Freddy’s Favourite 5: March Events in Cornwall
You know what that means...? The 2015 season officially kicks off this week! And everyone here at John Fowler Holidays is looking forward to welcoming you to our holiday parks in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset this year.
March is obviously a big month for us here, but also for the Cornwall events calendar, which has a jam-packed schedule planned to welcome spring!
I’ve picked out my favourite 5 events from the bunch...
St Piran’s Day Celebrations – 05-08 March
St Piran’s Day is the national day of Cornwall and will be celebrated over four days across the county.
Festivities start 5th March in Falmouth, for the St Piran’s Day Parade. All are welcome to line the streets and take in a procession by local school children and musicians.
Celebrations are rounded off close to Perran View Holiday Park, at Piran Point, for the Grand Procession to St Piran’s Oratory and Church. This is followed by the play of St Piran, with actors and musicians portraying the stages of his life, from his birth in Ireland to arrival in Cornwall and the discovery of tin.
Falmouth Spring Festival – 12-29 March
The Falmouth Spring Festival is held from 12th to 29th March and brings together the Falmouth community like nothing else.
The festival brings an explosion of colour and life to the town, celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, unique coastline and wonderful gardens.
The opening day is ‘Paint The Town Yellow Day’, when Falmouth gets covered in a blanket of yellow. Schoolchildren and design students from the university brighten up shop windows with decorations and heaps of daffodils.
Throughout the month there is Falmouth Spring Clean Days, Run Falmouth, Fitness and Games on The Moor, the Spring Flower Show and Dawn French Installation, before rounding the festival off with the much anticipated Cider & Folk Fayre.
Fifteen Cornwall’s Spring Farmers Market – 14 March
The Fifteen Cornwall Spring Farmers Market is back at Watergate Bay on Saturday 14th March, signalling the start of the growing year!
Welcome spring with Fifteen Cornwall’s local suppliers and producers, who have over 20 stalls selling cheeses, fish, bread, beer and much more – grab yourselves some local goodies and you can enjoy a slice of your Cornwall holidays when you get home.
This year the Kitchen Theatre will be hosting four local chefs demonstrating seasonal dishes, hosted by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard. Cornwall Food Foundation, the restaurant’s independent charity, will be running a ‘Kids Kitchen’ workshop, so bring the whole family down for a tasty day out!
The Truro Festival – 27 March-05 April
The 10 day Truro Festival returns to Cornwall’s capital this Eater, combining art, culture and music into a bundle of entertainment.
Inspired and created by the artistic quality of people from within and around Truro, the festival is a must visit for all ages this month.
Art, music, theatre, film, literature, dance, comedy plus plenty more can be taken in around the city over the 10 days, with lots of new events set for 2015!
Cornwall Spring Flower Show – 28-29 March
You didn’t think I was going to leave out Cornwall’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show did you?
The 103rd Cornwall Spring Flower Show will be held in the stunning grounds of Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, just north of our Cornwall caravan parks in Looe and Polperro. The two day spectacle is one of the first of its kind to be held in the UK, and with over 8,000 expected, makes it one of the largest also.
It is the perfect event to display the very best in Cornwall’s horticultural springtime beauty. There will be classes for Magnolia, Camellia, Rhododendron, daffodils, alpines, bulbs and pot plants, as well as classes for floral art, show gardens, trade stands and children’s entries.
TV personality and avid gardener Joe Swift will be on hand to deliver a masterclass on garden design, with Anne Swithinbank making an appearance on the Sunday to speak to visitors.