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Our Diary Dates: What’s on in Cornwall in 2017

From Falmouth to further afield, 2017 is brimming with a bucket load of Cornish events. Here’s a quick round-up of our favourite festivals and diary dates…

4TH MARCH 2017: WORLD PASTY CHAMPIONSHIPS, EDEN PROJECT

The Olympics of the Oggy! This fun event celebrates the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. Enjoy a great line-up of live music, comedy, local brews and pasty-themed fun.

30TH MARCH – 17TH APRIL: FALMOUTH SPRING FESTIVAL

This vibrant community event brings an explosion of early colour to the town whilst celebrating our open spaces with activities like ‘paint the town yellow’ day, spring cleans, rock-pooling sessions, a folk and cider fayre and a host of guided walks.

21ST – 23RD APRIL 2017: PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL

A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags, eat yourself silly, and drink until you’re merry. Expect over 90 food and craft stalls and all day cookery demos from some of the UK’s biggest names.

22ND – 23RD APRIL: CHARITY GARDEN OPENING, TREGOTHNAN, TRURO

Tregothnan’s private gates will open for one weekend only to give an insight into the workings of the largest historic garden in Cornwall. Experience the unequalled diversity of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of River Fal. Children go free and dogs on leads welcome.

6TH MAY: FLORA DAY, HELSTON

Helston will be decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves, and dancing starts at 7am. Not long after, the Hal-an-Tow (a boisterous mummers’ play featuring St George slaying the dragon) begins. Visitors can also watch the children’s dance, the formal midday dance, and an evening day to round off the day. The streets will be buzzing with packed pubs, a fairground and stalls – and there’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.

26TH MAY – 4TH JUNE: FAL RIVER FESTIVAL

This festival embraces the places, people, history, culture and industry connected to this very Cornish river. It encompasses over 150 events ranging from music and drama, arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming and wildlife walks.

8TH – 10TH JUNE: ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW, WADEBRIDGE

For three days each year the dedicated showground is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture and entertainment. This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 and as you’d expect from a county show, a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county.

16TH – 18TH JUNE: FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL

Raising money for the RNLI, this festival hosts performances by dozens of groups throughout the UK and beyond. Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, it is the perfect way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past. The Working Boat will be an official venue too!

16TH – 18TH JUNE: FALMOUTH CLASSICS REGATTA

We are thrilled to be a Major Sponsor of this event. Classic boats from many parts of the country, the continent and the local area will take part, with vessels built as long ago as 1882 cruising alongside more modern versions. Don’t miss the Parade of Sail and Power, where the boats sail out into Carrick Roads, making a magnificent spectacle.

17TH JULY: STITHIANS AGRICULTURAL SHOW

Cornwall’s biggest one day agricultural show has been held annually since the early 1800s – originally as a competition between locals to see who could grow the tastiest vegetables, raise the finest cattle and breed the best horses. These days, alongside the livestock competitions, you will also find music, food courts, craft stalls, fairground rides and classic cars.

4TH – 13TH AUGUST: FALMOUTH WEEK

Falmouth Week’s entertainment marquee will bring a full and varied programme of artists and bands every evening, as it has done for generations of revellers. From sailing to shore-side activities, including craft markets, carnival, RAF Red Arrows display, fireworks over the water and fancy dress spectaculars.

28TH AUGUST: NEWLYN FISH FESTIVAL, NEAR PENZANCE

Bank holiday plans? Celebrate all things fishy at Newlyn’s famous festival! Satisfy your appetite with the freshest Cornish seafood, watch a rolling programme of cookery demos by top local chefs, and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. With three music stages, arts, crafts, boats, and a bucket load of children’s activities – it’s the ultimate day trip out.

22ND – 24TH SEPTEMBER: GREAT CORNISH FOOD FESTIVAL, TRURO

Be wowed by this three day gastro extravaganza, where over 100 different food experts and chefs gather to celebrate our county’s beautiful bounty. As always, the festival has rounded up some of Cornwall’s hottest culinary talent to bring you a tantalising timetable of demos and masterclasses.

12TH – 15TH OCTOBER: FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL

Celebrating the start of the oyster dredging season, Falmouth Oyster Festival will be celebrating its 20th year with a big birthday bash! Expect a packed programme of cookery demos, Working Boat race, 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’ll compete in this year’s rematch in the “Hot Chef Challenge” culinary battle with Arty Williams.

END OF NOVEMBER: TRURO CITY OF LIGHTS

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.

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER: CORNISH CHRISTMAS MARKETS

There are plenty of Christmas markets in Cornwall to head to in 2017, for a glass or two of warm mulled wine and to stock up on perfect presents to suit all pockets. Feel the full magic of the festive season with a trip one of the many dotted around the county.

LATE DECEMBER UNTIL JANUARY: MOUSEHOLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

This is a best-loved tradition amongst The Greenbank team. Mousehole’s famous habour lights have been running since 1963 and have since grown to a huge spectacle. Marvel at the floating displays in the harbour and follow the winding strings of lanterns through the cobbled streets.

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