Events & Festivals
Over the course of the year there are numerous of events and festivals held in the town of Falmouth. They are devised to celebrate both the history and heritage of the town, and encourage the locals to get involved, either as a spectator or a participant.
Celebrating the Arts
In September, the town’s most prestigious festival, the Splash Festival, will be returning once again, showcasing and celebrating Falmouth’s creative arts industry. The dates for this year’s festival have been confirmed for the 20th-28th of September and will certainly have thousands packing the streets looking to get a glimpse of theatrical performances, dancing, storytelling and poetry recitals.
Paintings, photographs, videos and other entries can be seen at the Falmouth Art Gallery which will be hosting many exhibits throughout the duration of the festival. The Falmouth Art Gallery is at the centre of the town’s art community with some of the galleries current attractions on display being previous entries at the Splash Festival, so this highlights the galleries passion for local art. An exhibit the gallery is to host before the years end is the Porthmeor Past and Present exhibit in November and previously hosted the Artists of the First Falmouth exhibit back in January, the Charlotte’s Web exhibit back in February and the Tom Early and Friends exhibit which was hosted back in April.
Celebrating sea life
Falmouth is home to the world’s 3rd largest harbour and as a town prides itself on its grand connection to the sea and this is reflected by the events that are hosted throughout the year to help celebrate sea life.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is the location for many of these events and exhibitions and on occasion discovery talks and lunchtime lectures take place for sea enthusiasts. In early September the museum will host two Heritage Open Days, a behind the scenes tour of boats, art and other areas that are not exhibited at the museum. Later in the month they host ‘Kurt Jackson, Line Caught and Local’, an exhibit that’ll showcase a number a magnificent series of paintings, drawings, sculptures and videos celebrating maritime history.
Pendennis Castle uses its setting to its advantage by hosting ‘spooky’ tours throughout the year. With a number of them specifically targeted at children, there are many others that are immensely fun for adults and is the perfect family Halloween activity this year.
The castle also hosts the highly entertaining ‘PIRATES ATTACK!!’ event. This again is a wonderful family day out and what it entails is a theatrical re-enactment of Governor John Killigrew preparing his garrison for battle. Be prepared for plenty of cannons, grenades and muskets!
This is just a taster of what Falmouth can offer you throughout the year and as you can see from the great diversity of the subjects, there is something for all audiences.