May Half Term
Discover a Different Day Out
See How Our Garden Grows! Learning and Growing for Young Gardeners...
Explore the rockpools and learn what lives on the edge of the Mount
Storytelling - Sunday 28 May - Friday 2 June, 11am - 4pm
St Michael’s Mount will be celebrating its legendary Cornish giant, Cormoran with a team of narrators bringing to life the story of the giant and his fearless foe, Jack the Giant Killer. Cornish folklore tells of a mythical giant who once lived on the Mount, a fearless creature who would wade ashore and steal cows and sheep from the villagers to feed his gargantuan appetite. There will be a nautical tale of a mythical Mount boatman who has been on the island since the dawn of time and tells of everything that he has seen and heard over thousands of years; from the “Grey Rock in the Woods” to the vision of St Michael; from the first sighting of the Spanish Armada to the footprint left by Queen Victoria on the harbour cobbles. We will also have our new tale told from the summit of the island on the castle's cannon battery, of attempted castle invasion, French frigates and cannon fire. It's a story with a bang!
Potting Up - Sunday 28 May - Friday 2 June, 2pm - 4pm
This May Half Term holiday, junior gardeners are invited to join our Gardening Team and learn a little about our lush sub-tropical garden.
Kids will be able to pot-up a sempervivum – a succulent that grows in the St Michael’s Mount garden. The sempervivum succulent is commonly known as the houseleek, or the ‘liveforever’. The plants can be kept on a window sill or somewhere frost-free outside and we are sure our young visitors will enjoy getting a little dirty as they pot the plant, ready to take home where they can watch it grow.
Giant Colouring In - Sunday 28 May - Friday 2 June, 2pm - 4pm
There will also be the chance to Illustrate the Garden – kids can pick up a crayon and help to colour in a five metre long banner of colouring in.The banner will be stretched along the Cemetery Wall at the entrance to the garden, where children (and adults), will be encouraged to put crayon to paper and colour in the banner. The banner will be on display for the summer season – a unique chance to be a part of the summer story of the garden.
Pebble Art - Sunday 28 May - Friday 2 June, 2pm - 4pm
Pick up a board, and a handful of pebbles and shells, and create some amazing pictures. Whether it be flowers, faces, abstract art - let your imagination run wild. The artworks are ephemeral, so bring your camera, take a snap and leave the pebbles and boards for the next person to get creative.
Get Framed! at St Michael's Mount
Get your camera ready and take a photo of yourself in our living frame made from almost 400 plants - it's a unique frame using plants grown on the Mount. It will be positioned so you get the best vantage point in the garden with the castle in the background. Share your photo with us via social media using #framed@smm
Sunday 28 May, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Monday 29 May, 1pm - 3pm
Tuesday 30 May, 2pm - 4pm
Take a walk on the wild side and join Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors for a rummage in the rockpools. Discover and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that live just off the causeway. Learn amazing things about their lives and find out who is dinner and who is diner! Rockpool Explorer is suitable for all ages and children must be accompanied. There’s no need to book, just drop in at the start time.
Meet at the Great Scott! flag near the start of the causeway leading from St Michaels Mount. Please wear rock pooling shoes or old trainers as the rocks are very slippery in crocs or flip flops. We don’t use nets but feel free to bring your buckets and sense of adventure!
National Garden Scheme Open Day, Sunday 28 May, 10.30am - 5pm
A rare chance to visit the garden on a Sunday. We have long been part of the NGS and in support, on this day, we donate all proceeds to their nursing and caring charities. Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £42.5 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years.
Please note that we are CLOSED ON SATURDAYS