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Exploring Falmouth – Things to Do

Falmouth is nothing short of a visitor’s playground - whatever your age, agenda and personal idea of holidaying may be.

Fancy exploring the area with a jam-packed schedule of activities? With sports such as surfing, supping, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and sailing available in ocean and river, Falmouth is a waterside wonderland.

For landlubbers, there’s the stunning South West Coastal Path and rural hinterland to discover, where you can walk or cycle your way around some seriously special, jaw-dropping locations.

And with a year-round itinerary of events and festivals from the Fal River Festival and Sea Shanty Festival to Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall Film Festival and Falmouth Regatta Week alongside a host of live music and theatre, you can culturally immerse yourself to truly experience the character, people and place of this unique corner of Cornwall.

Here are a few ideas of things to do in Falmouth for starters…

Sightsee and shop

Chock with attractions including Pendennis and St Mawes Castles, National Maritime Museum, Ships & Castles, and Falmouth Art Gallery, along with a huge selection of independent shops, cafés and restaurants, Falmouth is replete with places to visit, eat, drink and explore at your leisure.

Funky town

Falmouth’s constant stream of live music, theatre, productions, parties and events across the town and at entertainment epicentres, Discovery Quay, Princess Pavilion and The Poly guarantees a show to satisfy every visitor’s individual tastes. 

Hit the high seas

Whether you prefer watching the action with events such as the Falmouth Regatta Week or Castle to Castle open water swim, or prefer to participate with a sailing session, cruising the bay on a tall ship or speedboat, or taking the ferry along the Fal River to explore nearby destinations such as The Rosleand, St Mawes or Flushing, Falmouth’s surrounding seas provide endless - not to mention, beyond-beautiful - options of things to see and do.

Rambler’s paradise

Roam the town, coastal path, beaches, or indulge in some garden hopping courtesy of the wealth of natural open spaces in and around Falmouth. From exotic, bloom-filled retreats like Trebah Gardens to silky stretches of sand such as Maenporth and Gyllyngvase, Falmouth’s landscapes were made for walking.

Culture vulture

Film enthusiasts should schedule a stay to coincide with the Cornwall Film Festival or visit independent cinemas, The Phoenix or The Poly, while art lovers will adore the award winning, Falmouth Art Gallery. For a piece of contemporary art, handmade jewellery, illustration or antiques visit The Curious Art Market - or any of the galleries strewn throughout the town. Or take a literary, art or music tour, where you can step in the shoes of artists and writers long-inspired by Falmouth’s striking scenery and visit some of Poldark’s nearby film locations along the Roseland Peninsula.

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