The Best Festivals in Cornwall This Year

Boardmasters, Visit Cornwall

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

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival: 24th-27th May

This Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk events held on the late May Bank Holiday weekend 24-27 May 2019. It features music, song, dance, and storytelling, plus a small programme of children’s events.  The 2019 guest list includes Geoff Lakeman, Granny's Attic, Si Barron and many more.

The Great Estate, Scorrier: 31st May -2nd June

Welcome to the Great Estate, the most rambunctious Garden Féte! Expect major international headline acts, plus a mix of comedy, theatre, music and the arts, all within the beautiful grounds of Scorrier Estate. This year James will headline alongside the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival: 14th – 16th June

Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, the event kicks off on the Friday evening with singing on Custom House Quay and in Events Square, continuing at several other venues in town until the late, late hours of Sunday night!

Tropical Pressure Festival, Porthtowan: 12th -14th July

An exciting and inspiring festival bringing a packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture to Porthtowan. 2019 will feature top quality live acts from Colombia, the Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, and across Europe.

Port Eliot Festival, St German's: 25th -28th 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: 30th July-9th 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: 7th -11th August

A surf, skate + music festival situated across two legendary locations Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, featuring the best in action sports plus a laid-back music festival across 8 stages with fantastic views. Line-up this year includes, Florence + The Machine, Foals, Dizzee Rascal, The Idles and Franz Ferdinand.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge 22nd - 26th August

With acts from across the world, this long running festival takes over the town of Wadebridge offering music on every corner. The Unthanks and Steve Knightly are amongst those appearing this year.

Bude Jazz 2019: 27th -30th 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: 13th -15th 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 Zutons, Reef and the Wurzels will headline this year.

St Ives September Festival 14th – 28th September

Started in 1978, the festival lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout St Ives, attracting visitors from far and wide. This years musical highlights include folk legends Dougie Maclean, Show of Hands and Dervish.

Looe Live!, Looe: 20th – 22nd 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. Cornwall’s very own Fisherman’s Friends are headlining on the Sunday, Level 42 on the Saturday.