Open Studios Cornwall

Throughout May, as spring blooms in Cornwall, artists across the county open their studio doors and welcome the general public in. Talented artists of all practices invite visitors to take a look around their workspaces, ranging from sculptors, glass fusers and ceramicists, to designers, illustrators and photographers, with some hosting one-on-one and group workshops to share their expertise too. Each studio will have different opening times, and visitors are recommended to check these on the website before they go. 

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Padstow May Day

Also know as ‘Obby Oss’ to local residents, Padstow May Day is one of the biggest events in Padstow’s calendar, held on the first day of May and drawing crowds of up to 30,000 people. The event dates back centuries and its origins are rather mysterious, some claiming it is a way of fending off the possibility of a French invasion, while others suspect it began as a fertility or rain dance. On the morning of the festivities, flowers, flags and blossoming tree branches are tied to the town’s lampposts before the local townspeople parade through the streets, singing songs and playing music on instruments whilst a ‘Teaser’ chases two ‘Obby ’Osses (hobby horses) out of The Golden Lion Pub and through the town.

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Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show is one of the leading agricultural shows in the country, drawing visitors from all over the UK to the three-day long event in June, with a full schedule of activities and entertainment to be enjoyed each year. Not only can visitors see the finest breeds of animals, birds and flowers in the country, there are also plentiful theatre and live music performances to watch, a fun fair for children to enjoy, and ample opportunity to sample the county’s finest food and drink.

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Padstow to Rock swim

The one mile swim from Padstow to Rock is one of Rock’s most popular events and is a highlight of the local calendar, raising an impressive sum of money for charity through swimmer sponsorship and donations each year. The swim takes place at high tide so the estuary isn’t too shallow, and it is held in July, increasing the chances of good weather and pleasant swimming conditions. The event sees an increasing number of applicants each year, and there is a limited number of swimmer spaces. Please note: entrants should be able to comfortably swim one mile.

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Rock Oyster Festival

Held in a location just outside the nearby town of Wadebridge in July, the Rock Oyster Festival is a fun-filled weekend of food, crafts and entertainment, with a colourful line-up of musicians and bands performing each year. Parents will find plenty of activities to keep the children occupied, and the festival is accessible by bike or foot along the Camel Trail, which extends from Wadebridge to Padstow alongside the Camel Estuary. 

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Padstow Christmas Festival

The largest festive event in Cornwall’s calendar, Padstow Christmas Festival is a family favourite which usually takes place in the first or second weekend of December. The four-day event celebrates the south west’s finest craft, food and drink producers, with some of the top chefs in the country demonstrating how to make their favourite dishes, including Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Hix and Angela Hartnett. Each year visitors are treated to an impressive firework display which lights up the sky above Padstow, and the event is completely free.

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