St Michael’s Mount sits majestically on an island out at sea and can be reached via a cobbled causeway at low tide or at other times by the 'St Michael' amphibious vehicle! Visit the sub-tropical gardens that surround the castle or step inside the castle walls to explore the myths and legends that surround this iconic landmark. Read more about St Michael's Mount.
Conveniently located a moment away from the world famous St Michael's Mount, Marazion beach is found in the heart of Mounts Bay, recently elected as one of the 'most beautiful bays in the world'. It’s the perfect beach for family holidays in Marazion, with cafés just above the sand, lifeguards on hand and clean and safe waters. Despite its beauty and convenience for holiday makers, it remains surprisingly quiet compared to other Cornish beaches. It’s perfect for beach and sea sports and you can even take your horse for a quick gallop across the sands! The long sandy beach that stretches towards Long Rock is a popular windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing spot amongst locals and holiday makers alike. Mounts Bay provides ideal conditions for watersports, and kite surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons are available with Ocean High for those looking to make the most of the outdoors. Find out more things to do at Marazion Beach >
Venture Eastwards and you'll find Marazion Beach East, or Steps Beach. This dog-friendly beach is favoured by locals as it is quiet due to its limited access and rocky shore, but it is perfect for dog walking, and collecting driftwood after a storm. Children will enjoy the many rock pools when the tide is out. Accessible via Leys Lane or from Marazion beach if you don't mind climbing over the rocks!
Marazion Town Centre
A wander around Marazion itself is a must for those who love exploring shops. Marazion is an ancient market town with a rich history of smuggling, sea commerce and pilgrimage. Nowadays, the town has numerous galleries, gift shops and cafes along the winding streets with plenty of traditional architecture to look at along the way.
RSPB Nature Reserve - Marazion Marsh
Just a short walk from the town you will find Marazion Marsh, a freshwater habitat, which is home to Cornwall's largest reed bed. This nature reserve is extremely popular with bird watchers all year round and in winter, it's not uncommon to see thousands of starlings flocking here to roost on the marsh. Read more on our blog.
Located in the town hall, this fascinating museum features lots of local artifacts and interesting finds and information on this historic market town.
Marazion in Bloom
Every summer, the residents of Marazion put on a spectaular floral display from hanging baskets, window boxes and planters. Prizes are awarded for the best displays and locals compete for the award of best presented home and business property. This alone is well worth a visit.
Walks around Marazion
Located on the South West Coast Path, there are stunning walks across Mounts Bay to Penzance, and to Prussia Cove in the opposite direction. Walking inland, you have 'St Michael's Way'. Thought to be used by pilgrims wanting to avoid the treacherous waters around Land's End, this popular walk runs coast to coast from St Ives to Marazion. This 12 mile walk finishes at Marazion Marsh which can get quite muddy so be sure to bring appropriate footwear! Read more about walking in Marazion on our blog post: Walking in Cornwall: Marazion Walks.
Marazion has a good selection of eateries to suit all tastes. Whether you're looking to dine out at a restaurant on a special occasion or simply grab a bite to eat to enjoy on the beach, you will find everything you need for a Marazion self catering holiday. From quaint delicatessen style cafes and up market fine dining, to traditional pubs, Marazion offers a wide selection of local Cornish cuisine, all within a short walk of one another. Enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty, stop off at the Godolphin Arms after a day at the beach and enjoy the spectacular views of St Michaels Mount, or visit the 'Delicious' cafe for spot of lunch in a cozy atmosphere. Read our Guide to eating out in Marazion.
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Held on the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, Feast Day offers visitors to witness - and even join in with - some centuries-old traditions. A morning precesison led by the Mayor to bless the Well of St Eia. Following this, the Mayor will 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into a crowd of children who assemble on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon the Mayor then throw pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall for children to collect.
Date 6th February 2017
The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!
Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.
13th - 14th May 2017
Golowan Festival is an annual community arts event that celebrates local culture and the social and natural environment. 'Mazey Day' takes place on the Saturday of the festival and guarantees to be a very colourful affair!
17th - 26th June 2016
A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the Search & Rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose!
August 2017 - Dates TBC
Newlyn Fish Festival is the biggest and best of its kind in the UK. Taste some of the finest seafood on offer and enjoy cookery demonstrations, live music and arts and crafts. Local fishmongers take part in the The Cornish fishmonger of the year competition and the popular 'Fishy Trail' is perfect to keep the kids entertained.
28th August 2017
Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.
9th - 23rd September 2017
Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year.
TBC December 2017
The tradition of Tom Bawcock comes from the feast or famine lifestyle of Cornwall. The story goes that it was just before Christmas; there had been no fish for weeks, the boats couldn’t get out into the raging storm, the village was starving. One man, Tom Bawcock, dared to take his boat out of the harbour’s safety. He returned with enough fish to make fish pie for the whole village.
Today, a festival takes place each year to celebrate Tom Bawcock's bravery. During the festival, Star Gazey pies are eaten in memory of this famous event.
Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.
A three day event celebrating Cornwall's Maritime heritage, with traditional sailing vessels, live music, and craft and cookery demonstrations. Profits donated to local charities.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working military Naval Air Station, be wowed by spectacular flying displays and get up-close with state-of-the-art aircrafts - learning what life is really like in the Royal Navy.