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"Whatever you choose to do, we can make up a hamper for lunch so the day is bound to be a success."

Falmouth is the ideal location to base your holiday for exploring Cornwall. Whilst the Eden Project and the Tate St Ives are only an hour's drive, there is so much to see and do in the immediate vicinity.

Whatever the time of year the famous Cornish gardens must be seen. Within 10 miles of the Penmere Manor Hotel there are established estates such as Trelissick, Glendurgan, Trebah and Carwinion. We can also arrange individual garden tours with the head gardener of the Tregothnan Estate, the seat of Viscount Falmouth.

Visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on the edge of Falmouth Harbour and visit the watchtower to learn more about the evolution of the port and town. Walk around Pendennis Castle on the headland and then take the ferry to St Mawes to see the sister fortification, commissioned by Henry VIII to defend Carrick Roads against foreign invasion.

Take a cruise up the Helford River and see where Daphne du Maurier was inspired to write "Frenchman's Creek" or take any of the fabulous coastal paths and enjoy the countryside and coastline on foot.

Whatever you choose to do, we can make up a hamper for lunch so the day is bound to be a success.


Please find below dates for your diary of events both in Falmouth and around the surrounding area.

PADSTOW OBBY OSS – 1st May 2012

The first day of May is Obby Oss day in Padstow.* The origins of this traditional celebration are lost in the midst of time but it is thought to celebrate the arrival of Spring and may even be an ancient fertility festival.

* Unless May 1st falls on a Sunday in which case the Obby Oss celebrations take place on the Monday - May 2nd.

Inhabitants of Padstow (those born in the town) traditionally dress in white, with family loyalties dictating whether they follow the 'Red'/original Oss, or the 'Blue'/peace Oss.

Both Oss' are similar in appearance and perform a dancing ritual accompanied by an hypnotic folk song (unique to Padstow) around the town. Each Oss is lead by a group of followers as they make their way through the narrow streets and around the harbour.

The festivities start at 10am with the 'Blue' Oss making its first appearance from its stable, followed at 11am by the appearance of the 'Red' Oss from its home. Celebrations go on all day until the Oss' finally go to bed after 10pm.

Visit www.padstow.com for further details

HELSTON FLORA DAY – 8th May 2012

"Home of The Furry Dance"

Flora Day is held every year on May 8th except when this date falls on a Sunday or Monday, then it is held on the preceding Saturday. This celebration is believed to be pre-Christian and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being "a drunken revelry." The whole town is decorated with local greenery and bluebells which grow in millions in the surrounding countryside.

To the beat of the big base drum, elegant gentlemen and their ladies dance in and out of Churches, shops and houses. The day starts with the 7.00 am dance (originally for the servants of the gentry) with the Gentlemen wearing shirt and tie and the ladies wearing light summer dresses. This is followed by a boisterous dance cum play called the Hal-an-Tow. Verses of this have reference to Robin Hood, the Spanish Armada and St George and the dragon.

Visit www.helstonfloraday.org.uk for further details.

DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL – 9th – 20th May 2012

The 2012 Festival takes place from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 20st May, inclusive.

The Daphne du Maurier Festival is based in and around the scenic Port of Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall - the Cornish Riviera - renowned for its mild climate. The numerous gardens nearby with sub-tropical and tender plants bear testament to the favoured situation of the Cornish Riviera.

Come to Cornwall - enjoy an entertaining and sparkling 10 days of Star Names, Drama, Music, Talks, Concerts, Guided Walks, local events plus Free entertainment. The combination of professional names and local events makes the Du Maurier Festival one of the most popular of its kind in the country. - There's something in the Festival for everyone !

Visit www.dumaurierrestival.co.uk for further details

FINN GOLD CUP – 13TH – 18TH May 2012

Organised by the Falmouth Royal Cornwall Yacht Club the 2012 Finn Gold Cup will be sailed in the wide expanse of Falmouth Bay between the 13th and 18th May.

The Finn Gold Cup is the annual World Championship of the Finn Class, with a fleet of up to 100 boats from as many as 50 nations. During the regatta some of the sailors will be competing to win a place to represent their country at the Olympic Games. The British National Finn Championship, the annual championships of the British Finn Association, will precede the Gold Cup and hopes to attract 40 – 50 boats from across the UK.

Visit www.falriverfestival.co.uk for further details


The Greenbank Fal River Festival, which will run from 1st to 10th June 2012, is all about celebrating life on the river Fal in Cornwall.

This fantastic 10 day festival is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.

