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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


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.


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 – a midsummer festival with fireworks on Mazey Eve (27 June) and fabulous Mazey Day parades (28 June)

Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party Saltash  17th June – for humans there will be an array of stalls, cream teas and other refreshments, a treasure hunt and other activities for kids.

Mevagissey Feast Week 25th June to 1st July – 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 22nd to 28th July – 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.


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.


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.


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 


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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