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One of my lasting memories from growing up in the South West was attending the local Village and County Fairs and there are lots of them happening throughout June. There’s the Cambourne Show on the 15th which features a Horse Show, Heavy Horses, Cattle, a Dog Show, Goats, Cage Birds, Domestic and Horticultural Section, Alpacas, Pigeons, and Poultry, side shows, and children’s activities. There is also a full programme of entertainment including the likes of the Camborne Youth Band and the Cornish Wurzels!
If that doesn’t scratch your rural life itch there’s the Stithians Agricultural Show on the 17th, which is the largest one day agricultural show in the South West, where you can enjoy musical entertainment, food courts, craft stalls, shopping opportunities around the Showground, a fairground, animals of all sorts including rare breeds, a dog show and dog agility competitions and craft and cookery competitions. Kids will love the fur and feather section full of cute rabbits and clucking chickens
If the rural side of life doesn’t float you boat Charlestown’s Regatta Week surely will! (excuse the pun!) Running from the 22nd to the 28th this annual tradition brings together the local community, residents and visitors, to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the Children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession.
It isn’t all agricultural fairs and regattas though. Throughout July there’s a great selection of other festivals and events taking place all across Cornwall.
Right now, until the 16th St Just is having its Lafrowda Festival annual event celebrating community arts. A wide range of organisations take part in the festival and there is something happening every day, from music and comedy to drama and dance. One of the highlights of the fortnight is Lafrowda Day takes place on the third Saturday in July (this year that’s the 15th) when the roads are closed and decorations go up. From hip hop to harmony, from folk to funk, there are twelve hours of free entertainment to suit every taste along with street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles and, of course, three spectacular processions.
If you’re looking to broaden your cultural horizons there is the the Tropical Pressure Fest from the 14th to 16th. An exciting and inspiring festival to celebrate the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean on the cliffs of Cornwall. Tropical Pressure Festival brings a packed programme of live music, food, dance and culture to Porthtowan. The north Cornish coast comes alive with the sounds, sights and flavours of 3 continents. Friday is dedicated to Latin America, Saturday is inspired by Africa, and Sunday is devoted to all things Caribbean.
After all of this excitement it might be time to recover and re-energise. Zestifal, in Falmouth is a celebration of a healthy outlook and lifestyle. Showcasing a whole range of different activities and healthy food and drink taster sessions, running from the 27th to the 30th the town will be transformed with loads of activities, sports and initiatives all inviting people of all ages and abilities to take part. This is an opportunity to try something new – Pilates, zumba, tennis, archery, triathlon, climbing, cricket, hockey, swimming or Nordic walking.
Whatever tickles your fancy, there’s something for all tastes happening down in Cornwall this month.