What’s On: May Half Term & Jubilee Celebrations at Polmanter

17th May 2022

Not only do we get to enjoy the May half term as planned this year, we also have the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations to enjoy… hooray!


If you’ve booked to stay with us over the May or ‘Whitsun’ half term holiday as we call it here, it’s not long now…! With that in mind, here are some of the activities and events taking place, starting with What’s On right here at Polmanter.

Whitsun & the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Polmanter

Whitsun is always a much anticipated time for us on site, as it kicks off our busy summer season. We’re really excited for everything to be open, so everyone can enjoy Polmanter holidays as we remember them.

That includes letting the children burn off some energy in the indoor and outdoor play areas, challenging each other to a game of pool or table tennis in the games room, and taking a dip in our outdoor heated swimming pool.

The Stable Bar will be open every night, entertainment is back on the cards and we’ve got some Jubilee fun planned too!

Eating at The Stable Bar and Restaurant

We’ve got a fantastic new team and menu to welcome you to The Stable Bar this season. We’re back to our previous walk-in policy, with no table bookings, so that we can offer our guests a more flexible dining experience. Please make note of your table number once seated, and order at the bar. A takeaway service will be available too, also ordered at the bar.

Opening times for The Stable Bar during half term are;

  • Friday (27th May) | Breakfast: 9am-11am, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm, Takeaway: 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday (28th-29th), from 9am | Breakfast: 9am-11am, Lunch: 12pm-2pm, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm, Takeaway: 5pm-7pm
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (30th-1st June), from 9am | Coffee and Pastries: 9am-12pm, Lunch: 12pm-2pm, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm, Takeaway: 5pm-7pm
  • Thursday (2nd), from 9am | Coffee and Pastries: 9am-12pm, Lunch: 12pm-2pm, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm, Takeaway: 5pm-7pm {Jubilee Party 2-5pm}
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday (3rd -5th), from 9am | Breakfast: 9am-11am, Lunch: 12pm-2pm, Dinner: 5pm – 9pm, Takeaway: 5pm-7pm

From Saturday 28th May, we’ll be open on a daily basis from 9am, serving snacks, cakes and traybakes from 12-5pm, in between food service.

Entertainment at The Stable Bar

We’re kicking the half-term entertainment off with our much loved bingo evenings on Sunday (from 8pm), followed by Liz, our resident quiz host on Tuesday (from 8.30pm) and an afternoon party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday (from 12pm).

  • Sunday 29th May: Bingo, from 8pm | Cash prizes available, with a charity donation made to a local cause
  • Tuesday 31st May: Liz’s Quizzes, from 8.30pm | Gather your friends and family to make a quiz team and test your general knowledge
  • Thursday 2nd June: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Party, from 12pm | An afternoon of children’s entertainment, live music, food and drink (more details below)
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This year we’ve got the bonus of the Queen’s Jubilee to celebrate too!

Best dressed pitches: We’re encouraging our guests to mark the Jubilee occasion by getting involved in dressing their pitches. Bunting and union jack decorations are encouraged to help fill the site with patriotic colours, and we’ll be giving a prize for the best dressed.

Crown colouring competition: Children can take part in our crown colouring competition throughout the week, with more prizes up for grabs for our favourites. Collect a sheet of paper from Reception or the bar with the outline of a crown and then draw, colour, paint… we want to see the most beautiful crown creations! Once your masterpiece is complete, display it in the conservatory of The Stable Bar.

Polmanter’s Platinum Jubilee Party: We couldn’t let this momentous occasion pass by without some form of celebration – I mean, who doesn’t love a party!?! Come and join us for an afternoon of family entertainment on the outdoor patio area of The Stable Bar to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

12-2pm: Drinks and light lunch menu available

2-4pm: Children’s party

3-5pm: Face painting (small charge applies)

4-6pm: Live Music

The Stable Bar will be open all afternoon serving drinks, including garden cocktails and sweet and savoury snacks.

5-9pm: Evening menu available

8.30-10.30pm: Live music

Queen’s Jubilee events in Cornwall

If you’re looking for more Jubilee celebrations to join in with, there are plenty on our doorstep and further afield. There isn’t one day over the bank holiday weekend you can’t find some form of jubilee fun to join in with.

St Ives, Carbis Bay & Hayle

Carbis Bay Hotel has a Jubilee Beach Party taking place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th on Carbis Bay Beach. There will be live music, free children’s activities and yummy street food stalls on The Promenade.

