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FALMOUTH SPRING FESTIVAL 16 MARCH – 24 MARCH
A festival to celebrate Falmouth's beautiful open and green spaces. With guided walks and talks, garden spring clean events, Gardeners' Question Time and a Spring Fair. A full schedule for 2013 can be found on the website.
FALMOUTH SPRING FLOWER SHOW 23 MARCH – 24 MARCH
The Falmouth Spring Flower Show has marked the start of spring in Falmouth for over a century with wonderful displays of shrubs, daffodils and cacti. First staged in 1910 and apart from some temporary suspension during World wars I & II, the show has been continuously held annually since 1944.
The two day festival is held at the Princess Pavilion where you can enjoy the array of spring flowers heralding the end of the dreary months of winter. On show are tender and rare plants, Bonsais, Orchids, stunning flower arrangements with experts on hand to answer your queries, specialist plants for sale and refreshments. Exhibitors include anyone with a love of flora and fauna from big nurseries and public gardens to local residents with private gardens.
TREREIFE EASTER FOOD & CRAFT FAIR 29 MARCH – 01 APRIL
Trereife House is looking forward to hosting its fourth Easter Bank Holiday Food and Craft Fair weekend at the historic Queen Anne manor house and its spectacular grounds, kicking off with a series of cookery demonstrations, craft demonstrations and a programme of entertainment.
ST ENDELLION EASTER MUSIC FESTIVAL 29 MARCH – 07 APRIL
St Endellion Easter Festival founded by the late Richard Hickox and his then wife Frances, who remains the director, almost four decades on. Like its elder summer sibling, the festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – all of whom pay to participate in just over a week of very high quality music making.
CORNWALL SPRING FLOWER SHOW 06 APRIL – 07 APRIL
Flower power is something you can’t miss in Cornwall. Almost everyone has a garden and it’s usually crammed with a profusion of colourful plants. Even in winter the climate is so mild that buds start to appear in the hedgerows in January so by the time spring comes that passion for gardening has awakened into a spate of flower festivals. This is one of the first held in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, an 18th Century mansion owned by the Fortescue family, where the two-day event, celebrating its centenary in 2012, features show gardens, horticultural trade stands and competitive classes.
ART8 NEWQUAY 11 APRIL – 18 APRIL
Newquay’s First Festival of Arts and Culture and just when you thought you knew a town and all it had to offer... it's with the greatest pleasure that we bring you Art8. Art8 is a feast for the senses, 8 days of art in 8 disciplines, to include all aspects of fine art, dance, design, photography, word, drama, music and craft. We hope that such a varied programme of free or nominal charge events will excite and tempt everyone to get involved.
PADSTOW MAY DAY 01 MAY
May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.
ST AGNES BOLSTER FESTIVAL 03 MAY – 06 MAY
A celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster.
ENGLISH NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 12 MAY – 13 MAY
National champions will be decided in the longest-running surfing competition, now in its 40th anniversary year, the English National Championships will see up and coming surfers battle to knock established surfers off the top spot, over three divisions.
FOWEY FESTIVAL OF WORDS AND MUSIC 08 MAY – 18 MAY
Fowey Festival of Words and Music is the new name for Cornwall’s most loved festival of literature, music and entertainment, formerly The du Maurier Festival. What happens? This vibrant annual Festival has an exciting programme of high quality events, talks, exhibitions, workshops, guided walks, river cruises and community activities that appeal to a wide audience. The Festival attracts the great and the good from the world of literature and entertainment.
Over the years it has sparkled with star names such as Ann Widdecombe, Jo Brand, Tim Rice and Terry Wogan. The festival marquee is the main venue for book talks, stand-up comedy and live music, while other venues around the town host lots of events including theatre and classical concerts. The countryside around the town’s magnificent harbour is the setting for guided walks and river cruises that take in many locations that have been inspiration for other famous novelists like Arthur Quiller-Couch, Leo Walmsley and Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.
PORT ELIOT DOG FESTIVAL 11 MAY
Port Eliot dog festival and whippet tea party celebrates its third year of success in the delightful grounds of Port Eliot. Last year over seven hundred people and hundreds of dogs came along. For humans there will be an array of stalls, cream teas and other refreshments, a treasure hunt and other activities for kids, and musical entertainment from the wonderful Wurlizta band later on in the afternoon. The Dog Festival is once again being held in support of Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal, raising funds to build the new children's hospice at Little Harbour, near St Austell. Entry to the wonderful grounds is £2.00 per adult, Children free and £1.00 per class entry in the dog show. All proceeds to the CHSW. In addition the house is open to visitors from 2pm to 5pm for an additional £7.
ST IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL 11 MAY – 18 MAY
Internationally famous for its artistic connections, St. Ives hosts a full programme of literary events featuring writers and poets who descend on the town to share their love of words with locals and visitors alike.
OPEN STUDIOS CORNWALL 25 MAY – 02 JUNE
During this event artists and craftspeople all over Cornwall throw open the doors to their studios for a week at the beginning of the summer. The event showcases the best art the county has to offer, breaking the mould of traditional Cornish art with visitors able to see a range of contemporary work from the diverse pool of resident artists in the county.
EDEN SESSIONS: EDDIE IZZARD 03 JUNE
The Eden Sessions are one-day festivals, where world-class bands and artists perform in front of the beautiful Biomes using the amazing acoustics created by our natural amphitheatre. On 3 June it is the turn of Comic genius Eddie Izzard who will be performing at the Eden Sessions as part of his 2013 tour Force Majeure.
ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW 06 JUNE – 08 JUNE
For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending.