What’s on in September: Cornwall’s Diary

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still plenty of things to see and do in Cornwall this September. With everything from cider and cabaret, to foodie festivals, award-winning art and garden goings-on – we’ve rounded up our favourite events in Falmouth and further afield.

6th, 7th and 10th September: Meet Anna Maria Fox, Glendurgan gardens

Where: 15 minutes from the hotel

Step back in time and meet Quaker Anna Maria Fox, the niece of Alfred and Sarah Fox who began Glendurgan in the 1820s. Drawing on stories from the journals of Anna Maria’s siblings, Barclay and Caroline, as well as the poetry of Charles Fox of Glendurgan, Anna Maria’s performance provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the famous Quaker Fox Family of Falmouth.

8th – 10th September: Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival, Penhallow

Where: 35 minutes from us

A three-day event including live music, tractor rides, secret cider walks and glamping in hobbit huts, Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival is definitely not one to miss for that true Cornish experience. Celebrating its five year anniversary, the festival will include headline act The Wurzels for a weekend of cider drinking and chart-topping tunes in Cornwall’s very own working cider farm.

9th – 23rd September: St Ives September Festival

Where: 55 minutes from The Greenbank

Attracting visitors from far and wide, this festival lasts for fifteen days and offers a wide range of music, arts and literature events. Attractions include art workshops and exhibitions, as well as theatre, comedy, films, cabaret and more. Headline acts feature The John McCusker Band and iconic Irish singer Cara Dillion, as well as Toploader, who have sold more than two million albums worldwide.

until 16th SEPTEMBER: Winifred Nicholson, Falmouth Art GalleRY

Where: right on our doorstep

The award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery is home to an outstanding collection of art that ranges from Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and British Impressionist paintings, to contemporary prints and photography. This summer, the gallery is one of only three venues in the UK playing host to a major touring exhibition of work by artist Winifred Nicholson. With free entry, it’s a chance to delve into the life of Nicholson and her career as an artist, with works including those created during her visit to Cornwall in the summer of 1928.

16th – 18th SEPTEMBER: John Armstrong: Dream and Reality exhibition, Penzance

Where: 60 minutes from us

Celebrating the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of John Armstrong, this exhibition is based at the Penlee House Gallery & Museum. Featuring over 70 paintings, the exhibition highlights Armstrong’s extraordinary and colourful life that was surrounded by art, design, film and fashion. Born in 1893, he was essentially self-taught, becoming well known for his understanding of French Cubist and Surrealist art in the 1920s.

17th September: Aston Martin Owners Club, lostwithiel

Where: 80 minutes from the hotel

The UK’s rarest and most iconic Aston Martin cars will be heading to Boconnoc House for a weekend of Cornish charm. Start the day by chatting to the owners, followed by music and entertainment and a bit of shopping thanks to a wide variety of produce from Cornish artisans. There will also be a special display to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic Aston Martin DB Mk III.


Where: 20 minute drive from us

This charity walk provides a once-a-year opportunity to complete a 15 mile circuit of the Fal Estuary on foot, starting and finishing at Trelissick. An area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), the Fal River encompasses the unspoilt splendour of the Roseland Peninsula. Specially arranged ferries and “a serious cream tea” are included for participants. And if your feet are flagging, there’s also a six mile alternative.

22nd – 24th September: Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, Truro

Where: 25 minute drive from The Greenbank

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. Be sure to check out our Executive Chef Nick on the Theatre Stage at 1pm on Sunday.

23rd – 24th September: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Tournament, newquay

Where: an hour from The Greenbank

This ‘SUP’ surfing tournament takes place at Watergate Bay for its eighth year in which British champions will be crowned. Spectators can witness the paddle surfers compete in a five mile long distance race and a performance surfing round to see who will win the ‘Watergate Waterman Trophy’.



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