There is always something of interest happening in Cornwall.
Annual Events and Festivals occur throughout the year and can be a colourful addition to your holiday.
They take place from the Tamar to the tip of Lands End. Arts and Crafts, History and Fable, Food and Drink,
Flora and Fauna, Music and Dance, Traditional and Modern, we celebrate it all.
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A quiet time for reflection, enjoy deserted beaches and cliff top walks.
• Storms can quickly brew creating a wonderful theatre of crashing waves and seascapes with the heavy seas forming sand sculptured beaches. Storm watch at the Minack Theatre or Queen's Hotel Penzance whilst enjoying the most warming of refreshments.
• Visit Galleries and Museums.
• Savour gastronomic delights in some of the best restaurants around.
• Enjoy the vibrant colour of the daffodil fields.
• The village pantomime season is in full swing and the Hall for Cornwall and Local Theatres offer professional performances.
2-3 January Bodmin & Wenford Railway Winter Steam Up.
An impressive array of steam in action.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH
Spring arrives, encouraging the awakening of glorious gardens throughout Cornwall.
• There are just so many gardens, but a special mention must be made of Caerhay’s Castle, Trelissick, Trengwainton and Trewidden. Daffodil Festivals provide a golden glow of fabulous colour and scent.
• Half Term Events at many locations.
5 March Saint Piran's Day
Celebrated throughout Cornwall. Honouring the patron saint of tin miners and the national saint of Cornwall. Penzance parade with The Golowan Band dances from Causewayhead to Morrab Gardens 10am.
APRIL AND MAY
Spring continues and daffodils are gradually replaced with bluebells.
• Easter events take place at many of the gardens with Egg Hunts ever popular.
31 March-1 April Boconnoc Spring Flower Show
A wonderful weekend in an idyllic setting. Trade stands and exhibits to interest all.
23-27 April Boscastle Walking Week
A collection of guided walks of varying lengths and grades to suit all interests and abilities.
28 April Trevithick Day
A celebration of Cornwall’s industrial heritage and it’s favourite son Richard Trevithick. Steam machines, stalls and music.
1 May St Ives May Day Festival
Parades and maypole dancing. The unique ‘pee whip’ and the May King and Queen.
1 May Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss
Unite, Unite! Welcome the Summer in ancient style.
May Penzance May Horns
Greet the Summer with a family day of picnics, dance, drums, May Horns and sycamore whistles. Wear green with foliage.
8 May Helston Flora Day
A spectacle of dancing through the streets of Helston and a day of celebration not to be missed. Wear your Lily of the Valley.
19 May Olympic Torch Relay begins. Starting off from Land's End. Passing through Newlyn Penzance Marazion Rosudgeon Ashton and Breage onwards.....
Sunny days and longer evenings to enjoy the delights of Cornwall.
1-10 June Fal River Festival
10 day event celebrating life on the Fal. Music, Drama, Arts, Heritage, Rowing Races, Triathlon Events, Walks and a whole lot more.
1- 4 June Newquay Run to the Sun
3 day Custom Car, VW and Dance Festival- not for the faint hearted!
2-5 June Queen's Diamond Jubilee - Events taking place throughout Cornwall
7-9 June Royal Cornwall Show - Wadebridge
16-24 June Golowan Festival and Mazey Day - Penzance
Much more than a week of wonderful events leading to the best carnival of parades in Cornwall. Not to be missed.
29 June - 1 July Marazion Armed Forces Weekend. Living history and weapon displays. 1940's music, battles and much more.
Sandy beaches and sunshine is hoped for, but prepare for anything. If it does rain, it should be warm rain!
Bodmin Heritage Day - Bodmin Riding.
A parade of children follow the horses through the town. Beware of the Beast! Folk music.
16 July Stithians Show.
Cornwall’s biggest one day event. Trade stands, stalls and exhibits.
9-21 July Lafrowda Festival St Just. A fortnight of music and artistic events with street parades and merriment..brilliant.
22 July Marazion Carnival. The carnival by the sea....lovely!
20-22 July Boconnoc Steam Fair.
The wonderful setting returns to host the
RNAS Culdrose Air Day.
All the noise and excitement of our local air show.
Making the most of each day before the re-start of term.
1-17 August Arts and Crafts at Cape Cornwall School St Just. An amazing array of affordable artwork from local artists. Brilliantly displayed and sold to you by volunteers for Charity. Never ceases to delight. Open 10am-9pm Refreshments available.
3-5 August 40th Wadebridge Folk Festival A weekend of traditional dance and music.
4 August Goldsithney Charter Fayre
A Cornish village fayre for one and all.Stalls Music Events and dancing.
11-19 August Henri Lloyd Falmouth Regatta
The Southwest’s premier sailing event. Festival parade.
Newlyn Raft Race
Bank Holiday Monday Newlyn Fish Festival
Celebrates the Cornish Fish Industry within Cornwall’s largest fishing port.
28-31 August Jazz Festival - Bude
New Orleans comes to Cornwall.
Warm days and cosy nights a perfect combination.
8-22 September St Ives September Festival
Arts, music for all tastes and more. Big music names play intimate venues confirmed acts; Kate Rusby. Cara Dillon. Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes, The Beat, Counterfeit Stones
Half Term Activities and Halloween Events.
Boscastle Food and Arts Festival
11-14 October Falmouth Oyster Festival
Celebrates the start of the oyster season and the diversity and quality of Cornish seafood.
14-18 October Lowender Peran - Perranporth
Cornwall’s festival of the Celts. Singer sessions, dance, ceilidhs, displays and pageant plus more.
Christmas Markets begin.
21 November Truro City of Lights Parade.
Giant lanterns of withy and tissue paper are paraded through the streets to the sounds of Samba bands and musicians.6pm
23-25 November Trereife Christmas Gift Fair. Trereife House Penzance. Splendid Fair in splendid surroundings.
There is so much to see and do, no matter what the time of year, even if the weather is just a bit Cornish.
Weekends thru’ Dec Santa & Festive Luncheon Trains - Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
Ride on a steam train, children visit Santa, Mince Pie etc for adults or dine in the luxury of the dining car.
Villages Lit with an array of Festive Lights.
Most famously Mousehole, but Godolphin Cross and Angarrack totally worth a visit. Lights On Penzance November 24, Hayle November 30 St Ives Dec 7, Mousehole Dec 15,
11-16 December Victorian Christmas Market Truro. Large market with food, arts and crafts, clothes, toys and gifts. Lovely atmosphere especially on Late Night Shopping Wednesday.
21 December The finale of the Penzance Montol Festival.
Cornwall’s Festival of Midwinter. A week of weird guise (masked) parades and merriment. Cornish carols, gatherings, beacon fires, torches, lanterns, dancing and workshops.
23 December Tom Bawcock’s Eve - Mousehole
In celebration of the efforts of Tom to lift the village from famine. Partake of Star Gazy Pie at the pub. Enjoy Mousehole Male Voice Choir and the childrens lantern parade in the wonderful glow of the harbour's Christmas lights.
'Merry Christmas One and All!'