What’s on September: Insider Guide
September – the month when the sea is at its warmest, the crowds start to disperse and Cornwall settles down to enjoy the last of the summer warmth. In our opinion this is probably the best month to come down and visit us. There’s plenty going on, so we’ve gathered together a few events we think you’d enjoy.
GORSEDH KERNOW ESEDHVOS FESTIVAL OF CORNISH CULTURE, WEdnesday 31st September – SUNDAY 4TH september
If you’re interested in ancient Cornish culture this event is one for you. A three-day festival in St Keverne with talks, concerts, dance and more celebrating local culture. There will be a Cornish book fair, Cornish language plays and a gala concert. Have a look at their website for a full programme of events.
Up the creek with enterprise boats, friday 2nd september
Take a special trip aboard Enterprise Boats for this waterborne tour, taking in areas of the Fal River that most boat trips don’t reach, with commentary from Alan and Anne Cox. For £13.00 per person you will also receive a pasty and free parking, with all profits going to local charities. To book your place please call Anne or Alan on 01326 316716.
THE MAGNIFICENT THREE AT TREBAH AMPHITHEATRE, FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER and Saturday 3rd September
After the success of last year’s show, ‘The Magnificent Three’ is back for another season, and with the magical setting of Trebah’s Amphitheatre, it’s sure to be a fantastic evening.
‘Heading west across Dead Man’s Prairie, the trail hits a watering hole called Hope Springs. Not a lot ever happened here: mostly lonesome strangers, minding their own business, passing on through but then word got out that the railroad was coming and the town got a whole lot wilder. Seems even most trusted folk can’t always be counted on when there’s money to be made…’
To book tickets visit their website here.
PROMS ON THE PENINSULA, saturday 3rd SEPTEMBER
Set on the Avenue in front of Mount Edgecumbe House listen and watch Plymouth Symphony Orchestra in a stunning grade 1 listed landscape and enjoy the firework finale. Tickets are currently on sale at £15.00 for adults (with under 10s free) and all profits are split between local charities; 50% Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, 10% each to The Lords Lieutenant of Devon and Cornwall Youth Projects (with a musical base), 10% Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Park, 10% Nordoff Robbins and the final 10% towards the Plymouth Palace Theatre Restoration Project.
For ticket information you can call 01752 813 613 or 01752 813 762.
foraging course at philleigh way cookery school, TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Cornwall is renound for it’s beautiful countryside and extensive flora and fauna, so there’s nowhere better than here to dip into the world of foraging. This course at Court Farm in Philleigh takes you on a foraging trip through open pasture, ancient oak woodland and river estuary before welcoming you back to the cookery school kitchen for a three-course meal inspired by the very food you have just foraged. To book and for more information visit their website here.
FESTIVAL OF FOOD IN CORNWALL, FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER – sunday 11th September
Don’t miss out on the best of Cornish produce, wine tasting and demonstrations by top chefs all in the unique setting of the Eden Project, what’s more the whole event is included in the normal ticket entry price for the Eden Project!
SOUTH EAST WALKING CORNWALL FESTIVAL, wednesday 10th SEPTEMBER – Tuesday 16th September
With warm days, long evenings and less crowds, September is the perfect time of year to explore Cornwall’s myriad of walks. This festival is based in south east Cornwall and is a perfect way to discover the historic fishing port of Polperro, the Tamar Valley and the edge of Bodmin Moor. All the walks are led by volunteer guides so you can get the best out of the experience. For more information, find their website here.
THE ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL, WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER – Sunday 14TH SEPTEMBER
This festival is set in various venues throughout the town of St Ives and brings together many different fields of art, culture and music in over two hundred different events. It’s definitely not one to miss!
NEWQUAY FISH FESTIVAL, TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER – thursday 18th September
In its 14th year this event has gone from strength to strength. By showcasing the very best of locally caught seafood, right at the source in the 300 year old harbour, you know you’re getting the best! Alongside demonstrations by the region’s top chefs, there is a full programme of entertainment including bands, dancers and even a band of pirates complete with canons!
ST MAWGAN STEAM AND VINTAGE RALLY, wednesday 17TH SEPTEMBER – THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
This event is known as the family-friendly rally, and with so much on offer it’s not hard to see why! From shows by the famous Majorettes and Dancing Diggers to have a go events like Motorbike Limbo, Landrover Challenge, Vintage Car Obstacle Course, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Tractor Driving Challenge and Steam Engine Driving to Live Evening Entertainment, Homemade Food, Bar, Craft Tent, Vintage Teas, Kids Area and more you’re going to need the whole day!
BRONZE AGE SMELTING, ThursdaY 18TH SEPTEMBER
With the success of BBC’s Poldark, it’s no secret that Cornwall has a rich mining heritage. With this event at Levant Mine in Pendeen near St Just, you can experience it for yourself!
LOOE MUSIC FESTIVAL, TUESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER – thursday 25th September
‘Looe Music Festival is three days of superb live music in a magical setting on the stunning Cornish coast. A ‘grown-up’ music festival where camping isn’t a prerequisite, where you can visit for the day or the weekend, stay in comfort and eat like a king.’
We love this music festival, where the streets and beach of Looe get transformed into a cultural festival full of music and entertainment. They say ‘Everywhere is the venue, everybody’s welcome to the party. And every year, we try to push it one step further.’ We can’t wait to see what this year holds!
As well as these events (and all the others we haven’t managed to fit in this post) there are long-running things to do in Cornwall over September. Don’t forget to check out the Vikings at the Falmouth Maritime museum or the Timeline of Dynamic Discovery at The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno.