Our guide to Falmouth Week 2016
5TH-14TH AUGUST: FALMOUTH WEEK
A firm favourite in our diary and right on our doorstep, Falmouth Week is the highlight of the town’s annual events calendar. For sailors and landlubbers alike, the festival brings music, markets, street food, fireworks, and the famous sailing regatta.
Now the largest regatta in the South West with over 200 yachts racing, it also promises a vibrant and varied programme of shore side events. Uncover our guide and make the most of this very special festival…
It’s Pink Wig Night! This lively spectacle kick-starts Falmouth Week with an army of pink wigged ladies parading the streets to raise money for breast cancer care.
We are once again excited to be hosting Pink Wig’s pre-party drinks from 5pm (expect lots of pink cocktails, with £1 of every cocktail spent going towards the charity.)
The proud parade will then continue through the town, led by the infamous Betty Stogs and Falmouth Marine Band.
Check out Outlaw Summer Market on the Moor – a celebration of everything handmade and artisan. The beautifully decorated marquee will house 30 of the county’s talented designers, makers, and foodie producers. Feast your eyes on this Aladdin’s cave of gorgeous gifts, and tickle your taste buds with plenty of delicious food and drink. Open daily from 11am until 7pm.
Falmouth Marching Carnival will commence at 6.30pm. Led by Falmouth Marine Band, this event sees hundreds come together to parade. The Soul Sensations will play at Events Square at 8pm – expect toe-tapping tunes, street food, and plenty of local brews.
The sailing will begin today, so bring your bincoculars. The main regatta is a series of races over seven days, with courses laid in Falmouth bay and the Carrick Roads.
Hire a picnic hamper from us for your day and feast on many Cornish classics, from just £20 for two people.
There are many viewing spots on the banks of the River Fal, such as the coastal walks around the estuary. Another good vantage point looking out to the bay and also looking down on Carrick Roads is Pendennis headland, especially the ramparts of Pendennis Castle.
In the evening, West Country legends The Wurzels will be playing at Events Square for a night of classic tunes, fancy dress, traditional hog roast, and gallons of cider.
Head to Prince of Wales Pier throughout the week for fairground rides, scrummy food and great panoramic views.
As the sun sets, check out the pop-up cocktail bar on the Moor for a little tipple or two, or sink some ciders at The Working Boat.
Britain’s finest, most skilled practitioners in the art of the blues – The Blues Band – will be playing at Events Square from 7.30pm.
Join us for a lazy lunch (two courses £16 or three for £20) or a decadent afternoon tea, then mosey down to the town. A 60 foot big wheel will be on the pier, promising sky high views of all the action.
In the evening, the UK’s original and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute, ‘Fleetwood Bac,’ will be performing at Events Square.
It’s Champagne Race Day! Choose your vantage point for the biggest race of the week, where the yachts race for up to 25 miles for a Champagne prize.
We are also sponsoring the Action Sports Tour in town, where the world famous biking group will jump ride their BMXs and MTBs, and you can have a go yourself.
The Red Arrows will fly over the harbour at 6.15pm. An incredible show over the water, get the best seat in Falmouth at The Greenbank. We’ll be offering exclusive ‘lobster tables’ in both The Water’s Edge restaurant and The Working Boat pub. Choose your area and tuck into half a fresh Cornish lobster with salad, skinny fries, aioli and lemon (just £25 per person, available from 5pm, pre-orders only by calling 01326 312440.) The pub will also have a takeaway food menu and our full 15 brews on tap.
The South West Ska Giants are back at Falmouth Week for the fourth year in a row, for this rowdy skankin’ night that is building up a huge following. A must in every ska lover’s calendar – head to Events Square for 7.30pm.
From midday, ‘Science in the Square’ is back for the fifth year running. Join scientists from the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus and experience what it’s like to spend the day in their shoes. Get hands on with plenty of activities and experiments at the seven interactive zones, and listen to exciting talks about the research that is happening right on our doorstep.
After, cocktail night at The Greenbank is a must! From 5pm, work your way through our extensive menu, and enjoy two cocktails for £10. Wander into town after for fireworks at 1pm – illuminating the harbour in colour, they are a stunning backdrop to our favourite town.
Boat trip over to St Mawes from the pier, for a day of exploring the quaint fishing village.
In the evening, The Bohemians will re-enact the glory days of Queen at Events Square. We also throroughly recommend an ale or two in Beerwolf Books (where you can also choose a book to read with your brew.)
The famous Dragon Boat Race will commence at 10am. Quite the specatacle – watch the 40 foot traditional Chinese style boats being paddled frantically in the ultimate battle.
Grab a bite to eat for lunch, then try out the Swing Dance on the Moor between 1pm and 2.30pm.
Kernow King will also be concluding the week with a night of Cornish comedy, from 7.30pm at Events Square. Lots of laughs guaranteed.