What’s on August 2021| Cornwall Guide

August 02nd, 2021

With dozens of fabulous events taking place across the county, this August may just be the best time to go on your family-friendly holiday in Cornwall.

From live music festivals to spectacular displays of modern art and dance, we take a look at some of the best events taking place in Cornwall this August, so you don’t miss out!

The Red Arrow display at Falmouth week

Falmouth Week

6 – 15 Aug

What started as a local sailing regatta in 1837 has since evolved into an amazing week full of events for all the family to enjoy!

Falmouth Week has been drawing in visitors from across the UK thanks to its fantastic activities right in the heart of Falmouth. With live music, sailing races, an eclectic market and even a carnival complete with a demonstration by the iconic Red Arrows, there’s truly something for everyone at Falmouth Week!

The sign for the Wavelength Drive-in Cinema in Watergate Bay

Drive-in Summer Cinema

16 Jul – 5 Sep

If you’re looking for a fun attraction that all the family can enjoy, then look no further than the Drive-In Summer Cinema at Watergate Bay in Newquay. With giant LED screens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you can experience some of your favourite films such as The Goonies, Moana, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean (to name a few) in a whole new light!

Showings take place every Thursday through Sunday at 12 pm and 6.45 pm. Plus, there’s the special Sunday Summer Singalongs where you and the family can rock out in the comfort of your own car to hits from The Greatest Showman, Grease and Mamma Mia.

An evening event at Flambards Theme Park

Spectacular Summer Season at Flambards

4 Aug – 25 Aug

Make the most of your family holiday in Cornwall by coming along to one of the wonderful events hosted at Flambards Theme Park in Helston.

The park itself is open throughout the day for hours worth of family fun, but everything changes when the sun goes down. Every Monday and Wednesday this August, Flambards is offering guests an evening they’ll never forget. With after-dark rides, spectacular firework displays and live music from local Cornish artists – a visit to Flambards is a must this August.

The summer of celebration at the Eden Project

Summer of Celebration at the Eden Project


This summer, the Eden Project becomes the backdrop for a whole range of performances from parkour to storytelling to dancing, all inspired by Eden’s unique setting.

With carnivals, jazz performances and a whole host of other performances on offer, there’s never been a better time to visit the Eden Project. Some of the most notable performances are:

  • Emergent Ensemble (9th – 13th August)
  • Mandinga Arts’ Carnival (16th – 20th August)
  • UPG’s Beyond The Strandline (23rd – 27th August)

The summer celebration has been running since March of this year and doesn’t wrap up until early September. This means there’s plenty of time for you to catch one of these fantastic performances during your trip to Cornwall.

We hope you make the most of your Cornish holiday this August by visiting one or more of these fantastic events! It’s not too late to book! Browse our range of family-friendly cottages available in Cornwall.

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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Classics Regatta

June 05th, 2019

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be back again this year for more boat related singing and festivities. Occurring each year at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, there will be plenty of ship and sea related activities to get involved with. Here is all you need to know!



The Falmouth Classics Regatta

Between the 14th and 16th June, classic boats will sail to the area for a fun three-day event. Competitors from around the country will arrive across the waves for the biggest classic boating event in the UK, with races and parades. Last year, 192 boats arrived for the event, with over 60,000 people visiting to see it all take place! The classic boats are a sight to behold, with some even dating back as far as 1882!


One of the main highlights of the event is the Parade of Sail and Power, which sees the delightful restored ships and classic boats, accompanied by some larger vessels, sail in a parade out of Falmouth Harbour. For unparalleled views of the parade head to Pendennis Point!


If you would like to get involved in the regatta but aren’t fortunate enough to own a classic boat, bring along a dinghy, or borrow a rowing boat to enter the Saturday afternoon fun rowing and sculling competition!


