Events throughout July

July is a busy month in Cornwall, with fairer weather more likely (but not guaranteed!) and plenty of events going on to keep everyone occupied. With festivals and feasts from Port Elliot to Penzance, we’ve found our favourite things to do and see in Cornwall in July.

Eden Sessions
Running annually since 2003, the Eden Sessions have brought some of the biggest acts around the world to Cornwall, from Ben Howard and Amy Winehouse, to Lionel Ritchie and Elton John. This July, Eden will continue to welcome some great acts to the stage, including Manic Street Preachers on Saturday the 9th July, and Jess Glynne of Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ on 14th July. To keep up to date with the line-up or to purchase tickets, go to the Eden website.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/ 15/07/08. Eden Sessions 2008.

Image courtesy of  Gabriel Szabo / Eden Sessions

Symphony By The Sea
Held on July 31st at Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, this is the perfect way to spend a sunny evening, with great music, food and drink in a relaxed beach setting. Each year, the north Cornwall beach welcomes a 37 piece Cornish Sinfonia Orchestra for Symphony By The Sea, an evening of classical music in their very own natural amphitheatre, culminating in a spectacular cliff top firework display. Lusty Glaze is a 45 minute drive from Polzeath, with parking above the beach. Note – there is only one access point to the beach via 133 steps, which may be difficult for less able or elderly visitors.

Rock Oyster Festival
From 15th July to 16th July, a midsummer celebration of food, music and art will take place at the stunning venue of 17th century Dinham House overlooking the Camel Estuary near Wadebridge. Along with the obvious choice of oysters being served up, there will also be fish curries, pulled pork, St Moritz mussels, pigeon breasts, gourmet sausages, artisan breads and wood fired pizzas. On site there are also hot tubs, yoga sessions, live music, and entertainment for kids, with a beer tent stocked full of all kinds of refreshing beverages for the adults – everyone’s happy!

UK Surf Rowers League Surfboats Summer Series
On 16th July, surf boat racing crews will battle the waves and their opposing teams in their rowing boats for the third round of the UK Surf Rowers League Summer Series at Watergate Bay, Newquay. The event is thrilling to watch, with teams using all their power to pull the streamline boats through the waves with oars. The bigger the waves, the harder the challenge, but the more entertaining and impressive to watch from the shore.


Image courtesy of Greg Dennis

Looe Carnival Week
From the 24th July to 1st August, the highlight of the Looe Lions’ calendar will take over the seaside town of Looe, with a week of events that appeal to everyone. There is guaranteed entertainment for the whole family as the busy seaside town prepares for seven days of fun, including a mini fun run for children, a colourful parade and sand sculpting.

Port Eliot Festival
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party. You name it, this festival has it, with fashion shows, yoga sessions, comedy, live music, food, science and hot tubs between the 28th to 31st July in St Germans. With presence from the Eden Project, the Tate St Ives and popular with celebrities too, this is the place to be this summer. There is also an array of really interesting workshops, from mixology and pairing cheese with cider, to working with botanical inks and calligraphy. For more information or to purchase a ticket, go to the Port Elliot Festival website.


Image courtesy of Michael Bowles and Port Eliot

Leopallooza Music Festival
Known to many as ‘The Greatest House Party…in a field’ and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Leopallooza music festival is held in a farm’s field very close to Bude from the 29th to the 31st July. Organisers pride their event on being independent, fairly priced and a whole lot of fun, starting out from humble beginnings and gradually becoming bigger and better every year. The festival is welcoming a number of solo artists, bands, DJs and musical talent to the field over the weekend, with tickets still available and fun guaranteed.

Eden Project Dinosaurs
From 23rd July to 4th September, the jurassic creatures are returning to take over The Eden Project this summer, making their way through the tropical biomes, exotic trails and blossoming pathways to educate guests on all the fascinating facts about them. There’ll also be games, a jurassic jigsaw and plenty of other entertainment, like using specialist tools to carefully uncover fossils, keeping the whole family occupied and having fun. There are some particularly gory scenes which parents may want to consider when taking small children, like the Crater of the Tyrant King, an authentic and immersive experience of the fearsome T-Rex. However, all activities are included in the Eden admission price, so even if dinosaurs aren’t your thing, you’ll still get to see Eden.

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