Published: March 2, 2018
From Land's End to the Devon border, the beautiful peninsula of Cornwall is filled with exceptional coastline, picturesque villages and bags of history. If you're planning a trip to the area this year then you'll be spoilt for choice as there's plenty to see and do. We've put together a list of events that we'll definitely be popping in the diary.
If you're into seafood, beer, live music and rugby then you'll love the Beer and Music festival at the Cornish Arms. Owned by Rick Stein, this restaurant-based festival boasts over 30 beers and ciders, face painting for the kids and will be showing the final round of the Six Nations. Join them to sample mussels prepared in a variety of delectable ways and soak in the atmosphere!
With visitors and exhibitors from all across the country, you'll be treated to over 120 nurseries and horticultural trade stands, as well as a variety of food stalls. Take part in one of the 160 competitive classes, or listen to one of the lecturers to really get those green thumbs going – it's sure to be a visual treat.
Also known as the 'Obby Oss', a derivative of 'hobby horse', the Padstow May Day celebration has taken place for centuries. A wonderful glimpse into times gone by, the town comes alive with singing, flower displays, music and dances before a lively parade through the streets of Padstow.
Spread across a number of different locations, the Bude & Stratton Folk Festival has a programme jam-packed with authentic, live music. Enjoy listening in the sun, or take part in music and singing workshops – you could even feature in the open mic session if you're feeling brave!
There is truly something for everyone at the Royal Cornwall Show. Undoubtedly the county's biggest event of the year, you'll be entertained, fed and treated to some excellent local delicacies and products. Little ones will enjoy getting up close with livestock, and adults can benefit from live music, song and dance.
Experience one of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe! Enjoy the free entertainment lining the streets of this beautiful Cornish town as the festival takes over – or purchase a ticket to the special Gala Concert extravaganza with proceeds going to the RNLI.
With its delightful blend of traditional and contemporary, the Mevagissey Feast Week has a great community vibe. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations, music and lots of delicious local food to tuck into, as well as an exhilarating firework display and a colourful parade – you could even take part in crab catching in the harbour.
This annual event draws surf and skate enthusiasts from across the world. A true gem in the summer festival line up, it boasts lively entertainment, but with the relaxed Cornish sprit. With excellent headline acts, 2018 will see incredible acts such as Friendly Fires, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra take to the stage.
If you like staying active, the Lanhydrock 10 might be just the thing you're looking for. The 10-mile run takes place in the multi-terrain ground of the Lanhydrock Country House and Estate National Trust property – what's more, you can refuel in the tea rooms with a well-deserved cake (or two!).
Climb aboard the oh-so-spooky Lappa Valley Halloween train during Autumn half term. You'll be able to experience a fortnight of family friendly activities such as a spooks trail, colouring and a children's Halloween quiz, and there's even a prize for everyone who comes in fancy dress.