We all know that Cornwall comes alive in the summer, beaches fill with sun and sea chasers, there’s a hustle and bustle about our winding streets and the seagulls are getting fed more than ever.
While we’re sure many of you aren’t planning on moving too far from your beach of choice, Cornwall’s summer calendar is filling up nicely too. We’ve put together our top 10 not-to-be-missed summer events.
Monster Slip and Slide
Running all summer, near Bude
If riding the Cornish waves hasn’t got your adrenaline flowing, then the Monster Slip and Slide certainly will. A new attraction for summer 2022, the 360ft long slide, boasts four lanes. Thrill-seekers can choose from a single or double inflatable ring, or if you’re feeling extra daring take on the super fast bodyboard and launch yourself off the Monster ramp.
Prices from £12.50 per hour session.
Sea Theatre at Bedruthan
Select evenings throughout July and August, near Newquay
On select evenings this summer, Bedruthan Hotel – perched above Mawgan Porth – is hosting a range of theatre productions, in a magnificent setting. With a backdrop of the setting Cornish sun, enjoy timeless classics like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, of family favourites such as Rapunzel and Cinderella.
Make the most of your open-air experience and enjoy a bespoke hamper, available to purchase with tickets (priced at £30 for two). Filled with handmade sandwiches, quiches and pork pies from the hotel’s artisan bakery, alongside find fresh strawberries paired with Cornish clotted cream and a select smoothie of the day.
Tickets range from £16-18 per adult, with children’s tickets at £12 (under twos and dogs go free).
Leopallooza ©Matthew Hawkey
22-24 July, near Bude
If music, camping and good vibes is your thing then look no further than Leopallooza festival. A multi award-winning family-friendly music festival, it’s certainly not an event you’d stumble across as it’s hidden in a beautiful tree-filled valley in north Cornwall, but that really is part of the magic.
Taking place across three days and nights, there are multiple stages to hop to and from with over 100 great acts to see. Camping is free with your weekend ticket and Palloozaville, just follow your nose, has food options aplenty to keep you fuelled through the festival.
Day tickets from £50, weekend tickets from £130. See website for more details.
Saturday Summer BBQ, St Enodoc
Every Saturday from April to 10 September, Rock
Take your Saturday lunches to sizzling new heights with St Enodoc’s Summer BBQs. Every Saturday throughout the summer, taking place at the Rock hotel’s glorious terrace, which overlooks the pool and beyond to the estuary, a special BBQ menu will be available to the public as well as hotel guests from 12-2:30pm.
A delicious al fresco menu priced at £45 per person for three courses, takes full advantage of its coastal location boasting locally-sourced seafood, meat and fresh vegetables. The creative menu includes a choice of two snacks from their local ‘Cornish Larder’ such as Porthilly Oysters fresh from the farm below the hotel and saffron arancini served with truffle mayonnaise. The main course is also a choice of two dishes, with highlights including Tandoori Gurnard, Korean Chicken Thigh Skewers and Beer Can Cabbage, all served with tasty sides and salads. Finish the meal off with a delectable dessert, opt for the St Enodoc Ice-Cream Sundae or a hearty West Country cheese and biscuits.
Three courses cost £45 per person (10% service charge not included).
10-14 August, Newquay
Boardmasters festival returns to Newquay’s Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach for five days of frolicking fun and epic surfing under the Cornish sun. Not to mention the unbeatable coastal backdrop, this festival has ten carefully curated stages, with performers stretching from local acoustic artists, to international headliners. And this year’s headliners are not to be sniffed at with George Ezra on the Friday, Disclosure on the Saturday and Kings of Leon closing on the Sunday night. You’ll also be treated to culinary delights galore, with plenty of local fare to keep you going.
Day tickets from £86, see website for more details.
The Doggy Summer Garden Paw-ty
Saturday 2 July 10-4pm, near Redruth
Scorrier House is a family run country house and estate, less than 10 miles from the county’s capital Truro. Surrounded by stunning Cornish countryside, it’s a fantastic space to explore. Do you have you a four-legged friend that deserves a party? We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate canine pals than Scorrier House’s Doggy Summer Garden Paw-ty. Starting at 10am, there’s a full programme of fun activities, including the canine Olympics, a talent show and a doggy café – there’s also the chance to learn more about your best four-legged friend’s health and wellness, too. This year’s event supports K9-Crusaders and Refuge4Pets as its chosen charities.
Tickets from £8, see website for more details.
Eden Project, near St Austel. ©Hufton+Crow
Go wild with Beano at Eden!
23 July to 4 September
Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project is always a fun-filled day out. This summer team up with Dennis, Gnasher, Minnie and friends on an epic quest to defeat CO2-Zilla, save the planet and rebel against climate change. There will be games and activities galore for the whole family to get stuck into.
All tickets for Eden must be booked in advance.
St Ives September Festival
10-24 September, St Ives
As the summer season draws to a close, St Ives September Festival keeps the flame burning with a two-week celebration of music and the arts. An area known for its creativity, St Ives September Festival is one of the leading cultural festivals in the UK, covering music, art and poetry events, exhibitions, galleries, guided walks and open artist studios.
Events are ticketed, find out more with the link below.
29-31 July, near Rock
Fabulous food, sweet music, and an activity programme packed to the rafters, Dinham House near Rock, will be home to Rock Oyster festival hosted by Jack Stein and friends. In a unique setting against the estuary, the Oyster Stage will see all the musical action with acts including Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays and Passenger.
You’ll also find Michelin-starred chefs, alfresco dining, and cooking demonstrations all weekend, festival goers can try mouth-watering tasters and signature dishes at the Chef Tipis, served by some of Cornwall’s best restaurants and chefs.
Day tickets from £53.50, see website for more details.
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