Obby Oss Day, (or May Day to the rest of us!) is one of the most important events in Padstow. The exact reason for the tradition is no longer clear, but it’s still celebrated with the same gusto as always. Padstow lies on the other side of the estuary from Rock, and you can reach it via a regular ferry all year round. May Day is Obby Oss Day in Padstow, and it’s well worth crossing the water for this spectacular traditional event.
The event in Padstow also includes live music and the sight of followers dancing through the streets in their traditional colours – all to greet the arrival of spring! You’ll see the residents dress up in red and white costumes and perform a traditional, haunting song before celebrating through the streets to welcome spring...now that’s something you don’t get to attend every day! Obby Oss Day is always held on 1 May, unless it falls on a Sunday when it will transfer to the 2 May instead.