Annual Cornish Events

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

2023 Specials (various dates)

New Tregothnan Garden and Experiences

The Halwyn garden reveals its secrets for guests. This most glorious part of Reptons landscape at Tregothnan overlooks the stunning inland creek of the Fal River. Exclusive experiences are crafted for guests to include tea processing, blending and tasting. One may also wish to learn about the only manuka honey production outside of New Zealand from the antipodean beekeeper. Workshops with homegrown flowers from the home of British floristry are also available.

Please contact Nare Reservations for more information on any of the events and experiences shown on this page. 

2023 Events

People browsing and talking at Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

Cornwall Spring Flower Show

1 APR - 2 APR 2023

Dramatic displays of spring flowers and shrubs, exquisite exhibits by leading nurseries and floral artists, and a spectacular slice of horticultural heaven are just some of the features of the Cornwall Garden Society’s 2023 Spring Flower Show to be staged at The Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.

80+ specialist nurseries and garden traders will offer much to tempt and inspire enthusiastic amateur gardeners and seasoned horticulturists alike. Gardeners’ Questions and panel discussions will entertain and inform. An artisan area will showcase contemporary Cornish crafts.

A cooking demonstration at a Cornwall food festival.

Porthleven Food & Music Festival

21 APR - 23 APR 2023

This foodie 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.


Fowey, a fishing village in Cornwall.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

12 MAY - 20 MAY 2023

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

12 MAY - 14 MAY 2023

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 2023

Between Saturday 27 May and Sunday 4 June, hundreds of artists, designers and makers from across the Duchy will throw open the doors of their studios and workshops to share their artistic practice against a uniquely Cornish backdrop of creek, countryside and coast.

Meet the artists and hear their stories. Purchase original, affordable artwork and experience creative Cornwall.


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

Royal Cornwall Show

8 JUN - 10 JUN 2023

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

16 JUN - 18 JUN 2023

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

25 JUN - 1 JUL 2023

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

29 JUL - 4 AUG 2023

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

4 AUG – 13 AUG 2023

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.


Global Tall Ships Race

15 AUG - 18 AUG 2023

A fleet of tall ships from around the world will arrive in the Fal River estuary for a maritime festival before the start of the Tall Ships Race. The Parade of Sail, a truly fantastic spectacle with hundreds of boats, yachts and marine craft, will take place before the race and can be viewed from a number of coastal vantage points along the Fal River.


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

Falmouth Oyster Festival

12 - 15 OCT 2023

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