Enjoy these five Cornish Festivals in 2016

January 18th, 2016

Cornwall really has something for everyone, from its rolling green hills to its vibrant art scenes, it truly has something to offer for all tastes. Cornwall is also home to a variety of festivals throughout the year that incorporate food, music, literature, arts and crafts, extreme sports and seasonal fun.

If it involves fun, Cornwall has it covered, so come and get involved with these events and soak up that special Cornish atmosphere. At The Valley we have a fantastic range of luxury holiday cottages making it even easier for you to come and down and enjoy one of the fantastic local events.

Truro Festival

Inspired and created by the artistic endeavour of people from within and around Truro, the festival is Truro’s very own art, culture and music festival.

Art, music, theatre, film, literature, dance, comedy and more will be brimming in all corners of the city over the course of the 10 day festival. Intimate theatre performances, live music and art exhibitions can be found in the ‘festival village’ on Lemon Quay alongside the Yurts that will be home to street art, talks, workshops and a social meeting place. Many venues will also be playing host to a variety of events, with daytime activities focused at family entertainment while evening events offering everything from ‘women only’ to stand-up comedy.

Visit www.enjoytruro.co.uk

The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival

Visitors can enjoy over 30 different beers and ciders from St. Austell Brewery and Sharp’s Brewery, including an exclusive festival beer. Recipes such as ‘moules mariniere’ and ‘mussel masala’ with coconut, ginger and green chillies will be freshly cooked in demonstrations by Jack Stein.

This 2-day event will also include a charity pub quiz, talks from St Austell Brewery and music from Taz DJay Disco, Boscastle Buoys and The C90’s.

Falmouth Spring Festival

As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme, this wonderful early season festival brings together the Falmouth community like no other. The festival brings an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town with guided walks, talks, spring clean events and a spring fair.

The Festival runs from the 10th – 28th March and a full programme of events can be found here.

Oyster Gathering and Produce Festival

The first ‘gathering’ in Cornwall’s food festival calendar is also the celebration of the end of the Fal Oyster fishing season and having travelled from its home in Mylor Yacht Harbour, via Flushing Quay it is hosted for the second year on the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth from 25th March – 27th March.

After a few experimental years the festival will be returning to its popular 2010 format with organiser Chris Ranger saying: “we are buying all the produce from people we know personally, then inviting the chefs that we supply our wild Cornish Native Fal Oysters to serve our produce as they do in their own top restaurants, not as a demo but as a ‘Chef of the Day’ #ChefduJour”.

A selection of fine ales and stouts will be available from Skinners, Sharps, Rebel and St Austell as well as some smaller local microbreweries and birthday celebrations from Cornish Cider Co, who are celebrating their first at this festival. A large selection of local produce and food stalls will be available alongside daily screenings of food related films.

St Endellion Easter Music Festival

St Endellion Easter Festival was founded by the late Richard Hickox and his then wife Frances, who remains the director, almost four decades on.  Like its elder summer sibling, the festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional.

The main programme (5th – 12th April) sees two chamber concerts, a late night concert, a Lunchtime Prom in St Kew Church and three rich choral and orchestral concerts.  The distinguished composer and conductor, James MacMillan, will make his first appearance at his first Endellion Festival, when he will conduct Durufle’s Requiem, the Violin Concerto of Mendelssohn (with Andrew Watkinson as soloist) and two of his own works.

The Festival welcomes the return of Keith Slade and Eamonn Dougan to the rostrum to conduct works including Bach’s Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Schoenberg’s magical Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night). Along with these three maestri, there will be a stellar cast of soloists and chamber musicians, and some wise speakers to pass on Thoughts for the Day each morning throughout the week.