Top things to do in June

    June in Cornwall

    Welcome to June in Cornwall, where the warm breeze and brilliant sunshine herald the beginning of summer’s best adventures. June enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other month meaning more hours to explore every nook and cranny of Cornwall.

    As the gentle June weather sets the perfect backdrop, the county’s unique blend of outdoor attractions and cultural events comes to life. This is the ideal time to venture into the lush landscapes, participate in eclectic festivals like Golowan, or simply relax by the seaside watching the world go by.

    Attend the Royal Cornwall Show

    It wouldn’t be June without the Royal Cornwall Show celebrating all things Cornwall. This iconic event is a highlight of the Cornish calendar, drawing visitors from near and far to enjoy a vibrant showcase of the county’s rich agricultural heritage, local produce, and cultural traditions. Held over three days, the Royal Cornwall Show offers something for everyone, from thrilling livestock competitions and equestrian displays to delicious food stalls and artisan crafts.

    Explore the bustling trade stands where local businesses present their finest products, You really can buy anything here, from Cornish trinkets all the way to a top-of-the-range motorhome perfect for your next Cornish adventure. Food lovers can indulge in a variety of Cornish delicacies, with plenty of opportunities to sample cheeses, meats, and freshly baked goods.

    Families will find plenty of entertainment, with funfair rides, live music, and quirky exhibits. Kids can meet their favourite farm animals, watch exciting animal displays, and take part in hands-on activities. The showground is alive with the sounds and sights of Cornwall, creating an atmosphere that captures the spirit of the community.

    Commemorate D-Day in Cornwall

    The 6th June marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, and Cornwall, with its rich World War II history, offers numerous ways to honour this pivotal event. Visitors can check local towns for D-Day parades and commemorations, where communities gather to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those involved.

    Cornwall played a crucial role during World War II, with many areas contributing to the war effort. One significant site is Trebah Garden. In 1944, Trebah Beach served as a key embarkation point for the Allied invasion of Normandy. Thousands of U.S. troops embarked from this serene spot, heading towards the fierce battle on Omaha Beach.

    Today, Trebah Garden commemorates this history with an annual Military Day. This year, on June 1st, 2024, the event will honour the 80th anniversary of D-Day with a display of military vehicles, performances, a memorial service, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Visitors are welcome to join this family-friendly event to remember and honour the men and women of the Armed Forces.

    Unleash Your Inner Athlete

    With Wimbledon, the Euros, and the Olympics all coming up this summer, why not get into the competitive spirit with some of Cornwall's best outdoor sports activities?

    Start your day with a game of tennis at one of the many outdoor courts nestled in hotels and resorts. Imagine playing a match with stunning coastal views or near a serene beach where you can unwind afterwards. After your game, treat yourself to a cream tea – Cornwall’s delightful version of Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream – and savour the quintessentially Cornish experience.

    For a unique twist on traditional golf, head to Cornwall Football Golf Park. Here, players kick a football into oversized holes, navigating through entertaining hazards and obstacles that ensure laughter and fun for everyone in your group. This innovative activity is perfect for families and friends looking for a light-hearted yet active outing.

    If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, the Mega Slip and Slide offers a thrilling experience. This 120-meter (393 ft) long slide launches from a 3.5-meter (11.5 ft) high tower, promising an exhilarating ride that’s perfect for thrill-seekers.

    For those who crave heights and challenges, the Via Ferrata provides an ultimate high-wire adventure. Traverse historic quarries and soar on zip lines under the guidance of qualified instructors. This activity caters to all ages and experience levels, from adventurous kids to seasoned adrenaline junkies, offering a thrilling and safe way to push your limits.

    Welcome festival season in full swing

    As we welcome the sun, so too do we welcome our much-anticipated summer celebrations and local festivals. Throughout the county, a variety of events offer something for everyone, from music and arts to culinary delights and outdoor adventures.

