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.

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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 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
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
St Ives Feast & Hurling the Silver Ball
Paradise Park’s Little Pirates and Fairies Quiz, Hayle, Cornwall, Half Term

10 Feb 2018 to 18 Feb 2018
West Cornwall
Great Family fun this February Half Term with Paradise Park’s Little Pirates and Fairies Quiz at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall.
16 Trelissick Road
TR27 4HB
16 Trelissick Road
St Piran's Play, Perranporth, Cornwall

3 Mar 2018 to 5 Mar 2018
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
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
Porthleven Food Festival
Helston Flora Day, Cornwall, c BBC Radio Cornwall

8 May 2018
West Cornwall > Helston
The famous Flora Day celebration is believed to be pre-Christian and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being "a drunken revelry." Dancing begins at 7am. A great family day out.
Helston Flora Day
TR13 8ER
Helston Flora Day

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