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What’s on in June: Cornwall’s Diary

31ST MAY – 2ND JUNE: PENDENNIS AT WAR! PENDENNIS CASTLE

Step back in time to the Second World War. With music, vintage vehicles, re-enactments and the chance to dig for victory, this is a great way to explore life on the home front.

  

30TH MAY – 5TH JUNE: FAL RIVER FESTIVAL

This festival was established in 2006 and embraces the places, people, history, culture and industry connected to this very Cornish river. With its diverse mix of 150 events taking place at dozens of locations around the water, it gives a real chance to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history. Throughout the festival you’ll find a range of diverse entertainment, including jazz bands playing on the harbour in St Mawes, film screenings on ferries moored offshore and, of course, plenty of seafood to sample.

9TH – 11TH JUNE: ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW, WADEBRIDGE

For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. 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. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent and over 1000 trade stands to browse. The main ring offers a full programme of entertainment and you’ll find busy marquees dedicated to rare animal breeds, birds and bees. There will also be a dog show, traditional steam fair, motor fair, live music and crafts.

17TH – 19TH JUNE: FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL

Founded in 2003 by Falmouth Shout, a group of singers whose mission is to keep alive the history of Tall Ships and the days of sail by performing sea shanties and Cornish songs. Music has always been an important part of Cornwall’s culture. Whether it be miner, fishermen or farmer, after work was done, there were always stories to tell, songs to sing and a few pints to drink. The festival provides a platform where that heritage comes alive with performances by dozens of groups. Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, the three day event is a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past and you’ll find it hard to stop your feet tapping along to the infectious rhythms. It raises money for the RNLI.

  

17TH – 19TH JUNE; FALMOUTH CLASSICS REGATTA 

Classic boats from many parts of the country, the continent and the local area take part in this event, with boats built as long ago as 1882 and lovingly restored taking their place alongside many more launched before the Second World War and other more modern versions of the classic designs. The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail and Power. The boats will parade out of the inner harbour and into Carrick Roads, making the magnificent spectacle of pilot cutters, working boats and other traditional craft under full sail. The parade can be seen to best advantage from Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive and Trefusis Point.

  

17TH – 26TH JUNE: GOLOWAN FESTIVAL, PENZANCE

In the late 1800s, Golowan was one of the last surviving midsummer festivals practiced in Cornwall. Traditionally, blazing tar barrels were paraded around the town’s streets and bonfires were lit on the surrounding hills. In the 1890s the authorities in Penzance outlawed the festival due to the increasing fire risk. Revived in 1991, The Golowan Festival has today become the most colourful community festival in the South West, blending Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual.

The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts and theatre. Events include a fireworks display on the prom, Mazey Day, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment.

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