What’s On in March

February 15th, 2019

Tucked away in the south-west of the country, Cornwall may seem like a sleepy place, yet there is always something going on, and you are sure to be visiting when some festival is happening! There is food and drink, history and photography, local events, theatre, art and much more. When looking for family-friendly holidays, Cornwall is the place to go! Read on to see what events are coming up in the month ahead!

West Cornwall Spring Flower Show

1st to 2nd March, Marazion

The West Cornwall Spring Show has been an annual event for 90 years and showcases the horticultural excellence of the county. Every year, there are stunning cut blooms, camellias, magnolias and early spring flowers to be seen. The event is open to all, and there are exhibits from the great historic gardens to domestic growers. Children’s classes have also been added to the show in the last few years, inspiring the next generation.

Camellias in Cornwall

World Pasty Championships

2nd March, Eden Project

The grand finale of the Cornish Pasty Week ends with the championship. It celebrates the traditional Cornish pasty recipe and the more unusual varieties. Pasties from all over the world, are presented at the championship and is open to amateur and professional bakers. There will be musical entertainment in the form of shanty singers and Fisherman’s Friends

St Piran’s Day Celebrations

2nd to 5th March, across Cornwall

Throughout Cornwall, there will be celebrations for St Piran, the patron saint of the county. One of the most popular events is the St Piran’s Parade at Perranporth on Sunday 3rd March. Starting at 1.30pm, the parade crosses the dunes to the oratory and old church, and there will be music, food and drink.

Luminaries: Victorian Photographers in West Cornwall

Ending 16th March, Penzance

A new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance opens in March. Named “Luminaries: Victorian Photographers in West Cornwall” gives visitors an insight into the social history and the lives of locals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These rare images will be the largest photographic exhibition at Penlee House, with 100 images on display. It is interesting to compare how Cornwall looked during the Victorian era to today!

Black and white photo of children in Penzance

Titanic Stories

Opening 8th March, Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is opening a new exhibition in March, which will end next year, sharing stories of the Titanic’s sinking on 15th April 1912. The exhibition will be examining the myths, controversies and assumptions which are associated with one of the biggest events of the 20th century. Private collectors and other museums and contributed material for the exhibition, and there will be never-before-seen objects and personal stories from survivors, victims and family of those on board.

St Columb Hurling

5th and 16th March, Newquay

St Columb hurling is a traditional Cornish event taking place on Shrove Tuesday (5th March) and the second Saturday following (16th March). A fairly rough game, it is played on the streets and surrounding countryside of St Columb Major near Newquay. The aim of the game is to place the ball in respective goals which are set two miles apart or take it over the parish boundary. The ball can be run with, passed, thrown, snatched or tackled away. The game is played between two teams. ‘Town’ and ‘Country’. A town affair, visitors are welcome to watch the hurling game, though should remember to not get in the way!

Falmouth Spring Festival

14th to 24th March, Falmouth

The Falmouth Spring Festival celebrates the beautiful green and open spaces in the Cornish town. The early season festival brings the community together and offers an explosion of life and colour to visitors. The town will be turning yellow as schoolchildren are welcomed to brighten up shop windows with daffodils and decorations. There will be beach cleaning, painting and gardening around the town, revamping areas which need it. Visitors can also join in rockpooling sessions and guided walks.

Daffodils in Falmouth

Falmouth Spring Flower Show

23rd to 24th March, Falmouth

Falmouth will be celebrating its 109th display of the finest spring flowers, including rare and exotic plants at this year’s Spring Flower Show. There will also be floral art, photography and children’s work to admire. Head to the Princess Pavilion to see the exhibitors and trade stalls packed with stunning displays and flowers and plants to buy. Entry is £3 or free for under 16-year-olds.

Gin and Cornish Drinks Festival

23rd March, Truro

This year sees the very first Alverton Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival! Held in the Great Hall of The Alverton Hotel in Truro, it will be a celebration of Cornwall’s best producers. Guests can get a free souvenir glass as the first tipple is on the house! There will be a chance to meet the makers and producers of the county’s best producers and live demonstrations where you can learn some tricks on making great tipples at home. The line-up of makers includes Tarquins Gin, Trevethan Gin, St Ives Gin, Fowey Valley Gin, Atlantic Distillery and many more! There will be music throughout the day and a DJ in the evening. Tickets are £10 plus fees per person and available to over 18s only, and ID is required.

A gin cocktail

We are sure you will have an action-packed trip to Cornwall when visiting in March with so many activities and attractions to enjoy. We will be sharing the upcoming events taking place near our holiday cottages each month, so be sure to check out our blog on information and guides on the area!