Every August, the biggest sailing regatta of The South West comes to Falmouth for the week; Falmouth Week. It’s the perfect location, being the third deepest natural harbour in the world and having plenty of sea front from which to appreciate the goings-on without having to get out on the water.
Of course, the whole event is centred around the big blue backdrop; Falmouth harbour is host to more than 450 racing yachts and a plethora of other watercraft around the bay. In the middle of the week is Champagne Wednesday when the biggest yachts complete a 25 mile coastal course and smaller vessels compete in the Carrick Roads. If you want to get involved in racing or to view the results during the week, the Falmouth Week website has a Race Management page. Everyone else should peruse the Race Programme to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite spectacles of the sea.
It’s not all about the water. Back on dry land, among the Shoreside Events of music, dancing and munching from street food stalls, there’s brain food for children and adults alike. The University of Exeter creates interactive sessions of fun and entertainment, with 2018’s offering being ‘Science in the Square: Weird Science’. Get involved in ‘weird and wonderful world’, with insects, land crabs, space waves and jellyfish – it’s all free. Wander off around town to take in crafts markets, artists, street theatre and guided historical walks, finished off with fireworks and part nights.
Music is central to the enjoyment with local artists performing alongside acts like Aarriba, The Mariachi Band! There’s an 80s vs 90s Extravaganza line-up, a Queen tribute act, DJs, Rudi's Message, plus traditional Cornish singing, male voice choirs and tribute acts. Plus South West favourite Jethro and actor, host, broadcaster and now DJ, Craig Charles. So, this isn’t your usual quaint little backwater get-together. This is a seriously well-organised event that’s worth travelling for.
The organisers make the most of its popularity to support local charities with themed events, for example the Pink Wig Ladies Night raising money for Cornwall Breast Cancer Team and Breast Cancer Now.
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Falmouth Week is a family friendly festival in Cornwall with a full schedule of activities and entertainment carefully organised for every day of the week. There are plenty of things to do in Falmouth any week of the year but take the little ones, take the older ones, take everyone or just take the two of you in August and indulge in the true spirit of the town.