What’s on this month in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 16:37 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 05 July 2018




We pick some of the best events and performances happening in Cornwall in July 2018


29 June - 1 July

A weekend festival of great music washed down with the best of Cornish brews opens with the Mousehole Male Voice Choir on the Friday evening. Ale and Anchor at the Old Coastguard in Mousehole will be a showcase of Cornish bands and musicians including The Extraordinarily Ordinary Gents, Biere de Luxe, and The Oggy Men.

There will be around 30 ales from Cornish breweries ranging from St Austell and Skinners, to smaller craft beers including biodynamic Cornish Crown and Harbour Brewing. The family friendly event also has a puppet making workshop, children’s yoga class and a Sunday afternoon show with Kernow King. Entry is free.


3, 5, 7 July

The 2018 Eden Sessions have confirmed their enduring popularity as they enter their 17th year of summer gigs at the iconic Eden Project Biomes near St Austell. Three gigs in July have already sold out – Queens of the Stone Age (July 3), Jack Johnson (July 5) and Björk (July 7, which was rescheduled from June.

Californian band Queens of the Stone Age visit Eden off the back of the release of their acclaimed seventh studio album Villains, produced by Mark Ronson, which came out last summer.

Their Eden Session is the only UK show this summer apart from a headline appearance at Finsbury Park in London.

For details of future events and Eden Sessions TV go to edensessions.com.

Eden SessionsEden Sessions


4 - 7 July

This year’s four-day festival includes the chance to go behind the scenes of The Archers with script-writer Keri Davies and regulars Matt Crawford (played by Kim Durham) and Ruth Archer (Felicity Finch). You can hear all about the script-writing process, tricks of the trade, and the experience of being a long-running character, as well as other fascinating secrets (like how the production team create those smoochy kisses) on 5 July.

Other speakers at the festival include Michael Pennington, Adam Hart-Davis, Rachel Joyce plus musical treats from Tim Dean.

Visit pzlitfest.co.uk


6-7 July

This small but perfectly formed festival of food and music is set in beautiful rural Cornwall on the banks of the River Camel, its eccentricity underlined by the fact that it’s actually not that close to the village of Rock (from which it takes its name) and you might have to search a bit for oysters on the 20-acre site.

But for the last nine years this quirky, family friendly event has been attracting thousands of loyal visitors with its offering of fab food, great music by largely unknown artists and a comprehensive programme of entertainment for the little ones.

The food is varied, local fare from seafood to wood fired pizza to Argentinian barbecue and crumpet. Padstow Brewing ales and cider bar, Mission wines, Igloo cocktails and Voltans Gin Emporium are convivial highlights as are the renowned Porthilly oysters grown just 200 yards down the river.

And then there’s the entertainment - there’s no big names here but you will rock to headliners Caravana Sun, Dr Meaker and Spanish guitar duo De Fuego alongside local acts like Cornish busking band Phat Bollard, North Cornwall harmony and guitar band The Countrymen and two brothers from Calstock who perform as Atlantic Bridge. Dance the night away in the Igloo bar while children are entertained by various bearded woodland educators, circus types or just by running around free on the enclosed site.

Rock Oyster Festival has excellent green credentials, with access possible from the Camel Trail. Most people travel from Wadebridge - a two mile walk or bike ride on the trail or park with easy access at the site itself. There’s even secure bike parking for serious cyclists who want to arrive by pedal power alone. Great local beer comes from the Padstow Brewery, rowed up the river on the tide for the most eco-friendly delivery of ale in the country. The festival has also joined the Final Straw campaign, pledging not to use plastic straws on site.

The Kernow Springs Wild Spa project started at Rock Oyster Festival in 2015 and now provides spa sessions at events such as Glastonbury with their wood-fired hot tubs and saunas. They are back at Rock for serious pampering sessions in the tubs and sauna and a Bedouin chill-out lounge.


Rock FestivalRock Festival


6-7 July

Mousehole celebrates its maritime past and life as a working fishing village with a three-day festival on and by the water with traditional boatbuilding at its heart. And this year’s biennial event will welcome intrepid sailor Conrad Humphreys and Bounty’s End, the small open vessel built to recreate Captain Bligh’s epic 4,000 mile journey of survival in the South Pacific during 1789.

