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There are many events that draw many people to Cornwall over the year other than Cottage Holidays and Cornish pasties. The month of May welcomes the start of a few of these popular events. This article highlights three main events that should not be missed when visiting on a Cornwall Holiday Cottage in May.

May the 2nd and 3rd sees the event known as ‘Giant Bolster Weekend’. Bolster was a giant that used to reside in the Parish of St. Agnes. Like most Cornish giants, he was a bad tempered, self centered man who was considered the bane of the villager’s life. So each year to celebrate the rise (but more so the fall) of the Giant Bolster a procession starting with a lantern and a torch march through the village to the top of the top of St. Agnes Beacon and then a large bonfire and barbeque take place in celebration of his demise.

The Run to the Sun Festival is a popular choice for thousands of tourists each year. Happening between the 22nd and the 25th of May this Newquay attraction is one that is not to be missed. Offering a variety of entertainment, from world class DJ’s, live bands as well as a range of comedians the variation of events offers something for everyone. Steeped with great places to stay and the option to camp near by the events there is an option for people on all levels of budgets. Each year is usually better than the last which is normally a tough thing to achieve, but somehow it is managed.

29th and 30th May welcomes the return of the St Ives Beer Festival. Orqinised by the Cornwall CAMRA (campaign for more real ale) the festival brings many breweries to the area and allows the locals to try various real ale brands. Offering around 170 different real ales as well as 40 ciders or more and a whole host of ginger ales and wines, the event is usually a massive success. This is a great way to try a different variety of ales that aren’t usually available in small and large chain pubs. This year the festival is held in the St Ives Guildhall open from 11am to 11pm and entrance is £3.50 which includes a festival glass and a program.

Only three great reasons to visit Cornwall in the month of May but there are many more on offer. If you are looking for something a little quieter then just head down for a scenic walk and admire the wonderful scenery that is associated with the Cornish countryside.

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