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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The Falmouth Spring Festival is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. Falmouth town and its community will be celebrating spring with a range of events and activities throughout the week. The town will be painted yellow with daffodils and decorations and spring clean days will see the beaches and towns tidied up.
14th - 24th March 2019
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
On this special weekend, Tregothnan will open its private gardens to the public. These secluded gardens on the banks of the River Fal have divrse trees and rare collections of flowers and plants.There are more than 100 acres of gardens to explore, featuring ancient camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.
13th - 14th April 2019
This lovely little festival in the stunning Roseland Peninsula offers something for everyone, including music, art, films, walks and talks.
23rd April - 4th May 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 2019
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.
24th May - 2nd June 2019
This fun event is organised by Looe Boat Owners Association in support of Looe RNLI. Enjoy the fun by making and entering your own raft, or just come and cheer everyone on.
9th June 2019
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!
23rd - 29th June 2019
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.
15th 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 in Charlestown.
27th July - 2nd August 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.
9th - 18th August 2019
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.
19th - 25th August 2019
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.
TBC October 2019
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!
10th - 13th October 2019
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.
TBC November 2019
Find unique gifts and tempting treats at Charlestown Christmas Market featuring a wide range of local crafters and traders.
tbc 24th - 25th November 2019
The annual St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival will have more than 180 ales and ciders, live music and a thriving atmosphere for a good cause.
tbc 24th November 2019
Enjoy a celebration of nature in light and music at the Eden Project this winter. This wonderful experience includes playful light sculptures, a magical ranforest, a musical garden by night and a stunning light show in the core.
TBC 24th November - 30th December 2019
Browse an impressive selection of Cornish crafts and delicious food on the Piazza in Truro. It's a great place to find special Christmas gifts for loved ones with plenty of choice from local artisans, artists and food and drink producers.
TBC 28th November - 2nd December 2019
The big Christmas lights switch on in Mevagissey will take place at 5pm, illuminating the harbour with sparkly lights.
TBC 1st December 2019
Looe lantern procession and carol service will take place on the 7th December. The procession starts at 6.30pm with the carol service and festive lights switch-on at 7.30pm. On the 8th Santa will arrive in Looe by boat and lead a procession to his grotto in East Looe where there will be a market, bouncy castle, face painting and food stalls. The Looe Santa fun run takes place on the 9th in the morning and fancy dress is encouraged. On the 9th there will also be a Christmas Market and gin fair from midday - 5pm.
TBC 7th - 9th December 2019
Find unique gifts for your loved ones at the Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair. £2 includes entry to the gardens and access to more than 100 stalls, featuring some of the best local producers, creators and artisans.
TBC 8th & 9th December 2019
Find the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest at Truro's Winter Gift Fayre. You can expect to find luxury food and drink, festive decorations and gorgeous gifts, with more than 80 stalls from local South West producers.
TBC 12th - 20th December 2019