The festival was established in 2006 and will be running for its 7th year in 2012. It is a real chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture & industry that is connected by this very Cornish river

With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the river Fal, the festival offers something for everyone and is a real chance to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.

Visit www.falriverfestival.co.uk for further details.

ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW – 7th, 8th & 9th June 12 2012

The showground and Wadebridge bursts into life for three days each year during the annual Royal Cornwall Show. There are a number of dog, falconry and equine competitions at this popular agricultural event where visitors are free to explore the many trade stands and exhibitions at the showground. One stand that always does well is the traditional Cornish pasty stall in the ever-popular food and farming marquee. During the weekend, over 100,000 people attend the show which includes a fun programme of live music and entertainment ranging from performances by local bands to a spectacular aerial display by the Royal Artillery Parachute Team.

Visit www.royalcornwallshow.org for further details.


The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival was founded and is organised by Falmouth Shout. The continuing work by members of Falmouth Shout, with the support of the RNLI has ensured that it has become a successful and popular annual event. The Festival has three main aims:

• To create an enjoyable event for all involved

• To raise money for the RNLI

• To preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall

Visit www.falmouthshout.com for further details.

LOE BEACH REGATTA – 16th June 2012

One of the local village regattas unique to the River Fal Estuary, Loe Beach Regatta has been taking place continuously since the 19th Century, with the exception of the war years.

Visit www.pofsa.co.uk for further details.

ST MAWES REGATTA – 21st July 2012

This regatta has been in existence for over 120 years. It is a traditional Cornish community day, with children’s beach sports in the morning, still with the egg and spoon, sack, 3 leg, etc races plus a mothers and fathers race and free sweets to finish off the fun for the children.

The afternoon starts with the sailing races for local and national classes and the band taking up their position on the quay to commence their musical programme. Mid afternoon the aquatic events take place in the harbour with swimming, rowing, shovel, and novelty races. One and All are welcome.

Visit www.pofsa.co.uk for further details.


The sailing regatta is based at Flushing Sailing Club with home-made teas to tempt competitors.

There are events for all members of the family with lots of activities for children. Many holidaymakers make sure that they are here for this very special week so come and join us!

Visit www.pofsa.co.uk for further details.

POINT & PENPOL REGATTA – 4th August 2012

The regatta has been in existence for well over 100 years. The events stages consist of firstly, children's running races (Saturday afternoon), followed by the main event the Sailing Regatta. Times for the Sailing Regatta vary year by year as all is dependent on the times of tides. Monday evening sees rowing and running events.The Regatta is held from the Quay at Point Village and is situated where Devoran and Penpol Creeks join.

All of our spectators are able to have a remarkable view of the events because it all takes place within Restronguet Creek.

Visit www.pofsa.co.uk for further details.


Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week has developed into the largest regatta in the South West, rivaled only by Cowes Week. It provides a racing schedule to challenge the most competitive sailors, yet retains a ‘fun and friendly’ feel which also attracts families and the less experienced.

Falmouth Week starts with the Falmouth Classics event, providing a special atmosphere and superb spectacle to kick off the week. Then follows six days of match racing for keelboats, traditional craft and dinghies in the waters of Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads and the Harbour. A Champagne Day on the final Saturday rounds off the week. Activity on the water is matched by a lively Shoreside programme of daytime and evening entertainment, culminating in a magnificent firework display over the Harbour. There is a Skippers’ Reception party in the National Maritime Museum at the beginning, and Grand Prize Giving party in the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club at the end of the Week.

Visit www.falmouthweek.co.uk for further details.

CORNWALL FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL IN TRURO – September 2012 (dates to be confirmed)

Now firmly established as one of the nation’s favourite food festivals, the festival epitomises everything that people love about Cornwall and its people – friendly, fun and genuine. Everything on sale inside the food and drink pavilion will have been either produced or processed within the county, reflecting the fabulous range of quality products that Cornwall boasts.

With around 50 exhibitors, a packed timetable of chef demos, foodie talks, fun for kids in the Funky Food Zone and lots more, there’s something for everyone over three action filled days.

Visit www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk for further details.

FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL – 11th – 14th October 2012

Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster season and the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries

The festival opens with a celebrity chef followed by a packed programme of cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and ale, children’s shell painting, sea shanties, town parade, live music and marquees packed with Cornish produce and crafts. The festival has broad appeal and is a must for all oyster, seafood and marine heritage enthusiasts - come and enjoy lunch and savour the atmosphere!

Visit www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk for further details.





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