The Lizard is an olden place, where history is lastingly inscribed on the landscape. For these reasons, the Lizard Peninsula has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is recognised as being of international botanical importance - and here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants! The warm local climate has led to the abundant growth of sub-tropical vegetation and a constant profusion of colour all year round. The unspoilt landscape is home to some unique geology, and the dramatic scenery is loved by anyone who visits. Walking The South West Coast Path is a great way to explore this area, and is ideal for a spot of birdwatching. Look out for the Cornish Chough, which has made a comeback in recent years after once being extinct in this area.
Small cottages, thatched and whitewashed, huddle around tiny harbours. Colourful fishing boats, pulled up on the beach, bear testimony to the fact that these small communities still depend largely on the sea for their livelihood. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of winter here and join the fisherman’s choirs in the local pubs in front of roaring log fires.
With such a selection of beaches and coves on the Lizard, you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting this area of Cornwall. Many of the beaches on the Lizard are dog-friendly too, making it a great place to spend a holiday with your four-legged friend.
Kynance Cove is often described as the most beautiful cove in Cornwall, with its crystal clear waters and spectacular rock formations. Kynance beach cafe offers truly stunning views and is featured in our blog: The best beach-front cafes in West Cornwall.
Kennack sands is great for families, with a large beach, and a surf school operating from here.
The truth is, if you explore, you can be sure to find something special on the Lizard.
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Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week is one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days.There is also a full events line-up which includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.
10th - 19th August 2018
The Fowey Royal Regatta includes sailing contests, a carnival, the crowning of the Fowey Queen, a pasty eating contest, and as per tradition, a giant pasty which is shared out among the community.
19th - 25th August 2018
Always a popular event, the Beer Festival takes places annually at the Princess Pavillions. Admission includes a commemorative festival glass and offers over 250 cask ales, 100 ciders and perries, fruit wines and bottled beers.
4th - 6th October 2018 TBC
Celebrate the start of the Oyster season at Falmouth's Events Square. Get involved with food demonstrations, browse local craft stalls and taste some spectacular seafood!
11th - 14th October 2017
The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival has over 100 inspiring walks for all ages and abilities and aims to get people exploring the River Fal and enjoy the brilliant Autumnal colour in the area.
18th October - 3rd November 2018 TBC
A festival of light delights the crowds who line the streets to see a parade of giant handmade lanterns. All manner of samba, brass and pipe bands process alongside, accompanied by flamboyant dancers. Further outdoor music performances take place throught the evening and there are many a food and drink stall at which to pick up a tasty snack or warming drink.
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Held at Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, the 107th edition of the Cornwall Spring Flower Show is a real treat for gardening enthusiasts. The two day event features show gardens, competitive classes and horticultural stands. Enjoy the fabulous displays, pick up plants for your own garden and ask the experts for some tips and advice!
6th-7th April 2019
An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day includes craft stalls and traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession.
8th May 2019
Celebrating the life and works of this renowned author, the Du Maurier community festival in Fowey has grown into a popular annual event.
11th - 18th May 2018
A ten day festival celebrating life on River Fal. The not-for-profit event encorporates music and drama, arts and heritage, gig racing, swimming and lots more.
Early June 2018 TBC
The Falmouth Sea Shanty was founded and is organised by Falmouth Shout. Sea Shanty events aim to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole and are thoroughly enjoyable.
14th - 16th June 2018
Polperro holds an annual 9 day festival with a craft fayre, live music, comedy nights and a procession. The festival is completely free to attend so make sure you visit to experience Polperro at its best.
15th - 22nd June 2019
Celebrated since 1754, Mevagissey Feast Week is a celebration of food, music, dance and more. With a host of colourful events being held throughout the week, this is a festival not to be missed!
Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. Don't miss the Countryside Area and Exhibition Ring.
16th July 2019
Enjoy a week of live music, watersports, competitions, pasty-making, children's sports, raft races and a carnival, all with the backdrop of the famous Georgian harbour.
Date TBC July 2019