Cornwall’s maritime capital isn’t just about the ocean gazing. As well as being something of a foodie destination, exotic waterside locale and activity centre, Falmouth’s packed events schedule sees to everyone’s entertainment needs in spectacular style.
There’s always something going on in Falmouth, but for those visiting during the spring/summer months, there are two particularly popular festivals on the long list available that qualify as must-dos: Fal River Festival and Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales Festival.
Not only do these fabulous festivals allow visitors to explore the local scenery, but provide a wealth of flavours, sights and sounds in which to become immersed during an unforgettable series of days out.
Fal River Festival
The brilliant 10-day celebration of Cornwall’s stunning river takes place from Friday 26th May to Sunday 4th June and features a huge array of over 150 events from music to arts, food and sports.
This year sees the 12th outing of the Fal River Festival, which looks set to be its biggest yet. Expect a diverse mix of music such as Parklive, Jazz on the Quay and performances by Vanessa Bowers, Falmouth Gospel Choir, The Grace Notes, St Stithians Band, The Suitcase Singers, CANA Springtime Serenade, Kerrier Male Choir, Suzie Mac, and Fisherman’s Friends alongside unique acts including Wild Toy Theatre, Wild Singing Workshop and An Evening of Sea Shanties at The Pandora Inn.
An assortment of venues will host a range of exhibitions, from Artists Afloat and Folk of the Sea at Falmouth Art Gallery to Find the Time at Trelissick and a mass of Open Studios throughout the town and beyond.
Enjoy the outdoors with a spot of supping (or SUP yoga!), a river cruise, archery, scuba diving, snorkel safari, Canadian canoeing, Surya yoga camp, foraging, Nordic walking or even don your wetsuit for the bracing Castle to Castle open water swim.
Culture vultures will delight in offerings such as of Film on the Ferry and a string of workshops, lectures and talks; while younger visitors will love the likes of a Woodland Wild Day, Cornwall Circus Camp, Stargazing at Penperth Farm, The Big Fal River Litter Pick, and Kids Survival Challenge.
Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales Festival
Celebrate the Bank Holiday with aplomb from 26th-29th May by attending Falmouth’s fantastic and free-to-attend, Street Food & Craft Ales Festival.
Roam the brilliant Arts, Craft and Local Produce market and stock up on goodies to take home (and to devour on the day, of course), where barrels of craft ale will sit alongside a plethora of delicious street foods from across the globe.
Undercover seating ensures the tally of live music can be enjoyed whatever the weather, with the huge line-up of artists including Emma Chamberlain,
Louella Jade Eke, Eight in a Bar, Kernow Vibration, Tayla Beale, Tom Briggs,
Joe Francis, Jeanne Naylor, Bache, The Hoodle, Daisy Clark and Burn the Beacons.
Proceedings are officially kick started with the ceremonial return of the Beer Fleet to Events Square to the soundtrack of the funk-tastic, Motown Pirates, which perfectly sets the mood for the lively long weekend of top notch tunes and food.
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