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Cornwall is alive with things to see and do throughout 2018 - the biggest challenge will be deciding what to do and when to visit the county. Here’s our roundup of the year ahead.
A Good Night: Nocturnes for Night Owls
Saturday 12 January - Saturday 30 March 2019
Combining contemporary and historic artwork all have a common theme - they’ve been created between sunset and sunrise. Artists include Matthew Draper, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Mortimer Menpes, Walter Richard Sickert, James McNeill Whistler, Trevor Bell, Kurt Jackson, Eric Ward and Benjamin Warner.
Find out more about the exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery.
Saturday 2 February
Welcome drinks round the warm glowing embers of the fire, five courses influenced and infused with delicate whisky notes, and a whisky masterclass for those who like their tipples top-notch.
Find out more about the Whisky and Game Masterclass.
Through March and into April
Spring tends to arrive earlier in Cornwall with the delicate narcissi and crocus popping up in February and the rest of the spring bulbs following suit in March and April. The hotel’s driveway and woodland gardens become a riot of wonderful colour - golden yellows, dusty pinks and deep reds. Visit the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens or take a private tour at Tregothnan and see spring in all its glory.
Saturday 23 March
Welcome to the very first Alverton Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival - a real celebration of Cornish producers. Grab your free souvenir glass as the first drink is on us - cheers! Meet the makers and sample the very best in Cornish drinks.
Find out more about the Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival at The Alverton
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 April
Chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food and live music - Porthleven Food Festival is a foodie’s treat. Set across three days 40,000 people drop anchor in Porthleven for a weekend of foodie fun.
Find out more about the Porthleven Food Festival
Sat 25th May - Sun 2nd June 2019
Hidden at the end of country lanes, dotted on breezy cliff tops and snuggled in the heart of little villages - the county is home to hundreds of industrious artists, crafts people and makers. Throughout the week of Open Studios these artists swing open the studio doors and welcome everyone into their creative spaces.
Find out more about Open Studios
Thursday 6 - saturday 8 June
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.
Find out more about Royal Cornwall Show
Friday 9 - Sunday 18 August
Falmouth week is the highlight of the town’s events calendar and with competitive sailing, great music, and fireworks it’s no surprise. Falmouth is a 27 minute drive from The Alverton, or you can take one of the Fal River boats that depart a short walk away from the hotel.
Find out more about Falmouth Week
Late september - early November
Autumn is perhaps one of the most beautiful times of the year in Cornwall. The colours are just spectacular - watch the greens turn to rich golds, bright auburns and ruby reds. The woodland floors become scattered with crisp leaves, the days are often dry with an autumnal warmth and the pace is a little slower. See autumn at Heligan Gardens near Mevagissey or Trebah Gardens near Mawnan Smith.
Giant handmade glowing lanterns parade through Truro’s historic city streets. There’s music and dancing with children from schools all over Cornwall taking part and is a real festive highlight.
Find out more about City of Lights
Late night christmas shopping doesn’t have to be about battling the crowds and waiting in never-ending queues. Experience late night shopping in Truro where slowing down, sipping mulled wine, listening to festive tunes played by the local brass band, sneaking a fresh doughnut or two and walking through Truro's historic streets to check out the twinkling lights is the order of the day.
Mid December and into January
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 in the narrow streets. Sip sweet mulled wine as you explore this festive treat.
Find out more about the Mousehole Lights
This is just a small selection of all the wonderful things to see and do in Cornwall. For a full list of upcoming events keep an eye on the Visit Cornwall website.
Found in the heart of Cornwall The Alverton makes the perfect base for your Cornish holiday. If you’re looking to visit between now and 31st March 2019 you can stay from as little as £99 a night. If you’re thinking of coming to Cornwall between April 1st and 15th October you can save up to 20% off your accommodation with our summer stay and save offer.