Hello my name is Anna Casserley.
This site is about the traditional Cornish folk custom of making May Whistles to ring in the Summer on Mayday (1st of May). As a child I was shown how to make May Whistles by my Cornish Grandfather. Sadly so many of out traditional customs have been lost, I feel that it is our duty that we all ensure that these skills and traditions are passed on.
Simply I want to spark curiosity in the natural world and our accent traditions. Most importantly I want to pass on this knowledge.
If you make these Whistles or remember them from your childhood especially in reference to May Day I would love to hear from you. You can contact me on
Currently Im collating stories and regional customs of May Whistles from all over Britain and one day I plan to publish them.
Click to embiggen my May Whistles making leaflet. Please use my leaflet as a teaching aid. Children must be supervised when using a penknife.