On May 1st, Visit Cornwall and its members are launching ‘Cornish Summer Time’ (CST) which starts six weeks earlier than ‘official’ British Summer Time.

A campaign that celebrates everything amazing about the naturally early summer lifestyle in Cornwall is set to roll out across the UK with amazing accommodation and entertainment for those who want to beat the crowds to the UK’s multi-times favourite UK holiday destination.


For centuries, the Cornish have been celebrating the arrival of summer in Cornwall with the world famous May Day Oby Oss Festival that takes place annually in Padstow on May 1st.  The summer heralding continues on May 8th as Helston is decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves as part of Helston Flora Day to celebrate the end of winter and mark the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life.

The warmer micro-climate means locals and visitors hit the coast path, gardens and especially the beach, jumping in the swell and stretching their bare legs long before the rest of the country. Cornwall enjoys an extended summer period which enables locals and visitors alike to take full advantage of an unrivalled outdoor living lifestyle from May 1st to  October 1st if not longer.


Visitors can fast-track their summer and indulge in exciting outdoor activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, outdoor culture experiences, surfing, wild swimming, fishing, foraging, alfresco dining as well as the perennial delights of walking along the coast and visiting the great range of heritage properties, villages and towns.


Get planning your trip with these useful links:

Useful links

Visit Cornwall’s social media channels: 

Facebook: @ILoveCornwall

Twitter: @ILoveCornwallUK

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