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Annual Cornish Events

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

TITANIC STORIES EXHIBITION

Titanic Stories is a major exhibition running at the nearby National Maritime Museum in Falmouth throughout 2018. It will be examining the stories of Titanic's momentous sinking on 15 April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century. 

Working in collaboration with private collectors from overseas and national museums in the UK, Titanic Stories presents rare and never-seen-before objects and items, as well as retelling personal stories of many of the survivors, victims and descendants of the disaster, including those from Cornwall. In addition to the many historic objects, the National Maritime Museum have commissioned a number of large-scale installation pieces, including an exact, life-size replica of Lifeboat 13, made by specialist boat builders in Falmouth. 

Other 2018 Events

A marching band in a Cornwall fishing village.

Mevagissey Feast Week Carnival

24 JUN - 30 JUN 2018

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.

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Ships anchored at Charlestown harbour in Cornwall.

Charlestown Regatta Week

21 JUL - 27 JUL 2018

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.

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Dozens of sailing ships at Falmouth Sailing Regatta.

Falmouth Sailing Week Regatta

10 AUG – 19 AUG 2018

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.

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

Falmouth Oyster Festival

11 OCT - 14 OCT 2018

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. 

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A large walking part crests a hill on the Cornish coast.

Fal River Autumn Festival

19 OCT - 28 OCT 2018

The festival’s vibrant programme has walking and the great outdoors at its heart, with a variety of guided and self-guided walks that explore the region's rich history, wildlife and unspoilt scenery. Alongside great walks, the programme includes a diverse mix of events around the river including  fishing, foraging, feasting, beach cleaning and open water swimming.

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A cooking demonstration at a Cornwall food festival.

Porthleven Food & Music Festival

20 APR - 22 APR 2018

Now in its tenth year, the festival brings around 30,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven. The festival consists of a national and international chef's theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night, children's activities, dancing and entertainment for all.

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Classic cars at St Mawes class car festival.

St Mawes Classic Car Festival

7 MAY - 11 MAY 2018

Classic car enthusiasts gather in nearby St Mawes for several days of fun and camaraderie. Based in St Mawes, the schedule takes driver and car around Cornwall with visits to interesting sites as well as meals in several excellent restaurants. This year, sights include Penzance Art Museums, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and Pendennis Castle. Those who enjoy seeing classic cars can see the Concourse on the Quay in St Mawes in the afternoon of May 11th. 

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Fowey, a fishing village in Cornwall.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

12 MAY - 19 MAY 2018

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. 

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

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

12 MAY - 13 MAY 2018

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. 

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A ship, a ferry and a RIB on the River Fal.

Fal River Festival

25 MAY - 3 JUN 2018

This fantastic ten-day celebration is a community festival which includes over 150 events encompassing music, drama, the arts, gig racing, swimming and walking. The festival was established in 2006 and is running for its 13th year in 2018. It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture and sport connected by the Fal river region. Each year more than 100,000 people attend raising £75,000 for charity in 2017.

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

Royal Cornwall Show

7 JUN - 9 JUN 2018

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.

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The country house hotel by the sea