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Cornwall events and festivals for 2015

A Cornish Calendar for 2015

There’s a great tradition of celebration in Cornwall as there’s so much to enjoy! Fantastic food, great beaches, a varied heritage of mining and celtic customs and a gathering of arts and crafts artisans mean an annual calendar of diverse festivities. Take a look at just some of the annual Cornwall events and festivals for 2015:

JanuaryPorthcurno beach

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Ice Skating, Eden Project

February

9 February

St Ives Feast & Hurling of the Silver Ball
Watch the ancient traditional game which stems from an old celtic rugby game.

Until 22 February

Ice Skating, Eden Project

28 February

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project
Several categories in a competition to win the best pasty.

MarchPlate of oysters

5 March

St Piran’s Day, St Ives
Traditional festival celebrating the Cornish Saint.

12 – 29 March

Falmouth Spring Festival
Help spring clean Falmouth’s green spaces.

14 March (tbc)

Fifteen Cornwall’s Spring Farmer’s Market, Watergate Bay
A gathering of the best local produce with a market and chef demos.

27 March – 5 April

The Truro Festival
Cultural festival with many free events.

27 – 29 March (tbc)

Oyster Gathering and Seafood Harvest,
Falmouth Food and events festival in celebration of the oyster gathering season.

27 March – 5 April

Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel

AprilPink magnolias

10 – 12 April

Outsid’er – St Agnes Outdoor Festival
A chance to enjoy and try some new and unusual outdoor activities.

18 – 25 April

Boscastle Walking Week
Coastal and inland walks as well as cream teas and guided events.

Easter holidays

Chocolate Unwrapped, Eden Project

25 April

Trevithick Day, Camborne
Celebrating the areas mining and steam heritage.

25 April

Porthlevan Food Festival

May

1 May

‘Obby Oss Day, Padstow
Padstow’s traditional May Day celebrations.

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Art8 – Newquay Arts and Cultural Festival
Cultural festival of music, dance, art, theatre and workshops.

2 – 4 May

English National Surfing Championships, Watergate Bay

4th May (tbc)

Giant Bolster Weekend, St Agnes
A traditional festival with food, music, entertainment at Chapel Porth Beach.

4 May

May Day, St Ives
Traditional May time celebrations.

9 – 10 May

Thundercat Racing, Watergate Bay

9 – 16 May

Fowey Festival of Words and Music
A large festival encompassing literary talent, music, entertainment, food, workshops and much more.

17 May

Lostfest, Lostwithiel
Art, music and crafts with entertainment and dancing.

22 – 25 May

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival
One of the largest folk music celebrations.

22 – 31 May

Fal River Festival, Falmouth
A festival centred around the Fal River encompassing everything from music to rowing!

JuneSeafront stalls

4 – 6 June

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
The county’s big agricultural show.

12 – 14 June

Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
A celebration of poetry and performing arts.

12 – 14 June

Falmouth Classics Regatta &
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
Falmouth’s big regatta also encompasses a sea shanty competition.

16 June

Eden Sessions – Elton John, Eden Project

19 – 28 June

Golowan Festival
includes Golowan Maritime Festival, 26 – 28 June, Penzance
A big traditional celebration including Mazey Day.

20 – 28 June

Polperro Festival
Launched as a art, music and drama festival, Polperro now includes a carnival, food and entertainment.

26 – 28 June

Polo on the Beach, Watergate Bay

28 June – 4 July

Mevagissy Feast Week
Celebrating the feast of St Peter, this community event includes a carnival and lots of entertainment.

JulyWater Sports at Polzeath

4 July

Bodmin Riding and Heritage Day
Street stalls, crafts and entertainment as well as an appearance from the Beast of Bodmin!

3 – 18 July

Lafrowda Festival, Penzance
Quizzes, dancing and traditional crafts.

11 July

UK Surf Rowers League Surfboats Summer Series, Watergate Bay

11 July

Rock Oyster Festival
Midsummer festival of food at Dinham House.

13 July

Stithians Agricultural Show

18 July

Camborne Show
Agricultural Show

25 July

Perranporth Carnival
Festival with carnival parade at 7pm.

25 – 31 July

Charlestown Regatta Week, St Austell
Live music, entertainment and a regatta.

30 July

RNAS Culdrose Day
Flying displays and a chance to meet the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy’s flying force.

AugustFalmouth tall ships

5 – 9 August

Boardmasters, Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay, Newquay

7 – 16 August

Falmouth Week
Yacht racing, celebrations, live music and workshops.

16 – 22 August

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week
As well as racing, there’s a carnival, red arrows display and even a giant pasty competition!

28 – 31 August

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
Live music throughout the town.

29 August

Porthscatho Regatta
Sailing, racing and family fun.

31 August

Newlyn Fish Festival
A fishy food festival with competitions, cook offs and chef demos.

SeptemberToby Lowe at The Great Cornish Food Festival

11 – 13 September

Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay’s food and craft show with exhibitions, competitions and events throughout the town.

12 – 18 September

South East Cornwall Walking Festival, Tamar Valley and Bodmin area
Explore the south east area of Cornwall.

12 – 26 September

St Ives September Festival
Art, music, talks, walks, theatre, comedy, films and exhibitions.

18 – 20 September

Looe Music Festival
Music festival which attracts some big names with venues throughout the town, including on the beach. 

25 – 27 September

Great Cornish Food Festival, Lemon Quay, Truro
Dedicated food festival with exhibitors and a host of well known chef demos.

OctoberPadstow Christmas Festival - Sharp's Brewery

3 – 4 October

Boscastle Food, Arts & Craft Festival
Chef demos, local crafts and a gala night.

7 October

Callington Honey Fair
One of the largest traditional fairs in Cornwall.

10 – 11 October

Stand Up Paddle Surfing, Watergate Bay

14 – 18 October

The Lowender Peran Festival, Newquay
A celtic based festival with music, dancing and food markets.

15 – 18 October

Falmouth Oyster Festival
A celebration of traditional Cornish food at the start of the oyster dredging season.

November

Half term week

Halloweden, Eden Project

14 November

St Austell Torchlight Carnival
Fantastic moonlight carnival procession.

25 November

Truro City of Lights
Magical lantern festival.

DecemberChristmas Lights at Mousehole

3 – 6 December

Padstow Christmas Festival
Pop up marquees, food demos and a Christmas market.

date tbc

Mousehole Christmas Lights

date tbc

Montol Festival, Penzance
Song, music, dance and processions.

31st December

Newquay New Year
Dress up and enjoy the fireworks on the Quay.

Images courtesy of Visit Cornwall

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Posted by Christina

Christina manages the Travelsmith websites and social media and loves writing about all aspects of Cornwall. Contact her through the Breaks in Cornwall social media sites or email: christinaclark@travelsmith.co.uk