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20th January 2017

Things to Do in Cornwall in 2017

2017 is set to be another action-packed year of events and things to do throughout Cornwall - the biggest challenge will be when to visit. To help you decide, here is our roundup of key diary dates throughout the year.

Saturday 4 March: World Pasty Championships

Eden Project, nr St Austell
For the ultimate taste of Cornwall head to Eden for the Pasty Championships. Pasties fly in from across the world for the ultimate battle of the baked goods. As well as live music and comedy, take the opportunity to explore the infamous biomes and feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics.

Thursday 23 & Friday 24 March: Rambert: Ghost Dances

Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Rambert is one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious contemporary dance companies. Performing three pieces that explore themes of love, compassion and beauty, their performances are exhilarating and breathtaking. Tickets are selling fast so be quick to get yours.

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 April: Porthleven Food Festival

The 150 food and drink stalls ramble around the harbour making Porthleven, with the working fishing boats bobbing on the tide, the star of the show. Featuring cuisine from across the world make sure you leave plenty of room so you can get stuck in. There’s a chef’s theatre, so you can watch the industry's best chefs at work, and live music too.

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April: Charity Open Weekend at Tregothnan Estate

Tregothnan Estate is still a privately owned family home, but on key dates in the year they swing open their gates to welcome visitors far and wide to help raise money for charity. With 100 acres of land reaching the Fal River there’s plenty to explore, including the infamous tea plants.

Saturday 27 May - Sunday 4 June: Open Studios Cornwall

Throughout Cornwall
Take a peek behind the studio doors of some of Cornwall’s most prolific and talented craftspeople and artists. Explore the space that inspires them to create their masterpieces and ask them questions about their work. Find studios on clifftops, hidden in woodlands and at the end of country lanes making it the ideal way to explore Cornwall’s hidden gems.

Friday 26 May - Sunday 4 June: Fal River Festival

Various locations along the River Fal
A 10 day festival with the Fal River at its heart - bringing together the unique places, people, history and culture of the Fal - it’s the perfect way to explore the river with adventures along the way. Use one of the Fal River boats to take you from venue to venue.

Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 June: Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show is Cornwall’s largest agricultural fair. Expect hundreds of animals (from birds of prey to shire horses), flower competitions, dog shows and shopping. Head to the fun fair, check out Cornish wrestling or discover some of the rarest animal breeds.

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 June: Sea Shanty Festival

From across the world shanty singers descend on Falmouth for a weekend of hearty singing and celebrations. With 23 official venues hosting performances throughout the town you can venue hop whilst discovering the great independent shops, beautiful beaches and glorious gardens.

Monday 17 July: Stithians Show

Hotly contested livestock competitions, fun fairground rides and local craft stalls are the cornerstone for any country agricultural show and Stithians doesn’t disappoint. For one action-packed day explore the food courts, watch the dog agility shows, toe-tap to live music and admire the classic cars.

Saturday 22 - Friday 28 July: Charles Town Regatta 

Charlestown is famed for its appearances on TV shows and films including the BBC’s Poldark and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The Regatta is a week of water activities including water golf, raft races and the infamous triathlon as well as live music, a flora dance and carnival.

Friday 4 - Sunday 13 August 2017: Falmouth Week

Falmouth week is the highlight of the town’s annual events calendar and with competitive sailing, great music, the red arrows and fireworks it’s no surprise. Falmouth is a 27 minute drive away from The Alverton, or you can take one of the Fal River boats that depart a short walk away from the hotel.

Monday 28 August: Newlyn Fish Festival

With the infamous fish auction, live cookery demonstrations, a learning zone for families and live music, the fish festival is the perfect bank holiday day out. The Newlyn fish festival also supports the Fisherman’s Mission so you’ll be doing a good deed whilst having heaps of fun.

Friday 22 - Sunday 24 September: Great Cornish Food Festival

Set in the heart of Truro, the Cornish Food Festival brings together all that makes Cornish food great. Expect three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment. With a packed timetable of masterclasses, cooking challenges and tantalising tasting there’s loads of fun for food lovers of all ages.

Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October - Falmouth Oyster Festival

For over 20 years Falmouth has been celebrating the start of oyster dredging season, and what better way to celebrate the seas’ most delicate bounty than with four days of music, dance and oysters! Take the train from Truro to Falmouth so you can enjoy champagne with your shellfish.

End of November: City of Lights

City of Lights signals the start of Christmas in Truro - giant lanterns parade through the historic city streets with children from schools all over Cornwall taking part. It’s delightfully festive and full of cheer.

Throughout December: Pantomime at Hall for Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall plays host to the biggest Panto across the (cornish) land. For a true sprinkling of Christmas tradition add the show to your festive timetable. The 2017 title is still to be announced, though one thing’s for sure, it’s set to be another corker.

Mid December: Mousehole Lights

By day Mousehole is a busy fishing village but in December when the sun sets and darkness falls the historic harbour becomes the home of Christmas. A string of lanterns made from beach buckets are hung between the lamp posts and brightly lit boats bob on the lapping tide. It’s a real village effort with twinkling lights shining throughout the narrow streets. Sip sweet mulled wine as you explore this festive treat.

Whether you’re planning a trip into Truro or looking to explore further afield, The Alverton makes the perfect base for your Cornish holiday. If you’re looking to visit Cornwall between April 1st and 15th October, save up to 20% off your accommodation with our summer stay and save offer.

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