Arts and cultural events

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. Truro City of Lights Parade, Cornwall

    Truro City of Lights

    Truro 18 November

     The hugely anticipated Truro City of Lights Festival and Parade lights up the city in in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather for this spectacular festive event.

  2. Truro Primestock Show, Agricultural Show, Truro, Cornwall

    Truro Primestock Show

    Truro 02 December

    The annual Christmas Primestock Show is a favourite with farmers and townspeople alike. The Marquee on Lemon Quay will be filled with the sight of cattle and sheep as the best Cornish livestock is judged.

  3. Padstow Christmas Festival, Cornwall

    Padstow Christmas Festival

    Padstow 03 December – 06 December

    Embrace the festive season with a trip to Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival and see this Cornish fishing village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.  

  4. Newquay Art8 Arts and Culture Festival, Cornwall

    Art8 - Newquay Arts and Culture Festival

    Newquay 01 May

    2016 dates to be confirmed. Art8 is Newquay's Arts and Culture Festival - four days bursting at the seams with events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature and more.

  5. What's on in Cornwall, Fowey Festival of Words & Music, Cornwall

    Fowey Festival of Words & Music

    Nr Fowey 07 May – 14 May

    Exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination.