Cornish Spring Festivals

Group of people celebrating Falmouth Spring Festival in Cornwall.

Throughout the year there are many fabulous Cornish events to enjoy. Here are some of my favourite spring festivals.

March 30th to April 17th


Falmouth’s early celebrations bring real colour and vibrancy to this beautiful coastal town.  Events range from painting the town yellow, with where shops festoon windows with daffodils and decorations. There are guided festival walks, bands playing, food and craft stalls and a folk and cider festival as well as beach cleans, painting and gardening to revamp the town in time for the summer season.


April 1st to 7th


The popular walking festival set on the Isles of Scilly is now in its 11th year, with seven days of themed walks led by expert guides, taking place on the Isles of Scilly from 1 to 7 April.

This year there are 29 walks on offer, more than ever before, including wildlife discovery tours, food foraging forays, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands and a Mediterranean stroll through Tresco Abbey Garden.


April 8th to 15th


St Endellion Easter Festival was founded by the late Richard Hickox and his then wife Frances, who remains the director, almost four decades on.  Like its elder summer sibling, the festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – all of whom pay to participate in just over a week of very high quality music making.

The programme of music takes place in the 15th century Collegiate Church of St. Endelienta, St. Endellion, North Cornwall, a favourite place of the late Sir John Betjemen.


Porthleven Food Festival
April 21st to 23rd


Around 30,000 gather each year in the pretty small harbour town of Porthleven near Helston, to celebrate three days of food, music, art, entertainment and fun. Now in its ninth year, the 2017 theme will be ‘Under the Sea’ – a nod to the intrinsic link between Porthleven and sea. On the Saturday night there is an Under the Sea themed party in the shipyard marquee. Expect foot stomping bands and street food style food on offer. On Sunday, a bake-off will also follow the theme.  Fancy dress is  encouraged!


April 29th to 30th


The Bolster Pageant is a reenactment of the local giant-killing legend in the beautiful north coast village of St Agnes which has been staged each May Bank Holiday weekend for the last 20 years on the cliffs at Chapel Porth Beach. The festival is held during the first May bank Holiday each year, which this year happens to fall at the end of April. Saturday 29th April sees a bonfire, lantern procession and a BBQ at the Beacon on the cliffs between St Agnes and Chapel Porth. The pageant itself starts at Chapel Porth beach on Sunday 30th at 4:30pm

Enjoy spring in Cornwall

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