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What’s on in and around Falmouth – Summer 2017

19th July 2017

portscatho regatta cornwall

Plan your holiday in Cornwall this summer with our events guide to what’s on in and around Falmouth.


Zestifal – 27 to 30 July 2017

ZestiFAL in Falmouth town

During Zestifal week, Falmouth Town is transformed into a bustling hive of activity and chances for you to get active and have a go.

This is your chance to try something new. Zumba, tennis, climbing, hockey, circus skills, dance or paddleboarding. There’s something for every member of the family.

Activities are free and take place across Falmouth with venues including The Moor, Events Square, Gyllyngvase Beach and Kimberley Park.

Read more about Zestival

Charlestown Regatta Week – 22 to 28 July 2017

Poldark was filmed in Charlestown Cornwall

Visit the beautiful historic town of Charlestown for a week of watersports, games and entertainment, including a fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby and live music.

The week ends with the Regatta Rocks live music event.

Charlestown is an authentic georgian harbour housing a fleet of magnificent sailing ships. The town has been the backdrop for many films and TV series including Poldark, Dr Who and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Well worth a visit at any time of the year.

See the event schedule for Charlestown Regatta Week

Looe Carnival Week – 30 July to 5 August 2017

Looe village

The stunning town of Looe promises entertainment for the whole family during carnival week. Witness the famous floral dance through the town and watch the carnival parade with colourful floats, pipe bands and brass bands.

Activities for the kids include an under 13 mini fun run, children’s sand modelling competition on the beach and Punch and Judy shows.

Read more about Looe Carnival Week

Falmouth Week – 4 to 13 August 2017

Red Arrows 2015 Falmouth Week

Our favourite Falmouth event of the year, Falmouth Week 2017 fills the town with an array of activities that never disappoint. A week of sailing competitions surrounded by entertainment and events from live music, street food and tours on the Falmouth Lifeboat to Science in the Square from the University of Exeter.

Falmouth week kicks off with a Carnival which winds its way through the town. The Red Arrows pay a visit mid-week for a majestic display over the harbour and the festivities close with a world class fireworks display over the harbour.

Throughout the week various locations around the town play host to music, theme nights, artisan markets, water polo and there’s even a big wheel on the Pier.

Plan your Falmouth week with the full events schedule

 Fireworks Spectacular at Flambards – 7 to 31 August 2017Flambards theme park

On Mondays and Wednesdays throughout August, starting from Wednesday 9 August, join Flambards for an evening of entertainment followed by their iconic Fireworks Spectaculars lighting up the sky.

Visit for the day and enjoy the theme park before watching the fantastic fireworks display.

Find out more about the theme park opening times and events schedule

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week – 13 to 19 August 2017

fowey carnival and regatta cornwall

This annual event attracts visitors from all over the world. Fowey is a picturesque Cornish village on the south coast of Cornwall.

Visit on Wednesday to see (or take part in) the carnival procession. Locals and visitors don their fancy dress in the hopes of winning one of the prizes for best dressed.

Children of all ages love the Giant Pasty ceremony in which the iconic pasty arrives by boat and smaller children are entertained by magicians and visitors from Newquay Zoo.

Sailing events and live music continue throughout the week and the festival comes to a spectacular end with a fireworks display on the Saturday night.

Get all the info on Fowey Royal Regatta and carnival events here

Get Active Truro Festival – 16 to 19 August 2017

From 16 to 19 August Truro’s Lemon Quay is transformed into a sports and activity hub where you are invited to come and try free activities including dancing, climbing walls, cycling, skating and more.

Truro is Cornwall’s cathedral city and well worth a visit with stunning architecture, shops, cafes and restaurants galore. Easily accessible from Falmouth by train, car or bus.

Get Active Truro website

Steam and Country Fair 18 – 20 August 2017

Steam and County Fair

This annual family event at Stithians Showground brings together Steam Engines, an old time fun fair, vintage vehicles, and an array of working animal displays.

Enjoy a range of vintage crafts and displays including sheep dogs, falconry and the popular ponies versus dogs agility competition in the action packed rural ring.

Visit the Steam and Country Fair website

Cornwall’s Tattoo Convention, 26 – 27 August 2017

Celebrating all things body art, Cornwall’s Tattoo Convention at the Penryn Campus on 26 and 27 August features some of the region’s most prestigious artists along with national talent.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or want to get some new ink, with entertainment from live music to graffiti art workshops, there’s something for art and tattoo enthusiast from all walks of life.

Visit Cornwall’s Tattoo Convention website

Like this? You may also be interested in Tattoo, the stunning new exhibition at National Maritime Museum Cornwall until January 2018.

Events further afield

If you’re happy to travel slightly further to get your holiday kicks, it’s worth checking out these events, less than an hour’s drive from our campus accommodation.

Wild Woodland Summer Ball, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 19 August 2017.

Rogue Theatre

The legendary Rogue Theatre bring their immersive family show to the Lost Gardens of Heligan during July and August. Join their magical adventure as it weaves through the paths of Heligan. There will be enchanting live music, thrilling stories, otherworldly performance, explosive acrobatics, fire, wildly beautiful dance and free face painting. Dressing up and joining in is very much encouraged.

Go to the Lost Gardens of Heligan website for more information

Boardmasters surf and music festival, 9 – 13 August 2017

Boardmasters 2016 day

The biggest international professional surf contest and festival in the UK takes place in Newquay from 9 to 13 August, featuring some of the biggest names in world surfing along with a huge line up of music acts.

Head down to Fistral Beach to watch the surf, skate and BMX events, or take the opportunity to get involved and try out surfing for yourself. Grab your ticket for your choice of the music events and after parties at beaches and venues across Newquay, featuring main headliners including Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club and Alt J along with hundreds more acts.

Go to the Boardmasters website for tickets and more information

Cornwall Pride – 26 August 2017

Beach Flag cornwallpride.org

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary – Cornwall Pride 2017 will be bigger and better than ever.

It kicks off on Saturday 26 August with a colourful parade through the streets of Newquay, boasting one of the country’s largest rainbow flags! The family-friendly Rainbow Fest event in the afternoon features live music and entertainment for all to enjoy.

More information and tickets for the over 18s Pride party available via the website

For the latest events in Cornwall check out our full events calendar.

If you are staying with us this summer, don’t forget to ask at Glasney Reception for special deals. Our Cornwall Plus saver card entitles you to discounts at local eateries and admission to local attractions. We’ll make sure you have plenty to keep you amused this summer in Cornwall!