August in West Cornwall
Enjoy a host of events taking part throughout West Cornwall, from regattas and sea shanties to fish demonstrations and open air theatre.
While staying in West Cornwall there is plenty to explore, whether it is the iconic landmarks dotted along the coastline, the festivals celebrating the heritage of our towns and villages, or the outdoor activities that are best enjoyed in the sunshine!
4th – 13th: Falmouth Week, Falmouth - With its origins being firmly rooted in a sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, Falmouth Week has now become an attraction for both visitors and locals, sailors and spectators. The regatta week features up to seven days of fleet racing for yachts and day boats, accompanied by an array of Shoreside Events, including creation station workshops, an aerial display by the Red Arrows, live music, markets and fireworks.
10th & 11th: Simon Birch Dance - Shoreline, Praa Sands Beach – Exploring the connection that we have all have to the ocean, Shoreline is a truly unique experience set right on the edge of the sea. With the beach as their stage, watch the performers dance in and out of the sea, accompanied by a completely acoustic choir. A powerful and highly engaging piece reflected through movement and music, portraying everything that is extraordinary about our dramatic coastline.
22nd & 23rd: Miracle Theatre’s Third Policeman, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre - ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland.
25th: Tewlwolow Kerenow: James Turrell’s Skyspace at Dusk, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden – Pack up a picnic and your torch to enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the subtropical garden of Tremenheere in the evening. Enjoy resident artist, James Turrell’s, underground elliptical domed chamber be illuminated from the ceiling, with the shifting interior and exterior light contrasting with the sky to create a hypnotic experience.
27th: Pirates on the Prom, Penzance Promenade – World renowned for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, the town of Penzance are hoping to reclaim their Guinness World Record title for the ‘largest gathering of pirates’. Pull on your bandana and eye patch, holster your musket and be sure to throw on all your swashbuckling attire and head down to the promenade. As well as the world record attempt, which will take place at 4 pm, there will be a day of festivities including a funfair, roaming entertainment, numerous bars and food stalls, a craft market, circus performers, and much more. Entry is £2 per person, with all profits being donated to the RNLI, which is payable in advance or at the entry points.
28th: Newlyn Fish Festival, Newlyn Harbour – hosted by Cornwall’s largest fishing port, Newlyn Fish Festival is back for its 28th year. Experience the maritime history of the village through the classic lugger boats and lifeboat displays, the fishing boat and lobster pot making demonstrations, as well as the entertainment held within the harbour such as the Cornish gig rowing and trawler races. Indulge in the bounty of the sea at the various food stalls, learn how to prepare and cook fish from local and nationally renowned chefs at the cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music throughout the day from male voice choirs, sea shanties and silver bands.