Averages for Cornwall in May

April showers will bring May flowers and that is certainly the case in and around Cornwall. During this time of the year, the flowers are in full bloom and with trees beginning to bud, everything is fresh and green. As a result, this is one of the more popular times of the year to visit the region. Because of this, be prepared to pay slightly higher prices and also deal with longer lines at some restaurants and area attractions.

While no month is completely dry in the region, this tim...

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  • Temperature Temperature 11°C 52°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 60 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 18 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 11°C 52°F

April showers will bring May flowers and that is certainly the case in and around Cornwall. During this time of the year, the flowers are in full bloom and with trees beginning to bud, everything is fresh and green. As a result, this is one of the more popular times of the year to visit the region. Because of this, be prepared to pay slightly higher prices and also deal with longer lines at some restaurants and area attractions.

While no month is completely dry in the region, this time of the year continues to be one of the drier times with only 60mm of precipitation expected. Additionally, the number of days seeing measurable rainfall drops off. On average, the region has 18 days with at least some shower or thunderstorm activity during the month. While visitors don't want to leave the rain gear at home, this is significantly less rain than in seen over the winter months when almost the entire month records rainfall.

There is also more sun for visitors to enjoy during this time of the year. On average, the region will receive 10 hours of sunshine per day. Any showers and thunderstorms that do appear, likely do so during the evening hours allowing for the sun during the daytime. Therefore, temperatures take a big jump with the average daily high of 14°C (57°F).  The average overnight low is also much warmer with temperatures bottoming out at 8°C (46°F). Overall, the daily temperature is a more pleasant 11°C (52°F).

Water temperatures remain too cold to be enjoyed, but warmer water conditions are just around the corner. During this time of the year, however, surface temperatures are still a chilly 11°C (52°F). Water temperatures are always slower to warm and cool off than those on land so it will be another month or two before visitors can enjoy all that the local beaches have to offer.

Where to Stay

Located on the north Cornwall coast, the Watergate Bay Hotel is the ultimate hotel for those who want to get out and enjoy the sand and surf. This is because the hotel is home to a world-renowned surfing championship during early to mid May. During the rest of the month, guests themselves can try catching a few waves. This particular hotel is all about getting the most out of life. As a result, the hotel features a number of ways to stay active such as a swim club, surfing, cardio studio and Nordic walking. Additionally, the hotel features four unique restaurants and bars to take advantage of. The hotel is very family friendly and even accepts dogs.

One of the most luxurious hotels in the region is The Carlyon Bay. Set on 250 acres of private land, this hotel offers a championship golf course, magnificent gardens, fine dining, opulent décor and a staff willing to meet your every need. Guests are treated to a level of attentiveness that keeps them coming back time and time again. Additionally, guests may take advantage of the private beach, luxury spa, three bars, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, children's play area and award winning restaurants. And for those who need to get in and out in a hurry, there is also a helipad available.

The four-star Budock Vean Hotel on the River is a sanctuary of luxury and amenities that are not found in many hotels. Located on 65 acres of private land that contains gardens and an 18-hole golf course, there are many nooks and crannies to rest and relax during a May holiday. Guests can choose to be active with kayaking trips, boat trips, horse riding, archery, and fishing or be still and enjoy the world-class spa or pool. The resort is home to an award winning restaurant as well as numerous other eating and drinking options.

What to Do

May is the first month of the year when visitors can really hit the beach and it's also the time of big waves throughout the region. As a result, the area is home to numerous surfing contests, but none more popular than the English National Surfing Championship. Located on Watergate Bay in the first few days of the month, visitors can watch some of the best surfers in the world battle it out for the title on some treacherous waves.

If all that surfing has you inspired, there are plenty of surf schools that will have you hanging ten in no time. With cool waters, but up to 10 hours of sunshine per day, there is plenty of time to try out your new skills. Schools such as Escape Surf School in Newquay can teach anyone the basics and while having fun doing so at the same time.

Hit the Beach

Visitors looking for great swimming conditions as well as a beach to try out their surfing skills will enjoy Sennen. This beach features plenty of room to spread out, especially during periods of low tide. Located just a few minute's walk from Land's End, the area around the beach also offers several spots to grab a bite to eat. Additionally, there are a few surf shops that will sell wetsuits which are still needed during May in order to battle the water that is around 11°C (52°F). For those who do decide to brave the waters, surf lessons are available and there are also boards for rent.

Restaurants and Nightlife

The SeaDrift Kitchen Cafe is located in Porthleven and offers stylish and contemporary food in a comfortable atmosphere complete with a wood-burning fireplace to help ward off a late evening chill. Open for brunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a wide selection of complete breakfast items as well as hearty fare such as meat and potatoes. A children's menu is also available.

Located in an unassuming house in Truro, the Gravy Boesti features some of the best food in the region. Dinners here are more of an art form with chefs using locally sourced ingredients to produce foods that are both delicious and beautiful on the plate. All dishes are prepared to order in the open kitchen and guests are treated to an elegant atmosphere in which to enjoy and relax.

Known as one of the best pubs in Cornwall, The 'Front is located in Falmouth and is home to a number of beers, ciders and ales. The staff at this old style pub are quick to take your order and helpful when it comes to making a decision. With a "try before you buy" program, guests can't go wrong with their choice of drinks. This is a great spot to spend some significant time taking in the charm of the region. 

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