Throughout the year Cornwall hosts many festivals offering the best in music, food, art and fun. Whether you’re a group looking to travel to one of these or maybe you’d like to include one in a tour of Cornwall we can help.
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MARCH–The 5th of March is St Piran’s Day, named after the patron saint of Cornwall. Celebrations of all things Cornish are held in Newquay every year, there is music, song and a parade through the town.
APRIL– The St Endellion Easter Festival will take place from 4th -12th April 2020 and brings together a wide range of musicians from all over the world to perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts in the intimate atmosphere of the Church of St Endellion. St Endellion is near Port Isaac, about 1.6km from the glorious North Cornwall Coast.
APRIL– The Porthleven Food and Music Festival will be held from the 17th -19th April 2020. The Festival brings around 40,000 people together around the stunning harbour of Porthleven. With national and international chefs giving food demonstrations, food stalls offering a wide variety of street food, cocktail masterclasses and entertainment and music during the day and night. There is something for all the family at this 3-day festival, you can visit for just a day or stay at one of the festival’s camping/glamping sites.
MAY– The St Ives Food and Drink Festival will be held from 15th -17th May 2020 on Porthminster Beach, St Ives. There are cooking demonstrations from well-known chefs, artisan food and drink stalls, live music entertainment throughout the day and into the evening and a play area for children.
MAY– the Fal River Festival is a wonderful 10-day festival which will take place from 22nd May- 31st May 2020. With over 150 events which range from music and drama, art and history to outdoor activities which include gig racing, swimming and walking. The events will all take place at locations along the River Fal.
JUNE- The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be held from the 12th -14th June 2020 and is one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere in the world. Over 65 groups from all around the UK, as well as from Ireland, Brittany, Holland, Canada and Spain will each perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties at different venues throughout Falmouth. The Festival raises money for the RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
JUNE– Golowan Festival will be held from 23rd – 28th June 2020 in Penzance. The centrepiece of this celebration of Midsummer is Mazey Day, when there are parades through the streets of giant sculptures, with music and craft and food stalls throughout the town.
JULY – The Rock Oyster Festival will be returning in 2020, it is a weekend packed with fantastic food and excellent music in a stunning location overlooking the Camel Estuary. It is a great family festival with plenty of entertainment on offer for children.
JULY– Leopallooza is a renowned music festival that takes place in a secluded wooded valley near Bude in North Cornwall. It will be held from 24th -26th July 2020 and celebrates the very best in new and established bands, artists and DJs in over 3 days in a family friendly festival site just a few miles from the sea.
AUGUST– Falmouth Week 7th-16th August 2020 is one of the largest sailing regattas in the South West of England with more than 400 yachts racing over 8 days. In Falmouth there is live music each evening and during the day plenty of activities throughout the town.
AUGUST- From the 7th– 11th August 2020 the Boardmasters Festival will take place at Watergate Bay. The five-day event is part of the World Surf League qualifying series, and the most high-profile surfing event in the UK. In the evenings there is music from well known artists and bands and parties that carry on late into the night.
SEPTEMBER– Every September the Isles of Scilly celebrates the very best of island food and drink in a month-long festival. The Festival showcases the outstanding seafood and other local produce which is grown and produced across the five inhabited islands.
SEPTEMBER– The Newquay Fish Festival takes place at the beginning of September, to coincide with the ‘Neap Tides’ – when there is the least difference between high and low tides. The festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors over 3 days with cooking demonstrations which promote the variety of fish and shellfish on offer in Cornwall. As well as food there is a full programme of entertainment including bands, choirs, singers, dancers and pirates!
SEPTEMBER– The St Ives September Festival will take place from 12th -26th September 2020. It is a 2-week celebration of live music and arts in St Ives, there are free art exhibitions, open studios and guided walks around this scenic coastal town.
SEPTEMBER– The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival will be held from 11th -13th September 2020 at Healey’s Cyder Farm, this charming Cornish festival has well known live bands, secret cider walks, cider tasting and plenty of family activities in the beautiful Cornish countryside.
OCTOBER– the Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls. The Festival is held in Falmouth’s Events Square and includes the Grand Oyster Parade and the oyster shucking competition.
NOVEMBER– Truro City of Lights is a midwinter lantern festival and parade that takes place in Cornwall’s only city. The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade tissue lanterns which float through the streets carried by professional artists and accompanied by smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local youth groups. Each year the procession which is accompanied by music and dance has a different theme.
DECEMBER– Padstow Christmas Festival will be held from 3rd – 6th December 2020 and brings together chefs, local food and craft producers to celebrate Christmas in a beautiful waterside setting. Set around the harbour at Padstow there are cookery demonstrations by some the UK’s finest chefs, over 100 local producers selling a wide variety of gifts and products, a spectacular fireworks display, live music, carol concerts and a lantern parade.