Events

Top Choice Food & Drink in Porthleven & the Loe

Porthleven Food Festival

This annual three-day food fair attracts big-name chefs to town for cooking demonstrations and talks, along with some 30,000 peckish punters. Many of the county's top producers also display their wares along the qua…
Parade in Helston

Flora Day

The biggest day of the year in Helston, this peculiar street parade is believed to derive from a pagan celebration marking the coming of spring. It's a mix of street dance, musical parade and floral pageant: the tow…
Cultural in Padstow

May Day

Also known as 'Obby 'Oss Day, Padstow's biggest party is said to have its roots in an ancient pagan fertility rite, and sees two coloured 'osses (red and blue) twirl through the streets before meeting up beneath the…
Literature in Rame Peninsula

Port Eliot Festival

Held on the sweeping grounds of Port Eliot estate, this arts festival encompasses literature, visual art and music.
Sailing in Isles of Scilly

World Pilot Gig Championships

The six-oared wooden boats known as pilot gigs were once a common sight around Cornwall's shores, used for transporting goods and passengers from tall ships too large to moor in the shallow coastal harbours. These d…
Cultural in Perranporth

St Piran's Day

Cornwall's most important cultural day is dedicated to the county's patron saint (also patron saint of tin-miners). A big procession of walkers bearing St Piran flags (a white cross on a black background) travels ov…
Literature in Fowey

Fowey Festival

A week-long celebration of art and literature brings big-name speakers from the cultural world to the town. It's run by the du Maurier Festival Society, so there are usually a few events exploring the author's work.
Food & Drink in Truro

Great Cornish Food Festival

This major foodie celebration attracts some of the county's leading food businesses to a covered awning on Lemon Quay. Chefs' demos and freebie tastings are the highlight.
Food & Drink in Falmouth

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Feast on fresh oysters, mussels and other crustaceans during this festival, which also hosts cookery classes and culinary demos.
Festival in Penzance

Golowan Festival

Ten days of music, art and Cornish culture, plus a big street parade on Mazey Day (mid-June).