Best May Half-term Family Days Out in Cornwall
May is a wonderful time to visit Cornwall, with mild weather and uncrowded beaches and other attractions. As long as you bring clothes to suit all weathers and times of day, you're guaranteed a fantastic time.
Fal River Festival, Falmouth, 23 May–1 June
A 10-day celebration of life on the river, with more than 150 events, including a fish festival, swimming, wildlife walks and gig racing.
Seaside Supersized Weekend, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, 24–26 May
A weekend of activities inspired by the seaside, with the chance to meet RNLI and Royal Navy Search and Rescue crews, investigate lifesaving equipment, learn sea safety and print picture postcards to add to a coastal collage.
Pirate Festive, Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Helford Estuary, 24 May–1 June
Fun and games with Cornish pirates, from treasure hunts to storytelling, at this busy rescue centre with its grey and common seals, Patagonian and Californian sea-lions, penguins, otters, goats, sheep and ponies.
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, 24 May–1 June
A fabulous place to explore, with Victorian productive gardens, pleasure grounds, sub-tropical jungle and a pioneering wildlife project. Half-term adventures and ‘wild’ activities include den-making, a wild art mural, a natural assault course and a grass maze.
Pirates on the Prom, Penzance, 25–26 May
A day of pirate-themed music, dancing, parades and displays. Come dressed to help the event regain the world record for the greatest number of pirates in one place.
Pendennis Cup, Falmouth, 26–31 May
Four days of challenging superyacht racing on Falmouth Bay, sure to elicit oohs and aaahs from all the family. Try to get a viewing spot on Pendennis Point.
Fighting Knights, Pendennis Castle, 28–29 May
Henry VIII's mighty fortress, where you can watch brave knights in battle and even don armour to prove your own worth as a warrior (book in advance).
Image copyright: Lost Gardens of Heligan