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What’s on in Cornwall – Spring 2017

magnolia blossom

They say spring has sprung when Cornish magnolia trees burst into flower and show more than 50 blooms. Caerhays, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah, Trewidden, Tregothnan and Trewithen Gardens all declared it to be spring at the start of the month, which is a little later than last year’s early February blossom. However, March is also the start of many traditional Cornish spring events. Take a look and see what’s on:


4th March

World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project
The 6th annual pasty championships with live music and entertainment.

4th – 6th March

St Piran’s Day Celebrations
Cornwall’s Patron Saint sees celebrations in Redruth (4th), Perranporth (5th), Truro (5th) and Bodmin (6th), all starting around 11am.

17th – 19th March

The Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival
Around 40 different beers and ciders plus plenty of mussels at Rick Stein’s pub in St Merryn.

24th – 27th March

Oyster Gathering & Cornish Produce Festival
Head to Custom House, Falmouth, to celebrate the end of the oyster gathering.

25th – 31st March

Boscastle Walking Week
A range of rambles and walks for all ages.

View of Boscastle harbour

30th March – 17th April

Falmouth Spring Festival
Beach cleaning, walks, food and spring activities.


16th April

The Great Eden Egg Hunt
Easter activities in the biomes and around the Eden Project.

21st – 23rd April

Porthleven Food & Music Festival
Top chefs, food stalls, music and entertainment.

22nd – 23rd April

Charity Garden Weekend at Tregothnan
Experience the historic garden and rare collections of trees and plants.

27th April – 1st May

Art8 – Newquay Arts and Culture Festival
Art in every form across the town and drama, dance, poetry, music and entertainment come together.

29th April

Trevithick Day
Celebrations on Camborne with vintage vehicles, market stalls, entertainment and a steam parade takes place.

29th – 30th April

St Agnes Bolster Festival
One of Cornwall’s unusual traditions, watch as giant puppets take to the cliffs at Chapel Porth. A bonfire and BBQ take place in the evening and pageant on Sunday.


1st May

St Ives May Day
Watch as the May Kind and Queen are chosen and a parade takes place followed by a fish barbeque and lively market.

6th May

Helston Flora Day
Celebrating the end of winter, the town gets decorated in flowers and couples dance through the streets.

6th – 13th May

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature
A full programme of literary events takes place including writers workshops, talks, walks and entertainment.

Fowey Quay

13th – 20th May

St Ives Food and Drink and Literature Festival
The food and drink festival takes place 13th to 14th and then the Literature Festival continues until 20th.

13th – 14th May

Mini Riviera Run
Mini car festival at Pentewen Sands.

19th – 21st May

Aspall Polo on the Beach
10th anniversary matches at Watergate Bay.

26th May – 4th June

Fal River Festival
Events on and around the river in Falmouth.

Fal River Festival

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