Holidays in Cornwall are all about beautiful beaches, idyllic destinations and top family attractions, right? But, did you also know that there is a huge line up of top events in Cornwall?
From music festivals and literary festivals to ancient May Day celebrations and agricultural shows, there’s something for all the family. Our Cornwall holiday park is the perfect place to catch all these fantastic events, with many taking place right on our doorstep.
Take a look at our guide, below, to some of our favourite local events that you won’t want to miss.
This huge music and sports festival needs little introduction, having fast become one of the UK’s biggest festivals and certainly one of the biggest events in Cornwall. It has everything – huge names from a variety of acts, several glorious locations on the North Cornwall coast plus a top surfing competition with some big names taking part.
The 2019 festival, which takes place from August 7-11 near Newquay, promises to be another cracker, with some big name acts headlining once again. This year you can see Wu Tang Clan, The Wombats, Florence & The Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Rudimental, Foals, Plan, Razorlight, DJ EZ and many more.
Helston Flora Day
If you don’t mind a bit of a trek then head west to the small market town of Helston and witness the spectacular Flora Day. This ancient spring festival is usually held on May 8th each year and celebrates the end of winter, marking the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with trees and flowers coming to life.
Each year the whole town comes together to mark the festival with houses and shops decorated with floral arrangements and dozens of people – young and old – dance through the streets in their finery to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring.
It really is something to behold and a great way to sample a true slice of Cornish culture. But make sure you get the early – the first dance starts at 7am!
Padstow May Day:
May Day, or ‘Obby ‘Oss Day as it is known locally, is a special day in the year for all Padstonians. Thousands of people flock to this picturesque harbour town to take party in the festivities.
The festivals’ exact origins are unknown. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it’s a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.
Whatever the true origins may be, one thing is for sure that it’s a hugely colourful celebration and one of the biggest events in Cornwall! Locals decorate the town with flags, flowers and greenery as the two ‘osses’ (one red and one blue) emerge from their stables. They dance through the streets dressed in costumes and proceed through the town to the sound of traditional music. Followers young and old then join the procession, singing the traditional May Song.
Royal Cornwall Show:
Whether you’re a fan of traditional agricultural shows or not, the Royal Cornwall Show really is a must visit if you happen to be staying in the county in early June.
For three days each year the county’s showground at Wadebridge is transformed, with 130,000 people (including some royal visitors, hence the name) , with livestock judging, flower exhibitions, headline acts, show jumping, Cornish wrestling, animals and rare breeds, a dog show, steam fair, machinery, health, beauty and trade stands. There really is something for everyone.
If you’re enjoying a caravan holiday in Cornwall at Seaview and fancy heading out to sample some laid back entertainment then why not head along the south coast to Fowey and sample the town’s regatta.
The event sees sailing boats of all shapes and sizes race in the river and out into the bay. There’s also a colourful carnival parade with floats and walkers in fancy dress and marching bands plus fireworks and live music too!
Falmouth Oyster Festival:
October is home to one of the most popular events in Cornwall – the Falmouth Oyster Festival.
Almost as unique as the fishing tradition it celebrates, the four-day festival embraces wonderful community spirit and receives generous backing from a variety of Cornwall’s businesses and individuals.
Expect to see non-stop cookery demonstrations from leading chefs (many of whom you’ll recognise from TV), supported by their respective hotels and restaurants from across Cornwall, who enthusiastically share their culinary skills and cooking tips
Falmouth Oyster Festival is here!
The festival brings together a blend of esteemed local chefs, hardworking oyster fishermen, food, drink enthusiasts and seafood experts, all in celebration of the start of Falmouth’s oyster fishery season.
— Royal Duchy Hotel (@BrendRoyalDuchy) October 11, 2018
St Ives September Festival:
Having been held for over 40 years, this festival has become one of Cornwall’s most popular for literary fans. Held over 15 days, the festival plays host to a wide range of music, arts and literature events, all held at various locations throughout the town.
The 2019 festival will be held from September 14th-28th and is well worth a visit.
See St Ives at its best in September during the September festival, see the work of local artists in the Mariners Gallery , home of the St Ives Society. Figurative and abstract work, ceramics and 3D work, unframed work, jewellery and sketch books….open from 10am to 5.30pm pic.twitter.com/v4jwb8BMy9
— a peverall (@peveralla) September 7, 2018
Port Eliot Festival
So you’ve booked your self-catering holiday and are looking for something to occupy your time while you’re here. But you fancy trying something a little different… then why not get yourself some tickets to the nearby Port Eliot Festival
Held in July, this arts, music and literary festival is held in the grounds of the Port Eliot estate and attracts a wide variety of people as well as quite a few celebs. It’s hard to categorize the festival in just a few lines, so why not read this great guide here…
Expect to see live music, comedy, art workshops, cabaret, theatre, fashion and literature. A sort of mini Edinburgh fringe but for Cornwall.
Newquay Fish Festival
Head to the north coast and visit the vibrant resort of Newquay in September for the town’s annual fish festival.
The town has a strong reputation for its shellfish and its harbour is the place to catch all the action. See cookery demonstrations, live music, harbour sports, refreshments, arts and crafts plus lots to see and do for all the family
Newquay Fish Festival starts tomorrow, with cookery demonstrations showcasing the fresh fish and shellfish that the local area has to offer. If you’re holidaying in Cornwall this weekend the festival is well worth a visit. pic.twitter.com/aUkqiOQu5n
— Cornish Traditional Cottages (@GreatCornishHol) September 6, 2018
Padstow Christmas Festival
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Cornwall over the festive period then you simply have to visit the harbour town of Padstow and take in the magnificent Christmas Festival, which just seems to get better each year.
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for a loved one or just want to sample some festive foodie treats, this is the place to be! Held in early December, the festival plays host to cookery demonstrations (including from the likes of Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw), trade stands from Cornish suppliers and even a Santa Fun Run for charity!