What’s on Events in Cornwall

Porthminster Beach

We are so pleased to see our fabulous local events returning once again this year.  We’ve missed the delectable delights of the food festivals, along with the colourful parades and the enchanting tunes at the many famous Cornish celebrations.

Here are just some of the key dates to pop in your diary, or maybe to inspire you to take a break with us and check out these fun packed events for yourself.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival – 13 – 15 May

Taking place on the iconic Porthminster Beach, enjoy a wide variety of local beverages and food over three days, with stunning St Ives Bay as the backdrop. A fantastic range of activities, music and entertainment which promises plenty of fun for all the family.

Royal Cornwall Show – 9 – 11 June

Cornwall’s largest event takes place over three days, with something to keep everyone happy. With hundreds of stalls, exhibits, competitions to view, from animals to cars and shopping to tractors, there’s plenty to see and do.

Golowan Festival – 17 – 26 June

Golowan is a midsummer celebration in Penzance which includes Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day.  This colourful community festival blends Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual.

There’s a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts and theatre and events include a fireworks display on the prom, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment.

Mousehole Sea Salts and Sail Festival – 1 – 3 July

Mousehole’s biennial Sea Salts and Sail Festival revives old traditions and celebrates the heritage of West Cornwall’s most famous fishing village, providing a day out for all the family.  From the Friday afternoon, scores of historic and classic vessels start to appear on the horizon and then gradually assemble in and around the picturesque harbour.

This is very much a family festival, so there’s plenty of entertainment for the kids. There’s poetry, storytelling, wood and stone-carving. The young mariners can also make traditional craft models and then race them in the harbour water – an event that causes much fun, noise and laughter.

As well as the food and drink tents, there will be live music, a dozen or so marquees selling locally crafted goods. Visitors can also enjoy seashore foraging, boat trips and cooking demonstrations or simply take a guided stroll through this beautiful historic village.

St Ives September Festival 10 – 24 September

Two weeks of music, art and poetry beside the sea in St Ives.  Enjoy an eclectic array of music, workshops, walks, theatre, open studios, talks, exhibitions, comedy, films and street entertainment, all taking place throughout the beautiful seaside town of St Ives.