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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

September

Kneehigh Theatre FUP the Duck Heligan Gardens 7th to 22nd September – another brilliant production from Cornwall’s leading theatre company FUP tells the story of the Santee family – unconventional, to say the least! One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives…a very big duck who changes their world forever. A big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.

St Ives September Festival 8th to 22nd September – a two week celebration of music and the arts in West Cornwall including gigs by Seth Lakeman and the Fisherman’s Friends plus guided walks and open studios.

Eden Project Arts and Nature Festival 15th and 16th Sept, 22nd and 29th Sept – two weekends celebrating art and nature, the first more family orientated with CBeebies Mr Maker appearing live on stage in a fun family show with art and its heart, designed to encourage Mini Makers and their grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise. Renowned children’s author Lizzy Stewart will be reading and signing books, the funky brass ensemble Bass 12 will be performing, children will get chance to learn the ukulele from Sunnyside Up and even the big kids can show off their moves with Cscape dance performances. The second weekends caters more for adults with music, theatre, hands-on print workshops and much more, including two hit shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Gyllngdune Tea Festival Princess Pavilion Falmouth Sun 23rd Sept – a celebration of all things tea and the heritage of the Gardens. An eclectic mix of pop-up theatre performances, tea tasting, tea dances, live music throughout the site, ‘craft-tea’ activities, cream teas and afternoon teas, all with a serving of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

October

National Trust Trelissick Apple Weekend Trelissick Gardens, Feock 5th to 7th October – a weekend of family activities in the orchard including a specialist day on Friday for those wanting to delve into the world of cultivating, growing and the uses of apples.

Falmouth Oyster Festival 11th to 14th 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 

Rogue Theatre Dead of Night Dance – a Halloween celebration in the heart of the woods at Tehidy near Camborne 20th to 31st October three times a Day 2pm Day Dance, 5pm Dusk Dance and 8pm Dark Dance With all new dead good stories to tickle your ribs, thrill your spirits and chill your bones! Spirits of all ages welcome. Book tickets via the CRBO box office – don’t miss out these shows sell out early!

Heligan Halloween – the Good the Bad and the Bugly 20th Oct to 4th Nov – experience the creepy but cool in a bug-tastic culmination of spooky Halloween activities set to make your spine tingle! Includes a Creepy Crawly Trail, Bug-tastic Family Games and craft events to create a Dream Web to hang above your bed to keep the ghouls at bay – or dare to make your very own unique bug headdress as a scuttling centipede or slimy worm?

Halloweden 20th Oct to 4th Nov – the Eden Project invite you into a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures to celebrate this spooky time of year. Details TBC

Little Monster’s Ball at the Eden Project Sat 27th Oct – get your fancy dress on and join in for an evening of fang-tastic fun, including a spine-tingling disco, fire acrobatics, tasty treats in the Eden cafes and an ice rink to chill you to the bone…

Spooktacular Halloween Party Seahorse Centre Pentewan Sun 28th Oct – an afternoon of Halloween fun at this  Spooktacular Family Party – dances and spooky games from 3.00pm. Prizes for best fancy dress, frightful treats and eerie drink specials.

November

Wild Cornwall Out on the Edge Film The Poly Falmouth 14th Nov – a beautifully shot, enigmatic and joyous celebration of the Cornish wildlife all around us screened in partnership with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Includes a Q&A filmmaker with Ian McCarthy after the film.

Krowji Christmas Open Studios 30th Nov to 2nd Dec – a great opportunity to meet the range of artists working at the Krowji creative hub and buy artwork, jewellery, textiles or furniture directly from the people that make them.

Fowey Christmas Market 30th Nov to 2nd Dec – one of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events providing visitors with quality locally produced food and drink and festive gifts. Festive activities and shopping opportunities throughout the town including Christmas Markets on Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street and the Town Hall.

December

Eden’s Winter Festival St Austell to 30 Dec – enjoy a range of festive treats, from meeting Father Christmas and real reindeer, to lantern parades and ice skating at the Eden Project – see www.edenproject.com for details and times

Angarrack Christmas Lights near Hayle to early January – one of the finest illuminated Christmas lights displays in Cornwall

Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights, Mousehole from switch-on on 15th Dec to early Jan – the Christmas lights in Mousehole draw many thousands of visitors each year. Truly a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and streets filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food

Montol Festival, Penzance  to 21 Dec – an arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21, when beacons are lit throughout the town.

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