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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


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 Gardens open every day 11-5pm 4th -12th May 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.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 10th to 18th May including Ian and Anne McCarthy Bluebottle’s Wild Journey Home on Sat 18th May 1130am –  award winning wildlife filmmakers Ian McCarthy and his wife Anne have written a fairy tale for children, inspired by their time spent in remote wildernesses and filled with magic and love for the natural world. NB All those attending this event must have tickets, including the complimentary tickets for children under 10 years of age.

Narrative Contemporary Craft and Art Fair 25th-26th May St Austell College – a new contemporary craft and art fair where you can talk to makers and artists to find out about their processes, influences and buy something unique. Free entry tea and cakes and creative good vibes!


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


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.


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.

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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