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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

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 on Wednesday 9th at 6.15pm – travel early for the best views.

Grand Medieval Jousting Pendennis Castle Falmouth 8th/9th and 15th/16th August – experience a spectacle of speed and skill as four of the most masterful knights in the kingdom, mounted on their magnificent steeds, battle for good or evil. Choose your champion and see who is victorious in this colourful display of chivalry and courage. Surround yourself in pageantry and marvel at falcons in flight. The living history encampments will take you back in time, where you’ll be kept entertained by the court jester and merry musicians. Budding knights can enjoy their own hero moment as they test their bravery in the hobby-horse jousting. Booking required.

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!

Pirates on the Prom! Penzance 27th August Penzance will be awash from 12-7pm with pirates as the town attempts to regain their Guiness Book of Records title as “Largest Gathering of Pirates” – over 15,000 pirates are needed and you can play a part by registering and attending in piratical garb at the count 4pm. In addition there is a great bill of entertainment including a market and music from (amongst others) the Motown Pirates and the Pirates Shanty Group. Ahaaargh me heartys!

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.

Fal River Charity Walk Sunday 17th September – a very special walking event raising funds for charity. Choose from a long walk of about 15 miles or a short walk of about 6 miles with ferry crossings specially arranged for the event by Cornwall Ferries (not available on any other occasion) plus a generous cream tea for all walkers and free parking all day at Nation Trust Trelissick for walkers.

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.

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.

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

Hall for Cornwall 5th to 31st Dec – Cornwall’s main theatre in Truro always has a great panto at Christmas, this year it is Sleeping Beauty. From the creative team who brought you Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington & his Mousehole Cat!, Sleeping Beauty promises to be full of magic, romance, song & laughter, with a very special sprinkle of Cornish pixie dust on this classic tale. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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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