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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

Leaflet final b2012