There are many Cornish weeks celebrating the summer, packed full of carnivals, shows, entertainment and food, no more so than Falmouth Week. Held every year in August (5th-14th this year) it plays hosts to a plethora of activities both on land and sea. Started in 1837 and originally a week long sailing Regatta of fleet racing for yachts and day boats it has now come ashore and offers fun for all the family, both day and night!
Deemed “the largest sailing regatta in the south west” with over 450 yachts competing, thousands descend on Falmouth for the week to watch the action from shore with six days of racing keelboats, traditional crafts and dinghies and a Champagne Day on the Wednesday which is a race for the big yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour.
After catching the sailing action from along the Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads or the harbour, you can meander through Falmouth to Events Square and see local artists and Cornish craft markets, or visit the Prince of Wales Pier for daily live music, street theatre and dance performances or go up to The Moor and find a local market and family entertainment throughout the week. In fact the children can be entertained all week with a host of activities including free rock-pooling sessions and special activities for all ages at Events Square, Maritime Museum, Gyllyngdune Gardens and Pendennis Castle.
If you are however, feeling a little more “gung ho” why not try your hand at The Trident Swim Challenge at Gyllyngvase Beach; a chilly 800m wild sea swim organised by Firefighters at the Falmouth station to raise money for Cancer Research, Gylly Surf Life Saving Club and the Fire Fighters Charity. http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/map/the-trident-challenge/
Or if partying on down and a good old boogie is more your kind of thing there are bands and themed nights on all week at Events Square including a carnival night, 80s revival, cider night and a charity pink wig parade!!
A must see for the week is the Red Arrows who make an appearance in the (hopefully cloud free) skies on 10th August, marching carnival through Falmouth streets on 6th and the famous dragon boat race where local teams give it their all in 40ft traditional Chinese style boats on 14th August.
For a full list of whats on visit http://www.falmouthweek.co.uk/ and of course the perfect place to stay is in one of our Forgotten Houses Cottages near Falmouth. https://www.forgottenhouses.co.uk/properties
Choose from Bosvathick Lodge, Little Bosvarren, Badgers, Bosbenna, Polwartha or Mellinzeath Farmhouse in the Constantine area near Falmouth, Lorelei on the Helford, or for the perfect spot to watch the action stay at Quay House in Flushing