Here’s why you can’t miss a visit to Cornwall over the next couple of months!
Over the next couple of months, everything in The Duchy reawakens; flowers bloom along the coast paths, the days stretch longer as fiery sunsets fill the skies and arts, music and food festivals start to pop up all over the county.
Here’s our pick of the top events that you don’t want to miss this season.
Polperro Festival – 15th-23rd June
Centered around the Summer Solstice, this week-long free festival celebrates the coming of summer in the beautiful fishing village of Polperro. It’s a feast of entertainment for both villager and visitor, with live music, an arts and crafts fair, a comedy night, the lighting of the solstice bonfire, colourful village carnival and even a unique ‘mock mayor’ festival (we don’t want to spoil the surprise, you’ll have to come down and find out for yourself…)
Mevagissey Feast Week – 23rd-29th June
This community festival is believed to be the longest surviving in Cornwall and it’s right on our doorstep. Packed full of entertainment, demonstrations, live music and lots of fish dishes to taste, the event ends with a colourful carnival parading through Mevagissey’s ancient streets and a spectacular firework display out over the water.
Have a go at catching some crab on the harbour, try your luck in a fishing boat race or take part in the traditional flora dance. There is no charge for the majority of events organised but all donations are gratefully received to help keep the festival alive each year.
When you’re done exploring, tasting and experiencing the crazy uniqueness of Cornwall’s festivals, you can retreat back to your home-away-from-home here at Trevalsa and enjoy a glass of something chilled at the bar.
Stithians Agricultural Show – 15th July
Cornwall’s biggest one day agricultural show, held at the showground between Truro and Helston. The festival brings thousands of people together to enjoy a day filled with music, food, craft stalls, dog shows, cookery demonstrations and competitions and so much more.
The show is a must if you’re in the area and in the market to try lots of delicious local produce, and there’s even the fur and feathers section where the little ones can pet gorgeous bunnies and chicks.
Port Eliot Festival – 25th-28th July
Port Eliot Festival is a wonderfully eclectic mix of people from the worlds of music, art, comedy, words, crafts and many more! Set within the historic estate, the festival is perfect for all the family. On the bill this year is music from The Coral, Aldous Harding, and Beak>, with words and poetry from Lily Allen, Simon Farnaby and Simon Armitage.
Weekend tickets are almost gone so get in there quick – otherwise day tickets are available.
Charlestown Regatta Week – 27th July-2nd August
Charlestown Regatta week brings people together to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the Children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession.
Organised by a team of volunteers, Charlestown Regatta week aims to blend well known traditions with contemporary events – but crucially also serves to fundraise in support of local community projects and charities.
Just a few minutes drive from Trevalsa, we recommend a visit to Charlestown to all of our wonderful visitors.
Kneehigh’s UBU! Karaoke – 15th August-1st September
Outdoor theatre at its absolute finest, UBU! Karakoke truly has to be seen to be believed, it’s so wonderfully weird that we’ll let Kneehigh themselves describe this one…
“We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate. Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again! Sound familiar?
Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won’t forget.
He’ll rise! He’ll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!”
The show is taking place in the ‘Asylum’ on Carlyon Beach.