The Lizard is an olden place, where history is lastingly inscribed on the landscape. For these reasons, the Lizard Peninsula has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is recognised as being of international botanical importance - and here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants! The warm local climate has led to the abundant growth of sub-tropical vegetation and a constant profusion of colour all year round. The unspoilt landscape is home to some unique geology, and the dramatic scenery is loved by anyone who visits. Walking The South West Coast Path is a great way to explore this area, and is ideal for a spot of birdwatching. Look out for the Cornish Chough, which has made a comeback in recent years after once being extinct in this area.
Small cottages, thatched and whitewashed, huddle around tiny harbours. Colourful fishing boats, pulled up on the beach, bear testimony to the fact that these small communities still depend largely on the sea for their livelihood. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of winter here and join the fisherman’s choirs in the local pubs in front of roaring log fires.
With such a selection of beaches and coves on the Lizard, you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting this area of Cornwall. Many of the beaches on the Lizard are dog-friendly too, making it a great place to spend a holiday with your four-legged friend.
Kynance Cove is often described as the most beautiful cove in Cornwall, with its crystal clear waters and spectacular rock formations. Kynance beach cafe offers truly stunning views and is featured in our blog: The best beach-front cafes in West Cornwall.
Kennack sands is great for families, with a large beach, and a surf school operating from here.
The truth is, if you explore, you can be sure to find something special on the Lizard.
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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.
18th - 24th August 2019
The city-wide celebration of Cornish food and drink will be centred around Lemon Quay with pop-up events and activities taking place across the city.
Daytime content will include chef’s demos, a local produce market, gourmet street food stalls, a local restaurant trail, workshops and live entertainment showcasing the best in local talent. The evening content will include a beer and cider festival and live music on all three nights.
27 - 29 September 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.
3rd - 5th 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
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
This lovely little festival in the stunning Roseland Peninsula offers something for everyone, including music, art, films, walks and talks.
23rd April - 4th May 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020