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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.

Pirates & Smugglers – Pendennis Castle

Monday 16th – Friday 20th February - 11am – 4pm

Join us for fearsome tales of dastardly deeds and seafaring shenanigans.

Are you brave enough or will you end up walking the plank? This half term enjoy hands on activities and wondrous tales of pirates and smugglers at Pendennis Castle

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis for further details

Games on the Moor – The Moor

Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st February

Fun and free giant games for all the family to take part in on the Moor. Including Connect 4, Swing ball, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and much more.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

St Nazaire – Prince of Wales Pier

Sunday 8th March

Parade from the Moor to the Prince of Wales Pier for a service and then back up to the Moor.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth – The Municipal Buildings

Monday 9th March

Building on highly successful inaugural events last year, this year will see over 650 other Commonwealth Flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10:00 hours and this year Falmouth will be taking part..

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Falmouth Spring Festival – Various Venues

Thursday 12th – Sunday 29th March

This is a vibrant, community orientated event, the first main Festival of the year.

Celebrating Falmouth’s open and green spaces with activities like Falmouth Paint the Town Yellow Day, Spring cleans, Run Falmouth, Folk & Cider Fayre, Fitness on the Moor and a host of guided walks.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Games on the Moor – The Moor

Saturday 21st March

Fun and free giant games for all the family to take part in on the Moor.

Including Connect 4, Swing ball, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and much more.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Folk and Cider Fayre – Events Square

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th March

Come sit, relax and listen to folk music, sample 30 local ciders together with hog roasts and barbecues and browse the Arts and Crafts & Cornish Produce Pavilion. A great family event.

Visit www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for further details

Spring Flower Show – Princess Pavilion

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd March

An institution in Falmouth for over 100 years, expect to see rare and exotic flora and fauna on display, specialist plants, a photography competition and more.

Visit www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for further details

Dawn French Installation – King Charles the Martyr Church

Thursday 26th March

Historic procession from the Moor to King Charles Church, to mark the installation of Dawn French as Falmouth University’s first Chancellor.

Visit www.falmouth.ac.uk for further details

Falmouth Oyster Gathering & Local Producers Market – Prince of Wales Pier

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March

The Fal Oyster gathering is a friendly and intimate celebration of all things salty.

It's waterside location on the Prince of Wales Pier is the perfect setting for visitors to watch guest chefs prepare spectacular platters of Cornish produce that you can eat it all day. Perfect to wash down with Cornish ale, cider and Camel Valley Wines! Traditional vessels, entertainment and a different guest chef each day !

Visit www.faloyster.co.uk for further details

Pirates Ahoy! – Pendennis Castle

Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April - 11am – 5pm

Dust off your cutlass, get set for fearsome tales of dastardly deeds and discover Pendennis pirating past as you join us for fun and games around the castle. You better be good otherwise you might walk the plank!

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis for further details

Tudor Castle Capers – Pendennis Castle

Monday 6th – Friday 10th April - 11am – 5pm

Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in Henry VIII’s mighty coastal fortress. See if you have what it takes to defeat the castle in have-a-go battle drills and be spellbound by stories of days gone by.

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis for further details

Padstow Obby Oss - Padstow

Friday 1st May

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.

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 – Helston

Friday 8th May

"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 – Fowey

Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th May

"Home of The Furry Dance"

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

Race for Life – Gyllyngvase Car Park

Sunday 17th May

Raising money for Cancer Research UK

Visit www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org and www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Fal River Festival – Various locations

Friday 22nd – Sunday 31st May

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 10th year in 2015. It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.

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

Each year more than 100,000 people attend a range of different events helping raise a whopping £75,000 for charity while enjoying 3,000 pints of ale, lager and cider!

Events lined up for this year include the Fal River Walk, Castle to Castle Swim, Fal Fish Festival, the award-winning Film on the Ferry and the opening Beer Fleet Parade. Celebrating everything to do with River Fal.

Visit www.falriver.co.uk for further details

Royal Cornwall Show - Wadebridge

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th June

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

AZAB 2015 – Offshore

Saturday 6th June

The Azores and Back Race is a Category 1 Ocean Race of around 2,400 miles for monohull vessels between 9.0 and 18.5 hull length. It is sailed either single or double handed and consists of two legs from Falmouth to Ponta Delgada and return. Most boats take between 7-10 days to complete each leg.

Visit www.azab.co.uk for further details

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival – Various Locations

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June

Shanty bands and singers from all over the UK and the Continent converge on Falmouth bringing a huge diversity of shanties performed on stages throughout the town. In addition to bands, performing each day and evening, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are held on Events Square. Raising money for RNLI

Visit www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk and www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for further details

Loe Beach Regatta – Loe

Saturday 20th June

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

Games on the Moor – The Moor

Saturday 20th June

Fun and free giant games for all the family to take part in on the Moor. Including Connect 4, Swing ball, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and much more.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

J Class Regatta Falmouth – Off Shore & Events Square

Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th June

This is a superb coup for Falmouth to welcome once again, some of the greatest yachts ever to sail in UK waters. Four days of races complemented by shore-side activity.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Falmouth Triathlon – Gyllyngvase Beach

Sunday 12th July

Falmouth Triathlon is a sprint distance open water event. The event is made up of a 750m sea swim that takes place at Gyllyngvase Beach followed by a 20km that leaves Falmouth and heads out to Mawnan Smith and then returns to Falmouth on the same route and finished off with a run route that heads along the sea front, looping around Pendennis Point and finishing at Gyllyngvase Beach.

Pirates Attack! – Pendennis Castle

Tuesday 28th – Wednesday 29th July - 11am – 5pm

Man the cannons – the pirates are coming! Step back in time as Governor John Killigrew readies his Garrison for the onslaught and discover the secret of a fortress braced for attack.

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis for further details

St Mawes Regatta – St Mawes

Saturday 1st August

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

Grand Medieval Jousts – Pendennis Castle

Tuesdays & Wednesdays throughout August - 11am – 5pm

Feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of medieval England. Cheer on your favourite in this thundering battle of bravery and honour. Soak up the medieval way of life in the colourful encampments and be entertained by the naughty court jester while your budding young knights test their strength in the field.

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis for further details

Falmouth Week – Various Locations

Friday 7th – Sunday 16th August

The Falmouth Week Entertainment Marquee will bring a full and varied programme of artists and bands every evening as it has done for generations of Falmouth Week party goers. A Fancy Dress Spectacular guaranteed.

Visit www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for further details

Falmouth Carnival led by Falmouth Marine Band

Saturday 8th August

Falmouth Fun Day

Wednesday 12th August


Friday 14th August

Games on the Moor – The Moor

Saturday 19th September

Fun and free giant games for all the family to take part in on the Moor. Including Connect 4, Swing ball, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and much more.

Visit www.falmouth.co.uk for further details

Falmouth Oyster Festival – Events Square & Moor

Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th October

Highlight of Falmouth’s Autumn calendar this nationally recognised Annual festival celebrates the start of the Oyster dredging season including an Oyster Bar, a variety of seafood, wines and champagne, real ales and stouts, arts, crafts, food and drink halls and all that is best in Cornish Musical entertainment.

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

Remembrance Sunday – Kimberley Park

Sunday 8th November

The local service at Kimberley Park specifically provides the opportunity for Falmouth’s citizens to formally pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the service of this country.





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