Fingers Crossed For Cornwall’s Special But Uncertain Event 2021 Calender

Fingers Crossed For Cornwall's Special But Uncertain Event 2021 Calender

2020 was, sadly, a washout, with most events cancelled due to lockdowns and social distancing caused by the pandemic. Cornwall was not alone in this. We are all hopeful that the vaccination programme and the most recent long winter lockdown will lead to more freedom this summer - and with it, more social events.

In a normal year (hey, what’s ‘normal these days?) Cornwall produces a wealth of events and festivals for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Even St Piran’s Day events (5th March) went virtual this year, but we hope that when the summer sunshine is blazing and if the government’s roadmap is correct, there will be some glittering events for you later in the season.

If not, there is always the beach, the sea, sun, sand and scenery, but if you can, then please support Cornwall’s local economy through its events.

Stay somewhere you love … we can help

It is more important than ever to ensure you are staying somewhere you love, in a place you really want to visit, ideally with its own entertainment, which is where Cornish Secrets comes into its own. Some of our holiday homes have pools, hot tubs and even home cinemas, like this one in St Ives, but all have WiFi, many with subscriptions to online entertainment services. Don’t forget, wherever you are, the beach/countryside is a beautiful giant playground if used responsibly.

Currently scheduled events

It’s hard to predict what events will go ahead but these look some of the likeliest front runners. However, please check as some may be cancelled later, and many will need pre-booking well in advance.

North Cornwall

For Easter, the St Endellion Music Festival will understandably be online, and it is probably hope over sense to assume any large scale events will be happening before summer. A little later, in June, however, there is golf. You can register (now) for free spectator tickets for the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose Golf and Country Club, Padstow, where golfing legends battle it out over four days of thrilling action.

Gardeners will enjoy the socially-distanced Cornwall Gardening Society Summer Flower Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge in July. It has been called the ‘Chelsea of the West’, and its colourful blooms are bound to perk us all up.

Music Festival lovers live in hope that events will go ahead as planned. Check out the Rock Oyster Festival from the end of July, and August’s Cornwall Folk Festival, a small festival but with street music and dance for a blast of summer. Bude Jazz Festival, meanwhile, focuses on traditional and New Orleans jazz in September. Boardmasters is the biggie in August for five days of music, surfing and adventure at Newquay. Meanwhile, just outside Bude is Leopallooza, the ‘biggest house party in a field’, a July camping music event. The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival is also held at Penhallow near Newquay in September. North cornwall loves its music.

Something rather different, is the Watergate Sprint motorsport event in September.


West Cornwall 

Tate St Ives has an exhibition of Korean art by Haegue Yang, until September. She is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials, and it looks a fascinating exhibition, alongside everything else the Tate, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, has to offer.

July brings with it a delayed but much-missed Porthleven Food Festival, a popular and growing foodie event. Porthleven Arts Festival runs from Sept into Oct, and the small but superb Penzance Literary Festival is scheduled for July. Meanwhile, the Grand Depart of the Tour of Britain is also scheduled for Cornwall in September, with stage routes taking in Penzance, St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Bodmin.

Music lovers can enjoy a family-friendly tropical, African, Latin-American and Caribbean vibe in July at Porthtowan’s Tropical Pressure Festival. September see the famous St Ives Food and Drink Festival. When theatres were forced to close in 2020, Cornwall’s Minack Theatre was one of them, but all sincerely hope outdoor performances at this remarkable cliffside venue overlooking azure sea at Porthcurno, will get back on track this summer.

Christmas visitors look out for the Padstow Christmas Festival, and Christmas at Cotehele where you can see the traditional, 60ft garland. It is gorgeous.


South Cornwall

Falmouth Classics Regatta is scheduled for June but the Sea Shanty Festival is going virtual for this year. The tall ships return to Falmouth on 19th August, as the starting point for the Tall Ships Magellan-Elcano Race. This should be an amazing spectacle.

In June, Polperro offers its Festival of Music and Arts.

Looe Live! is scheduled for September; it is a friendly gathering of music and arts. The Looe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival is an indoor event scheduled for December.

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature has been postponed to 2022, however, but the Mevagissey Shanty Festival is on the calendar for October.


Other ideas …

Generally, look out for travelling or ‘pop-up’ events. A very popular outdoor theatre group, with its unique comic style, is Miracle Theatre. Here’s hoping they can get back on track to perform around Cornwall this summer. You can view some of their past events here.



When cinemas reopen, they may be showing the forthcoming film Fisherman’s Friends 2, set in Cornwall, though that may be delayed until 2022. The newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall is also due to reopen for theatrical events in 2021.

Make the most of your time in Cornwall, and tell us if we have missed anything!

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