Events

Top Choice Fireworks in Plymouth

British Fireworks Championships

Over two nights in mid-August, six professional companies battle it out for the title, with three firms each staging 10-minute displays nightly. It's hugely popular, drawing tens of thousands of people to Plymouth's…
Top Choice Sailing in Dartmouth & the Dart Estuary

Royal Regatta

Dartmouth's big annual party falls on August Bank Holiday weekend. Expect plenty of contests, ranging from sailing and rowing to swimming, comedy races and tennis, plus plenty of late-night revelry. It packs out the…
Top Choice Art in Bristol

Upfest

Where better for a street art and graffiti festival than the city that brought us Banksy? Europe's largest event of its type sees 300 artists descending on the city to paint live, in front of audiences, at 40 venues…
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…
Music in Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

A majestic (and frequently mud-soaked) extravaganza of music, theatre, dance, cabaret, carnival, spirituality and general all-round weirdness that's been held on farmland in Pilton, just outside Glastonbury, since 1…
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…
Music in Sidmouth

Sidmouth Folk Week

Sidmouth is transformed by this vibrant annual festival of world and traditional music. Around 700 sessions are staged in scores of venues around town – including pubs and beer gardens – with impromptu performances …
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…