What’s On: Spring Bank Holiday in Cornwall

27th May 2021

Late May or early June are great times to come to Cornwall. The weather is (usually) good, it’s a bit less busy than the height of summer, and there’s the bonus of the Spring bank holiday – or Whitsun as we call it down here.


If you’re travelling with kids, there’s also the half term holiday, which is a great opportunity to have an early summer family break.

If you’ve booked to stay with us over the Whitsun holiday, not long now. If you haven’t, this is a taster of what Polmanter and Cornwall are like at this time of year, and we hope to see you for the 2022 Whitsun break!

Whitsun at Polmanter

It’s great to see places open up across Cornwall. At Polmanter, we’re delighted to be able to welcome guests into The Stable Bar again. We’ve got a fantastic menu for the new season (and yes, the Sunday roasts are back), and we’ve made sure that both our indoor and outdoor seating is well spaced.

After last year’s success, we’re encouraging guests to use The Stable Bar’s app. You can book a table and order your food through the app, or use it to order one of our fantastic takeaways to enjoy on your pitch.

Entertainment can also return this Whitsun, with Liz’s Quizzes testing your general knowledge on Tuesday 1st June from 8pm and Gareth performing his latest acoustic guitar set on Friday 4th June from 9pm.

The latest exciting news is that our refurbished swimming pool is open again. You don’t have to pre-book your swim this year; however, we may have to limit numbers on very busy days. Our spa treatment rooms aren’t ready to re-open yet – we’d suggest relaxing in our newly extended poolside terrace in the meantime…

If you’re here with the kids, the outdoor playgrounds and playing field are ready and waiting! We’re currently not able to open the indoor play area; however, we’ll give you some recommendations for rainy day activities shortly.

All three amenity blocks are now fully open, and many thanks to our recent guests who have been wonderfully patient about the limited facilities.


Polmanter Touring Park swimming pool seating and sunloungers

Places to visit in Cornwall in May & June

Most of Cornwall’s main attractions are now open. You need to pre-book tickets for most places, and there may be reduced opening times and facilities. But it’s still so wonderful to be able to visit places like Tate St Ives, the Eden Project and St Michael’s Mount again, that we don’t mind a few new restrictions.

Our local National Trust properties are open again, as are Cornwall’s English Heritage sites. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance is open (there’s no need to pre-book for these large gardens) and the café here is fabulous.

The Minack Theatre has started its annual programme of outdoor performances. Seats book up quickly; however, remember that you can also book a ticket to visit this spectacular theatre and its visitor centre. Newlyn Filmhouse is the newest cinema in the area: try to visit their lovely restaurant as well as watching a movie.


Whitsun 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 dinosaur trail for half term; however the big news is that their large indoor play area, The Jungle Barn, has reopened. Perfect for active kids on rainy days.

The Eden Project has a great choice of half-term activities, including live music in the biomes, a family trail and fabulous picnics that you can pre-order and collect on arrival. 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 a great programme of castle-themed half term events, most of which take place in the castle’s large outside space. Next door to the Tudor fortress is Ships & Castles, a feature-filled indoor pool and popular rainy-day hangout.

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.



We hope this has given you a few ideas about Whitsun in Cornwall and Polmanter. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please drop the reception team a line, and we’ll be happy to have a chat with you.