Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the north coast of Cornwall, Boscastle is a true gem nestled into the inspiring coastal scenery. Visit this historic fishing village and you’ll find quaint cafes and tearooms, galleries, potteries and even a witchcraft museum! Don your walking boots and venture past the natural harbour and along the coast path to Warren Point to give you an alternative view of the harbour, or to commanding Wilapark headland in the other direction.
If you’re a keen walker, then the walks from Boscastle won’t disappoint! With easy access to the South West Coast Path in both directions, you’re promised breathtaking views whichever direction you choose to follow. Head north along the coast path to Crackington Haven, and south towards the famous Tintagel Castle, via the 317ft high promontory of Wilapark.
While you’re in Boscastle, there’s a few things to tick off the list, firstly the National Trust Visitor Centre. It’s certainly worthwhile learning more about the history of the village, from the importance of the Botterell family to the significance of the commercial port throughout the 19th Century. Secondly, whilst learning about the village, why not stop off at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic to find out more about the fascinating and intriguing history of witchcraft in Cornwall.
After these educational experiences, coffee and cake will certainly be in order! With a selection of quaint tea rooms and cafes in the village, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
For those into art and crafts, there’s a selection of art galleries and potteries in the village worth visiting too.
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For the first time the Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will be taking place in November, featuring Wishbone Ash, Focus and Thorbjorn Risager.
6th - 8th November 2020
Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm are hosting the only Christmas market in Cornwall which is set on a working farm. Browse Christmas gifts while soaking up the Christmas atmosphere on the farm.
Every weekend: 14/11/20 - 20/12/20
Board the Santa Express bound for Santa's magical grotto. On selected dates between the 8th and 24th December, children and their families can take a ride on the Santa Train to his grotto where they can receive a gift from Santa. There will also be children's entertainment, balloon making, Christmas card colouring and mince pies and mulled wine for the adults!
5th - 24th December 2020
Gool Perran Lowen - Happy St Piran's Day in Cornish!
St Piran's Day, celebrated on March 5th, is the national day of Cornwall, named after one of Cornwall's patron saints. According to legend, St Piran, a 5th century Irish Abbot, was thrown into the sea in Ireland tied to a mill stone; somehow he washed up on the Cornish coast still alive. He made Cornwall his new home and became the patron saint of tin-miners after rediscovering tin smelting.
Today, Cornwall still celebrates St Piran's Day, with various celebrations held across Cornwall.
5th March 2021
Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, everyone is welcome to join the organised walks for a small fee of £3-£5. You'll be guided on some of the most beautiful walks along the Cornish coastline, amid woods and streams and on rambles to secluded waterfalls. Celebrate the history of this stunning scenery as you learn about the famous author Thomas Hardy, who spent a year living in the area.
St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days.
Bolster festival in St Agnes celebrates the demise of the legend of Bolster the giant. The community re-enact the life and downful of the giant as they parade through the streets and down to the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach.
A colourful tradition that takes place on the first day in May in the quaint harbour town of Padstow. The locals decorate the town with flags, flowers, greenery and a flagpole. The crowds are greeted by the swirling and dancing 'osses' who parade through the town, followed by the 'Teazer' who dances along behind.
Expect lots of dancing, singing and performance.
A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Previous performers include Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini, Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, The XX and Eddie Izzard to name but a few. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.
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Head to Mount Pleasant Eco Park to join in with the park's annual festival celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the caribbean. Enjoy live music, dance and food throughout the weekend.
16th - 18th July 2021
Every year Lusty Glaze beach hosts their Sundowner Sessions - an opportunity to watch your favourite artsits perform live in the stunning setting of the natural ampitheatre provided by the cliffs at Lusty Glaze.
From 4th July 2021
Live music, performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.
30th July - 1st August 2021
Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this years 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay.
11th - 15th August 2021
Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition!
Top UK and international jazz, blues, swing and boogie bands make up the Bude Jazz festival, with over 120 events including street parades, late night jam sessions and a dance marquee.
31st August - 3rd September 2021
A three-day celebration of all things seafoodie! Barbecued fish on the beach; cooking demos from the best of the best; fish merchants selling the freshest seafood imaginable - ready for you to take back to your holiday home and cook up using your newly-learned skills!
Join Santa and his elves aboard his magical steam train as you journey through the Cornish countryside. Awaiting Santa on the platform, you'll be entertained with carols performed by Liskeard band. On the hour long journey, children will get to meet and greet Santa, recieve a present and have their photograph taken. The grown-ups aren't forgotten either - you'll recieve a mince pie and seasonal drink!
Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s 10th annual Padstow Christmas Festival. For your chance to see chef demonstartions, head to the festival stage or to the Sharp's Chefs' Theatre - the demonstartions are all free to attend!
Why not make the most of your visit to Padstow and pop into the Chrsitmas market where you will find an array of food goodies and handmade gifts to purchase. There will also be a selection of live music to enjoy, and you can take the children to meet Santa in his grotto!
Created by Cornwall’s award winning highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in Magic.
Pass through the Woodland Gate and follow the twisting path. Let the faeries and woodland spirits lead the way with stories and songs. Follow the wandering path and meet Old Man Winter who will weave a tale and reveal the path to your fantastical destination, an enchanted celebration, and a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.
Dates throughout December 2020
This three-day event is the highlight of Cornwall's agricultural year, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's rural lifestyle. The event is packed with activities, competitions, food and craft demonstrations and stalls, displays, music, and, or course, lots of animals!
Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make Reindeer food and have a festive day out at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude. At the elf emporium, new for 2018, children can write letters to the North Pole and take part in other fun activities. Online booking essential.
5th-6th / 12th-13th December 2020