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  The Oss and 'teaser' at the May PolePadstow 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. More Info...
  West Looe May Fayre
Quayside Centre & West Looe
  Saltash May Fair
Saltash May Fair is the annual event put on for the people of Saltash. To aim at celebrating the community, businesses and organisations of the town. FREE entry
  Kingsand / Cawsand and Millbrook annual Black Prince flower boat processionKingsand / Cawsand and Millbrook annual Black Prince flower boat procession
Venue: Millbrook, Kingsand & Cawsand

A traditional May Day festival to banish winter and welcome in the spring and summer – with hope for a fruitful harvest from land and sea.
  Helston Flora DayHelston Flora Day
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 info:
  Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature (ex-Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts & Literature). Daphne du Maurier : Daphne du Maurier
Once again you can enjoy an entertaining programme of drama, music, talks, concerts, guided walks, events, free music.  something for everyone!
  Callington MayFest
Callington MayFest: giants, dance, choirs,music, craft stalls,food stall and more!
  LostFest - Lostwithiel
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 charity.
For the full programme of events visit
  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 county.
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

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