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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.
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
/ 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.
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
Festival of Arts and Literature (ex-Daphne
du Maurier Festival of Arts & Literature).
Once again you can enjoy an
entertaining programme of drama, music, talks, concerts, guided walks, events, free music. something
Callington MayFest: giants, dance, choirs,music, craft stalls,food stall
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
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
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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