Book Lovers' Love Holidays To Cornwall

Photo of a lady reading a book in a Cornish Garden

Deciding what to pack for holiday reading can be only the start of a book lover’s visit to Cornwall. With its incredibly varied scenery, from picture postcard fishing village to windswept moorland, from breathtaking coast-paths to lush valley gardens, romantic Cornwall has long been both an inspiration and a haven for writers  and to this day the sense that it’s a world apart from the rest of the UK means it continues to attract novelists and poets.  This rich heritage can help make your holiday narrative a lot more exciting than the standard bucket-and-spade affair.

Perhaps the work of John Betjeman, Daphne du Maurier, Charles Causley or Rosamond Pilcher is the very reason why you’re coming, in which case you’ll need no encouragement to seek out the places associated with them and their work.

Perhaps you’ve simply read a book set down here and want to visit the scenes on foot that have enthralled you in your armchair; you won’t be the first fan to go walking in search of Ross Poldark or the Second Mrs DeWynter.

If encounters with living authors are your thing, you’re coming to a county with a succession of fantastic (and weather-proof!) book festivals  from early Spring to late Autumn. Often including delicious food and great music, to encourage you to linger all day and evening, these will give you a chance to discover the work of writers at work in Cornwall today and to encounter famous authors who, like you, are seizing the chance of a trip to the far west. Most of them also include writing workshops where you can spend a few hours learning skills first-hand from an established author.

Or maybe writing the next Cornish bestseller is the last thing on your mind, and you simply want to know how far your holiday cottage is from the nearest independent bookshop?

Whatever your bookish needs, we hope the Book Lovers' Festivals give you a wealth of inspiration for turning your trip to Cornwall into a visit to a book lover’s paradise.

What's on in Cornwall, Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Cornwall

Fowey Festival of Art & Literature

6 May 2017 to 13 May 2017
Exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination.
 
Trenython Manor
 
PL24 2TS 
Nr Fowey 
Cornwall 
Trenython Manor 
13 May 2017 to 20 May 2017
Eight days of literature in St. Ives featuring book launches, poetry and prose readings, live music, comedy acts, and creative writing workshops.
 
St Ives Literary Festival
 
TR26 2DY 
St Ives 
Cornwall 
St Ives Literary Festival 
26 May 2017 to 28 May 2017
A long week-end of readings, talks, workshops, music, film, theatre and visual art, featuring the best contemporary poets and artists from Cornwall and beyond. 
 
Sterts Art Centre
 
PL14 5AZ 
nr Liskeard 
Cornwall 
Sterts Art Centre 
Charles Causley Festival, Launceston, Cornwall

Charles Causley Festival

1 Jun 2017 to 5 Jun 2017
Celebrates the life and work of Launceston’s most prized writer Charles Causley, and promotes the best of literature and arts from across the region hosting a varied programme of events.
 
Charles Causley Festival
 
PL15 8EP 
Launceston 
Cornwall 
Charles Causley Festival 
Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall. What's on

Penzance Literary Festival

5 Jul 2017 to 8 Jul 2017
The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. 
 
Penzance Literary Festival
 
TR18 4AJ 
Penzance 
Cornwall 
Penzance Literary Festival 
Port Eliot Festival, Port Eliot, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall

Port Eliot Festival

27 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party. Attracts mix of celebs, art lovers, foodies, party animals and book worms.
 
Port Eliot Festival
 
PL12 5ND 
St Germans, near Saltash 
Cornwall 
Port Eliot Festival 
North Cornwall Book Festival, What's on, North Cornwall, October 2017

North Cornwall Book Festival

5 Oct 2017 to 8 Oct 2017
Authors taking part this year include Michael Morpurgo, Maggie O’Farrell, Hermione Lee, Sarah Winman, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Matt Haig, James Naughtie, Eleanor Updale, Alyson Hallett, Lynn Knight, Pascale Petit, Emily Barr and, as a special treat for local teenagers, the boxing poet, Matt Windle.