    Sea Shanty Festival – Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June
    Head to Falmouth for the Sea Shanty Festival, the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe. This event features over 70 shanty groups and attracts more than 65,000 visitors. Coinciding with the Falmouth Classics boat races, the festival celebrates Falmouth’s rich sailing heritage and keeps the tradition of sailor songs alive. Enjoy this free event that honours the town’s history as a first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships, where sailors historically filled alehouses with their songs.

    Arts on the Beach – Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June
    For a free, family-friendly weekend, don't miss Arts on the Beach at Watergate Bay. This event features whale theatre, aerial performances, dance, music, and creative workshops. A highlight is the UK's most eco-friendly junk band, ‘Weapon of Sound,’ which uses instruments made from gas pipes, trollies, and even the kitchen sink. Enjoy a weekend of artistic performances and hands-on creativity by the sea.

    Murdoch Day - Saturday 15th June
    Murdoch Day is a celebration of William Murdoch, the mastermind behind the use of coal gas lighting. Thought of as Redruth's most famous citizen, the town gathers each year to celebrate the life and work of Murdoch with a day of family entertainment. This includes parades, workshops, displays, live music, fairground fun and much more!

    Golowan Festival – Friday 21st – Sunday 30th June
    Experience the magic of the Golowan Festival, a ten-day celebration of arts, performances, culture, and parades. As the UK’s second largest street festival, Golowan brings the community together with this year's theme, “Together, We Shine.” Celebrate everything brilliant and inspirational about the community, both past and present, through a series of vibrant events that reflect the local spirit.

    St Austell Festival of Children's Literature - Friday 28th - Sunday 30th June Bookworms will love the St Austell Festival of Children’s Literature. The Cornish town of St Austell hosts this annual event featuring acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators like Hannah Gold, Rob Biddulph, Onjali Q. Rauf, and many more. Events for children aged 0-12 include interactive readings, craft workshops, a cat disco, comic strip workshops, and author panels on nature writing and world-building. A dedicated Schools Day will host over 2000 students, followed by public events for the weekend.

    Happy Birthday, Lappa Valley!

    Lappa Valley are proud to be celebrating their 50th birthday and you're all invited to celebrate with them from 14th - 16th June at one of the biggest gala weekends they've ever hosted. All available mainline locomotives will be putting on a show, with a special timetable of rare services in place over the three days. You can also expect to see visiting steam locomotives on the Lakeside Railway and minituare traction engines, too. Not only that, but services on the main railway will be shared by the pool of steam and diesel locomotives including Lappa Valley’s first ever engine “Zebedee” which will be making its first public appearance in steam following its 3 year rebuild.

    There will also be memories and an exhibition with artefacts from Lappa’s history on display, as well as the opportunity to buy the latest guidebook which reflects not only on the railway’s history, but the most recent developments too.

    Summer Sounds

    Experience some of Cornwall’s best musical talents at Rick Stein's Fistral, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and drink while watching the sunset over the beach. This venue hosts a range of live music performances, featuring local artists who bring a unique charm to the coastal setting. Over the course of this month, you can expect performances from Daisy Clark, known for her captivating voice and diverse repertoire, including covers of artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Elvis. Meanwhile Joe Hurworth will bring his soulful indie acoustic sounds and heartfelt lyrics to the stage. And Our Atlantic Roots, a Cornwall-based duo, will perform their uplifting blend of American and British alt-folk.

    For a unique musical experience, join the Steam Shanty Evenings at Bodmin Railway. Enjoy shanty songs, pasties, pints, and a trip on a steam train. The Lemonaires, a popular group from Falmouth, will perform a variety of songs about mining, fishing, farming, and shanties. Your ticket includes a Cornish pasty and a drink, and you’ll have the chance to sing along with provided lyric sheets.

    For larger music events, head to the Eden Sessions, where big names perform throughout the summer. This year's lineup includes JLS, Rick Astley, Fatboy Slim, and The National. The Eden Sessions provide a unique concert experience in the stunning surroundings of the Eden Project, making it a must-visit for music lovers this summer.

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