Festivals in Cornwall

3rd April 2017

Dust off your tents and festival attire and head down to one of these unmissable events in Cornwall.

Falmouth Spring Festival

Falmouth

30th March - 17th April

As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme, this wonderful early season festival brings together the Falmouth community like no other with an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town.

falmouth.co.uk/falmouth-events/falmouth-spring-festival

Porthleven Food Festival

Porhtleven, West Cornwall

21st – 23rd April

Porthleven Food & Music Festival, now in its ninth year, is a well-established event on the festival calendar. The Festival brings around 30,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.

porthlevenfoodfestival.com

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Trevithick Day

Camborne, West Cornwall

29th April

Camborne celebrates local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick (1771-1833). The streets play host to local trade stalls, choirs, brass bands, clowns, buskers, musicians and dancers, along with live theatre, and an impressive display and celebratory convoy of vintage vehicles, model exhibitions and fairground rides.

trevithick-day.org.uk

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Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Fowey, South Cornwall

6th – 13th May

A highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant festivals in the UK, it promises an equally impressive line-up of literary and musical talent at a wide range of locations in and around one of Cornwall’s most scenic riverside settings.  

The Festival is inspired by the famed author Daphne du Maurier, who spent a large part of her life in and around Fowey with its panoramic views over the river, busy with boats, ferries and water taxis, and beyond to the open sea.

foweyfestival.com

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

St Ives, Cornwall

13th – 14th May

Taking place on the iconic Porthminster Beach, this year promises even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. There will be a wonderful range of artisan producers to tickle your taste buds and keep your appetite stoked as well as a fantastic range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family. 

stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

Lostfest

Lostwithiel, Cornwall

14th May

LostFest is an eclectic mix, there will be music and dance all over town with stalls selling arts, crafts, antiques and food to browse, plus live demonstrations and workshops.

lostfest.co.uk

The Masked Ball

Porthleven, Cornwall

26th – 28th May

Featuring internationally renowned DJs and live bands alongside the majority of Cornwall’s top DJs each Masked Ball is curated with passionate detail resulting in legendary nights out. The Ball actively raises money for a number of local causes including The Porthleven Christmas Lights Fund, SAS and the PANTS charity based in Falmouth.

maskedball.net

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Fal River Festival

Falmouth, Cornwall

26th May – 4th June

This fantastic 10 day celebration is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.

The festival was established in 2006 and will be running for its 12th year in 2017. It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.

With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.

falriver.co.uk

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Open Studios Cornwall

Different locations around Cornwall

26th May – 4th June

The 13th annual Open Studios Cornwall is a free art event, with a record 260 artists, designers and makers primed to showcase their extraordinary talents to the public. If you’re an art aficionado, or simply relish the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of unique studio spaces, you’ll discover the inspiration, personality and processes behind emerging and established artists. Just follow the iconic orange Os to step into a world of creativity.

openstudioscornwall.co.uk

Royal Cornwall Show

Wadebridge, North Cornwall

8th – 10th June

This agricultural event attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall's major tourist attractions. Events include: Judging of farm and domestic animals, sheepdog trials, riding competitions, driving displays, falconry, games and sports, craft show and live music. Given its royal status it's not unusual for a senior member of the Royal Family to attend the show. A familiar sight is Prince Charles who is acknowledged to be a keen supporter of the farming community.

royalcornwallshow.org

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Electric Beach Festival

Newquay, Cornwall

16th – 17th June

Expect world class acts, hip-hop, dance, reggae and more, all with the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore and the sand between your toes.

electricbeachfestival.co.uk

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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Falmouth, Cornwall

16th – 18th June

The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances, with only the special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit. 

falmouthseashanty.co.uk

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Falmouth Classics Regatta

Falmouth, Cornwall

16th – 18th June

Three days of a relaxing rally of Classic Sailing Craft and other traditional vessels, including Pilot Gigs & Motor Boats. Time to enjoy like-minded company and gentle, but competitive, racing.

falmouthclassics.org.uk

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Eden Sessions

The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall

16th June – 6th July

The Eden Sessions are a series of live music festivals held in the summer in the spectacular setting of the Eden Project. The beautiful site with its natural acoustics draws world-class artists to give amazing performances that many regard as among their best, here what is scheduled in so far:

15th June: Bastille
16th June: Madness
22nd June: Royal Blood
1st July: Van Morrison
6th July: Bryan Adams
11th July: Foals

edensessions.com

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Charlestown Regatta Week

Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall

22nd – 28th July

Regatta week is an annual tradition bringing together the local community, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession. 

charlestownregatta.org 

 

ZestiFAL

Falmouth, Cornwall

27th – 30th July

ZestiFAL celebrates Falmouth’s healthy outlook and lifestyle showcasing a whole range of different activities inviting the public to have a go including: Pilates, Zumba, tennis, climbing, hockey, circus skills or paddle-boarding.

falmouth.co.uk/falmouth-events/zestifal/

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Falmouth Week

Falmouth, Cornwall

4th – 13th July

Six days of match racing for keelboats, traditional craft and dinghies in the waters off Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads and the harbour. There will be a Champagne Day, a race for the big yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour, whilst smaller boats race in the Carrick Roads.

On the shore activities include a Red Arrows display, themed party nights, the Animal Bike Tour Show, Cornish crafts market, street theatre and dance while in the evening you’ll find a great line up of music acts and much much more.

falmouthweek.co.uk

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Boardmasters

Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall

9th – 13th August

Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt J and Stormzy are among the headliners for this beachy event! Cornwall’s surf and music festival welcomes festivalgoers to enjoy five days of thrilling surf competitions at Fistral Beach as well as a weekend of explosive live music on the stunning headland of Watergate Bay.

boardmasters.co.uk

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St Ives September Festival

St Ives, Cornwall

9th – 23rd September

“Two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and poetry.” There are lots of free entry art exhibitions along with dancers, musicians, shanty crews and performers who entertain in the town’s streets and pubs. Locally themed plays and musical shows are put on in the theatre, walking tours on the area’s history take place throughout the festival and there are drop-in art classes led by professional artists in mediums such as textiles and life drawing.

stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

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Great Cornish Food Festival

Truro, Cornwall

22nd – 24th September

Truro’s Lemon Quay will transform into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past 12 years. Demonstrating just why the county’s thriving food scene is loved by food connoisseurs from far and wide, this is one food event not to be missed.

greatcornishfood.co.uk

Looe Music Festival

Looe, Cornwall

29th September – 1st October

For one weekend the Cornish coast is awash with music as sounds weave from the beach through the picturesque fishing port, onto the street corners and into the pubs. Revellers enjoy stellar line-ups and unexpected magical moments.

looemusic.co.uk