Sit and gaze at the glorious view of Falmouth Bay from the shingle beach and let yourself while away the time watching the world of dog walkers, busy fishing boats and curious rock poolers. Once a busy village with a thriving pilchard industry, Porthallow is still used by some fishermen. Good fishing, safe swimming, sailing and coastal walks are all on the doorstep of your cottage in Porthallow and the neighbouring traditional fishing villages of Coverack and Porthoustock are also within easy reach.
The surrounding area is a dramatic contrast from the craggy coastline, with the still waters of tiny creeks and inlets leading to the Helford River. Some of the best cliff walks can be taken from Porthallow and on a clear day you can enjoy panoramic views of Falmouth Bay and the Cornish coastline. Porthallow has a beach café, public house, post office, tea shop, gift shops and even its own vineyard. The climate is usually milder here in South Cornwall than in the rest of the country which makes it ideal for holidays in Porthallow all year round. Parking is on the shingle beach where you are free to offer a donation towards its upkeep.
For those looking to explore the surroundings in an entirely different way, Porthkerris Dive school offers divers of all levels a chance to experience the underwater scenery in this popular dive location.
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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
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 2018
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
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.
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.