Events to remember in Cornwall

Date Posted: 25/10/2012

Festival of Sport, Marazion

Pictured: Getting wet but having fun at the Festival of Sport, Marazion.

There’s music festivals in harbour side locations, cultural celebrations in ancient towns, sporting events set against iconic backdrops and the very best of Cornish food and drink. Actually, a group trip should equal a good time at a Cornwall event in 2013.

We all know that Cornwall excels at fabulous food and drink and its festivals reinforce its growing reputation for gastronomic experiences and quality local produce.

Highlights include St Ives, Boscastle and Cornwall Food & Drink Festivals; Falmouth and Rock Oyster Festivals and Newlyn Fish Festival, delicious goodies and markets brimming with the very best of Cornish produce.

Many of the festivals showcase top chefs in master-classes and cookery demonstrations wowing audiences with signature dishes and simple favourites which can be sampled at restaurants year round. Group travel organisers can get everyone basking in a festive glow with seasonal celebrations at Padstow and Fowey Christmas Festivals, not forgetting the Mousehole and Angarrack Christmas lights.

Sporty things and the coast

Water sports feature highly, drawing on one of the county’s greatest assets – its coastline.

With so many opportunities for getting afloat on a Cornwall group trip, from Easter onwards, nearly every weekend will see sailing and gig rowing regattas at the many coastal towns and villages the length and breadth of Cornwall. Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week and Fowey Royal Regatta Week follow on from Cowes Week, continuing the sailing circuit, whilst venues on the north coast host a wealth of surfing and adrenaline sports.

Sports-specific events include the Human Race Festival of Sport based in Marazion, combining triathlon and its separate disciplines of open water swimming and beach runs alongside beach events and children’s activities, set against the iconic backdrop of St Michael’s Mount.

Top cricket returns to Truro for the Cornish Cricket Festival whilst technical sailing comes to Mylor with the World C Class Catamaran Championship.

Boardmasters Festival, Newquay

Pictured: Boardmasters Festival, Newquay.

Cornwall’s strong sporting traditions of rugby and cricket mean a group trip can take in fixtures across the county. For something different, experience Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay with the thunder of hooves on the sand as the surf pounds the beach, and vintage surfing at St Agnes in the World Bellyboarding Championships with wooden surf boards and not a wetsuit in sight.

For those seeking culture

Cornwall is steeped in cultural heritage, evident in the vast range of Cornish festivals celebrating its history and people.

There are feast days and festivals such as St Piran’s Day festivities, Golowan Festival featuring Mazey Day, and Montol Festival celebrating mid-winter traditions.

Literary Festivals abound from St Ives and Penzance to Fowey, leading the way celebrating du Maurier’s life and works, all adding to the year round programme of attractions in the county.

Music for a hot summer

Cornwall is fast becoming known as a top place to be for late summer live music festivals.

From the Eden Sessions in the world’s largest greenhouse, Relentless Boardmasters overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to St Ives September Festival and the Looe Music Festival, set alongside picturesque harbours, there is a festival to tempt a group travel organiser. And there’s always a festival waiting in the wings. 

Further details of festivals ideal for groups visiting Cornwall can be found at www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on.

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