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What’s on in Cornwall


Amazing calendar of Cornish events

Cornwall has an amazing calendar of events throughout the year as shown by Visit Cornwall’s What’s On calendar, now searchable by month. Also check out this handy guide to 101 things to do in Cornwall from Travelzoo.

Cornwall Riviera Box Office sell tickets for some of Cornwall’s best events – check out what’s on in the next 4 weeks and buy tickets via the CRBO website.

Don’t forget too that our local Wildlife Trust runs some amazing nature events for beginners and real nature enthusiasts – just click on this link to find out about Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s forthcoming events

Bosinver’s local pub, the award winning Polgooth Inn (just a short walk away down a leafy lane) also have a pub quiz on a Tuesday night and occasional live music events – see the Polgooth Inn website for details.

The world famous Eden Project is just a short drive from Bosinver and has a multitude of special events on throughout the year – check out the details on the Eden Project website and even closer to Bosinver is the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which also hosts a variety of special events – for details see Heligan’s website.

Some highlights by month

February

St Ives Feast & Hurling the Silver Ball 6th Feb – celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD and a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries old form of rugby.

Snowdrop Sundays at Pencarrow Sunday 12th and 19th Feb – welcome in the first signs of Spring, dogs welcome and snowdrops available to purchase

Banff Film Festival 23rd Feb Hall for Cornwall Truro – an inspiring evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival

March

St Piran’s Day 3rd March – the traditional and spectacular celebration of the patron saint of Cornwall amongst the dunes at Perranporth

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project 4th March – attracting the elite of the pasty world from across the globe this event has categories for professionals and amateurs as well as opportunities to enter traditional Cornish recipes or alternative savoury varieties.

Banff Film Festival 25th March Hall for Cornwall Truro – the second programme of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival

Mothering Sunday 26th March – various special events around Cornwall including lunches at National Trust gardens such as Trelissick and the Great Gardens of Cornwall including Trebah and The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Falmouth Spring Festival 30th March to 17th April – celebrating Falmouth’s beautiful open and green spaces with guided walks and talks, garden events, Gardeners’ Question Time and a Spring Fair

April

Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc, Lostwithiel  1st/2nd April – one of the earliest shows in Cornwall’s gardening calendar held in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc estate. A fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania that welcomes spring with floral displays, competitions, gardeners’ question time and live music

Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare 7th to 17th April Tehidy Woods near Camborne – an immersive Easter adventure, “an eruption of imagination and possibility, a twisting of paths, a collection of tales and a quest for life’s hidden treasures”. Rogue always put on such magical shows suitable for adults and children alike and are usually a sell out, so don’t delay booking. Tickets are now on sale via the CRBO box office

Porthleven Food and Drink Festival  21st to 23rd April – a weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags with Cornish food, eat yourself silly and drink until you are merry. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations, you might even spot the odd celebrity chef around too…

St Agnes Bolster Day 30th April TBC celebrating the legend of Giant Bolster with music, art and lantern procession, bonfire and barbeque

May

Padstow Obby Oss Day (May Day) 1st May – one of the biggest days in this Cornish town’s local calendar, dancing and revelry in the streets.

Helston Flora Day 6th May – say goodbye to darkness and hello to light by joining the townsfolk of Helston for this annual spring festival. When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of music at seven in the morning some eighty couples weave through the town in a rousing display of dance and tradition. Family dance, music and laughter from dawn till dusk.

Bluebell Festival at Enys Gardens Penryn near Falmouth opening dates TBC

Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party Saltash date TBC – for humans there will be an array of stalls, cream teas and other refreshments, a treasure hunt and other activities for kids.

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature 6th to 13th May – join some of the world’s best selling authors for a weeklong celebration of literature themed talks, interviews, workshops and festivities in Fowey, the former home of Daphne du Maurier and celebrated authors Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Kenneth Grahame. Soak in the atmosphere and get the creative juices well and truly flowing.

Polo on the Beach, Watergate Bay 19th to 21st May – back for a tenth year Aspall Polo on the Beach is Watergate Bay’s biggest and most exciting event. Combining world-class polo, equestrian displays, food and drink and live entertainment, this event is a masterpiece for spectators on every level.

Fal River Festival Falmouth 26th May – 4th June over 150 events from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.

June

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge 8th to 10th June – a glorious mix of livestock judging, dog shows, arts and crafts, Cornish food and drink, music and spectacular entertainment.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 16th to 18th June – one of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe! The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances with a ticketed Gala concert (proceeds to RNLI). Held at multiple venues throughout the town with main stages being on Custom House Quay, Events Square (Discovery Quay) and The Moor, Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit.

Penzance Golowan Festival 16th to 25th June Midsummer festival with fireworks on Mazey Eve (27 June) and fabulous Mazey Day parades (28 June)

July

Mevagissey Feast Week dates TBC Choirs and bands, flora dances, children’s entertainment and competitions, plus colourful parades, boat and raft races, a fete and a huge firework display

Charlestown Regatta Week dates TBC a week of fun including raft races based around the town’s Georgian harbour

Port Eliot Festival 27th to 30th July – join an eclectic mix of celebrities, art lovers, foodies, party animals and bookworms for this annual literary festival come supped up garden party in the stunning surroundings of Port Eliot stately house and woodland park.

August

Falmouth Week 4th to 13th August – the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shore side events including spectacular fireworks and a display from the awe-inspiring Red Arrows.

Boardmasters Surf, Skate and Music Festival, Newquay and Watergate Bay 9th to 13th August – as the UK’s biggest surf, skate and music festival, Boardmasters has earned itself legendary status. Watch the surf, skate and BMX action at Fistral and move to Watergate Bay for eight stages of music, rides, food stalls, bars and barrel-loads more. One for the cool kids and the cool at heart!

Newlyn Fish Festival 28th August – a whole day dedicated in honour of Cornish seafood and where better to play host than Britain’s premier fishing port! Grab your spot on Newlyn harbour for cookery demos, children’s entertainment and a chance to sample and take home fresh-from-the-sea Cornish seafood.

September

St Ives September Festival 9th to 23rd Sept – at the epicentre of all things arty in Cornwall, St Ives stages a festival packed with music ranging from folk to rock, performances from stand up to live theatre along with plenty of films, art exhibitions, drop in painting classes, frivolous walking tours and the odd male voice choir.

Looe Music Festival 29th Sept to 1st Oct – late summer music festival in a dramatic, magical location. Visit for the day, or stay all weekend. Past line-ups have included Land of the Giants, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Great Cornish Food Festival, Truro 22nd to 24th Sept – welcoming the great and good, as well as the small and fabulous, of Cornwall’s culinary world, this three-day festival of Cornish goodness is one big excuse to tuck-in and indulge. See foodie heroes do their thing, sample delicious treats and learn about the magnificence of Cornwall food and drink.

October

Falmouth Oyster Festival 12th to 15th Oct – timed to coincide with the start of the oyster harvesting season in the Fal and Helford River estuaries, the festival celebrates all that’s wonderful about Cornish seafood with cookery demos, craft stalls, oyster and seafood bars, a fantastic music line up and children’s activities 

December

Padstow Christmas Festival 7th to 10th Dec – a Christmas festival with a foodie twist. Get your hands on Cornwall’s finest foodstuffs see celebrity chef demos and take your pick from stalls laden with festive gifts.

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