Falmouth Week will soon be upon us and throngs of locals and holidaymakers with descend on Falmouth when the week of festivities arrives from 4th to 13th August. Now the largest sailing regatta in the south west and the most popular it began in the 1830s with a simple regatta and has grown over the past 180 years to a medley of events both on and off the water.
For those of you who have a passion for boats the fleet racing for yachts and dayboats happens across the 7 days of Falmouth Week with host sailing clubs offering entertainment and prize giving at the end of each day. Walk to Pendennis Point or many of the coastal paths along Carrick Roads to view these annual races from the shore.
The most renown race happens mid week on Champagne Day – Wednesday 9th August when boats compete in the prestigious Champagne Race. This long coastal race has been part of Falmouth’s annual tradition for over 60 years and commemorates a friendly yachting challenge between Lord Shawcross and Jack Silley. Their competitiveness between each other was so strong that it’s said that they broke away from the race they were competing in to settle the race between them; the looser in turn presenting a case of champagne to the winner. The race itself includes the whole Bay and extends up the coast in the direction of Gull Rock, finishing to the west side of Pendennis headland which would be a wonderful vantage point!
The much loved Dragon Boat Race happens on Sunday 13th August where 40ft traditional boats will be raced by teams of up to 16 people; always a great source of entertainment, this race can be viewed best from Events Square which is home to lots of entertainment, stalls and food over the Falmouth Week.
Events Square is just one of four areas activities are being held during Falmouth Week, The Moor at the other end of Falmouth will host a range of markets and provide music, seating and street food in the Marquee on the Moor, the Quays and Piers will come alive with celebration from the RNLI, Red Arrows and a spectacular fireworks display and of course be a great spot for catching a boat race or two. The town itself will be the centre for the carnival parade and as mentioned Events Square hosts Falmouth Week’s renowned music themed nights including pink wig night and a 80’s and 90’s extravaganza!
There is too much going on during Falmouth Week to mention it all so for a full line up please visit https://www.falmouthweek.co.uk and of course where else to stay than Quay House in Flushing; a wonderful house on the waterfront with views from Flushing across to Falmouth perfect for watching the sailing from. If you’d like to stay in the countryside we also have many properties near the lovely village of Constantine a very short distance from Falmouth.