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What's on: arts and cultural events From literary festivals to local celebrations of Cornish tradition

A guide to key arts and cultural events in Cornwall. Browse listings covering literary festivals, theatre, community interactive arts events and local celebrations of Cornish tradition.

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  1. Kneehigh Theatre, The Asylum, 946 at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Cornwall

    The Kneehigh Asylum

    St Austell 25 July – 09 August

    Internationally acclaimed Cornish theatre company Kneehigh will present their radical new show at the Asylum, in the stunning location of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

  2. What's on in Cornwall, Play Fest, Truro, Cornwall

    Play Fest, Truro

    Truro 05 August – 06 August

    Play Fest, held at Boscawen Park, Truro, is a two day festival of art, culture and community bringing together children, young people and their families with the artists in their communities across Cornwall.

  3. Cornwall Design Fair, Trereife, Penzance, Cornwall

    Cornwall Design Fair

    Penzance 14 August – 16 August

    Trereife House hosts top contemporary designers from Cornwall and beyond offering a huge range of products for sale – from furniture, textiles and ceramics to jewellery, glass, fashion accessories, lighting and more.

  4. Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, Cornwall

    Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week

    Fowey 16 August – 22 August

    One of the best local regattas in the country,with a fun-filled week for all the family. Events include a midweek Carnival, Red Arrows display and a spectacular firework display over the harbour.

  5. Grand Medieval Joust | Pendennis Castle | Falmouth | Cornwall

    Grand Medieval Joust at Pendennis Castle

    Falmouth 04 August – 05 August

    A magnificent medieval joust where fighting knights do battle in a live action show. Revel in the drama of clashing knights on horseback and cheer on your favourite. Be entertained by the court jester for plenty of laughs too. Let the battle commence!