Our favourite autumn Cornish festivals
One of the things we love most about Cornwall is that us Cornish folk know how to throw the best shindig. Whatever the month, there’s always a festival celebrating something – be it food, brews, film, music or culture. And as the weather turns a little chillier and we’re contemplating cosy evenings at home wrapped in a blanket or two, Autumn also means the fullest festival calendar of the year. Here’s a few of our firm favourites to get on your hit-list…
12TH – 15TH OCTOBER: FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL, EVENTS SQUARE
Where: 20 minute walk or 10 minute drive from The Greenbank
Celebrating the start of the oyster dredging season, Falmouth Oyster Festival will be 21 years old this year! Expect a packed programme of cookery demos, 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. On the Friday, he will be cooking up a storm at 2pm, and from 7pm he’ll compete in this year’s rematch in the “Hot Chef Challenge” culinary battle with Arty Williams.
19th – 21st OCTOBER: FALMOUTH BEER FESTIVAL, PRINCESS PAVILLION
Where: 5 minute taxi ride or 25 minute stroll from the hotel
Although October isn’t just about beer, we couldn’t miss Cornwall’s largest beer festival! Enjoy three days of great ales, pub grub, live music and good company in our vibrant town. Tick off more than 200 of the most mouth-watering real ales, ciders and perries – and for any tender heads the next morning, our brunch menu is the perfect cure.
19th – 29th October: Fal River Autumn Festival, AROUND FALMOUTH
Where: on our doorstep!
Autumn is a spectacular time of year in, on and around the Fal River. Dense woodlands are brought to life by golden hues, and the summer madness comes to a restful end. This festival is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the area in all its autumn glory. There’s an unrivalled variation of walks on offer, from modest strolls to full day walks and ambitious challenges. With a diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the river, the 10 day festival offers something for everyone. So don your best wooly hat, scarf and leaf crunching boots!
10th – 19th NOVEMBER: CORNISH FILM FESTIVAL, THE POLY, FALMOUTH
Where: 10 minute walk from The Greenbank
Cornwall is a county awash with creativity. The Cornish Film Festival is a huge showcase of the brightest of home grown and international talents. With masterclasses, speakers, director Q&As and a vibrant film programme, the festival invites you to discover a wealth of new experiences. The Poly Theatre is part of the rustic charm and will be screening local shorts and renowned classics as a pop-up event, in Falmouth’s quaint and inviting theatre.
16TH NOVEMBER: CORNWALL MACMILLAN CHRISTMAS FAIR, EDEN PROJECT
Where: 1 hour drive from the hotel
The Eden Project will once again play host to this wonderful Christmas fair, bringing with it a huge range of stalls from Cornwall and beyond. As well as an abundance of gifts, stocking fillers, clothing and jewellery, you’ll be spoilt for choice with local food and drink produce. Tickets are £15, to include admission to Eden, a light lunch and drink. Also, Eden’s ice rink will be open, if you’re looking to extend the festivities.
22nd NOVEMBER: TRURO CITY OF LIGHTS, Truro
Where: 20 minute drive from Falmouth
Nothing heralds the beginning of the festive season quite like this magical midwinter lantern festival. The event is a vividly creative celebration incorporating art, music, dance and, of course, light.
Admire giant handmade lanterns as they are carefully carried through the streets in a dazzling procession, then warm up with a hot toddy from one of Truro’s many shops or cafes. Our top tip: Head to Boscawen Street or Lemon Street for the best places to see the parade (and get there early, as it gets extremely busy.)
25TH NOVEMBER: 19th Annual CELTIC BEER FESTIVAL, ST AUSTELL BREWERY
Where: 50 minute drive from the hotel or an easy train journey
The biggest party of the year for ale lovers across the county, make your way to St Austell Brewery for a true taste of the South West’s best lagers, stouts and ciders. Held in their ancient cellars, enjoy live bands playing all day and night, and sample nearly 200 tipples, including limited edition beers brewed just for the festival.
Feeling festive yet? Look out for our December festival round-up coming soon, for all things nostalgic and Christmassy!