World Pasty Championships
Eden Project, near St Austell
29 Feb 2020
This fun event is a celebration of the Cornish Pasty. During the championships, bakers, chefs and pasty companies battle it out to create the perfect pasty using closely-guarded recipes. They all hope to be crowned the world champion pasty maker. It’s an exciting event where visitors can learn how to make pasties and taste some of the creations, amid the awesome surroundings of the biomes and gardens of the Eden Project.
Tunes in the Dunes
1 – 3 May 2020
This laid-back music festival on the beach has grown in popularity over the last few years to become one of Cornwall’s biggest gigs, attracting some nationally renowned bands and musicians. This year, Tunes in the Dunes returns with a fantastic line-up that (so far) includes Ronan Keating and Atomic Kitten.
8 – 9 May 2020
An annual festival celebrating the best in Cornish storytelling, music and the arts, a colourful pageant is led by a huge puppet known as Bolster the Giant. It’s a great spectacle which starts in the village of St Agnes and finishes with a parade along the cliffs to Chapel Porth beach.
Bands in the Sands
Watering Hole, Perranporth
19, 20 June and 17, 24 July
This series of one-off gigs takes place on the beach at the Watering Hole. This year the acts announced so far for 2020 are: 19 June Craig David, 20 June Tom Walker, 17 July Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and 24 July Seasick Steve
Perranporth town Centre
25 July 2020
Expect fun and games at the Perranporth Carnival. It’s one of the town’s biggest cultural events culminating with a parade through the streets by the townsfolk in fancy dress costumes (this years’ theme is Music Legends!).
St Agnes Carnival
St Agnes village centre
1 August 2020
St Agnes Carnival takes place in the middle for summer, so it’s an ideal evening out for visitors as well as locals. At the heart of the event is a colourful fancy dress street parade through the village.
Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay
5 - 9 August 2020
Now in its 39th year, this major music and sporting event features top bands, surf contests, skateboarding demos and a vibrant festival atmosphere across two coastal sites. The soul of the event remains at Fistral beach where the UK’s best surfers compete, while skaters show off their skills on a giant skate ramp in the festival village. Cornwall’s largest music festival is now held at Watergate Bay where music lovers are treated to sea view gigs from top bands. Headliners in 2020 include Skepta, The Kooks, Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal and The 1975 among many others!
Perranporth Surf Triathlon
Considered to be one of the country’s toughest triathlons, this extreme surf triathlon is one of Perranporth’s main sporting events organised by the local surf lifesaving club. The triathlon starts with a 1,500 metre swim in the sea, often in challenging surf, followed by a 38km hilly bike ride and finally a 7.5km run along the beach and dunes. Only enter if you’re tough enough!
Newquay Fish Festival
18 – 20 September
A foodie festival by the sea in Newquay offering an opportunity to taste freshly cooked fish and seafood, meet the fishermen and watch cookery demonstrations by local chefs. All accompanied by live music events and a festival atmosphere at this popular local event.
Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
Healey’s Cyder farm
11 – 13 September
A charming little festival returning for its 8th year in 2020 with a line-up of musical acts that include The Wurzels, Willie and the Bandits, The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and Flats and Sharps. As well as the big names there will also be a silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, and secret cider walks!
What Else is On in Cornwall
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