What's On 2019
It may be wet and windy outside, but next spring will be here sooner than you think. It's time to start planning holidays, especially if you want to catch one of the special events going on across Cornwall throughout the year. Below is our beginners guide to What's On 2019, you can find more on our What's On pages which get updated regularly.
For the Cornish, things kick off on March 5th, the feast day of St Piran. Musicians and dancers take to the streets in a sea of black and white to celebrate the life of Cornwall's most famous saint. It also coincides with the World Pasty Championships, which will be held at the Eden Project on March 2nd. You don't have to be Cornish to attend...but it helps!
By the start of April things are warming up and the first weekend sees the Cornwall Spring Flower Show move to its new venue at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge. Expect a riot of colour and scent and lots of ideas for planting up your garden for the summer. At the end of the month it's time to head down west for the first big food festival of the year, held around the harbour at Porthleven. Get there early, it gets busy! As it does in Padstow and Helston as they celebrate the coming of summer in early May. Smaller May Day celebrations go on in other towns around Cornwall, so keep an eye out on our what's on pages and save yourself a long drive!
The start of May will also see venues all over Cornwall fill with song as the International Male Voice Choral Festival takes place. It's one of the first of many music festivals that can be found on our What's On pages, ranging from classical concerts at St Endellion near Padstow to Sea Shantys in Falmouth. From chart topping artists appearing at Boardmasters to local folk singers at the Cornish Folk Festival in August. You will also catch music and dance at the many community festivals held throughout the summer from Polperro to St Just via Mevagissey and Bodmin. Midsummer sees the Golowan Festival take place in Penzance, with the highlight being Mazey Day when the streets are full of processions, stalls and entertainment.
Locals and visitors alike flood every year to the Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge. Taking place over three days in early June, it's so much more than just an agricultural show, as is the Stithians Show in July. Lovers of the countryside will also enjoy the steam rallies dotted around the county during the summer, a chance to experience life as it used to be including all the fun of the fair. Away from the land, it's time to turn back time on the water as the biennial Looe Lugger Regatta returns with sailing vessels from as far away as France racing under full sail out in the bay.
Regattas are a big part of Cornish life in the summer and the big ones at Fowey, Falmouth and Charlestown always draw large crowds with plenty going on both on the water and off. And with literary festivals, beer festivals, fish festivals etc, etc there should be an event for everybody at some point over the year. Just check out our What's On pages before you book your holiday.