The Cornish calendar is jam packed with exciting festivals, both new and old. We’ve already shared Cornwall’s best food and drink festivals and music festivals, and next up is the best family friendly events including; art and literature festivals, regattas, agricultural shows, and more…
The Fowey Festival of Art and Literature, Fowey
11th -19th May
Taking place in the beautifully quaint seaside town of Fowey, this literary festival will once again feature a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, it takes place in the town which was home to Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and is associated with Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
7th – 9th June
The Royal Cornwall Show, is a vastly popular agricultural show which takes place at the beginning of June each year, on the outskirts of Wadebridge in North Cornwall. The show lasts for three days and attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall’s biggest tourist attractions.
Golowan Festival, Penzance
Golowan Festival in Penzance is a week-long celebration of midsummer. Throughout the week there’s a range of events from exhibitions to concerts and parades all culminating in the final weekend. Mazey Eve sees the election of the Mock Major, followed by a torchlight procession and fireworks. Mazey Day on the 23rd June draws in the crowds with stalls, parades and live music and dance.
Falmouth Week, Falmouth
Falmouth Week is a sailing regatta like no other; it’s a week full to the brim of family friendly events both on and off shore. There’s daytime and evening entertainment throughout the town, including the infamous 80’s/90’s Night on Events Square, the Outlaw Summer Market on The Moor by Outlaw Events, The Pink Wig Night and the University of Exeter’s Science in the Square.
St Ives September Festival, St Ives
8th – 22nd September
The St Ives September Festival celebrates music and art in one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside resorts. There’s a number of events throughout the month including; live music at The Guildhall and The Western Hotel, free exhibitions, open studios and guided walks around the town. What makes this festival really unique is the wonderful atmosphere around the town.