What’s on

There's always something fun to look forward to in Cornwall. You just sometimes need to know where to find it.

Here we’ve listed some events and entertainment we think you’ll like, so save it in your bookmarks and pop back from time to time to see what’s coming up..

Gin & Prosecco Garden Party

21 April to 22 April 2018

Cornwall is really making it’s mark in the Gin world these days and St Ives gin is hosting this booze-focussed weekend right in the centre of St Ives.  Tickets are priced at £13 plus booking fee and this includes lots of little goodies for gin lovers as well as live music from the vintage duo Scarlet Swing.

Porthleven Food and Music Festival

20 April to 22 April 2018

Hosted on the gorgeous harbour of Porthleven is likely to have you singing, dancing, drinking and salivating in equal measure.

From the very best Michelin-starred chefs to international food celebrities and our local stars, the crème de la crème of the foodie world will be cooking live at this years festival”

A truly Cornish event, with something for everyone, the Porthleven Food & Music Festival welcomes thousands of visitors and promises a weekend of entertainment throughout the day and night.

Trevithick Day

28 April 2018

Trevithick Day, in Camborne, celebrates the life of the Cornish mining engineer Richard Trevithick who was an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport and the development of the first high pressured steam engine.

Every year, hundreds of steam engines make the journey to Cornwall to commemorate the life and works of Richard Trevithick.  Plumes of steam and high-pitched whistles from the engines fill the streets of Camborne as thousands of people marvel at their grandeur and ingenuity.

Trevithick Day has plenty of food, drink and market stalls as well as a fun fair and lots of traditional Cornish dancing and parades through the streets.  A real celebration of our Cornish mining heritage.

To find out more, read our article on Flora Day 2017 >>

Flora Day

08 May 2018

Every year, on May 8th, Helston celebrates Flora Day. Thousands of people line the streets to watch the dances that take place over 4 miles. It takes some 20 minutes for the processions to pass any single spot along the way. Flora Day is an ancient festival that was once celebrated to welcome in a prosperous harvest, nowadays the town is beautifully decorated with spring flowers, garlands and bunting from the local countryside. There are 4 dances to enjoy; children from the local schools all dress in pristine white attire whilst the ladies can be seen in spectacularly bright and flamboyant ball gowns and the gentleman in traditional morning suits

Celebrations begin at 7am and continue throughout the day and evening with food, drinks, stalls and a fair. Entry is free but you will need to park outside of the town and walk in.

 

St Ives Food & Drink Festival

11 May to 13 May 2018

St Ives plays host to its very own Food & Drink Festival on Porthmister beach. Offering up food, drink and live music to tantalise your taste buds and your ears, all set up on the golden sands of one of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches.

Day passes are £3.00, day and night passes are £5.00 and a weekend pass is just £12.00.

“From wine, cider and beer producers, to chocolate and cheese makers, fruit and vegetable growers and meat, chutneys, curry and bread produced in Cornwall, the food producers market at the St Ives Food & Drink Festival 2018 is sure to delight the taste buds”

 

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Royal Cornwall Show

07 to 09 May 2018
The jewel in the Crown of events in Cornwall, Royal Cornwall show is a 3 day extravaganza of entertainment for absolutely everyone.
Horse & livestock shows, flower exhibitions, hunt parades, police dog displays, the RAF falcons, a huge food and farming section, live music and much, MUCH more.  Situated in the huge show ground in Wadebridge, Royal Cornwall show is well worth a visit, but you may need all 3 days to see it all!

Clash of the Knights at Pendennis Castle

30 to 31 May 2018

Pendennis Castle, guarding the headland at Falmouth, takes you back in to medieval times at the end of May by hosting contest where knights battle for victory.

Should be interesting. It appears to be being marketed as a family event so hopefully no-one actually gets hurt!

Cornwall Gin Festival

23 June 2018

If you missed the Gin Garden Party in St Ives in April (or if it gave you a taste for more…) head up to Truro on June 23rd to sample some on the Piazza.  The stunning Cornish Capital is making a real day out for all you gin lovers.  Whether you fancy kicking back with friends and sampling some of Cornwall’s finest gins, getting involved in some of the demonstrations and learning how to make fabulous gin-based cocktails or kicking up your heels and dancing, this festival has got something for everyone.  Just consider steering clear of all the lovely shops after a gin or two as has the potential to become an expensive day out!

Golowan Festival

15 June to 24 June 2018

This celebration of Midsummer that is as ancient as it is fun-filled takes over the whole town of Penzance.

Centre piece to the festival is Mazey Day where parades, street stalls, food, music, a fun-fair delight huge crowds every year.  This year the festival is working closely with the Surfers Against Sewage Charity to make Golowan 2018 a plastic-free festival. Big thumbs up!

Image courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard.

Lafrowda Day

21 July 2018

St Just is a place bursting with community spirit and every year the whole village comes together to sing, dance, eat, drink and be merry together.  With plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy, Lafrowda Day is as traditionally Cornish as you can get.

Surfhouse Summer Island Disco

04 August 2018

Taking place on the Island in St Ives for the second year, with even more live music and food & drinks available this year.

Early bird tickets selling at just £5.00 for adults (kids U10 go free) this event is fun for all the family.

Aggy Carnival

04 August 2018

St Agnes (or Aggy as it is affectionately known by the locals) is a beautiful coastal village between Porthtowan and Perranporth and is renowned for its community spirit, which is celebrated every year at the Aggy Carnival.  Dating back over 100 years Aggy Carnival takes place on the first Saturday in August and sees thousands of men, women and children adorned in colourful fancy dress and dancing through the streets of St Agnes.  This year the Carnival takes place on August 4th and looks set to be another great event in the Cornish Calendar.

Image courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Fitz Marine Photography

Falmouth Week

10 to 19 August 2018

Falmouth week is a real spectacle to behold.  One of the most prominent sailing Regattas in the South West, Falmouth Week sees over 6 days of match racing, yacht sailing and traditional crafts in and around Falmouth Harbour.  The whole of Falmouth comes alive for a week of activities both on and off the water, live music, food, drinks and more.

Firework nights at Flambards

08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 August 2018

On seven evenings through the summer, Flambards theme park at Helston will be lighting up the night sky with their fabulous fireworks displays.

The theme park opens daily from the 30th of June until the 9th of September and has something for to entertain children (and big kids) of all ages; from the award winning Victorian Village and Britain in the blitz to hair-raising rides and indoor play areas. Flambards is a great day out and prices start from £9.95 for small children to £21.95 for adults.

St Ives Lifeboat Day

23 August 2018

Hosted by the RNLI to raise awareness and funds for the incredible crew that are on call 24-hours a day to provide search and rescue services in Cornwall.  As well as stalls and entertainment, the lifeboat station on the harbour front in St Ives will be open for all to visit and you can chat to the crew about the vital work they, and their impressive lifeboats, do to keep us safe while enjoying the Cornish seas.

Don’t forget, if you’re unable to make it to St Ives for the event you’ll still be able to see what’s going on via our HD webcam of St Ives Harbour

St Ives September Festival

08 September to 22 September 2018

Come September and things are still bustling in Cornwall, nowhere less than St Ives who hosts its two-week celebration of music and the arts.

Music and art lovers from far and wide arrive in St Ives. Folk, Roots, Celtic, Blues and Acoustic music are at the fore as well as outdoor poetry and art exhibitions. A real celebration of life, love and talent! Click here to find out more >>