With the sun here for summer June is shaping up to be a great month. The events calendar in Cornwall is starting to get pretty full, with festivals already happening and plenty more to attend. There are country shows, food festivals and cultural events throughout Cornwall in the summer season, but these are our top picks for the month of June…
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, 9th – 11th June
One of the most anticipated and attended events in Cornwall. Running since 1973 this large scale event at the Royal Cornwall Showground focusses on rural life, from agriculture and farming to flower arranging. Young and old alike can marvel at livestock, show jumping and other Cornish countryside traditions.
Swellboard Shootout, Porthmeor, St Ives, 12th June
This is a one-off event on Porthmeor beach. Organised by St Ives Surf School and raising money for Surfers Against Sewage it is somewhat of a party on the beach with a little fun, competitive surfing thrown in. The difference to the surfing is that it is teams of four…in fancy dress! There’ll be music on the beach and refreshments available from Porthmeor Beach Cafe and is a great day…and a real spectacle.
Golowan Festival, Penzance, 17th – 26th June
A classic Cornish midsummer festival, culminating in Mazey Day, a fabulous day of street parades, live music and street vendors and food. It’s a charming festival that has a nod to more historic midsummer celebrations. The parade down Penzance’s main street is incredible, well worth a watch and the party often carries on into the night in Penzance’s many historic pubs, bars and restaurants.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth, 17th – 19th June
Set up in 2003 this festival aims to raise money for the RNLI whilst keeping traditional maritime history going. Shanty singing groups from across the globe gather in Falmouth to sing and perform at Discovery Quay and in the many maritime pubs throughout the town.
Falmouth Classics Regatta, Falmouth, 17th – 19th June
Running the same weekend as the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival the Classics Regatta sees boats from as long ago as 1882 being paraded and sailed. It’s a true spectacle seeing these beautiful vessels on the water, and truly amazing how well they have stood the test of both time and tide!