Summer Festivals in Cornwall

There are lots of festivals throughout the year all across Cornwall, here are some of the best in late May, June and July:

Open Studios Cornwall

May 19-28

Over 300 artists, craftspeople and designers throw open their studio doors right across Cornwall


May 20

A celebration of all that Lostwithiel and the surrounding area have to offer in the way of crafts, great food, street entertainment and music

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival

May 25-28


A fantastic weekend  of the brightest and best folk artists in Cornwall

Fal River Festival

May 25 - June 3

Showcasing creative talent from the worlds of art, music, food, theatre, fils, sports and adventure

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

May 25-27

An exciting mix of poetry-centred events including readings, talks and workshops

Charles Causley Festival, Launceston

May 31 - June 3

Workshops and masterclasses in writing, poetry, screenprinting and linocuts 

Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival

June 9-10

Lots of fun on the water and off it, with gig racing, sailing, canoeing, swimming and a Flash Boat regatta

Golowan Festival, Penzance

 June 15-24

A revived ancient festival celebrating midsummer and the Feast of St John. Torch lit procession, fireworks, parades and street entertainment.

West of England Bandsmen's Festival

June 16

Held in the village of Bugle (yes, really!) a whole day of music making starting with the traditional march of bands through the village.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

June 22-24

60 shanty groups across 25 venues equals 350 hours of shanty singing!

Mevagissey Feast Week

 June 24-30

The longest surviving festival in Cornwall features exhibitions, live music, a carnival, boat and raft races and a huge firework display

Golroos, Perranporth

June 29 - July 1

Festival of The Nets in Cornish, Golroos celebrates Perranporth's seine net fishing boats with music, dance and song 

Penzance Literary Festival

July 4-7

Readings, talks, walks, hands-on writing workshops and more at Cornwall's friendlist lit-fest

Geekfest 4.0, Pool

 July 7-8

Celebrating the worlds of comic books, film, TV, sci-fi and gaming, Geekfest is an action-packed weekend full of cosplay, tournaments and adventure

Lafrowda Festival, St Just

July 9-21

A whole fortnight of events, culminating in Lafrowda Day on the 21st with processions, stalls, live music and entertainment

Sea Salt and Sail Festival, Mousehole

July 13,14,18

Scores of beautiful and historic wooden boats gather to celebrate Mousehole's maritime history, with shanties and stories filling the air. 

St Endellion Summer Festival

July 31- August 10

International musicians present a programme of concerts, opera, chamber music and recitals

Information provided by Visit Cornwall