Falmouth Festivals: Destination Cornwall
Falmouth, on the south coast of Cornwall, England, has the third-deepest natural harbour on Earth, and has been the start or finish of many record-breaking voyages around the world. The proximity to the water has been Falmouth’s draw for generations, and its Georgian town houses that face the beach are often turned into guest houses and hotels for guests from all over the world to enjoy the spectacular setting. With five main beaches, it is a water-lover’s dream destination. Of course, it celebrates its nautical heritage with many annual events and festivals, which are a delight to visit and a wonderful way to experience the Cornwall way of life. Some of the Falmouth festivals that are most popular include:
Falmouth Festivals: Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival
Established in 2006, the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival celebrates the history, culture, people and all things tied to the Fal River. A series of about 150 separate events (concerts, racing, drama, contests, etc.) take place up and down the river, in Falmouth, Truro and around the Roseland Peninsula. Regional food is plentiful and delicious, and celebrity chefs share their Cornish recipes. In the evening, attendees can dance to Celtic tunes or swim in the “Castle to Castle” race across the Fal Estuary.
Falmouth Festivals: The Falmouth Spring Festival
This is a week-long series of events celebrating nature at this beautiful time of year. Venues across town participate in this educational, fun and interactive festival that brings everyone out with a smile and good cheer. Some events include: Guerilla Gardening Day, Paint the Town Yellow Day, The Launch of the Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Exhibit “Search and Rescue,” Rock Pooling on Castle Beach, Spring fair (like a farmer’s market/arts and crafts market), Flower Power, 1.5-mile Run Falmouth and many more festivities.
Falmouth Festivals: Falmouth Oyster Festival
If you go to just one festival in your lifetime, well, then make it Oktoberfest in Munich. But a close second best is the Falmouth Oyster Festival in October, which celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, Cornish seafood and traditional oyster harvesting and dredging. Cooking demonstrations are a hit and, of course, seafood and oysters are in abundance. Guests can enjoy a local ale while watching their children paint seashells, watch the town parade, listen to live music, participate in a good old oyster shucking competition, try their sea skills in the Falmouth Working Boat race and check out the local craft fair stalls in the festival marquee. Come hungry, as the sheer volume and variety of food cannot be resisted.
Falmouth Festivals: The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
This is the largest free maritime music festival in the world, bringing people from several countries to participate in rowdy and raucous event. The Falmouth Shout Shanty Singers as well as many other Cornish and English groups sing at this event, which benefits the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This wonderful event is also a perfect way to learn about the history of Cornwall, the days of sailing and the way of life in Cornwall.
Isaac writes for Falmouth.co.uk the official website promoting the Cornish seaside town of Falmouth. For help finding accommodation in Falmouth, places to eat, jobs or to simply find things to do in Falmouth Cornwall. visit Falmouth.co.uk.Posted on: December 1, 2012, by : jetw2421