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What’s on in Cornwall

What’s on in Cornwall


An amazing calendar of Cornish events

Alive with creative events and cultural happenings – Cornwall has something for every day, every weather, everyone, all year round!

We are proud to be ambassadors for the Cornwall 365 project – they have a fantastic event listings website and produce a comprehensive printed guide and blog posts covering everything from upcoming festivals and concerts to village fêtes and touring theatre. Whether you are into live music events, our vibrant theatre scene, museums and heritage or arts and crafts, you can search the Cornwall 365 website by type of event, location or time period – you are sure to find something of interest!

Visit Cornwall’s What’s On calendar, is now searchable by month too. You may also like to take a look at 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 -see their website for 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

Love your Beach Day Cornwallvarious locations over Cornwall including Porthpean near St. Austell Weds 14th Feb 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Be part of this county wide event by joining in on a beach clean. For further info contact Jennifer Sandiford – 07973 728775 Jennifer.Sandiford@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

NT Trelissick Snowdrop Trail 10th to 18th Feb Look out for the early signs of spring in the garden with the children’s snowdrop trail.

Snowdrop Sundays at Pencarrow, near Bodmin 11th and 18th Feb – The Pencarrow estate, near Bodmin is one of the best places in Cornwall to see a spectacular display of snowdrops. On Pencarrow Snowdrop Sundays, the gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm, Entry by donation for charity. Dogs welcome, cafe open.

Love Birds at The Lost Gardens of Heligan 10th to 18th Feb – meet owls from Screech Owl Sanctuary (11-4pm) and learn all about Heligan’s feathered friends with their bird trail and a bird watch in the Wildlife Hide. Plus bird crafts including making owl masks, origami birds and a tasty hanging bird treat to attract feathered friends into your backyard.

Early Man at the Eden Project 10th to 18th Feb – get ready for a prehistoric adventure of epic proportions at Eden this half-term. The latest adventure by the creators of Wallace & Gromit, Early Man tells the story of a caveman called Dug and his best friend Hognob and their quest to unite the tribe and save their home. Grab a map and set off on your own quest to discover more… inside the incredible cave you can make your own cave art and find out more about how the film was made, including behind-the-scenes footage and film clips. And if you fancy getting your skates on, the ice rink is still open over half term!

Science of the Sea at the National Maritime Museum Falmouth 10th to 18th Feb – discover the wonderful world of chemistry through the everyday life of water including a live, expert-led science show with entertaining demonstrations, audience interaction – and volunteers will be required! Liquid nitrogen and Dry Ice go beyond water to explore solids, liquids and gases and the very stuff of matter. 4 shows daily on 14th, 15th and 16th Feb  

Banff Film Festival 23rd and 24th February Hall for Cornwall Truro – two nights of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival

Bosvigo Gardens Charity Hellebore Day Truro Sat 24th Feb – garden opening with sale of Hellebores plus refreshments, raffle, roaring fire in the historic kitchens with all the proceeds going to the Shelterbox charity.

March

St Piran’s Day Celebrations 3rd – 5th March – the traditional and spectacular celebration of the patron saint of Cornwall amongst the dunes at Perranporth and at other venues across Cornwall

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project 3rd 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.

Mothering Sunday 11th 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

Daffodils at Trelissick Gardens 17th and 18th March – an annual event which celebrates one of the nation’s favourite flowers, as well as Cornwall’s flower growing industry. You’ll see a host of golden daffodils (as well as daffodils in varying shades from white to lemon and orange) grown by champion breeders and growers.

Falmouth Spring Festival 15th March to 2nd April – celebrating Falmouth’s beautiful open and green spaces with guided walks and talks, rockpooling, garden events and “Science in the pub” sessions!

April  

Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc, Lostwithiel  7th and 8th 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

Porthleven Food and Drink Festival  20th to 22nd 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…

Bluebell Festival at Enys Gardens Penryn near Falmouth Gardens open every day 11-5pm  including Affordable Art Exhibition Dtes TBC

May

Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss’ May Day 1st May – the biggest day in Padstow’s calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots.

St Agnes Bolster Day 5th and 6th May –  celebrating the legend of Giant Bolster with music, art and lantern procession with a 28ft giant effigy, bonfire and barbeque

Helston Flora Day 8th May – a lively, colourful celebration that involves the whole town with dancing in the streets decked our with bluebells, gorse and laurel

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature 11th to 19th May – an impressive line-up of literary and musical talent at a wide range of choice locations in and around one of Cornwall’s most scenic riverside settings.

Paddington at Lappa Valley Steam Railway 30th and 31st May Everyone’s favourite bear will be stopping off at East Wheal Rose at Lappa Valley. Enjoy a steam ride into the leisure park where you can enjoy a further two railways, crazy golf, canoeing lake, toddler path maze, indoor play carriages, pedal cars, multiple outdoor play areas and nature walks all included in the standard admission price. Booking recommended.

June

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 22nd to 24th June – over 60 shanty groups, 25 venues and 350 hours of shanty singing throughout the town! Groups come from far and wide including Netherlands, France, USA and right across the UK.

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