Fal River Festival 2018 Guide

May 14th, 2018

Celebrating the history and culture of the Fal River, and the people who live around it, the Fal River Festival runs from 25th May to 3rd June this year. With celebrations lasting for ten days, and over 150 events to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone. Displaying the creative feats of locals, with plenty of art, film, theatre, music and food, the festival gives you the perfect excuse to explore the area of outstanding natural beauty and all it has to offer. Here are some of the biggest events taking place for the festival


Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales Festival

A festival within a festival, the Street Food & Craft Ales festival takes place each year in Falmouth, this year from the 25th –  28th May. The best street food in Cornwall will welcome you to Events Square with the delicious aromas from the diverse collection of mouth-watering dishes. The flavourful feast is paired with the finest of Cornish craft ales. Accompanying the food and drink will be a market showing-off local produce, arts and craft. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, then there will also be live music performed throughout each day!


Coastal & Woodland Foraging Course

Head to Pendower beach to learn how to survive in the wild, identifying foraging and cooking up nibbles that are found in the wild. Explore the Bluebell woodlands to discover what is edible and which are poisonous. Following the stream down to the beach, see if you can spot the variety of seaweed that is sought-after by many a chef, as well as the many other seaside edibles available. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, learn how to safely incorporate them into some yummy modern recipes. The event ends with a big cook up on Pendower Beach so that everyone can have a taste! The foraging course takes place at 10.30am to 1.30pm on the 28th May. Booking is essential; an adult ticket costs £25, teenagers £10 and children go free!


Treasure From The Sea

This free exhibition is taking place on the 29th May, celebrating the launch of new children’s book ‘Treasure from the Sea’. The exhibition displays treasures and oddities obtained through beachcombing, with cabinets full of finds from the beach. The book’s illustrator, Sarah McCartney, will be at the exhibit, showcasing some original drawings from the story, as well as her resin sculptures, prints and sea photography.


Film On The Ferry

Transformed into the only floating cinema in Cornwall, the King Harry Ferry will have a huge cinema screen on board for you to enjoy a film in open air, as you float on the river. The screening of the Oscar Award winning film Dunkirk (2017) will take place on 29thMay, while Cast Away (2000) will be screened on 31stMay. Both films will begin screening at 10pm, with the ferry picking up viewers on the Philleigh side of the river at 9.30pm, and those on the Trelissick side at 9.40pm. Bring along a fold out chair, so you have somewhere to sit, and remember to wrap up warm! Tickets cost £9 for adults and £7 for under 16’s and are available on the Fal River website.



Head to Kimberley Park for a series of acoustic live music performances from 6 unique musical acts, alongside a variety of activities. As you listen to the tunes, get involved with the circus skills workshop, theatre and storytelling activities and plenty of art and creativity! ParkLive takes place on 27th May from 12pm to 5.30pm.

For more activities taking place over this week, check out our May half-term guide here! If you would like to enjoy the Fal River Festival, then why not come and stay with us here at The Valley for a luxury Falmouth holiday!? This week we are having a flash sale, so book now to get the best deal!


Image Credit: Tim Green