End of summer events in Cornwall

There’s still lots of reasons to come to Cornwall even after the August Bank Holiday. Escape the school holiday crowds and get outdoors in the last of the summer sunshine through September.

Dinosaurs Unleashed – Eden Project
5 August – 2 September

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Discover a lost world of dinosaurs at Eden this August and September!

You’ll have all the usual sights and smells of the outdoor, Mediterranean and tropical biomes with the addition of a few prehistoric giants.

Encounter T-Rex and Triceratops in their ancient landscape, and keep an eye out for the lost dinosaur. Excavate a dinosaur skeleton, find fossils and piece the bones together. Become a real life explorer, collecting all the clues at Basecamp and find out all the answers in the dinosaur exhibition in the Core building, including a real T-Rex tooth and dino egg.

A great day out for the whole family.

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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta
28 August – 31 August

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Falmouth will be host to over 47 sail training vessels from around the world, including 12 of the magnificent and mighty square-rigged Tall Ships. The ships will be open to the public for a unique opportunity to explore on deck and learn about life on board these giants of the sea. The whole town will be involved in a packed programme of shore side activities and live music from 11.00am to 11.00pm daily.

The ships will leave Falmouth in a spectacular Parade of Sail on Sunday 31 August, from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

The Kneehigh Asylum
29 August – 28 September

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Internationally acclaimed Cornish theatre company Kneehigh will present their radical new show at the Asylum in the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. An extraordinary cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times.

The restaurant in the gardens will be open before the show, with the wood burner ablaze and a pre-theatre menu created especially for the event.

An event not be missed!

(Recommended 14+)

Newquay Ladies’ Open County Pilot Gig Championships
30 August – 31 August

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Newquay Ladies’ County Gig Championships are hugely competitive and attract crews from all over the west of England and as far afield as the Irish Republic and the Netherlands.

There will be a series of races on both days from Newquay Harbour which leads to the quarters, semis and final on Sunday.
The best vantage points are at the harbour and from North Quay extending to the Huer’s Hut.

Newquay Fish Festival
12 September – 14 September

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Newquay Fish Festival has been running for over 10 years and gives Newquay an opportunity to showcase one of its best kept secrets – the harbour. Growing in popularity each year the festival attracts thousands of visitors over the weekend who sample delicious fish dishes, watch local chefs rustle up amazing food from local produce and enjoy entertainment from Last Night of the Proms.

The practical cookery demonstrations by local chefs are undoubtedly the highlight of the festival. Neil Haydock from Watergate Bay Hotel will be taking to the kitchen stage at 1pm on Saturday 13 September to demo his latest Zacry’s dish featuring Cornish Sea Salt.

The food, craft and arts tents bring together the best of Cornwall’s local produce where you can sample everything from traditional pasties and Cornish cakes to curry, crepes and chocolate fountains while on the harbour quay there’s an all-day fish barbecue serving fresh battered fish available free for a small donation to the Fisherman’s Mission.

The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival – Penhallow
12 September – 14 September

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The most exciting new festival of the Cornish year returns again to Healey’s Cider Farm near Penhallow.

A great day out for the family the Little Orchard festival runs over three days with overnight camping available on site. As the only Green Energy powered festival in Cornwall, The Little Orchard and the new wind turbine at Healey’s Cider Farm is bringing even more entertainment with a smaller impact on the environment.

The headline acts this year are Sam and the Womp, well known from their hit Bom Bom, they bring energy and a visually spectacular performance every time; local South West favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, the unique masters of gypsy jazz, bluesgrass and folk rock and Ben Ottewell of Gomez, with many more to be announced over the coming months.

The BBC Introducing stage has also been added to the festival for this year, providing unrestricted access to the most impressive local talent.

Great Cornish Food Festival (Cornwall Food & Drink) – Truro
26 September – 28 September

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The biggest foodie festival in Cornwall, held on Lemon Quay, Truro. A three day foodie heaven of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past 11 years.

Street-food style pop-ups from a selection of Cornwall’s top restaurants and exciting newcomers will be serving a taster of their restaurant’s dishes. Artisan producers will deliver the best food and beverages from around the county: bakers, butchers, breweries, cider makers, chocolatiers and cheese-makers will all be sampling and selling their wares. The perfect place to start your Christmas present shopping!

Meanwhile, top chefs will entertain, inspire and share their secrets in the Chefs’ Theatre and Croust Bar Masterclass Theatre. Neil Haydock from Watergate Bay Hotel will take to the stage on Saturday 27 September at 3pm.

The festival is free to enter.

Looe Music Festival
19 September – 21 September

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It’s the last of the summer festivals and you can expect an eclectic line-up of local, national and international bands and solo artists, music workshops, and live music in every corner of Looe.

The festival pops-up from nowhere to transform the beach and the streets, giving locals and visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show. A grown-up festival with something for the entire family from folk, punk, ska, choral, classical, barbershop, jazz, hip hop and even bhangra.

Award-winning hard core folk punk artist Frank Turner is headlining along with Brand New Heavies, Squeeze and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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