Annual Cornish Events

Cornwall's rich history, culture and natural beauty is celebrated by the county's many annual festivals

2024 Events

Fowey, a fishing village in Cornwall.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

10 MAY - 18 MAY 2024

Inspired by the celebrated author Daphne du Maurier who lived and wrote in Fowey, this vibrant annual arts, music and literature festival offers talks, exhibitions, workshops and guided walks as part of its programme. 


People standing at a food van at St Ives Food Festival in Cornwall.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

MAY 2025

A celebration of the best of Cornish food and drink. The programme includes cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, wine tasting, an artisan market, street entertainment and live music. 


Open Studios Cornwall 2024

From Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June, hundreds of Cornwall’s creatives will throw open the doors of their studios and workshops to showcase their skills, reveal their processes and share their experiences.

Curate your own art trail, follow the distinctive orange Os that denote these curious spaces in beautiful places – from The Lizard to Looe and Penzance to Port Isaac – explore the ambit of art forms and be inspired by the ideas that underpin them.

Meet the participants and hear their stories. Purchase original, affordable art and design from a myriad of makers, explore creative Cornwall, and embrace the power of creativity to ease the mind and stimulate the senses.


Please check participants’ entries on the website for opening times before setting out as they vary.

A horse leaping over a jump at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Royal Cornwall Show

6 JUN - 8JUN 2024

A leading agricultural show full of exhibitions, activities, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming. Main ring entertainment is mounted on a grand scale and the traditional steam fair is a colourful extravaganza; there are stages and avenues alive with music, song and dance.


Falmouth Classics Regatta

14 JUN - 16 JUN 2024

Falmouth Classics is a three day event that attracts classic boats from around the country and the continent. Boats date back as far as 1882 take their place alongside other more modern, yet classically designed, vessels. The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail and Power in Carrick Roads, which creates a magnificent spectacle showcasing Pilot Cutters, Working Boats and other traditional craft under full sail.


A marching band in a Cornwall fishing village.

Mevagissey Feast Week Carnival

23 JUN - 29 JUN 2024

This festival dates back to 1754 with events for everyone throughout the week including live music, processions, dancing, choral events, fishing boat race, mini triathlon, carnival and spectacular fireworks over the harbour.


Ships anchored at Charlestown harbour in Cornwall.

Charlestown Regatta Week

20 JUL - 26 JUL 2024

A week of events on and off the water, with fun for all the family in Charlestown. The programme includes raft races, live music and carnival.


Dozens of sailing ships at Falmouth Sailing Regatta.

Falmouth Sailing Week Regatta

9 AUG – 18 AUG 2024

The Falmouth Sailing Week Regatta features nine days of fleet racing for yachts and dayboats in the expansive waters of Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads. Racing takes place every day, with daily and series prizes. The sailing is complimented by lively shore-side entertainment with the Red Arrows, fireworks and children's activities. Many of the competitors combine the racing with their annual family holiday.


Two chefs give a cooking demonstration at the Falmouth Oyster Festival.

Falmouth Oyster Festival

2024 Dates To Be Announced

Timed to coincide with the start of the oyster harvesting season, the Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the quality of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, working boat race and food and craft stalls. Daily cookery demonstrations are aimed at inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. 


The country house hotel by the sea