Whats on August

The beginning of August in Cornwall was traditionally marked this year with torrential downpours and colder temperatures but as the mid summer season hits and hopefully the weather improves, we look at what’s on in the county this month. From fairs to festivals, and food to fireworks Cornwall offers a wide range of spectacles to suit every budget and family.


5th – 14th August – Falmouth Week

A wonderful week filled with sailing, music and entertainment. For a full description of whats on see last weeks blog here…..


6th August – The Cornwall Project Beach Banquet, Carlyon Bay, St Austell

A selection of top London chefs are returning for their second banquet evening inspired by local produce and cooked over fire. With no menu you can expect incredible food from the freshest ingredients selected on the morning of the banquet from local farmers and suppliers. For more information about the event, its chefs and to buy tickets visit http://www.crbo.co.uk/eventDetail.php?evGrp=354&evId=12925


 7th August – Mount Edgecombe American and classic car show, Plymouth

A  family day out in the beautiful setting of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park with over 500 American and Classic cars to see, a craft fayre and stalls, car boot, amusements, and live music. Venture to Mount Edgecombe via boat from Plymouth or follow Cornish country roads to the estate. Enjoy this free family day out and enjoy the wonderful estate park, gardens and house too.



10th – 14th August – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay and Watergate Bay

Fast becoming Cornwalls most epic festival, Boardmasters has grown from strength to strength over the years and now attracts some big names in the music industry as well as its infamous surf and skate competition on Fistral Beach. This year sees the likes of Craig David, Deadmau5, Kaiser Chiefs, , Chase and Status, James Bay and Greg Wilson headlining  over the 3 days as well as camping, bars, sundowner beach sessions, bmx and skate displays and of course the surf competition.

For more information and tickets visit http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/


15th -19th August – Truro Get Active Festival, Truro

Truro’s Lemon Quay transforms this week into a sports hub with free activities including sports sessions; cycling, dance, golf and climbing to name a few,and inflatable equipment and demonstrations from local and national sports people – ‘Get Active Truro’ promises something for everyone without the need to be super sporty to join in!

For a full line up of whats on visit http://www.enjoytruro.co.uk/getactivetruro


19th – 21st August – Cornwall Steam Engine and County Fair, Stithians Show Ground

We can’t have a ‘what’s on’ without a steam engine rally! A tradition steeped in Cornish history (if you don’t know about it read more here… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trevithick ) the long established West of England Steam Engine Rally promises 3 days of over 100 full size working steam engines with something for all the family with trade stands, a model and craft marquee, vintage cars, tractors, commercial vehicles, steam cars, military vehicles, motorcycles, heavy horses and stationary engines. For more information visit https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/south-coast/penryn/cornish-steam-and-country-fair


20th August – Bude Carnival

Bude Carnival dates from 1920 when events included a Grand Torch-Light Procession, a Grand Masked Confetti Fete, hourly concerts by Four Jolly Sailormen and an Exhibition of War Trophies. Now the parade includes wonderful costume, music and dance from 2pm onwards. For more information visit http://www.budecarnival.org.uk/


26th – 29th August – Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge

Cornwall Folk Festival runs over three days, mixing local talent with acts from further afield to produce a varied programme of events to suit all tastes. The event draws musicians and fans alike from all over the UK to experience unique Cornish and Celtic musical heritage and dance culture. A star studded cast perform alongside numerous Cornish musicians with afternoon and evening concerts in the Town Hall with a folk club held each evening with many of our star performers opting to come down from the main concert stage to perform alongside local singers and musicians doing  “floor spots”. For more information and line up of events visit http://cornwallfolkfestival.com/info.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=visitcornwall.com&utm_campaign=listing


29th August – Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrating all things fishy the Newlyn Fish Festival, with the biggest displays of fish, cookery demos by top local chefs and the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition, music stages, arts and crafts, the Fish Tales Tent with some of the best local story-tellers and plenty of fun for kids with bouncy castles, face-painting, crazy theatre and the ever-popular Fishy Trail.  For full listing of whats on visit http://www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk


This is a small snippet of What’s on in the county this month, for more listings visit https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on  and http://www.whatsoncornwall.co.uk/august