If you like a more traditional village fayre, Lelant are organising theirs at the Watermill Inn on Friday 3rd June, from 12pm-5pm and Carbis Bay will are holding theirs on the Saturday from 2pm-6pm at the Carbis Bay Memorial Hall.

For dog owners, why not take part in our local charity dog home’s Paws in the Park: Jubilee Picnic and Fun Dog Show on Sunday 5th June. Grab a picnic and blanket, and bring it along to Hayle Recreation Ground from 12pm-3pm to help raise funds for the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT).

St Ives itself will be gearing up over the weekend for their big event on Sunday 5th June: All Day Big Lunch. The town will be hosting a street party on the Wharf, and it’s an open invitation for everyone. They’ll be closing Wharf Road (along the front, by the harbour) and table and chairs will be available for you to use. BYO or purchase food and drinks from local restaurants and takeaways. The day will culminate in a fireworks display at 10pm in the harbour.

For more details on St Ives Town events, click here.


Our capital has a jam-packed schedule of jubilee celebrations, starting on Wednesday 1st June with a Tea Tasting experience at Truro’s Visitor Information Centre with Cornish tea company Tregothnan Estate, from 10am-2pm. This runs alongside a Royal Walking Tour at 11am, which will explore the city’s royal connections. The tasting offers free samples, but there is a charge of £7.50 for the tour. Pre-booking advised.

On Thursday 2nd June, the Trooping of the Colours will be broadcast on Lemon Quay with Truro holding its own celebratory parade later that day, from 1pm.

Celebrations continue into the weekend with the Truro Farmers’ Jubilee Market and Truro BID’s Hobbyist Day on Saturday 3rd June, which involves a classic car display on Lemon Street of cars from the 1960s to 1980s. Some fun children’s activities are also planned at the library.

To end the jubilee celebrations on Sunday 4th June, there will be an Antiques and Collectables Market as well as a Big Jubilee Garden Party in Victoria Gardens.

For more details on all the events mentioned above, and more, click here.


One of Falmouth’s iconic landmarks, Pendennis Castle, will be kicking off this town’s jubilee events with a beacon lighting on Thursday 2nd June.

Friday 3rd June will see the Mayor’s Jubilee Parade make its way through the town from The Moor at 12.30pm and ending at Events Square. A traditional Tea Party at The Princess Pavilion will follow later that day, with classic 1940s style music. Please note this is a ticketed event.

The weekend will see both a street party and picnic in the park take place. Falmouth’s Street Party is on Saturday 4th June, from 1pm in Market Street and Jubilee Picnic in the Park is on Sunday 5th June hosted by Source FM at Kimberley Park.

For more details on Falmouth town’s events, click here.

Whitsun half term activities in Cornwall

Aside from the jubilee, you’ll once again find plenty of child friendly half term activities in Cornwall.

Paradise Park in Hayle is a popular wildlife sanctuary that’s much-loved by local families. There’s a family Bug and Butterfly Quest for half term in addition to daily animal events and access to their large indoor play area, The Jungle Barn. Perfect for active kids on rainy days.

The Eden Project has a great choice of half-term activities, including a week-long celebration of bees, nature and communities, culminating in a Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June. For older kids (and daring grownups), you can book something rather more adrenalin-fuelled from Hangloose Adventure, which is based at Eden.

Pendennis Castle in Falmouth (English Heritage) has an exciting Knights’ Tournament taking place Tuesday 31st May – Thursday 2nd June. Tickets for this spectacle are in addition to the general entry price, but it’s well worth a visit to see this Tudor castle on Falmouth’s headland. Another great attraction on this side of the coast is the National Maritime Museum. For half-term, they have an Awesome Adventurers activity programme with daily live performances, story telling and crafts inspired by heroic voyages of exploration ships. This is all included with your entry ticket.

The Minack Theatre has started its annual programme of outdoor performances. For an afternoon’s child-friendly storytelling, why not watch The Piskie in the Garden. Performed Monday, Wednesday and Friday during half-term from 4pm, tickets are from £10, and under 16s half price, with the showing running approximately 1 hour. Seats book up quickly; however, remember that you can also book a ticket to visit this spectacular theatre and its visitor centre.

Even if you have access to our outdoor pool here at Polmanter, a trip to Penzance’s Jubilee Pool lido is a must. The Art Deco pool is a stunning place to relax as well as to swim, and try to book a session in the new geothermal pool (it’s so warm…).

And of course, there are also the wonderful beaches, woodlands and coastal walks around St Ives, and we can point you in the direction of the best kid-friendly places and paths.



Phew! You sure are going to have a jam-packed holiday with everything that’s going on this Whitsun.

See you soon!