11am by the appearance of the
'Red' Oss from its home. Celebrations go on all day until the Oss'
finally go to bed after 10pm.
10am - 3pm
West Looe May Fayre
/ Cawsand and Millbrook annual Black Prince flower boat procession
The revived tradition of the Black Prince Flower Boat Procession in
South East Cornwall takes place in the villages of
Millbrook, Kingsand and Cawsand.
The internationally famous
festival of the Furry, or Flora Dance. This is held every year on May
8th unless that day falls on a Sunday or Monday, when it is held on the
preceding Saturday. You'll probably have to park outside the town and
walk in. Thousands of visitors throng the streets all day and there's a
carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night. More
6 - 13 May
Festival of Words and Music (ex-Daphne
du Maurier Festival of Arts & Literature) - Fowey.
Once again you can enjoy an
entertaining and sparkling 10 days of Star Names, Drama, Music, Talks,
Concerts, Guided Walks, local events and Free entertainment. Set in Fowey,
overlooking the picturesque Fowey Estuary, and neighbouring towns, the
Festival is one of the most popular of its kind in the UK.
Drama, music, talks, concerts, guided walks, events, free music. something
Eden Classic Sportive
The Eden Classic sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three
route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to
a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced
sportive rider of 100 miles.
8 & 24 May
Looe Island Guided Walks
Join the island’s wardens for a fascinating
walk around the nature reserve. These unique, pre-bookable trips are
• Saturday 8th and Sunday 23rd April
• Monday 8th May
• Wednesday 7th June
• Friday 7th and Saturday 22nd July
• Monday 4th September
• Tuesday 3rd October
we also have two speciality guided walks :
• Wednesday 24th May: Birds of Looe Island Guided Walk with Derek
• Monday 18th September: History of Looe Island Guided Walk with Mark
Each visit starts with the fun of a boat trip from Looe’s bustling
fishing harbour. Once landed on the island you will have 3 hours to be
introduced to the fascinating nature and history of Looe Island. You
will find out how the Atkins sisters bequeathed the island to Cornwall
Wildlife Trust and discover how work continues to keep the island
special. After the escorted tour you will have time to independently
explore the island or join your guide for a slide show in Jetty Cottage.
Places cost £25. Times and online booking (sorry, we aren’t able to
offer telephone/postal bookings) are available at:
Callington MayFest: giants, dance, choirs,music, craft stalls,food stall
The biggest and busiest day of the year in Lostwithiel
with over 100 arts and crafts stalls and demonstrations, street music,
dance and performances, children’s workshops and entertainment, food and
drink, falconry display and a live reinactment group.
Throughout the town from 10.00am onwards, with park and ride facilities
and regular trains. Admission FREE with all proceeds going to the
charities. A brilliant day long family event in aid of a great local
For the full programme of events visit
Doors open at 7.00pm.
Screening starts at 7.30pm prompt.
Sorry no late admittance
Members, Students and under 18s: £3.
Bean (PG). at Cinema by the Sea, Looe
Directed Directed by Naomi Kawase.
Starring: Kirin Kihi, Masatoshi Nagase, Etsuko Ichihara. Running time
Set in present day Tokyo. A lonely Japanese baker hires a 76-year-old
woman to be his new assistant at a pancake stall, and soon learns that
she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste – which she claims
comes from her communion with nature. Word spreads and business thrives,
but then rumours start about a dark secret in her past…. “A gem of a
film.” English subtitles.
The Community Hall Looe Children's Centre Trewint Crescent
Barbican, LOOE, PL13 1ET. All films are shown using High Definition
projection. More information
Phone: 0845 868 1021, Website
11am - 3pm
Cornwall Air Ambulance
Trust Spring Plant Sale/Open Day
full of plants, shrubs, seeds and garden-related items all donated by
local nurseries to help keep Cornwall’s Air Ambulance flying.
Garden-related raffle, teas/coffees and delicious home-made cakes,
bargains from the pop-up charity shop, activities for children - plus a
chance to see the helicopter up-close and meet the crew. Always a
popular event so come early!
Where: Cornwall Air Ambulance, Trevithick Downs, Newquay TR8 4DY
Further info: 01637 889926 or
26 - 28 May
The Bodmin Moor Poetry
Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross
Top-class line-up in the Theatre on the Moor
Looe Beer and Cider
Festival - Quayside Centre West Looe
27 - 29 May
Launceston Steam &
The rally will include Traction engines, classic cars, trade stands,
shire horses, crafts and fairground attractions.
Location: Trebant Farm, Altarnum.
To find out more go to:
St Neot Oak Apple Day
St Neot Parish Church, St Neot, Nr Liskeard,
Oak Apple Day in St Neot, a traditional annual event
in the village.In the tradition of all great village feast days, it is
an opportunity for villagers & friends to continue a time-honoured
tradition whilst having fun celebrating together as a community.
Procession through Village
Hauling the Oak up the Tower
BBQ and Refreshments
Cornish music & dancing
Come and join in the celebrations - why not wear a period costume? You
are very welcome to come to the barbeque after the Tower story, watching
the branch being hauled up the tower and listening to the bells ringing.
Last year Penelope Keith dropped in as part of the 'Hidden Villages"
project - who knows who will turn up this year!
27 May -
Open Studios Cornwall
at Artist's Studios throughout Cornwall
Open Studios Cornwall is a unique opportunity to discover the people
behind the Cornish art scene, visit studios in breathtaking locations,
and buy an original piece of artwork direct from the artist.
This year the free event showcases artists and craftspeople from
across the length & breadth of Cornwall who will open their studios to
the public. With its heady mix of established artists, recent graduates,
traditional and contemporary art and host of creative disciplines, Open
Studios Cornwall is the largest and most diverse arts event in the
The Open Studios Cornwall experience will encourage you to discover the
art of surfboard shaping, get inspired by incredible home studios, and
to get up close and personal with Cornish art. There will be artist run
workshops throughout the event, offering the opportunity to learn new
skills, ranging from how to throw a pot to monoprinting.
For those visitors with little ones in tow, many of the studios are
family-friendly with artists offering art materials for children and
beautiful gardens to explore.
For more information on Open Studios Cornwall please visit