Fantastic festivals in Cornwall this year

February 19th, 2016

Cornwall is known for its glorious world class beaches, pristine ocean, delicious local cuisine and its gorgeous natural landscapes, but what people tend to forget is its thriving arts and music scene. In 2016 there are a host of fantastic festivals happening in the county, with something for everyone from hard partying weekends such as The Masked Ball and Boardmasters for the youngsters to more family friendly events such as the Tropical Pressure festival.

Below you will find our selection of the best festivals happening in Cornwall in 2016 all close to the The Valley’s wonderful selection of cottages in Cornwall, meaning after a fun filled day and night dancing you can rest your feet in total luxury.


Boardmasters 2016

Boardmasters is Europe’s ultimate action sport and music festival, held over 5 days in Newquay from the 10th – 14th August.

Set across two locations, Fistral Beach hosts the sports competitions, retail village and crowd favourite bikini competition, while Watergate Bay entertains the masses with 3 music stages filled with the latest and greatest musicians from around the globe. By day watch the surf, skate and BMX competitions whilst eating local cuisine and drinking Cornish ales and cider.

There are eight stages with acts such as James Bay, Deadmau5, Craig David, Primal Scream, Example, Gabrielle Aplin, Jack Savoretti, Jamie Lawson, Kaiser Chiefs, MNEK, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Sigma, Wilkinson, Wolf Alice and Maribou State will be performing with more sure to be confirmed nearer the time.


Eden Sessions

The Eden Sessions are a series of concerts held during the summer at the Eden Project in Cornwall, with all the proceeds going to the Eden Trust. The Eden Sessions this year have attracted legendary singers Sir Tom Jones and Lionel Richie to perform their fantastic catalogue of hits.

Held from the 14th – 26th June adult tickets are £65, with your ticket also allowing you entry into Eden during the day, and the day after if you fancy going back for further exploration.


The Masked Ball

The Masked Ball returns in May for their 10th anniversary Summer event in Porthleven, Cornwall.

Read The Valley’s article of this one of a kind event here.


Tropical Pressure Festival

Held on the 15th – 17th July this exciting, family friendly cultural festival for Cornwall celebrates music, dance, and food of three Tropical continents. Tropical Pressure will programme 3 packed days of live music, food, dance, film and craft in July. This intimate, family friendly event, with camping in the Eco Park’s spacious grounds overlooking the sea, will come alive with the sounds, sights and flavours of three continents – Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. With delicious vegetarian food being served in their World Street Food Market that celebrates food from all around the world.


Leopallooza Festival

The Leopallooza Festival is now one of the highlights of the Cornish summer, with it celebrating its 10th edition this year.  The festival has grown form a small party with a burning car to a popular, well-regarded new music festival with 6 stages. The festival still sticks to its main principle ‘to create and throw the greatest house party…in a field’

As well as home-grown talent, Leopallooza attracts bands and musicians from around the world, with Crystal Fighters, Kodaline, Loyle Carner, Pretty Vicious, Billie Marten, Louis Berry, Postaal, Will Joseph Cook and The Graveltones set to perform at this unique event this summer.



Other articles you may be interested in reading:

Fantastic events this February in Cornwall

Cornwall’s beaches have been voted some of the best in the UK


Photo by: jfitch