bluebell woodland in May

Marvellous May in Cornwall

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Beat the Summer Surge with a May holiday in Cornwall. Millions visit the UK's top holiday destination every Summer, but there is still time to enjoy everything the region has to offer without the crowds.


Holidays in Cornwall in May - why it's the best time to visit


It takes 5-7 years for a bluebell to flower from seed, which is perhaps why it is against the law to pick or uproot bluebells (who knew?). The UK is home to almost half the world's bluebells, with woodland glades, forest floors and ancient hedgerows overflowing with colour from late Spring.

bluebells in May

Cornwall's countryside boasts many bluebell woods, from the National Trust gardens at Lanhydrock to Pencarrow House and Gardens near Bodmin.


No month is guaranteed to stay dry, but May is one of the driest months of the year in Cornwall.

blue sky and sunshine in Cornwall

You can also expect at least ten hours of sunshine in the county and a jump in average temperature, opening up the possibility for outdoor adventures and experiences.

Drive in cinema

Cinema-goers may have missed out on months of new releases and popcorn in 2020 but the innovative folk at the Sunset Drive-In Movie Theatre are planning a Spring and Summer schedule for the whole family.

drive in cinema

The drive-in movie experience takes place at the stunning Carlyon Bay Beach, just five minutes from The Cornwall Hotel, which boasts almost two miles of coarse sandy beach.

Beach beauty

Cornwall is home to almost 300 beaches, and many of them are empty (shhh, don't tell anyone) in May. After the Winter months, you may need a wetsuit if you go for a dip, but a bracing paddle along the shore is guaranteed to lift your mood and brighten your day.

woman paddling in the sea

Just don't be surprised if dipping your toe in the sea for the first time causes you to catch your breath.


Carved out of the dramatic West Cornwall cliffs, the iconic Minack Theatre is the perfect venue to showcase the wonderful sounds of the Fisherman's Friends.

Minack Theatre Cornwall

Britain's oldest boy band are amongst performers booked for May 2021, along with guitarist and singer Scott Matthews and a live dramatic performance of the play 'And Then Come the Nightjars'.

Treat yourself

Add some indulgence to your May holiday in Cornwall with a facial, massage or treatment in the tranquil hotel spa.

spa treatment

Our trained therapists offer a wide range of treatments, designed to suit your individual needs, whether you're looking to revive tired skin, revitalise aching muscles or unwind with an aromatherapy massage. Browse treatments and book yours by calling 01726 87 40 55 or email the spa.


Ready to take action and surprise someone special with a break away? Check availability online or give our friendly Reservations Team a call on 01726 87 40 50. Your woodland lodge is ready and waiting.

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