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What's On August

What’s on in August: Insider Guide

There's always plenty to do in Cornwall over August, here we share our top picks, from the busy Falmouth Week to intimate theatrical experiences at Trebah...

THE MAN ENGINE, Tuesday 2nd August

The UK’s largest ever steam-powered man will walk the entire length of Cornish Mining World Heritage sites and will be at Heartlands on the 2nd of August for a Cornish celebration. He’s not only appearing at Heartlands during August so check out the link in the title to find out where else he’ll be!



‘”One storm filled day when the clouds were the colour of a bad temper, something washed up on the beach that was neither fish nor bird nor boat…”As part of Cornwall’s festival of landscape and dance, SALT 2016, Cscape Dance Company will collaborate with Cornish dancer/choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves (Matthew Bourne/Kneehigh) and writer Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh/BBC Radio 4) to bring you Neptunalia at Trebah: a feast for the heart, soul and belly; culminating in celebrations and dancing on the beach.’

This show at Trebah gardens is sure to be a Cornish experience you’ll never forget; walking through the picturesque gardens as the story unfolds around you.  It’s also part of the Landscape Dance event SALT, who have dance events and performances on all across the county this summer – check out their website here for more information. Neptunalia will be ticketed so we suggest you book yours here before you go!



Don’t miss a chance to see the exciting local talent that is the Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac. They’ll be singing local sea shanties in Penlee Park Open Air Theatre in Penzance.

‘There’s no gang leader, no choir master and no holds barred in the singing of The Fisherman’s Friends. And fisherman’s friends they truly are – each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.’

Be prepared to have your ears blown off and enjoy some local Cornish sea shanties! This event is also ticketed so we’d suggest getting your tickets from here.



The Gylly Triathlon is a truly challenging event set against the beautiful backdrop of Falmouth Bay. Watch as daring competitors run, swim and cycle around Falmouth. We’d suggest doing this from the comfort of Gylly Beach Cafe with a refreshing drink and one of their amazing cakes. The event starts at 07:00 and finishes around 10:00.


Falmouth Week

Falmouth Week


By far the most exciting week in the town’s calendar, Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the South West with over 200 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shoreside events. 

There’s so much to see and do this week; the town really comes alive! From Dingy and yacht racing to the Red Arrows and a craft market (not to mention the different themed party nights every evening) there is so much to do and something for everyone. Our top tips? See if you can spot the St Michaels team in the dragon boat racing, watch the Red Arrows from the top of the High Street and check out the best spots for watching the sailing at Pendennis point and St Mawes Castle.


BEE FAYRE, Saturday 20TH AUGUST – Sunday 21st August


Enys Gardens, a hidden gem of a house and garden in Penryn, is hosting a BEE Fayre – Bee Awareness Day in late August. There’ll be a lot happening including; Learning about Bee Research taking place on our doorstep at Tremough, part of Exeter University, stands selling honey, mead and candles, plants for bees, beekeeping and Bee a Beekeeper activity.



Parklive is a series of free monthly music events in the lovely surroundings of Kimberley Park. Parklive 2016 will showcase the range of creative talent living in the Falmouth area and is an open and accessible activity for local families, residents and visitors to attend. In 2016 Source FM will have more activities for younger people to take part in, which will include a ‘Storytelling Tent’, ‘Circus Skills’ and an ‘Art Wall’. This is a free event organised by our local radio station, Source FM, and not one to be missed!



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