St. Ives May Day 1st May

The start of summer is heralded in St. Ives with the ancient traditional May Day celebrations, on the May Day Bank Holiday.

This is organized by Rotarian Peter Rowe with the help of St. Ives Rotarians.  Starting with the choosing of the ‘May Queen’, ‘King’, ‘Prince’, and “Princess”, there follows a procession to the Harbour front, followed with Maypole dancing on the beach, by “Kidz R Us”, and a barbeque on the wharf.

The celebrations can be shown to date back to 1573 and were revived in the year 2000 by the then Mayor, Chris Cocklin. This has continued each year, formally with the help of the St. Ives Lions and more recently with the help of the St Ives Rotary Club.

All round fun for all the family!


Where to stay: Acton Castle (10 miles away)