Cornwall continues to celebrate the coming of spring in a way that the rest of the UK has largely forgotten. The Mayday celebrations in nearby Padstow (which this year fall on Saturday of the early May Bank Holiday weekend 5th May) date from the 16th century, and features all-day dancing, singing, merriment and the dressing up in horse or donkey like costumes. The celebrations start at midnight the night before with unaccompanied singing, and continue from dawn and throughout the day with a series of Osses (donkey style costumes, see the video), dancing around the narrow streets of the town, making stops at the local pubs.
There is a full description of the Obby Oss celebrations in the video in the top right or on Wikipedia.
Our accommodation nearly always fills for this really popular time of the year, so book your weekend or weeklong break now to avoid disappointment.