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Making the perfect partner for the regatta is the Sea Shanty Festival, celebrating the history of Tall Ships and promoting the maritime heritage of Falmouth and the surrounding area. In addition, the festival aims to raise money for the RNLI, who play a major role in a coastal county like Cornwall.


The Cornish heritage of storytelling and song comes to life in these sea shanties, with live performances from over 50 groups from Cornwall, France and the UK!


The festival is billed as the biggest free festival of maritime music in the world, and lasts the three days of the Falmouth Classics Regatta, on the 14th to 16th June. Join in the fun and learn about the seafaring history of this impressive harbour town through song.


If you’d like to see all of the boats in action, why not enjoy a luxury family holiday in Falmouth for some seaside fun!?


 Image Credit: Tim Green

What’s On: Charlestown Regatta Week

July 16th, 2018

With an impressive Georgian harbour, filled with an incredible fleet of sailing ships, Charlestown is a quaint village with strong links to the sea. The Charlestown Regatta Week is an annual tradition bringing the community and visitors together to celebrate this beautiful seaside spot, with an assortment of music, races, sports, competitions and other fun activities. We take a look at what is happening on each day of the regatta week.


Saturday 21st  July

The regatta is kick-started with the popular triathlon event, racing as either an individual or in a team of three! The first day will also present the little ones with the chance to go off on an adventurous treasure hunt, with an array of craft activities also set up, including pebble painting, face painting and other craft stalls. Saturday also sees the exciting raft races, where competitors take to the seas in a homemade raft, hoping to win a prize for their raft construction and fastest time! At the end of the day, relax with some barbeque food and listen to the live music entertainment.


Sunday 22nd July

The main event on Sunday is the Charlestown Regatta Challenge Gig Race. Hosted by the Charlestown Rowing Club, the rowing race sees four novice rowers paired with a couple of experienced rowers to race to the finish. Sunday also has a strong foodie theme, with a barbeque and cream teas served (the Cornish way) for lunch on The Quay, as well as a pasty making workshop!


Monday 23rd  July

Dubbed ‘Musical Monday’, this day of the regatta week focusses on musical performances, with a free event at The Quay. Here The Roustabouts Collective will be performing, from 7pm. Food stalls will also be offering up tasty treats throughout the evening.


Tuesday 24th  July

An evening of family fun is to be had, with children’s sports and activities hosted in the Charlestown Regatta Playing Field from 6.30pm. There will be races and games set up for all ages, as well as a variety of stalls to browse. After you’ve tired yourself out with these family activities, grab something yummy from the refreshment stalls and head to The Rashleigh Arms for some sea shanty entertainment!


Wednesday 25th  July

On Wednesday night, Cornish comedian Johnny Cowling will be giving a special performance in the Regatta field, entertaining audiences with his Cornwall-themed comedy routines. The event is free to attend, and a licensed bar will be selling drinks from 6.30pm.


Thursday 26th July

The Grand Carnival takes place on Thursday 26th, with the procession commencing in the Regatta Field at 7pm. Leading the parade will be the St Austell town band and the Kernow Pipes and Drums group, making for a lively and exciting start to the evening. Prizes will be awarded to members of the procession with the best costumes and floats. After the parade, there will be a Proms in the Park event, performed by the St Austell Town Band, followed by a firework display.


Friday 27th July

For the last day of the Regatta Week, the grand finale comes in the form of the open air live music evening, known as ‘Regatta Rocks’. With gates opening at 6.30pm, a number of local bands and acts will be taking to the stage. Keep your energy up for dancing with a bite to eat from the hot food stalls or a glass of Pimm’s from the bar! Tickets cost £10 for over 16’s, £5 for ages 5-15, and are free for under-5’s.


Charlestown may also be familiar to visitors, having been the filming location for over 25 films and TV shows, including as one of the main sets for the hit BBC show Poldark! If you would like to see all the Charlestown, and the surrounding areas has to offer, then come and visit for great family-friendly holidays in Cornwall!


Image Credit: Alison Day