West Cornwall

Why visit West Cornwall?

A large part the peninsula here was once an island, and even though nowadays joined to the mainland, a feeling of individuality remains. Heathland covers the granite outcrops and the area is scattered with remnants of an incredibly ancient heritage. As you slip off the edge of the map into rocky gorges where tiny fishing villages face a wild ocean it’s as if you have slipped off the edge of time where Cornwall reveals its most individual and captivating side.

You'll find:

  • Long stretches of golden sand
  • Inspiring artists colonies
  • Smugglers coves
  • Historic mining settlements
  • Surf spots
  • Boat trips
  • Harbour towns
  • Ancient stone circles and Iron Age villages
  • St Michael's Mount
  • Lizard Peninsula
  • Minack Theatre
  • Land's End

Places to visit include:

St Ives, Hayle, Zennor, St Just, Cape Cornwall, Land's End, Sennen, Porthcurno, Penzance, Mousehole, Marazion, Helston, Lizard Point, Praa Sands, Porthleven, Mullion, Kynance Cove, Podhu Cove, Cadgwith, Coverack, St Keverne and The Helford River.

Explore our map of West Cornwall

John Armstrong (1893 – 1973) © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman Images

16 Sep 2017 to 18 Nov 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
A new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance celebrates the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist who was at the heart of Twentieth Century British art and design.
Morrab Rd
TR18 4HE
Penzance
Cornwall
Morrab Rd
Halloween Disco, Paradise Park, Cornwall, what's On 2017

21 Oct 2017 to 29 Oct 2017
West Cornwall
Paradise Park’s ‘Owl Prowl’ trail will be running from 21st to 29th October with a special Halloween Disco on Friday 27th. 
16 Trelissick Road
TR27 4HB
Hayle
Cornwall
16 Trelissick Road
Flambards, Christmas, Cornwall, Fayre

2 Dec 2017 to 3 Dec 2017
West Cornwall > Helston
Back for its third year, Flambards once again hosts its wonderful Christmas Craft Fayre, a festive and family-friendly event, combining the magic of Christmas with the perfect opportunity to choose some great gifts and treats, plus get to meet Father Christmas
TR13 0QA.
Helston
Cornwall
Mousehole Christmas Lights, West Cornwall

16 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2018
West Cornwall > Mousehole
The Christmas lights in Mousehole draw many thousands of visitors each year. Truly a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around streets filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food.
Mousehole Christmas Lights
TR19 6PG
Mousehole
Cornwall
Mousehole Christmas Lights
Montol Festival, Penzance, Cornwall

16 Dec 2017 to 21 Dec 2017
West Cornwall > Penzance
Arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, with the main event, Montol Eve on December 21, when beacons are lit throughout the town, parades and street entertainment.
Montol Festival
TR18 2PR
Penzance
Cornwall
Montol Festival
St Ives Hurling the silver ball. Cornwall  Visit St Ives

5 Feb 2018
West Cornwall > St. Ives
Celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD and a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries old form of rugby.
St Ives Feast & Hurling the Silver Ball
TR26 2DS
St Ives
Cornwall
St Ives Feast & Hurling the Silver Ball
St Piran's Play, Perranporth, Cornwall

3 Mar 2018 to 5 Mar 2018
Cornwall
Celebrations take place across Cornwall to honour St Piran, one of the most popular patron Saints. Be it an open air play, a singalong in a pub or a procession through a town, just look out for a black and white flag.
Bodmin, Truro, Redruth, Perranporth & Penzance
Cornwall
Porthleven Food Festival, Events in Cornwall, Food & Drink

20 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018
West Cornwall > Porthleven
The festival takes place in the picturesque harbour town of Porthleven, West Cornwall, expect all day cooking demos, food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour, music, dancing, performances, music, art and cooking workshops
Porthleven Food Festival
TR13 9JA
Helston
Cornwall
Porthleven Food Festival

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