Whats on in August 2018
Summer is in full swing and for those that are searching for things to do in Cornwall this month, we thought we would highlight some of the best events, attractions and days out for you and the family to enjoy.
Cornwall has had a spectacular start to summer with scorching hot sunshine that has lasted for months in some areas.
We are sure most of you are hoping for more of it to come and with the forcast looking good its a great opportunity to enjoy the good old great outdoors before the sun goes away.
Here are a handful of great suggestions handpicked by us.
10th– 19th August
With its origins in a sailing regatta that dates from around 1837, Falmouth Week is a major event on the summer calendar for visitors and locals alike. The town really comes alive with non-stop events and family fun! This year’s highlights included the street carnival and Red Arrows display and each night Events Square is hosting a variety of music acts including Craig Charles and his Funk and Soul Show. The week will be brought to a close with a spectacular fireworks display!
Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
23rd – 27th August
Over the long Bank Holiday weekend Wadebridge’s streets and pubs will see an invasion of folk artists. This festival is Cornwall’s longest running and groups from other Celtic nations as well as the best of Cornwall’s talent can be seen in the Town Hall and the Fringe Tent (also known as the FAR). The line-up this year includes Eddi Reader, The Flats and Sharps and Sam Kelly. The town’s main street also becomes Shanty Street bursting with local legends and rising stars, dancers, workshops and craft stalls.
Boardmasters Festival, Newquay,
8th – 12th of August
Five full days of music and surf, this festival just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. The surfing and skating competitions are held at Fistral, while the music takes place at Watergate Bay. This year the line-up is better than ever with Annie Mac, Lily Allen, Feeder, Craig David, The Chemical Brothers, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and George Ezra. Not to be missed!
I Dream – Trelissick
Now – 9th September
In the National Trust’s Trelissick House this summer the I DREAM exhibition takes a look at the life and work of Ida Copeland and her connections with the Girl Guide movement. However, the artist’s Ilene Sterns’ thoughtful photographs and engaging installations are also a tribute to this wonderful institution’s influence and its place in Cornish women’s lives over the past 100 years. Set in beautiful gardens and acres of woodland Trelissick makes a perfect escape whether you arrive by boat from Falmouth or by road.
The Trench Bodmin
August – September
The Trench sees Cornwall’s Regimental Museum working with acclaimed Cornish theatre company Collective Arts, known for their large scale, outdoor theatrical experiences, and Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway. Audiences will follow in the footsteps of men from Bodmin who fought in the war, enlisting at The Keep, home of the Regimental Museum, before being transported by steam train to the trenches on the Lanhydrock Estate. It promises to be a moving and immersive experience.
Cornish Steam and Country Fair
17th – 19th August
This annual event was first held in 1956 and still attracts huge crowds. Visitors can expect to see around 40 full size steam engines as well as miniature engines, vintage tractors and classic cars, alongside fairground rides, heavy horses, dog agility, falconry displays and plenty of food and craft stalls. A great family day out!
The Minack Theatre
If the beautiful sunshine continues into August the one place you cannot afford to miss is the spectacle Minack Theatre. This open air theatre perches high on cliffs affording wonderful coastal views, a stunning backdrop to the wonderful range of shows on offer this summer. Choose from Sweeney Todd, Wolf Hall, Me and My Girl and the classic Much Ado About Nothing.