There’s just too much happening around Cornwall in July to pick our top five favourite things to do. So we’ve picked our top six instead.
Rock Oyster Festival
Rock near Wadebridge – 10-11 July
It’s not all about the oysters at this big summer party, you know. You’ll find fish curries, pulled pork, St Moritz mussels, gourmet bangers, artisan breads, amazing wood fired pizzas and farmer’s market stalls alongside lots of live music. Many artists have already been confirmed, from singer-songwriters to live D&B acts. You’ll find us in Kernow Springs’ wood fired hot tubs, and the kids will be happy with wildlife encounters, workshops and a seashore scavenge.
Watergate Bay – 11 July
When one thinks about surfing, an image of a surfboard and a wetsuit immediately springs to mind. Now take a 180kg fibre-glass Surfboat with four rowers and a “Sweep” or Steersman standing at the stern and then takeoff on a wave – also known as the UK Surf Rowers League. Described as one of the most visually spectacular sporting disciplines in the world, the potential for thrills and spills is the basis of surf-rowing’s gaining popularity.
Boconnoc Steam Fair
Boconnoc Estate nr Lostwithiel – 24-26 July
Now in its sixteenth year, the Boconnoc Steam Fair has established itself as a much anticipated vintage rally with something for everyone; full size and miniature steam, classic cars, vintage vehicles, tractors & more are all on display. New for 2015 – family fun treasure hunt! Or take time to enjoy the beautiful Boconnoc Estate – a restored doomsday house and gardens.
Charlestown Regatta Week
Charlestown, Cornwall’s south coast – 25 July-31 July
Does the historic harbour look familiar? Charlestown’s unspoilt, Georgian Grade II Listed Harbour has been featured in many films, most recently in the filming of the BBC remake of hit 1970s series Poldark. Where better to watch a week of events including watersports (raft races and water golf), a donkey derby, live music and colourful carnivals. All topped off with a proms concert and the Regatta Rocks live music event.
RNAS Culdrose Air Day
Helston – 30 July
Step into a working Naval Air Station and one of Europe’s largest helicopter bases; Air Day is action-packed from start to finish as fast jets and military aircraft zoom across the skies. Even those who aren’t budding aviators will enjoy experiencing state-of-the-art aircraft first-hand. Take a ride in a helicopter or being winched high into the air with aircrews have served on the front line and in the Search and Rescue Squadron.
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Port Eliot Festival
St Germans – 30 July-2 August
Glastonbury cider and mud this ‘aint. Port Elliot Festival is an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion and exploration. And it’s gaining a national reputation with the serious stylish and intellectual in the process. This year’s line-up includes poet Simon Armitage CBE, comedian Shappi Khorsandi, a talk with director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti and plenty of music and good food too. We’re there.