The Top Ten Festivals to Visit This Summer
There’s nothing like seeing one of your favourite bands, comedians or artist perform outdoors. With a backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, summer festivals in Cornwall have become increasingly popular. From music to literature, poetry to food – we’ve rounded up the top ten summer festivals in Cornwall to enjoy this month.
Eden Sessions: 6th June – 7th July
Have the chance to see world-class bands and artists perform in front of the beautiful Eden Project’s Biomes with the amazing acoustics created by their natural amphitheatre. This year rock out to the likes of Gary Barlow, Massive Attack, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Bjork plus many more talented acts. Each ticket includes entry on the day of the Session.
Rock Oyster Festival: 6th – 7th June
Known to be North Cornwall’s favourite festival, this event takes place at Roskear Farm near Wadebridge. Located right on the famous Camel trail, arriving by foot or bike has never been so easy. Expect to experience music, energy and charm with a taste of the coast – oysters, mussels and other delicious local produce.
Sea Shanty Festival: 22nd – 24th June
The Sea Shanty Festival is the largest free nautical music and song festival in the country. This year expect to see 64 groups from all over the UK, as well as from Brittany, Holland and Ireland who will each perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties over 20 different venues in Falmouth.
Tropical Pressure Festival: 13th – 15th July
Bringing a packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture to Porthtowan, this exciting and inspiring festival will feature top quality live acts from Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, Cuba, Jamaica and the UK. This festival is a family-friendly event, with a dedicated Kids Creative zone running all weekend, and a busy programme of free workshops and activities.
Port Eliot Festival: 26th – 29th July
Combining literature with the feel of a garden party, this festival attracts a mixture of celebrities, art lovers, foodies, live music and book worms. Held in the grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate, this festival provides inspiration and surprises for everyone. A family friendly festival, enjoy many workshops and talks aimed towards a variety of ages.
St Endellion Summer Music Festival: 31st July – 10th August
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the St Endellion summer music festival began life when a musical priest, Roger Gaunt, invited a group of college friends down to help him renovate St Endellion’s derelict rectory. Over the years the festival grew from friends putting on small scale fundraising concerts to include an orchestra and a chorus. This internationally famous festival provides classical music lovers symphony orchestras and a chorus of 75, with guest artists, music from Broadway, late night brass bands and classics from Brahms to Stravinsky.
Boardmasters Festival: 8th – 13th August
A surf, skate and music festival combined situated across Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, this festival features the best in action sports including surfing and skating. Music plays across eight stages with fantastic views. This years line up includes George Ezra, Everything Everything, Craig David, Black Foxxes, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.
Falmouth Week: 10th – 19th August
A major attraction for locals and visitors alike, Falmouth Week dates back to at least 1837 as a local sailing regatta. This festival has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the South West but also an opportunity for sailors to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions in the town. Expect to see music performances, workshops and also the famous Red Arrows.
Cornwall Folk Festival: 23rd – 27th August
With acts from across the world, this long running festival takes over Wadebridge offering music on every corner. Gretchen Peters, Eddi Reader and Flats and Sharps are amongst the artists performing over the August bank holiday, where you can also find singers and instrument workshops, street entertainment, tune sharing sessions and children’s games and face painting.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival: 14th – 16th September
A three day event fusing live music, secret cider walks, glamping in hobbit huts and tractor rides, this festival has quickly become one of the most quirky and magical experiences to attend this year. With headline acts from The Fratellis, Hayseed Dixie and the Wurzels, this is a festival you wont want to miss.
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