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Summer Festivals and Events in Cornwall

Summer kicked off with a heatwave, and while the skies might be a little cloudier in Cornwall, there are plenty of events and festivals to enjoy over the next few months. From music festivals and outdoor film screenings, to food events and Red Arrow displays, you will find something to entertain you during your stay at one of our cottages in Cornwall. Bring the kids and grandkids, or enjoy a peaceful break in Cornwall and relax with some delicious food, live music, and summer entertainment.

Here’s our guide to some of the best events and festivals happening in Cornwall this summer:

Port Eliot Festival
27th to 30th July, St. Germans

POrt Eliot Festival 27th - 30th July 2017

Taking place across the beautiful grounds of the Port Eliot Estate, this annual festival is a hit with locals and visitors from all over the world. Filled to the brim with fun activities, literature, music and gourmet food, this four-day event provides entertainment for all ages. You can go swimming in the estuary, watch cooking demonstrations in the Big Kitchen, go canoeing on the river, watch live music on the Park Stage, or take part in relaxing toga sessions.


Falmouth Week
4th to 13th August, Falmouth

Falmouth Week 4th to 13th August 2017

This annual event celebrates everything great about the harbour town of Falmouth. Throughout the week, there’s live music, food stalls, sailing regattas, views from the Big Wheel, live music, competitions, and a spectacular show from the daring Red Arrows.


Fowey Royal Regatta
13th to 19th August, Fowey

Fowey Regatta 13th to 19th August 2017

The harbour town of Fowey comes alive during this week as hundreds of boats take part in the annual sailing regatta. There is music on the quay, crab catching, boat races, food stalls, and a vibrant carnival parade through the town’s cobbled streets. One of the highlights of this event is a colourful aerial display from the Red Arrows.


Outdoor Cinema
Various dates and locations

Outdoor Cinema

Where better to watch your favourite film than outside under the setting sun or twinkling stars. This summer, there are a wide range of outdoor cinema screenings taking place in various destinations across Cornwall. Places that will be hosting some Hollywood hits include Dairyland near Newquay, Caerhays Beach near St Austell, Penlee Open Theatre in Penzance, and Truro Cattle Market.

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Gin and Jazz in the Park
28th July, Penlee Park, Penzance

Gin & Jazz 28th July 2017

Step into the Secret Gin Garden this summer and enjoy a refreshing gin-based drink and live jazz music in an open-air theatre surrounded by wildlife. There will be music from Swingology and the Paul Heyward Quartet, plus delicious gin tipples from Tarquins, the Little Gin Box, the Barbican Botanist and more.


Rock Oyster Festival
7th & 8th July, Rock

Rock Oyster Festival 7th & 8th July

The Rock Oyster Festival is a popular event for foodies, and this year the programme is full of workshops, yoga sessions, live music, and Cornwall’s finest food including local oysters. This year’s musical line-up includes Land of the Giants, The Electric Swing Circus, Blair, and Oll an Gwella.


Looe Music Festival
29th September to 1st October, Looe

Looe Music Festival 29th September to 1st October

As the schedule of summer events in Cornwall wind down, the Looe Music festival provides the perfect finale. This year, musical greats including Lulu, the Happy Mondays, and the Jesus and Mary Chain will be headlining on the main stage on the beach or the harbour. There will be also be hundreds of other artists such as The Correspondents, Echo Town, Falmouth Soul Sensation, The People’s String Foundation, Dalla and John Crampton.


Minack Theatre
Various dates, Porthcurno

Minack Theatre

Set in one of the most dramatic locations in the UK, this open-air amphitheatre is nestled into the granite cliffs in Porthcurno, providing perfect acoustics for plays and music performances. You can enjoy a variety of events this summer while enjoying the views of the Atlantic Ocean, you may even see Dolphins! Events include Twelfth Night, Treasure Island, Birdsong, La Traviata, Patience, and Proms at the Minack.