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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 including the wonderful Open Gardens scheme with dates throughout the summer

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

 July

Squashbox Theatre various dates and locations including Minack Theatre and Penlee Park Penzance from 8th June – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret from lovely actor, musician and puppeteer Craig Johnson. Unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages!  Squashbox shows through the season include Stones and Bones, The Sea Show, Tales from the Trees, Curious Creatures and Skillywidden – see Craig’s website for full details.

Tropical Pressure Festival Eco-Park Mount Pleasant Porthtowan 12th to 14th July – an exciting and inspiring festival to celebrate the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean on the cliffs of Cornwall.  A packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture with a dedicated Kids Creative zone running all weekend with free workshops and activities. Kids under 5 are admitted for free and those aged 5 to 15 half price. Day tickets available.

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.

Heligan Summer Buzz from 20th July – get your wings on and join Heligan in celebrating the busy bumblebee and the beautiful butterfly in a summer of wildflowers and outdoor adventure. A sensory summer overload awaits you at The Lost Gardens, pick up your Adventure Passport and journey through woods, wildflowers, gardens and farm to Heligan’s Pollination Station. Includes wildflowers and butterfly and bumblebee trail, pollinator games and crafts and an outdoor silent disco – dance to the insect beat & get your groove on to some bug-tastic tunes!

Earth Story at the Eden Project from 24th July to 3rd Sept – Eden always makes a great family day out and this summer they have an amazing new exhibition – Earth Story. Discover the evolution of life as we know it – giant beasts, incredible stories, mind-blowing virtual reality, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits will take you on a journey through Earth’s astonishing past, precarious present day – and a future that’s ours to make.

Port Eliot Festival St Germans 25th to 28th July – the original free-ranging festival of ideas, which draws an unmatchable collection of artists, musicians, writers, comedians, performers, thinkers, makers, protagonists, agitators and scribblers to the hidden secret of the ancient estate at St Germans, on south east Cornwall’s Rame Peninsula. Day tickets available.

Boconnoc Steam Fair 26th to 28th July near Lostwithiel – an old fashioned steam extravaganza in the magnificent grounds of the Boconnoc Estate. Showcases vintage vehicles including full size and miniature steam engines.

Charlestown Regatta Week 27th July to 2nd August – a week of fun including raft races and BBQ, carnival and fireworks based around the town’s Georgian harbour, culminating in the Regatta Rocks! evening of musical entertainment from the Noble Jacks and others with a Pimm’s Bar, hot food and refreshments on Fri 2nd August. Tickets for this event available from CRBO box office.

Philleigh Fayre Church Close Field, Philleigh the Roseland 31st July (and 7th August) – a proper traditional Country Fayre with barbecue, greasy pole, sheaf pitching, skittle alley, coconut shy, archery, nail driving, darts, dog show, dog and sheep racing.  There’s also bric a brac, books, cakes and plants not to mention the steam engine, barrel organ, pony rides and much more!! Free parking at the Rugby Club. Event starts at 6.30pm

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

Tregony Heavy Horse Show & Country Fayre Sunday 11th August – parading and judging of heavy horses and shetland ponies plus craft stalls, music throughout the day, refreshments, bar, sheep dog demonstrations & sheep shearing.

Kneehigh Theatre Asylum Carlyon Beach 2nd August to 22 September – Kneehigh never fail to delight with their innovative performances that win the hearts of children and adults alike. This summer they bring two of their most popular shows to one of our local beaches: Kneehigh’s Ubu! – a singalong stark-raving sing-along satire from 15th Aug to 1st Sept at 7.30pm and their family friendly show The Dancing Frog (based on the classic children’s book by Quentin Blake) on afternoons and some evenings from 2nd to 11th Aug and 20th Aug to 1st Sept. Book ahead! Tickets via the Kneehigh website.

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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