May half term is the perfect time to enjoy the first glimpse of summer. The weather’s warming up, the evenings are longer, and the top holiday spots are bursting with fun activities for the kids.
So, with sun, sea and beautiful countryside all on your doorstep, it’s no wonder Cornwall is always a popular choice for May half-term holidays. Sound like the perfect location for your next getaway? Check out our guide on everything you need to know for planning a Cornwall holiday this May half term.
What are the May half term 2023 dates?
The half term dates typically fall at the end of May. However, this differs depending on what part of the country you’re in. The most common half term dates in 2023 are:
- Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June 2023
Cornwall weather in May half term
Weather during the May half term is generally mild, and the region can typically experience highs of up to 20 degrees Celsius. It’s a great time to enjoy the first hints of summer so you can leave the big coats at home.
Why choose a holiday in Cornwall for May half term?
Cornwall is one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. The appeal for many is the variety of beautiful beaches, and you’re never more than a few miles away to enjoy a trip to the seaside.
The region is also home to a diverse range of towns and villages. From the surfer’s paradise of Newquay to the charming fishing village of Mevagissey, you’ll discover unique sights and scenery around every corner. The city spot of Truro also makes a great day out.
Things to do in Cornwall during half term
Planning a Cornwall holiday for May half term gives you plenty of options for fun days out. The area has top attractions, heritage sites, beautiful gardens and museums. Check out some of our favourites:
Get back to nature at The Eden Project
No Cornwall holiday in May half term would be complete without a visit to the Eden Project. This unique attraction offers an exciting journey through the natural world. Huge biomes filled with tropical plants and trees immerse the senses. Plus, there’s a world of flora displays in its outdoor gardens and exhibitions. Feeling brave? Why not give the zip wire experience a go and see the Eden Project from a different perspective.
Catch a show at The Minack Theatre
Perched on the edge of the Cornish cliffs is the spectacular open-air theatre, The Minack. This is a truly unique experience for all visitors, and there are a host of shows and events throughout the year. This half term, shows such as The Piskie in the Garden and Kipps musical are a great way to enjoy the beauty of this venue in its full glory.
Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan
After its surprise discovery in the 90s, The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been restored to their former glory and are a must-see this May half term. With summer just around the corner, the flora will be in bloom, and its 200 acres comes alive with nature. On the estate, you’ll also find a farm with various rare breeds. Plus, with the UK’s only outdoor jungle, the kids will love exploring the captivating tropical environment this May half term on your Cornwall holiday.
Explore St Michael’s Mount
Before you head towards Cornwall’s most southerly point, stop by St Michael’s Mount for a slice of the region’s rich heritage. The castle sits just off the shoreline and is accessed by a historic causeway in low tide. On the island, you can explore the ancient fortress, wander the gardens and visit the beautiful church before heading back to Marazion to enjoy fish and chips on the beach.
Surf the Cornish waves
Cornwall is renowned for its ideal surf conditions throughout the year. So, this May half term, why not take to the waves in the region’s top surf spots? Newquay’s Fistral Beach is often a must-surf location. You can take a lesson or two if you’re new to the board to master the basics. Beginners can also head to calmer waters at Harlyn Bay and Polzeath beach.
Discover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle
This historic castle is home to the mystical legends of King Arthur. Built in the 1230s, this fortress sits on North Cornwall’s rugged coastline and is the inspiration for numerous writers, poets and filmmakers. Here you can explore Merlin’s Cave and walk its iconic footbridge – all while soaking up the dramatic sea views.
Where to stay in Cornwall for May half term
The beauty of Cornwall is that you have a wide selection of luxury holiday cottages to choose from, perfect for family getaways. There are beautiful cottages in quaint coastal villages and large homes nestled in countryside estates. From Fowey to Penzance and Bude to St Ives – you’re spoilt for choice on location.
To complement your May half term holiday further, kate & tom’s covers the little extras to make your stay truly special. Booking a holiday cottage with a swimming pool is always a good idea, and the kids will love splashing around while you relax in the sun. Looking to enjoy some R&R? A hot tub is a great option to soak away the stresses of daily routines.
Each luxury holiday home at kate & tom’s has been hand-picked to make your experience unforgettable. From fun games rooms to keep the kids occupied to large gardens for al fresco dining – there’s something for everyone. What’s more, you don’t have to leave anyone out of your May half term holiday plans, as our dog-friendly cottages cater for your furry pals too.
Planning a Cornwall holiday this May half term has never been easier. Browse our collection of May half term cottages, or get in touch with our team to start planning your next getaway.