2014 Fantastic festivals and fairs
4 to 19 July 2014: Lafrowda Arts Festival.
19 July: Lafrowda Day, music, street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles, parades, Plen-An-Gwarry mystery plays.
12 July: Rock Oyster Artisan Food Festival
17th century Dinham House, near Wadebridge, circus acts, kids’ entertainment, alternative performing arts, bazaar, cookery demos, gypsy folk to reggae music.
16 to 20 July: Penzance Literary Festival’s
LittleFest – school and after-school events: meet famous authors & creative writing workshops. Saturday & Sunday family activities – reading motivator show 6+; ‘Mermice and Giggleberries’ storytelling, dressing up withMichelle Cartlidge and Babette Cole; creative writing family workshop inspired by paintings, Penlee House; storytelling activities; Anna Wilson’s African adventures 3+. 20 July Exchange Gallery: Gruffalo’s Tea Party with The Gruffalo and his favourite foods – roasted fox, owl ice-cream and scrambled snake, free, but pre-book www.crbo.co.uk/events
18 to 20 July: Tropical Pressure Festival,
Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, family friendly event with camping. The sounds, sights and flavours of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean with the main stage music, local acoustic stage, free singing, craft, drumming and dance workshops, world film screenings, kids’ activity area, meditation areas, Starry Skies storytelling, and 100% vegetarian world street food market.
18 to 20 July: Boconnoc Steam Fair.
An old fashioned steam extravaganza with magnificent steam engines, fairground rides, and vintage cars.
24 to 27 July: Port Eliot Festival
A magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, camping, wildlife and water, for all ages.
26 July to 1 Aug: Charlestown Regatta Week,
Fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live music and colourful carnival.
31 July: Culdrose Air Day,
Meet the Fleet Air Arm (the Royal Navy’s flying force) at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. The ultimate day out for those who love helicopters and fast jets. The roar of engines, the smell of aviation fuel and the screech of Fast Jets as they ‘Pull G’ will give you butterflies. Watch daring helicopter displays, meet Front Line Squadron aircrew, pilots, and the Search and Rescue Squadron, climb aboard state-of-the-art aircraft, be winched high into the air & sit at the controls of a 15 tonne helicopter. Buy tickets early to enter a prize draw to win an hour at the controls of a Sea King Helicopter simulator. www.culdroseairday.com
1 to 3 Aug: Trereife Summer Festival,
Tours of Trereife House, local food and drink, craft workshops, Cornish wrestling, children’s entertainment, live music performances
1 to 3 Aug: The Holifair Festival, Gweek
Family friendly with over 30 live bands, talks, cabaret, barn dance, kids area with workshops, dance tent, chill-out space, walkabout acts, fire-pit, storytelling, well-being area with workshops, classes and talks, local caterers and stalls.
11 to 16 Aug: Be Active Truro Free Sport Festival.
8 to 17 Aug: Falmouth Week,
Regatta with shore-side events – live music, street theatre and dance on the Prince of Wales pier, free rock pooling & events at the National Maritime Museum, Gyllyngdune Gardens, and Pendennis Castle. 8 Aug: carnival, fireworks, Science in Events Square, free, 12 noon to 4pm, interactive zones and science talks on Nutty Navigators, Crazy Climate, Odd Olympians and Strange Sounds! www.exeter.ac.uk/cornwall/scienceinthesquare
17 Aug: St Ewe Country Fair
Sheepdog demos, flying birds of prey, music, fun dog show, farmers’ market, tug of war, puppet shows & activities; free entry for children.
17 to 23 Aug: Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week
Amazing Red Arrows display, colourful parade of floats, marching bands, fireworks, live music, crab-catching and swimming competitions, giant pasty ceremony, & magical torch light dinghy procession.
25 Aug: Newlyn Fish Festival
Spectacular displays of fish, cookery demos by local chefs; three music stages; local story-tellers, bouncy castles, crazy theatre and a Fishy Trail. 9am to 5pm, £5, under 16s free. 07518 603955 www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
28 to 31 Aug: Tall Ships Regatta, Falmouth
Go on board the large square-rigged vessels; then 31 Aug: magnificent Parade of Sail, onshore activities – children’s activities, music, entertainment, fireworks.