As the first week of January comes to a close and the shock of returning to normality subsides there are a number of events happening in Cornwall, Devon and Pembrokeshire South Wales (the locations of Forgotten Houses) in 2016 to look forward to and make this month seem less gloomy.
From festivals to feasts, parties to parades and raves to regattas there is always something to do in these beautiful counties. Here is a round up of the range of events Cornwall has to offer:
Boscastle Festivals – 16th – 22nd April and 3rd – 4th October
April sees the first of two festivals at the spectacular Boscastle – A walking week offering a range of rambles from steep cliff climbs to countryside routes following in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy. October hosts Boscastle’s reknown Food,music, art and craft festival, a weekend spectacular with over 30,000 visitors. The Perfect place to stay to take full advantage of both festivals is Forgotten Houses St. yse Cottage.
St Pirans Day – 5th March (events running all week)
The patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners it is a much celebrated day in Cornwall with parades, festivals and feasts held in numerous towns across the county. For more information what events are happening in towns and villages click here.
Porthleven Food Festival – 16th & 17th April
A weekend of food, music and merry making in the picturesque town of Porthleven. It is quickly becoming Cornwall’s main foodie festival with over 90 craft and artisan stalls, food demos, bands and visitor numbers of over 30,000! For a full line up of the weekend click here.
Bolster Day – 3rd May
A wonderful day for all the family steeped in Cornish tradition in the quaint village of St.Agnes. Follow Bolster the giant to Chapel Porth cove to watch puppets re-enact the legend of the giant who ate children and the brave knight who defeated him. Go up St.Agnes Beacon to watch the bonfire or meander through the village and watch the puppet led parade.
Royal Cornwall Show – 9th – 11th June
Another favourite amongst tourists and locals, the RCS, now in its 223rd year is held over a long weekend and hosts just about anything and everything associated with rural country life. Over 130,000 people visit the County show over 3 days to wonder around stalls, exhibits, food stalls, marvel at livestock and watch competitions such as best jam and cakes in the WI tent, best bull in the paddock and tractor demos. For more information and full details please click here.
Pendennis Cup 2016 – 27th June to 2nd July
This fantastic, biannual, super yacht regatta takes place in Falmouth Bay and attracts a lot of interest with 10-15 super yachts taking part. A real spectacle that is most definitely worth seeing. The perfect place to stay during the week of The Pendennis Cup is at one of Forgotten houses properties – Quay House in Flushing, with its spectacular water views across to Falmouth.
This is a small snippet of what Cornwall has to offer over the year, for more events check out What’s On Cornwall. We will also be blogging about things to see and do over the year in our beautiful county.
The Beautiful Yarner House in Devon is near Dartmoor and is an idyllic place to stay to enjoy the numerous events Devon has to offer over 2016. Here are just a few you can enjoy, for more events please visit http://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/whats-on
Salcombe Crabfest – 1st May
This day festival celebrated all things seafood – enjoy cooking demonstrations, crab picking tutorials, wine tasting, crab pot making and much more!
The Contemporary Crafts Festival – 10th – 12th June
Set on the edge of Dartmoor, this festival brings together over 200 creative makes. Visitors can enjoy hands on craft sessions, talks about the various skills and purchase a range of beautiful handmade items.
British Fireworks Championships – 16th – 17th August
A must see annual event on Plymouth Hoe with six teams battling it out to be crowned British Fireworks Champion, with a special twist for 2016. This year sees the return of the last six years winners to be crowned Champion of champions.
And of course not forgetting Pembrokeshire, where again the county hosts a vast range of festivals and celebrations for all the family to enjoy. From Pembrokeshire Fish Week at the end of June to the Jazz and blues festival in August more event details can be found here, and why not stay in the beautiful Manobier Castle to make your visit even more memorable!