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Spring into Summer

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What’s on in Cornwall Spring – Summer 2015

As the weather warms up it’s time to get out and enjoy what Cornwall has to offer and what better way to celebrate than with a festival or two? Food, literature, music, art and traditions feature largely in the late Spring to early Summer. Watergate Bay also gets a chance to shine with surf, polo and other water based fun whilst the Eden Sessions, Lusty Glaze’s Sundowner Sessions and Tunes in the Dunes showcase live music at great locations.

24 – 26 April

Porthlevan Food & Music Festival
Focussing on world street food, over 90 food and craft stalls will be situated around the harbour. Cookery demos, live music and children’s festival. Near Helston.

25 April

Trevithick Day
Steam fair, vintage vehicles, flower festivals and street entertainment in Camborne.

29 April – 4 May

International Male Voice Choral Festival
Choirs from 15 countries participate in 29 concerts in various locations around Cornwall.

1 – 4 May

Art8 – Newquay Arts & Culture Festival
Arts events throughout the town celebrating photography, art, dance, theatre, music and much more.

2 – 4 May

English National Surfing Championships
Top surfers compete to ride the waves at Watergate Bay.


4 May

May Day
Traditional May Day celebrations centred around St Ives.

8 May

Helston Flora Day
A traditional floral celebration suitable for the whole family with dancing, music and colourful celebrations. Helston.

9 – 16 May

St Ives Literature Festival
Poetry and prose in all sorts of formats can be enjoyed at the St Ives nine day festival where you can just appreciate or learn something new.

9 – 10 May

ThunderCat Racing – National Championships
Thrills and spills of lightweight inflatable racing at Watergate Bay.

9 – 16 May

Fowey Festival of Words & Music
Literary festival organised by the du Maurier Festival Society and featuring current authors, spoken word, trails, walks and much more. Fowey.

16 – 17 May

St Ives Food & Drink Festival
Fantastic beach food and drink festival on Porthminster Beach.

17 May

One day community arts festival in Lostwithiel.

22 – 25 May

Penryn Arts Festival
Visual arts, open studios and a chance to see artists and designers at work.

22 – 24 May

Tunes in the Dunes
Rock out at Perranporth Beach with bands such as Status Quo.

St Anthony Head to Falmouth

22 – 31 May

Fal River Festival
A huge range of events from film screenings to gig racing celebrating the heritage of the Fal River.

22 – 25 May

Bude Folk Festival
Live folk music, barn dance, workshops and open mic sessions in Bude.

23 – 31 May

Cornwall Open Studios
Enjoy touring the art and craft studios of artists around Cornwall.

25 May

St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre
Colourful stalls and traditional fayre in St Agnes.

4 – 6 June

Royal Cornwall Show
Traditional country show at the county’s dedicated showground in Wadebridge.

4 – 6 June

Red Ensign AZAB 2015
A chance to view the competing boats before they leave Falmouth for a race to the Azores and back.

12 June

Eden Sessions – Paulo Nutini
Live music from best selling artist Paulo Nuttini at the Eden Project.

12 – 14 June

Charles Causley Festival
Poetry readings, pop up performances as some famous authors gather to celebrate literature and performing arts. Launceston.

Tall Ships Regatta in Falmouth

12 – 14 June

Falmouth Classics Regatta & Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
Traditional 3 day sailing races in Falmouth accompanied by a sea shanty competition which raises funds for the RNLI.

13 June

Murdoch Day
Celebrating the inventor of gas lamps and steam engines used in tin mining, enjoy a yesteryear fair from 10am in Redruth.

16 – 17 June

Eden Sessions – Elton John & his band
Sir Elton John performing live at the Eden Project as part of his European Tour.

19 – 28 June

Golowan Festival
Join in with a traditional midsummer festival in Penzance. Includes Mazey Day, a fireworks display and entertainment.

20 – 28 June

Polperro Music Festival
Live music, arts and crafts with a solstice bonfire.

20 June

Cornwall Armed Forces Day
All day event with parades at Thancks Park, Torpoint.

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22 – 28 June

St Austell Feast Week
Traditional festival in St Austell.

24 June

Eden Sessions – Paloma Faith
Chart topper Paloma Faith takes to the Eden Project’s stage.

26 June

Sundowner Sessions – Xavier Rudd
Live Music from 6pm – 10.30pm, Lusty Glaze Beach.

26 – 28 June

GWR Polo on the Beach
Equestrian fun at Watergate Bay.

26 – 28 June

Golowan Maritime Festival
Penzance’s festival of boats with exhibitions and entertainment for all.

27 June

Eden Sessions – Mötorhead
Rock metal group Mötorhead, supported by The Stranglers at the Eden Project.

27 – 28 June

Looe Food Festival
Sample fresh local Cornish cuisine with a full programme of events.

27 – 28 June

Newquay Surf 7’s – 7s Rugby Tournament
Held at Newquay Sports Centre, enjoy one of the biggest rugby events in the south.

28 June – 4 July

Mevagissy Feast Week
Fun, food, fish, flowers and fetes. Enjoy live music, dancing, demonstrations, stalls and much more throughout Mevagissy.

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