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:

World Pasty Champtionships at Eden - 2 March

The World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. The championships set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares and entries are invited from around the world. Supported by the Cornish Pasty Association. 

St Pirans Day Celebrations- St Pirans Day Parade - 3rd March 

This years St Piran Parade across the dunes to the oratory and old church, will take place on Sunday 3rd March. Starting at 1.30 for 2p.m. St Austell Brewery will be handing out 'samples'. Leading the way will be St Piran accompanied by his animals.....Plus Falmouth Marine Band, Stamp and go with the Perraners. The Grand Bard will greet you at the oratory with good news about its future... After, please join us in Sand Bay bar/restaurant where The Two Bards will entertain with music and wit. The Cornish Embassy will be present after the procession outside Surf Bay, Perran Sands to issue and stamp your Cornish passport. The sculptors of the Giant St Piran statue will be there to tell you about the 'Giants Crossing'. There will be free parking within the car parks at the holiday park.

Beer and Mussel Festival - 16-18 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 - 6-7 April

With a new venue and a new look for 2019, the CGS Spring Flower Show is set to be the best yet.  With an enviable reputation on the national gardening calendar it’s the perfect opportunity to get into the gardening mood for the season to come.  So do join us to experience our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground

St Endellion Easter Music Festival - 13 - 21 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 - 26 to 28 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. 

Padstow May Day - 1 May

May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.

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.

St Agnes Bolster Festival - 4 - 6 May

A celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. A great day out for all the family.

Royal Cornwall Show - 6-8 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 - 14 to 16 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.

Golowan Festival - 21 - 30 June

If you like to celebrate mid summer, here's how one Cornish town does it! Why not join in with the Mazey Day celebrations in and around the streets of Penzance. During the week leading up to Mazey Day there is an election of the Mock Mayor on the quayside followed by spectacular fireworks with the appearance of 'Penglaz' Penzance's 'Obby 'Oss. It's a fabulous festival of parades, music, giant sculptures and much more, and our cottages are just a short drive from all of these festivities. Golowan Festival dates are from 21st to 30th June this year.

Tropical Pressure Festival - 12 - 14 July

An exciting and inspiring festival to celebrate  the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean on the cliffs of Cornwall.  Tropical Pressure Festival brings a packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture to Porthtowan. Literally a 20 minute drive from our cottages here at Callestock. 

Cornish Steam and Country Fair - 16 - 18 August

This long established rally was known previously as the West of England Steam Rally. Expect almost one hundred full size and miniature steam engines from all over the country. There are stunning showmen’s engines with their gleaming twisted brass, road rollers, ploughing engines, heavy haulage road locomotives and agricultural traction engines.

Newquay Fish Festival - 13, 14, 15 September

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

St Ives September Festival 14 - 28 September

300 events planned for this year, there is something for everyone, so join in the St Ives September Festival celebrations – two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, play

Little Orchard Music Festival 13 - 15 September

Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival returns to the beautiful grounds of Healey’s Cyder Farm on Friday 13th - Sunday 13th September 2019 with one of the headliners Reef.

Falmouth Oyster Festival 11 - 14 October 

Packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

Truro City of Lights - Date to be confirmed

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 -  Date to be confirmed

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 14 December 2019- 4 January 2020 (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.