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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

January

Wadebridge BikeLights 26th Jan – postponed from last October when Storm Callum stopped play, Bikelights features artists from across Cornwall and beyond creating unique commissioned illuminated and musical designs for the parade alongside the wonderful bike creations being produced by schools, families and local groups. There will also be some extra surprises along the route itself. A closing lap of honour, a special circus display, and a fire sculpture created by Kernow Fireworks bring the proceedings to a close in LIDL’s rear car park; local cafes and eateries will also be open late afterwards to feed and refresh spectators. Bikes assemble 6.15 Parade from 6.45

February

Snowdrop Sundays at Pencarrow – 10th & 17th February one of the best places in Cornwall to see a spectacular display of snowdrops. On Pencarrow Snowdrop Sundays, the gardens are open from 10am – 4pm, Entry is by donation, with the proceeds going to charity. Dogs are welcome, and the Peacock Cafe will be open for refreshments.

Company B Jump Jive Band Seahorse Centre Pentewan 16th Feb Company ‘B’ are one rowdy, energetic and vibrant seven piece jump-jive band that bring an era of musical vintage bang up to date with show stoppin’ performances. Doors & bar open from 7pm. Tickets from CRBO box office

March

Motown Pirates Soul Band Seahorse Centre Pentewan 2nd March With soulful voices, funky Motown / Northern Soul sound and a unique style, the Motown Pirates invoke the spirit of Motown whilst easily slipping in and out of 70s funky disco and 80s dance classics! A band of astonishing musicians offering a whole ‘experience’ and guaranteed to get you dancing! Doors & bar open from 7pm. Tickets from CRBO box office

St Piran’s Day 5th March – the “national” day of Cornwall when the county celebrates its patron saint. Many people believe it also signals the first day of spring. Celebrations throughout Cornwall including the traditional parade amongst the dunes at Perranporth.

Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge film, White River Cinema St Austell 7th March – a special 6pm screening of filmmaker Ian McCarthy’s award-winning new film which follows the turning year in Cornwall , showcasing its ‘wild heart’ – the dramatic lives of many species including breeding seabirds and peregrine falcons on the cliffs, dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the ocean, and bats and otters hunting in the streams which flow from moor to sea. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Falmouth Spring Festival 14th to 24th March – celebrating Falmouth’s beautiful open and green spaces with guided walks and talks, garden events, Gardeners’ Question Time and a Spring Fair

Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge film, Plaza Cinema Truro 24th March – a special 6pm screening of filmmaker Ian McCarthy’s award-winning new film which follows the turning year for wildlife in Cornwall (see above). Book early to avoid disappointment!

Mothering Sunday 31st March – various special events around Cornwall including lunches at National Trust gardens such and the Great Gardens of Cornwall including:

Daffodil Weekend at Trelissick Sat 30th & Sun 31st March – the annual Daffodil Weekend at Trelissick 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.

April

Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge 6th and 7th April Come and visit the ‘Chelsea of the West’ – one of the earliest shows in Cornwall’s gardening calendar, held this year for the first time at the Royal Cornwall Showground plus a growing emphasis on gardening for all the family with activities, competitions and entertainment for all ages.

Porthleven Food and Drink Festival  26th to 28th 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…

May

St Agnes Bolster Day May 4th celebrating the legend of Giant Bolster with music, art and lantern procession, bonfire and barbeque

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

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 Weds 8th 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.

June

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge 6th to 8th 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 14th to 16th 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.

Penzance Golowan Festival 21st to 31st June – a midsummer festival with fireworks on Mazey Eve (28th June) and fabulous Mazey Day parades (29th June)

Mevagissey Feast Week 23rd to 29th June – choirs and bands, flora dances, children’s entertainment and competitions, plus colourful parades, boat and raft races, a fete and a huge firework display

July

Sticker Country Fayre and Vintage Rally 20th and 21st July – a Vintage Steam Fayre close to Bosinver in the local village of  Sticker with crafts stalls, a fun dog show, farm animals and live music. A good old fashioned fun day out for all the family.

August

Falmouth Week 9th to 18th 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 display

September

St Ives September Festival 14th to 28th September – a two week celebration of music and the arts in West Cornwall including gigs, guided walks and open studios. 

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