Explore our guide to Falmouth Week 2018
10TH – 19TH 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. Once again, The Greenbank are proudly sponsoring the Bay Fleet and the world famous Action Sports Tour event. 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. At The Working Boat marquee from 6pm we’ll have live music, including performances from Alfie Pound, then the energetic Lucky Guy and The Chancers.
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 The Working Boat for a tipple or two. We’ll have music in the evening from the sea shanty gang Bryher’s Boys. Expect toe-tapping tunes, moreish food, and plenty of local brews!
And don’t forget The Falmouth Marching Parade led by Falmouth Marine Band. Hundreds of people will come together to parade down the streets of Falmouth, before finishing with a carnival party down on Events Square.
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.
Or if you’re looking for something shore-side, moor up at The Working Boat and tuck into our famous Sunday roasts whilst listening to the bluesy melodies of pianist Patrick Gilbert, who will be joining us for the afternoon.
Head to Prince of Wales Pier throughout the week for fairground rides, scrummy food and great panoramic views.
And as the sun sets, sink some ciders at The Working Boat before heading to Events Square to watch the ever-so-spectacular Fleetwood Bac tribute band.
The world famous Action Sports Tour event, which we proudly sponsor, will be based at Church Street car park for a full day of displays and have a go taster sessions (1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.)
Then join us for our afternoon tea garden party, served between midday and 6pm, before wandering down to view the Red Arrows at 6:15pm on Gyllyngvase beach.
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.
Oggy, oggy, oggy! The sea shanty group The Oggymen will be singing their hearts out at The Working Boat from 6pm onwards.
And the ever popular Rudi’s Message will be performing a set full of ska classics at Event’s Square – a must in every ska lover’s calendar.
Cocktail night at The Greenbank is a must. From 5pm, work your way through our extensive menu, and enjoy two cocktails for £10. Then nip down to The Working Boat to watch The All Good Things, plus the stunning firework display illuminating the harbour in colour. We would encourage you to arrive early to get a prime spot!
An exciting new Comic and Movie Festival is coming to Falmouth Week on Saturday. Expect a cosplay competition, movie star guests, performances, photo opportunities and much more.
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 us once again in our marquee on the quay for sea shanty female performers Femmes de la Mer. One not to miss!
Or head down to Event’s Square for a Queen tribute band, who combine the musicianship, costumes and energy of the world’s greatest band.
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.
Then don’t miss our Falmouth Week closing party, with Patrick Gilbert performing in the afternoon. Our chefs will be cooking up a storm on the barbeque and we’ll be serving our scrumptious homemade pizzas fresh from our outdoor pizza oven. Enjoy our fully stocked Cornish bar serving cocktails, gin, local ales and more, and pull up a pew ready for our pub quiz held from 7.30pm.