10 must visit events in Cornwall this September

So the summer's drawing to a close – booooooooo! But that doesn't mean there's any let-up in the Cornwall events calendar, with some absolute crackers taking place in September.

If you're staying at our holiday parks in Cornwall this month, and are looking for days out around the county, check out these 10 MUST visit events...

10 Must Visit Events in Cornwall | John Fowler Cornwall Holiday Parks


The Big Autumn Market | 05 September

Kicking off the month on the 5th September is The Big Autumn Market, held on Truro's famous Lemon Quay.

Around 50 of Cornwall's most popular food producers and street food vendors will line the streets of the Lemon Quay to help celebrate the autumn harvest.

What better way to show off Cornwall's thriving foodie scene?

The Big Autumn Market's main ingredients will be mouth watering food, entertainment throughout the day, chef demonstrations plus plenty more.


World Bellyboard Championships | 06 September

I've got a feeling this one will be a popular choice...

The 13th annual World Bellyboard Championships returns to Chapel Porth Sunday 6th September, and is again hosted by the National Trust.

If you've not visited the event before, we're not talking about top of the range NMD or Science bodyboards here! Competitors will be using old school wooden boards and wearing some pretty retro swimsuits too.

Hundreds are expected to turn out to watch bellyboarders of all ages and abilities challenge for the coveted world title.

Bill Makin, NT General Manager, said: "We are delighted to welcome visitors old and new to take part in this unique event at one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall (and therefore the world!) The Trust's sensitive management of Chapel Porth for over 50 years has allowed it to retain the raw unspoilt beauty that has attracted ply riders since the early days of the sport."

"Our Mid Cornwall team, based in St Agnes, will be pulling out all the stops alongside collectors, craftsmen, makers, shapers and contributors to make this small part of Cornwall the centre of the bellyboarding world on 6th September 2015"


Eden's Festival of Food | 10-27 September

Between 10-27 September the Eden Project plays to host to some of the most famous chefs on our TVs, as part of Eden's Festival of Food.

Lesley Waters, Great British Bake Off Winner Nancy Birtwhistle, Aldo Zilli, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Phil Vickery and Ken Hom are just some of the star names delivering tasty demonstrations on individual days.

Lesley Waters – 10th September
Nancy Birtwhistle – 12th September
Aldo Zilli – 18th September
Jean-Christophe Novelli – 23rd September
Phil Vickery – 25th September
Ken Hom – 27th September


Newquay Fish Festival | 11-13 September

Just a short trip up the coast from Perran View Holiday Park you'll find the Newquay Fish Festival.

2015 celebrates the 13th year of this event, and thousands are expected to flock to the famous harbour over the three days.

Live cookery workshops are undoubtedly the highlight of the festival, but there's plenty more you and the whole family can get stuck in to. A number of stands will line the harbour selling Cornish produce and crafts, a hospitality area will have a programme of entertainment and you can show off your skills in the sandcastle competition.


St Ives September Festival | 12-26 September

Visitors to St Ives Holiday Village have 15 days of music, arts, walks, poetry, literature, theatre and cinema as the St Ives September Festival returns to the town.

Having started waaaaay back in 1977, the festival is as popular as ever and will host over 300 events, which stretch all over St Ives.

The Guildhall hosts acts like Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest and Joanne Shaw Taylor.

The Western Hotel venues provide jazz, folk, comedy, with acts such as Matt Price, David Tsonos, Tim Clark, Nicolas Meier Group and Thunderbridge Bluegrass.

For a full programme of what's on over the 15 days, visit www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk.


South East Cornwall Walking Festival | 12-18 September

The South East Cornwall Walking Festival gives those of you on your Cornwall holidays a chance to explore this amazing corner of The Duchy.

The 7 day long festival has now been running for more than 10 years and is the perfect way to take in seaside villages like Looe and Polperro, as well as rural hamlets, the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor.

I've got a funny feeling the walk to Duloe Beer & Cider Festival might be a popular choice! This involves catching the train from Looe to St Keyne, where the 2 mile walk leads you through lanes and paths to Duloe, taking in the cider apple orchards along the way.


Looe Music Festival | 18-20 September

Elsewhere in South East Cornwall, the last of the big summer music festivals takes place on the doorstep of Trelawne Manor Holiday Park!

Looe Music Festival is three days of awesome live music, which transforms the small fishing village's beach, harbour and streets.

The festival has an impressive history of headliners and support acts, and this year they've continued the trend of attracting big names. Friday night sees The Proclaimers take to the stage and you can guarantee "500 Miles" to be echoing down the streets! The Saturday night headline slot is taken by Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – look out for the very special guest too! Closing the festival is founder and legendary guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr – what a coup!


Bude for Food | 18-20 September

After an incredibly successful debut year in 2014, Bude for Food is back for a second and its menu looks packed full of treats!

The festival is again staged close to our very own Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, on the amazing lawns of Bude Castle.

Top chefs will be on hand to whip up some culinary delights, as well as our appetites! But don't fret, vendors will be pleased to source you with some of the West Country's finest, including pasties, Mexican, BBQ and British!

Champion of MasterChef 2008, James Nathan, will be cooking some of his winning dishes to entertain the crowds.


SPLASH | 19-27 September

After a successful schedule of events in 2014, SPLASH is back this year to celebrate and promote Falmouth's creative side.

The town will again be awash with colour and sound!

How can you get involved? Take to the streets and watch amazing dance demonstrations, listen to poetry and storytelling or enjoy some fabulous art.


Great Cornish Food Festival | 25-27 September

I don't know about you guys, but talking about all of these food festivals has certainly got my tummy rumbling – I hope Cheffy's at our caravan parks in Cornwall to cook me up something.

Last, but by no means least, is the biggest food and drink event in Cornwall, the Great Cornish Food Festival.

Back for its 12th year, the events transforms Truro's famous Lemon Quay in to foodie heaven, with three days of hands-on workshops, tasting and family-filled food fun.

Over 40 local chefs and 50 producers are taking part, with demonstrations on fish filleting to wine tasting and coffee brewing.

Special guest, and renowned seafood chef Nathan Outlaw, has been confirmed as the host of Sunday afternoon's programme – you can expect cookery master classes over two stages with support from some of the area's top chefs.

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