5 of the best: Summer Cornish Festivals by the north coast

6th July 2017

From a family friendly jamming world music festival on the north coast to a world renowned surf and music event - Cornwall’s festivals are as vibrant and as exciting as it’s landscape.  

We’ve picked 5 of the best by the north coast in 2017 so read on to find out more about some of our favourite festivals taking place not far from our properties in St Agnes and Perranporth.

You’ll also find just a few of our self catering properties which might be an ideal place for you and your family to stay - ahead of hitting a festival and/or to escape the madding crowd.


Bands in the Sands

Bands in the Sands: from 23rd June – 9th August

We’re sorry to tell you this: but you’ve missed a chance to see Tom Jones at the first Bands in the Sands event this year, which took place right near our office base in Perranporth in June. What a superstar. However, the good news is there is a whole host of other top notch artists and bands taking to the stage on Perranporth Beach over the summer.

Time your escape to Cornwall just so, and you could see Seasick Steve, The Stranglers, Feeder or Toots & Maytals. After the band leaves the stage, you can keep the party going by hitting the Watering Hole, the infamous Perrranporth Pub on the Beach, for an afterparty running until 2am. Phew. Save some energy and polish your dancing shoes ready!

Check the dates, details and get your tickets for Bands in the Sands online here

We have a large selection of properties close to Perranporth Beach. How about Gywthian: self catering accommodation perched on the hill overlooking the Cornish countryside with views across the Atlantic. Click here for details and book now before it goes!

Also in an enviable position is Lowenek House, only 100 meters from Perranporth Beach and perfectly positioned to easily get to Bands in the Sands and then quickly home again afterwards! Click here for details and book now

Tropical Pressure 2017: 14th – 16th July

Perched on a piece of organic farmland overlooking the Atlantic sea not far from Porthtowan is Tropical Pressure 2017– a jamming little world music festival welcoming musicians from across the globe for it’s annual event. 

Join a friendly and superbly colourful crowd soaking up the stunning location and festival vibes as well as getting stuck into a myriad of workshops; from dance, art, cooking and discovery there’s plenty to do. Food glorious food is highly celebrated at Tropical Pressure with purely Vegetarian and Vegan food stalls. And the Eco Park – home of the festival - serves up their signature Brunch every day in La Cantina. Oh and we even didn’t mention yet the fascinating stalls you’ll see there … get a scoot on and get your tickets as Tropical Pressure 2017 is imminent.

Looking for a cute little bolthole in the Cornish countryside? Skylarks is located in between St Agnes and Perranporth. Book this property and have access to the resort swimming pool free of charge!

Tropical Pressure

Boardmasters: 9th – 13th August

The biggest music festival in Cornwall is back; with a heritage reaching back to 1981 it’s now a commercial, suitable for all, kind of affair with headliners including Jamiroquai and Two Door Cinema Club. Boardmasters is also located in a stunning Cornish coastal location – this time overlooking Watergate Bay. And when we say overlooking we mean overlooking – the views from certain parts of the main arena and surrounding stages are out of this world.

Often confusing for the first time visitor is the fact that Boardmasters takes place in two locations in opposite parts of Newquay: part of its activities, not surprisingly centred on surfing, are based on Fistral Beach, the world renowned surfing beach. There’s also plenty music-wise in both locations to keep you entertained. At the main festival site overlooking Watergate Bay there are massive fairground rides, an impressive selection of trend led stalls, foodie stalls and so many arenas and spots we find ourselves wandering around endlessly with a happy look on our face.

See the website to check full details of what’s going on and get tickets:


Newquay Fish Festival: 8th – 10th September 

Now in its 14th year this festival calls Newquay Harbour home and offers exhibitors, chefs, entertainment and a bursting programme of activities. Celebrating the fishing industry, the amazing food scene here in Cornwall, and wider British traditions, it's one not to missed by foodies.

If you’ve never explored Newquay Harbour during an event you should: it’s a beautiful spot and there are great views along the gorgeous Newquay coastline. Experiencing the historic location with an historic industry at its heart couldn’t be more celebratory of everything we do well in Cornwall. It’s hard not to join in with the Cornish brass bands to blow our own trumpets but we do know how to put on a good show! With the community at the heart of this event, and an economic mission of continuing to regenerate Newquay Harbour, we think this festival ticks all the boxes: have fun, eat well, do good and come away thinking 'I’ve been somewhere new and done something different today!'

Entry is free and you’ll find a full programme of activities announced on the website in the weeks proceeding the Fish Festival:

Newquay Fish Festival
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival 8th – 10th September 2017

A good ole knees up in the grounds of Healeys Cyder Farm in a charming countryside location only a few miles from St Agnes and Perranporth, this big party centres on - you guessed it - serving amazing cider from across the world as well as the Cornish variety!

Also on the bill is good music, food and a great family friendly party atmosphere, oh and more things cider related: secret cider walks and cider tasting! On the line up for 2017: Scouting For Girls and the Wurzles, see the festival website for details and to purchase tickets:

If you’re planning to go to Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival and want somewhere close to stay which helps you escape from the crowd with your family, check to see if the following Perranporth properties are available:

The Beach Cave

Atlantic Reach

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