Polperro fireworks display – a Cornish tradition!

Coastal landscape shot of the village of Polperro in Cornwall

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Cornwall in early November, do make a point to head over to Polperro for their fireworks display. Those that know this idyllic little fishing village on the south coast, will recognise the pretty little harbour nestled within the rocks.

Now imagine gazing down over the harbour at night, whilst the locals put on a display to rival even the fanciest town event.

The village harbour acts as a natural amphitheatre, echoing the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahh’s’ of the large but somehow intimate crowd, and reflecting the lights on the cottage windows and the surface of the water.


Get there a little early and pick up a burger or hot dog from the BBQ on the Fish Quay, then find your perfect spot to watch the display from.

Maybe high up on the cliffs, looking down on the display and back at the village? Or how about prime position standing on the harbour wall, with the display directly in front of you. Or there is always The Warren, the little lane on the far side of the harbour which becomes the coast path to Looe.

There are a myriad of spots perfect for the lazy, the adventurous or those with buggies or wheelchairs.

Visitors cannot fail to be impressed at the effort this sleepy little village puts into this annual event. I’ve been several times, and I always leave wondering at all the hours put into the fundraising, planning & organising that must go on behind the scenes.

Thank you Polperro, another brilliant event for us all to enjoy!

The display takes place (weather permitting) as close to November 5th as possible – for 2017, it’s on Saturday 4 November, from 6.30pm.

Getting there

Polperro is approximately 45 mins’ drive from Bosinver. Take the A390 (towards Lostwithiel), then turn onto the B3268, signposted towards Polperro.

Cars aren’t allowed in the centre of the village as the characterful but narrow streets make driving difficult. Parking for the village is in the main car park at Crumplehorn (postcode for SatNavs PL13 2RJ). It’s a 1/2 mile walk into the centre of the village

About our guest blogger

Janie is a foraging, blogging smallholder who breeds meal-worms & Muscovy ducks, has 4 jobs and a beautiful vintage caravan. Her blog, The Hedgecombers, focuses on her adventures as she tries to become self-sufficient, growing her own fruit and vegetables, rearing animals for eggs and meat, and creating gastro-magic in the kitchen.

This is the second of her guest posts – you can also read all about her mackerel fishing adventures off the coast of Looe.

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