Events in Cornwall
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Events for all the family can be found around Cornwall throughout the calendar year. In Summer, the Gorsedd and a host of other Cornish festivals take place, with regattas and surfing events for the water-lovers. Whilst quieter in the winter months, also provides spectacular Christmas light shows around the coast.
This massive project to create huge biomes housing the plants of the world in a disused china clay pit at Bodelva Quarry, near St. Austell opened in March 2001. The Eden Project has become a major tourist attraction and the concept has gone from strength to strength. Eden welcomed over two million visitors in its first year and has exceeded 1.2 million visitors every year since then. Celebrating its 10th birthday in 2011, the site is constantly evolving and there is always something new to see.
The origin of Padstow 'Obby 'Oss is lost in history, although like Helston Flora and the 'Hal-an-Tow' in Helston, the day is thought to celebrate the coming of summer, as part of the pre-Christian festival of Beltane. The spring festival dedicated to the return of the Celtic sun god Bel, that causes the crops to grow and the hours of daylight to lengthen.
The celebrations at Padstow are first recorded in 1803 although elsewhere other celebrations are recorded prior to the sixteenth century.
The festival atmosphere fills the town from early morning and the deep beating of the drums seem to almost make the ground shudder! Obby Oss takes place on 1st May every year (unless the 1st May falls on a Sunday when it is moved to 2nd May).
Today the act of wishing the community a healthy harvest has been superceded by a colourful festival celebrating the community and townspeople with an associated fair and large numbers of stalls leading from the main street down towards the boating lake. The festival atmosphere filling the town from early morning to well into the night.
It remains a great day out for the family and should be visited at least once to absorb the special flavour of the day.
Helston Flora usually takes place on the 8th of May (unless the 8th falls on a Sunday or Monday, in this case the previous Saturday is used). The main streets of the town are bedecked with greenery and flowers heralding the renewal of life after the cold winter.
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