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Cornwall

Cornwall

Surrounded on three sides by water, Cornwall is a ruggedly charming peninsular crammed with character, much of it focused on the sea. The north coast offers particularly fine sandy beaches at Bude, Watergate Bay and Newquay with dramatic cliff views, especially at High Cliff between Boscastle and St.Gennys, where the rocks tower to a staggering 732 feet. There’s great surfing on this coast too, an adrenaline-based contrast to the Cornish Riviera in the south, which presents a gentler prospect of small coves, quiet fishing villages and secluded estuaries.

The South West Coast Path links all Cornwall’s 300 beaches with some of the finest sea views in Britain, including the iconic  western-most point of Land’s End, and the stunning off-shore island of St. Michael’s Mount, a tiny shard of 1,000-year-old history, reachable on foot at low tide. Cornwall’s atmospheric tin mines, which form a World Heritage Site to the west, are fascinating.

Inland, Bodmin Moor draws walkers to crag-tops and lonely paths, and the high-tech environmental domes of the world-class Eden Project forms one of Britain’s most successful tourist centres. Other attractions include Truro’s Georgian architecture and its triple-towered cathedral in Gothic Revival style, plus there are many National Trust gardens and properties such as the wonderful Tudor house of Cotehele near Saltash, and the weathered ruins of Tintagel Castle on the northern coast which add character to Cornwall’s ancient story. Few leave the county without eating at least one Cornish Pasty. But the seafood and cream teas are outstanding, too.

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December
Padstow Christmas Festival
Padstow Christmas Festival

Embrace the festive season with a trip to Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival and see this Cornish fishing village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun. 

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Truro Primestock Show
Truro Primestock Show

The annual Christmas Primestock Show is a favourite with farmers and townspeople alike. The Marquee on Lemon Quay will be filled with the sight of cattle and sheep as the best Cornish livestock is judged. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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April
Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival
Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival

The international male voice choir festival is held bi-annually in Cornwall attracting many thousands of visitors.

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Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc, Lostwithiel
Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc, Lostwithiel

The two-day event takes place in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, an 18th c. mansion owned by the Fortescue family, and features show gardens, horticultural trade stands and competitive classes. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Porthleven Food Festival - Helston
Porthleven Food Festival - Helston

A one day festival showcasing Cornish food producers along with music and entertainment. (photo - VisitEngland/VisitPortsmouth)

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St Endellion Easter Music Festival, Port Isaac 
St Endellion Easter Music Festival, Port Isaac 

English Language performance of the Bach Passions (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead
Initiative)

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May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

Held annually on the late May Bank Holiday Weekend, the Folk Festival is a friendly mixture of Folk Concerts, including a fun filled 'Old Time Music Hall', dance, music and song all based in and around Bude. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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English National Surfing Championships Newquay
English National Surfing Championships Newquay

The English National Surfing Championships will see the next generation of young surfers battle to knock established competitors off the top spot over three divisions.

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Fal River Festival
Fal River Festival

150 events including gig racing, swimming, wild walks, a fish festival and loads more

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Fowey Festival of Words and Music
Fowey Festival of Words and Music

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful River Fowey estuary the Festival provides the very best of literature and the arts; talks, interviews, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, music, creative writing workshops, reading groups, literary luncheons, trails, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isl

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Helston Flora Day
Helston Flora Day

The famous Flora Day celebration is believed to be pre-Christian and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being "a drunken revelry." Dancing begins at 7am. A great family day out.

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival
St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Set against the backdrop of one of the most stunning coastlines in Britain, the St Ives Food and Drink Festival takes place on the iconic Porthminster Beach. (photo - VisitEngland/VisitPortsmouth)

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World Pilot Gig Championships - Scilly
World Pilot Gig Championships - Scilly

Scilly hosts the World Pilot Gig Championships where crews compete for the title of World Champions. A colourful, energetic and very friendly event.

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June
Polperro Music and Arts Festival
Polperro Music and Arts Festival

Includes plenty of live music, an arts and crafts fair, comedy night, lighting of the solstice bonfire, colourful village carnival and a unique mock mayor choosing ceremony. 2014 dates subject to confirmation. (photo- VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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Royal Cornwall Show Wadebridge
Royal Cornwall Show Wadebridge

Cornwall’s showcase since 1793 and a fascinating glimpse into rural life. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent, show jumping and a fast and furious inter-hunt relay.

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Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival
Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival

Saltash Regatta is one of the most colourful waterside festivals in South East Cornwall. You will find gig rowing events as well as entertainment on the shore. Please note dates for 2014 are subject to confirmation.

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July
Lafrowda Festival
Lafrowda Festival

An annual event celebrating community arts with free entertainment to suit every taste, with street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles and three spectacular processions.  (photo - VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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Liskeard Agricultural Show
Liskeard Agricultural Show

One of the biggest agricultural shows in the South West with a wide selection of high quality entries in the large animal classes, and a companion dog show.(photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair

The Padstow Vintage Rally inlcudes live entertainment on both Friday + Saturday night in the beer tent, a funfair, and of course there are a vast variety of vintage and steam vehicles. 2014 dates are subject to confirmation. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Penzance Literary Festival
Penzance Literary Festival

The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. 2014 dates are subject to confirmation. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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Port Eliot Festival
Port Eliot Festival

Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party. Attracts mix of celebs, art lovers, foodies, party animals and book worms.  Music, food and literary festival in Port Eliot, St Germans, SE Cornwall. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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St Endellion Summer Music Festival Port Isaac 
St Endellion Summer Music Festival Port Isaac 

Internationally famous festival. Symphony orchestra and a chorus of 75, with guest artistes, encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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August
Boardmasters Surf, Skate + Music Festival
Boardmasters Surf, Skate + Music Festival

Surf, skate + music festival situated across two legendary locations featuring the best in action sports including ASP World Tour Surfing and a laid back music festival. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Falmouth Week
Falmouth Week

Falmouth Week has grown into one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Fowey Regatta
Fowey Regatta

Highlights include the world renowned Red Arrows (Thursday 6pm), who never disappoint with a stunning display, swooping through the Fowey River estuary and the skies above.

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Newlyn Fish Festival
Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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September
Agatha Christie Festival
Agatha Christie Festival

Presenting many top crime authors and screenwriter. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead
Initiative)

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October
Fal River Autumn Walking Festival
Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

Encompassing the very best of what the Fal River has to offer, the walks will encounter historical points of interest, meander along coast paths, pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites. (photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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FALMOUTH Oyster Festival
FALMOUTH Oyster Festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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November
St Austell Torchlight Carnival
St Austell Torchlight Carnival

Marking the beginning of winter, a one day celebration in the china clay capital of Cornwall. Live bands, stalls, music and dance and the Torchlight Carnival parades through the town.

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