Our Diary Dates: What’s on in Cornwall in 2018
2018 is brimming with a bucket load of Cornish events. So fill your diaries and explore what Cornwall has to offer with our round-up of the year ahead…
3rd MARCH: WORLD PASTY CHAMPIONSHIPS, EDEN PROJECT
The Olympics of the Oggy! This fun event celebrates the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. Enjoy a great line-up of live music and comedy, as well as pasty-themed fun throughout the day.
15TH MARCH – 2nd APRIL: FALMOUTH SPRING FESTIVAL
A wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture, this vibrant community event brings an explosion of early colour to the town whilst celebrating our open spaces with activities like ‘paint the town yellow’ day, spring cleans, rock-pooling sessions, a folk and cider fayre and a host of guided walks.
20th – 22nD APRIL: PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL
Now in its tenth year, this festival brings people together in and around the stunning harbour of Porthleven for a weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags, eat yourself silly, and drink until you’re merry. Expect over 90 food and craft stalls and all day cookery demos from some of the UK’s biggest names.
8TH MAY: FLORA DAY, HELSTON
Helston will be decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves, with dancing starting at 7am. Not long after, the Hal-an-Tow (a boisterous mummers’ play featuring St George slaying the dragon) begins. Visitors can also watch the children’s dance, the formal midday dance, and an evening dance to round off the day. The streets will be buzzing with packed pubs, a fairground and stalls – and there’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.
25TH MAY – 3rd JUNE: FAL RIVER FESTIVAL
This festival embraces the places, people, history, culture and industry connected to this very Cornish river. It encompasses over 150 events ranging from music and drama, arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming and wildlife walks. Established in 2006 it will be running for its 13th year.
7TH – 9TH JUNE: ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW, WADEBRIDGE
The county’s biggest annual event, the Royal Cornwall Show is brim-full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming. This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 and as you’d expect from a county show, a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county.
22nd – 24TH JUNE: FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL
Raising money for the RNLI, this festival hosts performances by dozens of groups throughout the UK and beyond. Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, it is the perfect way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past. The Working Boat will be an official venue too!
22nd – 24TH JUNE: FALMOUTH CLASSICS REGATTA
We are thrilled to be a Major Sponsor of this event. Classic boats from many parts of the country, the continent and the local area will take part, with vessels built as long ago as 1882 cruising alongside more modern versions. Don’t miss the Parade of Sail and Power, where the boats sail out into Carrick Roads, making a magnificent spectacle.
16TH JULY: STITHIANS AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Cornwall’s biggest one day agricultural show has been held annually since the early 1800s – originally as a competition between locals to see who could grow the tastiest vegetables, raise the finest cattle and breed the best horses. These days, alongside the livestock competitions, you will also find music, food courts, craft stalls, fairground rides and classic cars.
10TH – 19TH AUGUST: FALMOUTH WEEK
Falmouth Week’s entertainment marquee will bring a full and varied programme of artists and bands every evening, as it has done for generations of revellers. From sailing to shore-side activities, including craft markets, carnival, RAF Red Arrows display, fireworks over the water and fancy dress spectaculars.
11TH – 14TH OCTOBER: FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL
Celebrating the start of the oyster dredging season, Falmouth Oyster Festival will be celebrating its 20th year with a big birthday bash! Expect a packed programme of cookery demos, Working Boat race, sea shanties, dancing and seafood. Freshly shucked oysters will of course be the star of the show, and they’ll be plenty of wine and beer to enjoy them with. Our Executive Chef Nick Hodges has been delivering chef demos at the Falmouth Oyster Festival since day one, so be sure to check out his delicious feasts this weekend!
THROUGHOUT DECEMBER: CORNISH CHRISTMAS MARKETS
There are plenty of Christmas markets in Cornwall to head to in 2018, for a glass or two of warm mulled wine and to stock up on perfect presents to suit all. Combine the magic of Christmas with the perfect opportunity to choose some great gifts and treats with a trip to one of our home grown favourites…
LATE DECEMBER UNTIL JANUARY: MOUSEHOLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
This is a best-loved tradition amongst The Greenbank team. Mousehole’s famous habour lights have been running since 1963 and have since grown to a huge spectacle. Marvel at the floating displays in the harbour and follow the winding strings of lanterns through the cobbled streets. Enjoy a carol service from the Mousehole Male Voice Choir for the switch on, with the lights staying on each evening from 5pm until 11pm, giving plenty of opportunities to head on over.
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