From iconic music and food festivals to events that celebrate Cornwall’s unique culture and heritage, the county’s what’s on calendar is bursting at the seams. There is simply so much see and do in Cornwall – we guarantee that you won’t get bored!
To inspire you further we’ve put together a month-by-month guide to some of the county’s biggest and best events, many of which are only a short distance from our Cornwall holiday park. Take a look at our guide, below…
Polperro Christmas Lights Switch-On, 1 December: Get well and truly into the festive spirit and head over to nearby Polperro and watch the village’s Xmas lights being switched on! Enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, homemade Christmas gifts and Santa himself might also be paying a visit.
Looe Torchlight Procession & Xmas Lights Switch-on, 7 December: One of the biggest events in Looe’s calendar, the annual torchlight procession attracts huge numbers of people to the town. Two processions start at either side of town (East Looe and West Looe) and meet on the bridge over the river.
Padstow Christmas Festival, 6-9 December: Embrace the festive season with a trip to Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival and see this Cornish fishing village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.
New Year’s Eve: Although Looe may not have the same range of bars and impressive fireworks as London, the Cornish town knows exactly how to welcome in the New Year in style! Revellers in fancy dress come from all over the country to celebrate in Looe’s pubs, dance along the streets and head to the beach at midnight for a fireworks display that has plenty of sparkle and lots of bangs.
West Looe May Fayre: Visitors to the Looe area can enjoy a real sample of local culture and tradition at the West Looe May Fayre, where there are plenty of stalls to browse and performances to enjoy. From local dancing schools putting on acts to folk songs and parades to join in with, there’s always plenty to do as the Fayre goes from strength to strength every year.
Looe Lugger Regatta: This event deserves a mention, although it is held once every two years instead of annually (next in 2019) and so on. Luggers come from across the UK and even France to fill Looe’s harbour and bay, which is quite a sight to see. Those interested in fishing and sailing will have the opportunity to talk to sailors and fishermen over the course of the regatta, which tends to last for a few days in mid-June.
Festival by The Sea: This Looe festival has grown from its humble beginnings to become a favourite with both locals and visitors. Held in June and located mostly on the Quayside, it is being held by the Looe Marine Conservation Group in association with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. An ideal day out for families enjoying caravan holidays in Looe in the area, kids will love finding out how crabs and lobsters are caught while the adults can enjoy the free Mackerel BBQ and chef demonstrations all celebrating Looe’s fishing heritage and its wonderful marine life.
Polperro Festival The festival in this little fishing village is well worth heading to if staying in Looe around mid-June, with plenty going on for all the family. Art shows will be held throughout the week, many of which feature stunning pictures of the local countryside, and local Morris Dancers come to Polperro from across Devon and Cornwall to perform. Polperro’s pubs and streets will be hosting gigs and musical performances throughout the festival, and a special day of the festival is dedicated to Cornish cuisine and drink, from Cornish scrumpy to pasties and seafood. There are lots of opportunities for visitors to get involved and try their hand at something new.
Looe Food Festival Now one of the major food events in the region, the 2015 festival is again being held in and around a giant pavilion in the Millpool Car Park, West Looe, with FREE ENTRY from 9am each day. With over 40 traders on show, it offers a whole plethora of top quality Westcountry Food and Drink to taste and purchase. Festival Organiser Danny Gill says, “This is a wonderful feast for any visitor to it. Without doubt there’s something here for everyone.” The popular Chefs Demonstration Kitchen is always popular, where local and guest chefs delight audiences with their cooking skills.
Boconnoc Steam Fair: A must for any car enthusiast or Thomas the Tank Engine fan, the Boconnoc Steam Fair takes place at Boconnoc Estate near Liskeard every year and showcases a wide range of vehicles to admire. Full and miniature-size steam trains, classic cars, vintage vehicles and tractors make up the display at the fair, which is a hit with family members of all ages every year. Tickets for the event are available via the Boconnoc Steam Fair website hosted by Liskeard Steam & Vintage Club.
July & August
Port Eliot Festival Port Eliot House and Gardens is a fantastic attraction to visit at any time of year, but it comes alive in July as the house opens its doors to the Port Eliot Festival. First and foremost a literature festival, the Port Eliot Festival showcases a celebration of words, poetry and music, but it has grown from humble beginnings to what it is today – a showcase of talent and culture. The festival has attracted the likes of Grayson Perry and Dominic West, with music from The Magic Numbers and Noah and the Whale, as well as the culinary delights of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen chefs in previous years. See the Port Eliot Festival website for more info.
Looe Carnival week: Held at the end of July and the beginning of August, Looe Carnival signals the start of the summer and fun times ahead for all ages. Looe Carnival is organised by the Lions Club of Looe, with events throughout the week ranging from car boot sales and vintage car rallies to choir performances and sandcastle competitions. The highlight of the week is, as always, the Grand Carnival Procession, which provides some great entertainment for a Saturday evening. Bring the whole family; there are lots of events especially for kids throughout the week.
South East Cornwall Walking Festival: September is a great time to be out and about exploring Cornwall’s beautiful coastline and large number of coastal paths, which is exactly what the South East Cornwall Walking Festival is all about. Experienced walkers will lead others on a number of great walks throughout the week, including around the time of the autumnal equinox that occurs on the 23rd September this year. Walkers need to bring good walking shoes and boots as well as waterproof gear and lots to drink, but many of the rambles include stops at pubs and cafes for a delicious bite to eat and a refreshing pint.
Falmouth Beer Festival, 4-6 October: Annual beer festival this year at a new venue, Events Square outside the Maritime Museum. Experience a broad range of 240 local and national ales, real lagers, real ciders and perries, at one of the largest and best beer festivals in the South West.
Eden Project Beer Festival, 6 October: Calling all beer and gin fans! It’s Eden’s annual celebration of drink in partnership with St Austell Brewery… Featuring a huge range of craft ales, speciality ciders and artisan gins, alongside live bands and fabulous food.
Tencreek’s Got Talent – The Finals! 5th-8th October:
Have you got what it takes to win? It’s time for the finals of our fantastic competition Tencreek’s Got Talent! There will be the winner of Footballer of The Week, the Adult Talent Show winners, Star Cabaret performances, Deano & Sparky and our very own Yellowcoats performing.
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Beat @ Tencreek Weekender, 11th-13th October The Beat @ Tencreek Weekender promises a weekend of unmissable 60s music! Come and see Chris Farlow, Cupid’s Inspiration, Itchycoo Park, New Amen Corner, Paul Da Vinci, The Alligators, LSB Experience, Mersey Legends, The Moondogs, Spencer James from The Searchers, Victoria Jones ‘The Liverbird’Find out more
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.
Halloweden, Eden Project, 20 October – 4 November: Head to the Eden Project over this two-week period for an all new Halloweden offer! You are invited into a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures…
Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival, 9-11 November: The most ambitious line up since the festivals inception; with a mix of unforgettable names and terrific artists from the UK and around the world! With Focus, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado and Wishbone Ash headlining, plus 15 other acts.
Fowey Xmas Market, 30 November – 2 December: The beautiful seaside town of Fowey hosts a weekend of festive entertainment, food and drink along with plenty of opportunities to pick up some great Christmas gifts.
Christmas Flower Festival at Morval Church, near Looe, 23-26 November: Head to nearby Morval Church and look at the glorious display of blooms at the Flower Festival and Craft Event, celebrating Christmas in flowers and crafts. Refreshments are also available.