Five Reasons to Visit Cornwall in 2018

what's on, Cornwall, 2018

It's looking like it's going to be a good year for events in Cornwall in 2018.  From food festivals to music festivals, sailing regattas to surfing championships...the dates are all starting to filter through.

Here's just a few to wet your appetite.

Porthleven Food Festival: April 20th-22nd  A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags with Cornish food, eat yourself silly, and drink until you are merry. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations. You might even spot the odd celebrity chef around too. Over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour and all day cookery demostrations from some of the UK's biggest names. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae with the very best of local and international acts. This is a free daytime event (evening music ticketed) and a weekend not to be missed.  For more information on the Festival go

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature: May 12th -19th Taking place in various locations in and around Fowey, Cornwall’s premier literary festival will once again feature a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, it is staged in the beautiful riverside town of Fowey, which was home to Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and also asociated with Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame. It is a must do event with something for everyone, not just book lovers. Come and enjoy, have fun and laugh together. Be inspired! Keep up to date with developments and look out for the 2018 programme at

Royal Cornwall Show: June 7th-9th For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending. This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 and as you’d expect from a county show, a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent decked out with wonderful displays from individuals and local nurseries. The main ring offers a full three days of entertainment featuring different headline acts each year, plus show jumping and a full programme of entertainment. There’s a major dog show, a traditional steam fair, the Cornwall Festival of Dance, and if that’s not enough then there’s the motor fair, agricultural machinery, crafts, health and beauty ... in fact, something for all the family.

Golowan Festival: 15th-24th June The festival is one big spectacle and to say there is a lot to see and do is probably an understatement. Listen to traditional music played by the Golowan Band, don’t miss Penglaz, the Penzance ‘Obby ‘Oss that makes an appearance on St John’s Eve and you can take part in the Serpent Dances when everyone joins hands and snakes through the streets. There’s also the Quay Fair where you’ll find stalls selling local food, arts and crafts, the fun Mock Mayor Elections and the Summer Fire celebrations featuring a spectacular firework display. One of the highlights of the festival is Mazey Day (23-24 June 2018) when the streets of Penzance are decorated with greenery and locals and school children dressed in colourful costumes process around the town carrying spectacular sculptures based on local themes including giant fish, ships and pirates.

Bude Jazz Festival: 28th-31st August  2018 will be the 31st Year of Jazz in Bude! Focusing on Traditional and New Orleans Jazz whilst holding on to the most popular of other styles from years gone past. Putting a swing in the step of the town each year, the lively four day festival features a great bill of both local and national jazz musicians in and around the north Cornwall resort. Enjoy the best live jazz in Cornwall!


For more up to date information on 2018 events, click here.