Reasons to visit in August

Schools out for summer! And the sunshine should be out too. August is Cornwall’s peak month of the year and there’s lots happening. Allow us to be your guide to the best of what’s on.

Boardmasters Festival

Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 August, Fistral and Watergate Bay, Newquay

Watergate Bay

Newquay is the only place to be from the 5-9 August. Boardmasters is back in town for another full festival programme of beach-side living. From taking in some of the UK’s biggest bands and DJ overlooking Watergate Bay, to watching the World Surf League pros battling it out in Fistral’s punchy waves, whatever you want to do, you’ll find something to suit your boarding style. Read more on our roundup blog.

Tickets are available online with lots of different options, including three-day weekend tickets, camping tickets, Beach Session tickets, glamping and much more.

Falmouth Week

Friday 7 – Sunday 16 August, Falmouth

Falmouth Week 2014 – Falmouth Working Boats – The Highlights from Liz George on Vimeo.

The South West’s largest sailing regatta could only ever be held in Falmouth – the third deepest natural harbour in the world, surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Carrick Roads waterways, Roseland Peninsula and South Cornish coastline. More than 450 yachts will race over eight days alongside a lively programme of events happening onshore. Highlights include a Champagne Day on Wednesday 12 August which consists of a big-yacht race with a 25-mile coastal course finishing in the harbour, fireworks on the harbour and a ‘Science in the Square’ on Friday 14 August, and a week-long local market on The Moor with live music scattered all around for good measure.

Beach Games

Monday 17 August at 12pm-2pm, near Watergate Bay


Little ones are invited to join Cornwall Wildlife Trust to explore how sea creatures have adapted to suit their environments. Then they’ll become their own sea creature (if they weren’t little monsters already) to play beach games and activities. It’s at a secret location near Watergate Bay with a £1 donation to Cornwall Wildlife Trust welcome.

Contact Lucy Mort at the Fox Club on [email protected] or call (01872) 273939 to find out more.

Cornwall Design Fair

Friday 14 August – Sunday 16 August, Trereife House, Penzance

Cornwall Design Fair, Trereife House, Penzance

Now in its eighth year, the Cornwall Design Fair has established itself as a celebration of the quality and diversity of contemporary Cornish design. Designers from beyond the county are now joining Cornwall’s best to display and sell a huge range of products – from furniture, textiles and ceramics to jewellery, glass, fashion accessories, lighting and more. Inside the ancestral home, the Curated Exhibition allows visitors to see the beauty of the original interior reflected in the designer’s own work. Tickets are £6.

The Red Arrows at Fowey Royal Regatta

Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 August

Fowey regatta, credit Ken Jones
© Ken Jones for Fowey Regatta

There’s a full week of happenings at Fowey Royal Regatta – one of the UK’s best known sailing events. There’s a full programme of races, a carnival procession on Wedensday (this year’s theme is “That’s all folks” cartoons), a giant pasty ceremony, a fun-run, harbour swimming races and more. But the highlight is the world renowned Red Arrows who fly into town on Thursday at 6pm, never failing to disappoint with a stunning display, swooping through the Fowey River estuary and the skies above.

Rip Curl Grom Search

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August, Watergate Bay

© Checkered Photography

Grommet – the friendly term for a young surfer, usually a little bit cheeky, usually annoyingly good at surfing. Watergate Bay will be awash with them as international surf brand Rip Curl and Surfing GB brings its final search for the next big thing in under-16s surfing to Watergate Bay. Following competitions held at Croyde Bay and Freshwater West as part of the UK, European and Worldwide Grom Search series, three tickets to the European finals remain up for grabs. A large turnout is expected, so let’s hope the surf and weather play ball.

‘Dinosaur Uproar’ at The Eden Project

Now until – 2 September, The Eden Project

Some of the bravest on our team have already explored the Jurrasic Park-esque takeover at The Eden Project – and the little ones have given it a big thumb’s up. Embark on your journey and discover how many prehistoric creatures you can track down hidden among the Eden’s biomes. Come face to face with the ferocious Australovenator, share your findings with the dinosaur specialists and test your survival skills – could you live to tell the tale after a whole dinosaur day at the Eden?

Visit their website for more information.


Sunday 2 August, Watergate Bay


Remember the fun and competitiveness of playing handball at school? Well it’s time to put your sweat bands back on – sandball (like handball but played on the beach) is back for Cornwall’s only sandball tournament, returning to Watergate Bay for its third year, pictured above. It’s a fast end-to-end game that hates draws, rewards showboating, and everyone over 16 years of age can enter the FREE event. No wonder it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

946 by Kneehigh Theatre

#Asylum15 from WeAreKneehigh on Vimeo.

From their humble beginnings in Cornwall, Kneehigh have built an international reputation as an exciting and enthralling theatre company. The one to watch this summer is ‘946’, based on Michael Morpurgo’s ‘The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’; exploding and exploring everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. It’s being performed in Kneehigh’s award-winning nomadic theatre space, The Asylum, installed in The Lost Gardens of Heligan for the summer. Not to be missed.

Book your tickets online.

Book your stay at Watergate Bay.

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