A Channel 4 documentary recorded how Conrad and his novice crew undertook Bligh’s perilous journey under the same conditions - one of the great maritime survival stories.

The oldest boat at Sea Salts and Sail dates back to 1881 and even the newest replicas all hark back to a bygone age - Crabbers, Beer Luggers, Pilot Cutters, Toshers, Prawners, Trawlers and Skiffs will all descend on Mounts Bay with St Michaels Mount and its castle as a backdrop arriving from Falmouth, St Ives, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and beyond.

Several of the UK’s leading traditional boat builders will be in Mousehole including Mark Edwards with Gloriana, the lead vessel in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant; Luke Powell currently building Pellow in Truro, the country’s largest wooden sailing boat under construction and the St Ives Jumbo Luggers builder Jonny Nance, who will open the festival.

The harbour is the main focus, with visits from traditional vessels, a full programme of rowing and sailing races, activities especially for the children, music, fun and games, traditional craft demonstrations, open artists’ studios and lots of local fare to eat and drink.

The weekend festival will be plastics free and the replica 19th century Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose (cleanseasodyssey.org) will visit as part of her ocean clean-up educational summer tour. seasalts.co.uk

Sea Salts SailSea Salts Sail


8 July

Live in The Wyldes kicks off what is only their second year of one-day live music events with a real cracker when Paloma Faith performs her great back catalogue (Only Love Can Hurt Like This, Picking Up The Pieces) and hits from her new album, The Architect including singles Guilty and Crybaby.

The magical Wyldes site at Week St Mary near Bude is perfect for Paloma, renowned for her eccentric style and wild wardrobe. The Hackney-born artist shot to fame in 2009 with her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Paloma scooped her first Brit Award in 2015 was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist this year.

Last year Live in The Wyldes hosted Rag ‘n’ Bone Man for his only performance in Devon and Cornwall. Other acts are still to be announced for this summer. intothewyldes.com

Paloma FaithPaloma Faith


10 - 13 July

This year’s Fowey Classics is a few weeks earlier than normal to fit in neatly with the yachting calendar in the Westcountry – it follows on from the Dartmouth Classics and the planned dates of Plymouth Classics, although this event is now not going ahead.

The earlier date might also mean better weather than Fowey Classics has experienced over the last few years.

This is the 26th annual rally of vintage and modern classic boats with the picturesque town of Fowey and the delights of the deep water river as its backdrop.

Fowey has a thriving yachting scene with two clubs – the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club – and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is strong competition among locals and visitors for a number of trophies during the weekend of sailing. They include cups for the best Bermudan yacht over 20ft, best mechanically powered vessel, the boat and owner that shows endeavour getting to the classics and partaking and the oldest boat competing in the sailing events.

As well as racing in the bay, there will be the traditional, and spectacular, parade of sail which provides a lot of entertainment for spectators. There’s also a programme of social events for participants.

For information visit foweyclassics.com

Fowey ClassicsFowey Classics


21 July

The Barefoot Ball - a cool, stylish and bohemian-inspired party - comes to Trerethern Farm this month. Overlooking the Camel Estuary and on the doorstep of Padstow, this unique Summer Food & Party experience has a Cornish twist, partnering with some the South West’s finest and most fabulous food and drink pop-ups including a three course supper from the WoodFired Canteen and cocktails and craft beer from The Buffalo Bar. Dine whilst watching the sun set on the horizon before ending the night with an after party with dance music from DJ duo Laird Grooves. Keep an eye out for the photo booth too so you can keep a souvenir from what is set to be a fantastic evening!

The event begins at 6.30pm with the banquet served at 7.30pm and music commencing at 9.30pm through to 12pm. Tickets are £55 per person and include a glass of fizz on arrival, a three course meal and live entertainment.

Get your ticket here www.bluefizzevents.co.uk


26-29 July

Words, music, food and fashion are all on the menu for a weekend of enchanting and exciting experiences at the eclectic Port Eliot Festival which takes over the park and woodlands of the ancient Port Eliot estate at St Germans on the Rame Peninsula in south east Cornwall.

