Heligan Wild Week Cornwall 365 May Half Term Top Picks

Cornwall 365's Top Picks: May Half Term

Whether you’re visiting on holiday or enjoying a week off at home, this May half term is full of fantastic events and things to do in Cornwall. As the days get a little longer and a little warmer it’s the perfect time to head outdoors with the family. From hunting for insects at Land’s End, building bug hotels at Royal Cornwall Museum and getting to know Cornwall’s wildlife at St Michael’s Mount to getting in touch with your wild side at Newquay Zoo and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

It’s Game On at the Eden Project for a full on celebration of everything gaming – challenge a family member to a game of Massive Battleships or work together to solve a giant marble labyrinth. Clown around at Flambard’s circus skills workshops, bring your favourite bear to a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, see child friendly theatre at The Poly or travel back in time at Tintagel Castle… it’s all going on this May half term!

Eden Project Game On Cornwall 365 May half term Top PicksGame On: Half Term Fun

Eden Project

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

This half term, the Eden Project will be transformed into a world of gaming! From retro classics and traditional playground favourites, to playing with the latest technology, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Game On will be literally bigger than ever, with giant versions of old favourites Guess Who? and Kerplunk being joined by a super-sized Massive Battleships! You’ll also get the chance to play retro 8-bit classics on an enormous controller, work together to solve a giant marble labyrinth, and walk the plank with The Cardboard Arcade’s virtual reality experience.

Visit the Eden Project website.


Jungle May-Hem Newquay Zoo Cornwall 365 May Half Term Top Picks
Jungle May-hem

Newquay Zoo

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

Join Newquay Zoo for Jungle May-hem this half term! Complete the Jungle Safari trail for a chance to win an animal adoption, and let your little ones become animals with fantastic face painting. There will also be interactive talks throughout each day.

Photo: Beccy George

Visit the Newquay Zoo website.


Circus Skills Flambards Cornwall 365 May Half Term Top Picks
Circus Skills Week


Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

Have a go at stilt walking, balloon modelling and juggling with drop-in workshops happening daily throughout half term. You can have your face painted to look the part, and get inspired by professional demonstrations too! A destination for an unforgettable day out, Flambards has a mix of rides, indoor attractions and entertainment.

Visit the Flambards website.


Heligan Wild Week

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

Heligan Wild Week invites you to ditch technology and tune into nature instead. Begin your journey in the Wild Tribe Yurt and choose your tribe – then join in the fun, paint your own face and make a tribal headdress before getting stuck into some wild activities! A giant outdoor assault course awaits adventurers big and small, and there are musical workshops to help you try out your Tribal call. At the end of it all, wind down and toast your own marshmallow by the fire before relaxing in a hammock nestled in under the trees.

Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan website.


Wonderfully Wild Spring Half Term Land's End Cornwall 365 May Half Term Top Picks
Wonderfully Wild Spring Half Term

Land’s End

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

Get to know some of the 220 species of flowering plant, 20 terrestrial mammals and countless creepy-crawlies at Land’s End! Put your creative skills to the test and build your very own insect home, learn about our feathered friends with Screech Owl Sanctuary, and conduct a ‘Bio Blitz’ to track down as many creepy-crawlies as you can find. There will also be guided walks with the RSPB where you can take in the sights and wildlife unique to the area.

Visit the Land’s End website.


Bodmin & Wenford Railway Teddy Bear Picnic Cornwall 365 May Half TermTeddy Bear’s Picnic

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May

Bring Teddy for a train ride and story time on the Bodmin & Wenford steam railway. Dogs are welcome too!

Visit the Bodmin & Wenford Railway website.


St Michael's Mount Half Term Cornwall 365 May Half Term Top Picks
May Half Term at St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount

Sunday 28th May – Friday 2nd June

Junior gardeners are invited to join the St Michael’s Mount gardening team and learn a little about their lush sub-tropical garden. Pot up a plant, illustrate the garden on a giant banner, and get creative with pebble art. Listen to nautical tales and mythical stories with storytelling on the lawn, explore rock pools and Get Framed! – take a photo of yourself in a living frame made from almost 400 plants.

Visit the St Michael’s Mount website.


Royal Cornwall Museum Half Term Cornwall 365
May Half Term Fun

Royal Cornwall Museum

Monday 29th May – Thursday 1st June

Get creative and make your very own insect hotel to give your garden bugs somewhere to live. Budding writers are invited to take part in a Young Writer’s Session run by Felicity Tattersall who will help inspire with her stories about Cornish explorer Richard Lander! For times and prices visit the Royal Cornwall Museum website.

Visit the Royal Cornwall Museum website.


Castle of Legend


Tuesday 30th May – Thursday 1st June

Spend a day with Florence Nightingale Richards, the eccentric keeper of Tintagel castle’s keys, her eccentric cousin and two of the most bizarre storytellers alive as they take you around the site. You will hear ancient stories about the castle, great seafaring Britons and tales of famous visitors to the Tintagel. Throughout the day, join in with circus skills and games on the courtyard.

Visit the English Heritage website.


According to Arthur Paddleboat Theatre The Poly Cornwall 365 May Half Term
Paddleboat Theatre: According to Arthur

The Poly, Falmouth

Friday 2nd June

Meet Arthur – an odd old man who lives all alone in his attic. He never ventures into the outside world; instead he spends all of his time with his friend the moon. But now, Arthur needs your help! The clouds have covered the sky and the moon is nowhere to be seen, and without it Arthur’s life suddenly feels empty.

PaddleBoat Theatre Company invite you to bring your unbounded imagination as together you will try to help Arthur find the moon again. In doing so, we might just remind Arthur that an empty life can be filled again…

Visit The Poly website.


Looking for more things to do in Cornwall this half term?

These are just a few of our Top Picks from the many wonderful events and activities happening this week – for more events listings, visit www.cornwall365.com


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