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Forthcoming events What's On 2022

Throughout the year, Cornwall plays host to a fantastic array of events. There's something for everyone - music, sports, food, theatre, literature, comedy, art and family fun.

Here's a round-up of Cornwall's forthcoming events for 2022:

March

St Piran's Day, March 5th

St Piran's Day is Cornwall's national day. You might also hear the Cornish name - Gool Peran. Saint Piran was a 5th century Cornish abbot and saint, and he is also the patron saint of tin miners. Like most places in Cornwall, Newquay hosts a whole range of events to celebrate St Pirans day. You can find a list of them here.

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project, March 5th

The 10th annual World Pasty Championships return to the Eden Project to celebrate Cornwall's culinary gift to the world, the humble pasty. The event will see professionals, amateurs and companies from all over the globe compete against each other in a series of pasty based challenges. Find out more here.

April

Porthleven Food Festival, 22-24 April

Porthleven Food Festival is an award-winning food and music event set to the backdrop of this stunning port town's picturesque harbour. A chef's theatre, food stalls, street food, music and entertainment combine to bring families and foodies together to enjoy Cornwall's culinary delights.


May


Image: Padstow May Day

Padstow May Day, May 1st

A not to be missed folk custom is Padstow's May Day. This little town comes alive during this annual festival. First, locals decorate the town's streets with flags, flowers and greenery. Then, ritual hobby horses parade through the streets with a procession of young and old playing music and singing the traditional May Song.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, 6-14 May

Inspired by the author Daphne du Maurier and her close connections with the Cornish town of Fowey, this charming festival features a range of competitions, awards and lots of literary-themed events.

Flora Day, Helston, Sat May 7th

Floral Day is a spring festival that celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of the vitality and freshness of the new season. A day of dancing and song, a massive procession of couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops. The pageants, dance and traditional songs all tell the story of Helston's unique history.

St Ives Food & Drink Festival, 13 -15 May

On beautiful Porthminster Beach, St Ives Food and Drinks Festival celebrates Cornwall's fabulous local producers. With a fantastic range of things to do, music and entertainment, the festival offers a welcoming atmosphere and events that'll keep the whole family entertained.

June

The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier, 2-5 June

This festival has a quirky alternative vibe. Billed as a rumbunctious bonanza of live entertainment, it takes place on the grounds of the gorgeous Scorrier House estate. The event aims to provide a welcoming atmosphere offering something for every family member.

Penzance Arts Festival, 3 - 19 June

Celebrating the town's connections to the world of art, this Penzance Festival puts the town's artists, galleries and museums centre stage. With over 1,000 local artists involved in a packed programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and lectures, this event is a firm favourite for culture lovers.

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, 9-11 June

It's the county's biggest annual event showcasing all that's best in food and farming. With exhibits, competitions, family activities and much more, the county show offers a grand day out for the whole family.

Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth, 24 – 26 June

Billed as the UK's biggest festival on a beach, with a stunning backdrop of Perranporth's cliffs, expect gorgeous views and big-name artists with The Kooks and Shaggy topping the bill in 2022.

July


Image: Charlestown Harbour

Penzance LitFest, Penzance, 6-9 July

This festival offers an eclectic mix of big names, emerging talent and unexpected delights from the literary world. Taking place over four days in July, there's a whole array of activities and events to whet the appetite.

Pandafest, Bodmin, 8-9 July

PandaFest is a grassroots music festival. Located in the village of Lanivet near Bodmin, this village grows the bamboo eaten by the pandas at London Zoo - hence the name. With a chilled atmosphere and a commitment to local up and coming artists, PandaFest is undoubtedly not to be missed.

Leopallooza, Nr Bude, 22 – 24 July

Leopallooza is an independent, award-winning, family-friendly festival. Showcasing new and old artists, an eco ethos and eclectic style permeate this unique festival. So if you're looking for a great alternative festival that's fun for everyone, Leo is the place to be.

Charlestown Regatta, 23 – 29 July

Charlestown's UNESCO world heritage Georgian harbour (of Poldark fame) takes centre stage for a host of activities during regatta week. Events include raft races, water sports, the Grand Carnival, flora dance procession, and so much more.

Rock Oyster Festival, 29-31 July

The humble mollusc may have started the show, but Rock Oyster Festival is about so much more. A music and food festival set on a stunning site on the banks of the Camel Estuary, this festival teams up headline chefs and musical artists to create a cornucopia of delight that promises an exceptional culinary experience and excellent entertainment.

August


Image: Boardmasters

Falmouth Week, Falmouth, 5 – 14 Aug

Falmouth Week draws massive crowds to this lovely harbour town. With origins as a sailing event, the regatta has grown to include so much more. This August, music shows, a carnival, and incredible fireworks are all set to light up the town.

Boardmasters 10-14 Aug, Newquay

The ultimate surf & music festival on the Cornish coast, Boardmasters, takes place on Newquay's famous Fistral beach, just a stone's throw from the hotel. Headliners for 2022 include George Ezra, Disclosure and King's of Leon. If you've never experienced the phenomenon that is Boardmasters, then 2022 could well be the year to discover this ultimate celebration of surf culture.

Fowey Royal Regatta, 14 – 20 Aug

Held every August, Fowey Royal Regatta is perhaps Britain's premier sailing event. Attracting thousands each year for an annual pilgrimage, the maritime events are numerous; however, there's plenty for landlubbers to get their teeth into with lots of fun-filled family attractions on the bill too.

September

Looe Music Festival, Looe, 16 -18 Sept

Listen up music fans! Looe Live is a fantastic community-run festival with a cross-genre lineup. Music takes over this lovely fishing town for the weekend with something for everyone this event is a true Cornish delight.

North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion, 22 – 25 Sept

The North Cornwall Book Festival brings together writers and readers for a literary retreat in a truly idyllic setting. With a packed roster of authors telling tales and showing knowledge, book-lovers will be in their element for this fabulous festival of the written word.

October

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth, 13 – 16 Oct

If you love seafood, this is the event for you! There'll be a plentiful supply of freshly shucked oysters for the thousands of visitors to this lovely fishing town. The festival puts fresh Cornish seafood front and centre, celebrating some of the finest quality produce you'll find anywhere in the world.

December

Image: Mousehole Christmas Lights 

Padstow Christmas Festival, 1-4 December

An annual celebration of food, drink and all things Christmas. Padstow's Christmas market features artisanal pop-up stalls with lots of local arts and crafts - perfect for a little Christmas shopping. There's also plentiful food and drink on offer, an ideal place to relax and enjoy a winter's evening.

Christmas Lights in Mousehole

The Christmas lights in Mousehole illuminate the tiny harbour from which the village takes its name. They're on display every evening from December 11th until the new year; however, perhaps the most magical time is Tom Bawcock's Eve - December 23rd. Locals decorate their houses with lights, and there is a lantern procession celebrating the legend of the village's famous fisherman who, as the legend goes, braved stormy seas to bring home the catch.

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