What's On in Cornwall

As you can imagine, there's plenty to see and do during your holiday in Cornwall, whatever time of year you are able to visit. From food and music festivals, to country fairs and fish festivals, there's something for everyone. To find out what's on during your stay, visit the Visit Cornwall website and the Fal River website but here are a few of our favourites:

Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival - 17 - 19 March

March is the best time of the year to enjoy Mussels, and any time of the year is great to enjoy a pint of locally brewed Beer! Head over to the Cornish Arms at St Merryn and sample some of Rick Steins delicious Mussel dishes and choose from over 40 beers and ciders. Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival.

Cornwall Spring Flower Show - 1 to 2 April

Set in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, an 18th century mansion owned by the Fortescue family, this two day spring show is a riot of colour.  The estate is home to around 100 deer and the house and grounds have been used as a location for the BBC series Poldark. Visit the webiste for more details.

St Endellion Easter Music Festival - 8 - 16 April

The St Endellion Music Festivals take place at Easter and during the Summer here in Cornwall. They bring together musicians from all over the world and offer lunch-time proms and chamber concerts and late night concerts too, so there's something for everyone.

Porthleven Food and Drink Festival - 21 to 23 April

Porthleven Food and Drink Festival is set around the stunning harbour port.  A weekend of Cornish food beer and bands.  Fill your shopping bags with tempting cornish treats and enjoy the tastes and sounds of Cornwall on the quayside. 

Helston Flora Day - 6 May

Helston, a Cornish market town, where for hundreds of years, the townsfolk have celebrated this ancient festival - Flora Day.  The houses and shops are festooned with greenery and the locals dance through the streeets celebrating the arrival of Spring. Well worth seeing this spectacular event.

Royal Cornwall Show - 8, 9, 10 June

The county's largest three day country show with a packed list of events, including shows in the Main Ring. Livestock judging, the dog show, the rare breeds marquees, the flower tent is bedecked with fantastic displays from both individuals and nurseries ...... something for each and every member of the family from toddler upwards.The Royal Cornwall Show is always well attended and the advice is to get there early if you wish to avoid traffic queues. There is plenty to occupy you for the entire day.Browse the trade stands, listen to live music and enjoy the all food - the Royal Cornwall has it all. Visit the Royal Cornwall Show website.

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival - 16 to 18 June

A great atmosphere throughout Falmouth as over 50 groups of Shanty singers from different countries visit Falmouth to perform at venues throughout the town.

Newquay Fish Festival - 8, 9, 10 September

Based around Newquay's harbour, this festival celebrates all things fishy - catching, cooking and eating.

Great Cornish Food Festival - 22, 23, 24 September

A 3 day Cornish food and drink extravaganza held on Lemon Quay in Truro - chefs demonstrations, lots of people and lots of Cornish produce, including chocolate, cheese, chutney...and much more..

Truro City of Lights - mid November 2016 (tbc)

The official start to the festive season in Truro and one of the most anticipated family events in Cornwall’s festive calendar, the City of Lights is a vividly creative celebration incorporating art, music, dance and, as its name suggests, lights. The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Every year the procession has a different theme, and the lanterns will be escorted by a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums.

Truro Victorian Christmas Market  December (dates tbc)

This wonderful event is housed in a huge heated marquee on Truro's Lemon Quay Piazza and is one of the highlights of Truro's Christmas activities.  For six days Truro will showcase 70 traders, artisans and producers, all in period Victorian costume, with a wide variety of high quality food, drink, arts, crafts and gifts.  A great place to find those unusual gifts for your loved ones.  Come and stay with us for the weekend and head on into Truro to enjoy some true Cornish Christmas spirit!

Mousehole Christmas Lights 16 December 2017- 6 January 2017 (excluding 19 December)

The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around the streets that are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. You’ll see a fantastic display of sea serpents, fishing boats and whales colourfully lighting up one of Cornwall’s most welcoming harbours. Centrepiece is the millennium Celtic cross on St Clement Island, powered ever so greenly by a wind generator. The village is ablaze with colour whilst the lights are on and to really appreciate the displays, walk around the narrow streets and follow the winding strings of lanterns as they disappear around the corner into yet another street barely wide enough to walk through. Have a browse around the local gift shops and stop for a meal and a drink in one of village restaurants, cafes or pubs.