Explore our guide to Falmouth Week 2017
4TH – 13TH 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 shoreside 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 marching through the streets to raise money for breast cancer care. The proud parade will be led by the infamous Betty Stogs and Falmouth Marine Band.
The Moor plays host to live music, fairground rides and markets throughout the week. Tickle your taste buds with plenty of delicious food, or head to the Regatta Village on Greenbank Gardens for a tipple or two.
Falmouth Art Gallery will be holding a free family art workshop with Swamp Circus in the Rugby Club between 3pm and 5pm, and the impressive carnival will then 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 binoculars. 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 £24 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.
Head to Prince of Wales Pier throughout the week for fairground rides, scrummy food and great panoramic views.
As the sun sets, sink some ciders at The Working Boat before heading to Events Square to watch the world’s official number one Bruce Springsteen tribute.
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, our Regatta Village will be transformed into a mini beer festival celebrating traditional local ales. Sit amongst the hay bales as you enjoy cider tasting from Healey’s and music from The Press Gang Shanty Singers.
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.
From 2pm, our Afternoon Tea Garden Party will be held on our lawn, with a cakey tea buffet and Prosecco.
Watch The Red Arrows over the seafront at 6.15pm, then enjoy our rum and cocktail bar. We will have live music in our marquee until late!
The multi-award winning Creation Station will be running a series of family friendly workshops on The Moor throughout the week. Unleash the wonder within, through fun arts and crafts including the highly-anticipated Willow Fish Workshop and the Great Mouse Regatta.
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. Linger around to watch the female sea shanty group Femmes de la Mer in our regatta village, plus the stunning firework display illuminating the harbour in colour.
Boat trip over to St Mawes from the pier, for a day of exploring the quaint fishing village.
In the evening, we recommend an ale or two in Beerwolf Books (where you can also choose a book to read with your brew) before joining our Falmouth Week closing party from 8pm. Enjoy live music and delicious food whilst quenching your thirst in our fully stocked marquee bar.
The famous Dragon Boat Race will conclude the week nicely. Quite the spectacle – watch the 40 foot traditional Chinese style boats being paddled frantically in the ultimate battle.