Freddy’s Favourite 5: Cornwall Events This August
Cornwall is buzzing all year round, but August takes some beating as the best month to visit...Agreed?
Our Cornwall holiday parks are full, the sun has its hat on and some of the top events of the year are happening all over the county!
With that in mind I’m giving you the latest ‘Freddy’s Favourite 5’, looking at the best events staged in Cornwall during August...
Boardmasters | 05-09 August
First of the 5, and returning to the coast of Cornwall THIS week, is the UK’s biggest and best surf and music festival, Boardmasters.
Showcasing surf, skate and music, this festival is split across two of Cornwall’s most iconic locations – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay.
Fistral hosts ASP World Tour Surfing, with categories including the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Boys and Girls Up&Go Junior Pro and Whipper Snappers – some of the hottest talent in surfing will be ripping up the Cornish swell!
The music side of the festival continues to pull an impressive line up of acts. This year Faithless headline the main stage on Friday night, with Rudimental set to get the place bouncing on Saturday night. Sunday is rounded off with Bastille and elsewhere during the weekend you can catch Clean Bandit, De La Soul, Groove Armada, Lethal Bizzle and Seasick Steve.
Tickets to the festival are still available, but I’d hurry, they’re selling out super quick! For more information and a full line up of events, visit www.boardmasters.co.uk.
Falmouth Week | 07-16 August
A day out at Falmouth during your Cornwall holidays is a must, and you’ll always find something going on around the bustling port.
August brings one of the town’s largest spectacles, with 7 days of colourful and exciting events making up Falmouth Week.
On the water, keelboats, traditional vessels and dinghies take part in 6 days of match racing. Wednesday is Champagne Day, a race for the super big yachts, finishing in the inner harbour after 25 miles of coastal jostling.
On dry land in the town, there are plenty of activities to get involved in. Catch the carnival procession and after party, Red Arrows Display, Action Sports Tour and spectacular fireworks finale. Events Square will be lively again this year, with a busy schedule of daytime and evening entertainment. The music line up includes The Wurzles, Five, and Toploader to get everyone “Dancing in the Moonlight”!
On Custom House Quay the RNLI are hosting water polo and offering tours on the Falmouth Lifeboat. On Prince of Wales Pier you can become a Red Arrows pilot in a realistic simulator.
The newest event this year is the Outlaw Food & Drink Festival and Outlaw Summer Market. Top local producers and street food traders will be on hand to satisfy your foodie needs.
Bude Carnival | 15 August
Bude Carnival comes to the doorstep of Widemouth Bay Caravan Park this August, continuing a tradition of almost a hundred years.
The first carnival dates all the way back to Thursday 2nd December 1920 – I wander if Kenny remembers it hehe! Events included a Grand Torch-Light Procession, Grand Masked Confetti Fete, Hourly Concerts by four Jolly Sailor Men and an Exhibition of War Trophies.
Yearly winter carnivals continued up until 1939, when that year was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War 2. The first Carnival after was held on August Bank Holiday and there’s been no looking back since!
Bude Carnival is now held on third Saturday of the month and continues to collect donations for local charities. Activities commence at 2pm at the Castle Grounds, with the main procession leaving later in the evening at 6.30pm.
You can take part by lining the streets and encouraging the participants, as well as spending time at Castle Grounds for the afternoon fun.
Newlyn Fish Festival | 31 August
Your mouth will certainly be watering in the build up to this Bank Holiday foodie festival!
Celebrating its 26th year, the Newlyn Fish Festival promotes all things sea, fishing and seafood in one of Cornwall’s most famous coastal ports.
Just a 5 minute drive from Kenegie Manor, the festival is a great family day out and the perfect way to immerse yourself in a little slice of Cornwall.
Returning after a successful debut last year is the Great Cornish Fish Off, a competition designed to test the skills of catering students from local Penwith College. Competitors will have just 30 minutes to rustle up a dish from scratch – the winner will be decided by you the audience, with some tasty prizes on offer!
Elsewhere you’ll find the Fish Display, Fish Auction, Cooking Demonstrations from some top local chefs, The Learning Zone and Gig Racing in the bay.
Two music stages will host one of the biggest line ups of local acts, something you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in Cornwall.
Grand Medieval Joust at Pendennis Castle | 04-26 August
Finally, something a little different for you...
Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to live during the Medieval times, when evening entertainment came from an intense joust rather than a reality television programme? Well you can over a number of dates at Pendennis Castle.
Cheer on your favourite horse mounted knight, as he battles to win the prestigious Medieval joust!
Experience the Medieval way of life and let the local jester entertain as the knights prepare their armour.
The event includes themed music, jester games, a Falconry display and children’s battles – sounds like a cool event to tell all your mates about when you get home from our holiday parks in Cornwall!