There are around 60 music acts at the festival – legendary DJs and live bands by the Boathouse, world music luminaries or indie’s finest on the Park Stage, a night devoted to Cornish acts at the Ace of Clubs and eclectic surprises in the Walled Garden and the Orangery, from synthpop to brass bands.

There’s good time music at The Black Cow Saloon, or the celestial acoustics of the Church. And when the sun goes down, there’ll be family-friendly fun on the Bowling Green with the Ceilidh Liberation Front.

You can catch performances from Gaz Coombes – erstwhile frontman of Supergrass performing tracks from his new album World’s Strongest Man - Billy Bragg, Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford, Danny Goffey and DJs Andrew Weatherall and Justin Robertson, amongst others.

And congratulations if you’ve secured a weekend ticket. If you arrive early on the Thursday you can enjoy an experience not available to day ticket holders - Baxter Dury, creator of one of the great records of 2017, Miami, will headline the Caught by the River stage. His album Prince of Tears is a beautifully orchestrated record, full of vitriol and heartbreak, culminating in the emotional finale of the title song.

Authors have always proved popular at the Port Eliot Festival. This year’s line-up features one of Britain’s foremost poets, Salena Godden, Stylist and Guardian writer Lucy Mangan, Viv Groskop, Joe Dunthorne (who wrote Submarine) and Blake Morrison, best known for his two bestselling memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me, who will talk about his new novel, The Executor.

Port Eliot FestivalPort Eliot Festival

Port Eliot takes its food seriously. From the outset, 15 years ago, the festival made beautiful food a big part of the line-up as historic rooms, kitchens and nooks in the House become restaurants, tea rooms, galleries and screening rooms. Street food takes on a new meaning on the estate with every imaginable kind of food catered for and a variety of drinking establishments.

A new Port Eliot restaurant will sit right at the front of the House and Devon’s Oyster Shack will make a corner of the Walled Garden its own, serving fresh, locally-sourced and sustainable rock oysters, Salcombe crab and lobster and the local catch of the day fish. Plymouth’s Le Vignoble will serve delightful wines matched to the fresh seafood menu.

Top names from the culinary world are appearing at the festival, including Jack Stein, Polpo restaurateur Russell Norman, author of The Angry Chef Anthony Warner, Cornwall’s Michelin star Paul Ainsworth and Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher who will share her passion for baking.



27-29 July

Billed as “the greatest house party in a field”, Leopallooza continues to mix it up with top names from music and comedy alongside theatre and great food in the rolling green hills of North Cornwall near Bude on the site that also plays host to Into The Wyldes.

Topping the Saturday night bill will be international chart-topping star Kelis who shot to fame in 2003 with hit single Milkshake from her third studio album Tasty. The R&B star has won Brit, Q, and NME Awards, and been nominated for two Grammys.

Other performers on the music stage at Leopallooza include Alabama’s six-piece soul band St Paul and the Broken Bones, Chelmsford’s Jordan Cardy AKA Rat Boy, Bedford born singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, Bristol formed Idles, The Go! Team and Oh My God! It’s The Church.

Comedy has proved very popular at Leopallooza and this year’s festival sees it much expanded with performances by Russell Kane and Josh Widdicombe with other names to be announced.

New this year is immersive storytelling from the brilliant Rogue Theatre with their band of rogues, bandits, beasts, wolves, witches and wide-eyed wanderers who will transform the woodland of Leopallooza into Rogue Wood, a wild outdoor theatre experience that will host three days of storytelling. Wicked Tales from The Wild is a collection of their favourite dark and funny stories which offers a visual adventure for all ages.


Also new for the 12th festival is the Shi Shi Za Karaoke Bar - a twist on Japanese karaoke that gives partygoers the chance to exercise the vocal chords and unleash the inner diva; Dinkies - Leopallooza’s tiny nightclub that holds just a handful of dancers - and The Quiet Riot which gives festival guests the chance to control the dancefloor as DJs battle it out through glowing wireless headphones for a high-energy dance party.

Visit leopallooza.com

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