The Best Festivals in Cornwall This Year

Port Eliot Festival, Visit Cornwall, What's On 2018

Your guide to some of the fantastic music festivals taking place across Cornwall this summer.

The Great Estate, Scorrier: 1st-3rd June
Welcome to the Great Estate, the most rambunctious Garden Féte! Expect major international headline acts, a rambunctious mix of comedy, theatre, music and the arts, all within the beautiful grounds of Scorrier Estate. Craig Charles will be DJing, The Charlatans will headline Saturday night and Tankus the Henge will entertain!

Eden Sessions, 6 June-7 July

This years Eden Sessions will feature Gary Barlow, Massive Attack, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age and Bjork, plus on the 23 June a mini festival, A Beautiful Day Out, featuring the Levellers, New Model Army, Reef and others.. 

Rock Oyster Festival, Wadebridge: 6th-7th July
North Cornwall’s favourite festival, takes place at Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge, located right on the famous Camel trail, making it one of the few festivals that can be easily accessed on foot or by bike.

Sundowner Sessions, Morcheeba 22 July

Popular trip-hop 90s band Morcheeba was announced as the first act performing at this years Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay. Check the Lusty Glaze website for other acts through out the summer. 

Tropical Pressure Festival, Truro: 13-15 July
An exciting and inspiring festival bringing a packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture to Porthtowan. 2018 will feature top quality live acts from Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, Cuba, Jamaica and the UK.

Port Eliot Festival, St German's: 26-29 July
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party, the Port Eliot Festival attracts a mix of celebs, art lovers, live music, foodies and book worms. Held in the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall, the festival provides inspiration and surprises for all ages at every turn.

St Endellion Summer Music Festival, Port Isaac: 31st July-10th August
Internationally famous festival. Symphony orchestra and a chorus of 75, with guest artistes, encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands. 

Boardmasters Festival, Newquay: 8-13 August
A surf, skate + music festival situated across two legendary locations Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, featuring the best in action sports including Surfing plus a laid back music festival across 8 stages with fantastic views. Line-up this year includes, Chemical Brothers, Craig David, Rag & Bone Man, George Ezra and Catfish & The Bottlemen. 

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge 23-27 August
With acts from across the world, this long running festival takes over the town of Wadebridge offering music on every corner. Gretchen Peters and Eddi Reader will headline in 2018.

Bude Jazz 2018: 28th-31st August
Focusing on Traditional and New Orleans Jazz and putting a swing in the step of the town each year, the lively four day Bude Jazz Festival features a great bill of both local and national jazz musicians from around the world.

The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival, Perranporth: 14th-16th September
A three-day event fusing live music, secret cider walks, tractor rides and glamping in hobbit huts, Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival has quickly become one of the most magical experiences in the Cornish calendar. The Fratellis, Hayseed Dixie and the Wurzels will headline this year.

Looe Music Festival, Looe: 18-20 September
It’s the last of the summer festivals in a dramatic, magical location. Enjoy music on the main stages or just soak up the atmosphere around the town, Visit for the day, or stay all weekend. The Waterboys, The Stranglers, The Correspondents, Paul Young, John Otway and many more will be there to enterrtain you.