It’s almost June and that can mean only one thing! It’s time to pack up your camping gear, wellies and sleeping bag. Grab your rain mac and your sparkles because festival season is officially upon us!!!
Here is our guide to the biggest and best Cornish festivals that you want to be a part of this summer!
The Masked Ball, Porthleven: Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May
A spectacular bi-annual themed party that is set on the cliff tops of Porthleven is this year excited to present ‘a voyage through the underworld’ a new area for 2017.
Arrive at the portal after dusk and take a journey through dark tunnels transporting you into iconic venues and the legendary parties that happen within their walls! Take a step back in time to the Chicago blues club in the 40s or a Brixton squat in the 80s; wherever you choose to dance the night away it’s sure to be a hit!
And don’t panic yet! All the traditional venues such as the grand ballroom and the terrace are back with a bang!
Image credit: The Masked Ball
The Great Estate, Scorrier House: Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June
Now, this is one we are really excited about and actually, have tickets for! Located in the family run Scorrier House in Redruth are presenting for the first year ‘The Great Estate’ – The most rambunctious garden fete.
From major headline acts including Craig Charles, The Electric Swing Circus, Echo and the Bunnymen just to name a few to camel racing, secret gin gardens, a woodland silent disco.
Enjoy Cornish wrestling, Burlesque and so much more over the weekend it is one event not to miss.
Grab your tickets now before they jump up to the last tier.
Image credit: The Great Estate Facebook
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth: Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June
Founded in 2003 The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival aim to raise money for the RNLI and to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of the area.
2017 will see the 150th anniversary of the RNLI in Falmouth with an open day at the RNLI station on the Saturday.
The Shanty Festival now takes place at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, the synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together.
Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, the three-day event kicks off on Friday evening with singing on Custom House Quay and in Events Square, continuing at several other venues in town until late! It’s a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past and you’ll find it hard to stop your feet tapping along to the infectious rhythms.
Rock Oyster Festival, Rock: Friday 7th July to Saturday 8th
Not all of Cornwall’s festivals are just about the music! The Rock Oyster Festival is a midsummer celebration of food, music, and art, visitors to the festival eat their way through thousands of Cornish oysters in highlighting the county’s rich seafood traditions.
As well as the ever-present oysters there is a whole host of live music, circus acts, endless kids’ entertainment, alternative performing arts, and a shopping bazaar.
This year the festival has moved to the Padstow side of the Estuary and since it is located right next to the Camel Trail and you can cycle this year and help raise money as they will donate £1 to charity.
For every bike that gets ridden to the festival! There will even be a bike best-dressed competition, so get out those handlebar streamers and jazz up those wheels… it’s for a good cause!
Image credit: Rock Oyster Festival Facebook
Boardmasters, Newquay & Watergate Bay: Wednesday 9th Aug to Sunday 13th Aug
We certain had canned heat in our heels when we heard the one and only Jamiroquai was headlining the weekend fun up at Boardmasters this year and we can’t wait to throw some serious shapes, but the party starts mid-week down at Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach where it all kicks off with the surfing, biking, and beach sessions before it all kicks off up at Watergate Bay for a whole weekend of F.U.N
With over 100 acts set to line the 8 stages, stunning scenery, sunsets with Nando’s Cock o’Van serving up some serious chicken & tunes, what more would you want from a festival!
Image credit: Boardmasters Festival
Looe Music Festival, Looe: Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October
Fall in love with Looe as you spend three days of fun in this magical location as it brings the last of the summer festivals to our shores.
Looe Music Festival takes place in the heart of town with the main stages on the beach and around the bustling harbour.
Wherever you look there are amazing views, intoxicating music, side streets to explore, and pubs to lose a day in as the festival pops-up from nowhere and transforms the beach and the streets, giving locals & visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show.
Acts this year include the Happy Monday’s, Cornwall ‘YouTube’ sensation Daisy Clark, the Undertones and we know you are going to want to Shout! As loud as you can to Lulu.