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Festivals in Cornwall 2022

It’s been a while since we’ve had a full roster of festivals in Cornwall - or indeed, anywhere - so we are looking forward to every single one of them.

Whether you want to let loose to some tunes with sand between your toes or you’re after a more relaxed affair with some sea shanties and flowing local ales, Cornwall is home to some of the best festivals in the country and after two years of silence, we are ready to dance like nobody's watching once more. Here’s our countdown of festivals in Cornwall for 2022 so you can bip, bop and boogie your way through the year.

Rattler Fest

Looking out over the crowds and tents at Rattler Fest

Where: Healeys Cyder Farm, Penhallow

When: 22nd – 24th April

Access: Just off the A30 with parking on-site

When a festival is adults only and centred around Cornwall’s most famous cider, you know you’re in for a hair letting-down time. Spread across three glorious days, Rattler Fest is all fun, games and music with numerous sites across the festival catering to different tastes. Live music, silent discos and celebrity DJs are just some of the sparkling entertainment on offer. The Rattler Olympics and fairground rides also offer the chance to unleash your inner child as you dunk for apples and go head-to-head with bumper cars.

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Porthleven Food Festival

A huge 'love food' sign sits above the harbour at Porthleven Food Festival

Where: Porthleven harbour, Porthleven

When: 22nd – 24th April

Access: Roads into Porthleven will be closed for non-residents, so parking in the festival car park, public transport or walking/cycling in is recommended

Food festival might be the name of the game, but it’s certainly not all that’s on offer at this three-day-long spectacular. With Porthleven’s beautiful harbour as the backdrop, take your taste buds for a tour around the world as you taste your way through the hodgepodge of aromatic stalls and wagons. Pizza, American grill, local ales and spirits, Cornish cakes, and much (much) more awaits, alongside chef’s demos and workshops where you can get stuck in. Throughout the sweet-smelling day and disco-lit night, there is also a host of live music so you can dance off all of the glorious food you’ve enjoyed.

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St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Someone cooking over a fire pit on the beach at the St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Where: Porthminster beach, St Ives

When: 13th – 15th May

Access: St Ives can get very busy and car parks fill up quickly so we recommend the park and ride options from Lelant train station

Three days of eating and drinking our way around a beautiful beach in West Cornwall? Don’t mind if we do! St Ives Food and Drink Festival is back and ready to fill your nostrils, bellies, and hearts with joy. This annual foodie delight takes place on the iconic Porthminster beach and offers hungry guests the chance to try a plethora of different cuisines. It’s not all about eating food either, as culinary experts take to the stage to share some of their hard-earned wisdom through countless demos. In between mouthfuls, you can also try your hand at table tennis, browse the pop-up art galleries, and group around the fire pit as you swap stories of your favourite bite of the day.

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Eden Sessions

The huge Eden Sessions stage sitting in front of the biomes at the Eden Project

Where: Eden Project, Bodelva

When: From 16th May

Access: Parking at the Eden Project

While technically not a festival, we couldn’t resist including the Eden Sessions, which filter incredible performances throughout the summer months. With the biomes lit up like giant disco balls as your backdrop, Eden Sessions are a totally unique venue for catching some incredible international greats. This year, your inner teenager can be released as My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails hit the stage. Or, if you want to catch some classics of a different nature, then Bryan Adams and Diana Ross will be there to take you back to the Summer of ’69 where you can Stop! In the Name of Love – see what we did there?

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Great Estate

Someone dressed in Victorian dress racing in the egg and spoon race at the Great Estate festival

Where: Scorrier House, Redruth

When: 2nd – 5th June

Access: Train stations at Redruth and Truro just 15 minutes away, or there is parking at the estate

It’s safe to say that everyone loves a garden fete… Well, the Great Estate really kicks things up a notch with their rambunctious version that holds no punches. Jubilant performances of live music will be dotted around the grounds, including the musical ramblings of the Manic Street Preachers and DJ Yoda. With lots of other happenings going on from garden games to wild gin foraging workshops, you’ll find plenty of captivating activities to pique your interest. If, like us, food is always at the forefront of the mind, you’ll be pleased to know that an eclectic mix of food stalls will ensure everyone is satisfied all weekend long.

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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

A crowd in front of the stage at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival with Falmouth harbour in the background

Where: Across Falmouth

When: 17th – 19th June

Access: There are several car parks across Falmouth

Whether you’re into nautical music or not, no one can resist the boot-stomping energy of sea shanties sung with passion, heart and a swig of ale… which is exactly why this Cornish get together in South Cornwall has turned into the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe! After last year’s virtual event, 2022 promises to get back to the action with a lineup worthy of a raised glass and boisterous cheer. Come and hear the call of The Oggymen, Longest Johns, Fishermen’s Friends and many more as you get wrapped up in the Cornish tradition of singing loud and drinking deep!

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Tunes in the Dunes

A bird's eye view of the stage and crowds on Perranporth beach for Tunes in the Dunes

Where: Perranporth beach, Perranporth

When: 24th – 26th June

Access: Parking behind the co-op in Perranporth

When it comes to beachside festivals you can’t do better than Tunes in the Dunes, which actually takes place amidst the golden sands at Perranporth beach in North Cornwall. Get caught up in some incredible live performances by artists such as Shaggy and The Kooks as the waves crash in the background and the sand moves under your feet. Then, when the rhythmic jumping sets off the hunger pangs, head to the side of the arena to explore the food vendors on offer. From pizza to fresh seafood, there have been some seriously tempting options in previous years.

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Leopallooza

Someone in fancy dress standing in front of the stage at Leopallooza

Where: The Wyldes, Week St Mary

When: 22nd – 24th July

Acces: Parking is free for any cars with three or more people in the car and a shuttle bus will run from The Strand in Bude

Leopallooza is returning to the Wyldes in 2022 bigger and better than ever. Dubbed the greatest house party that takes place in a field, this summer-defining festival is three days of toe-tapping, hip-swaying and head-banging music alongside a great heap of surprises from comedy to yoga. Previous years have seen the likes of Bastille, Seasick Steve and Rag’n’Bone Man take to the stage and this year’s 100-strong line-up is looking to be another cracking series of shows. Grab your friends, family and even the little ones for this family-friendly festival that puts all other garden parties to shame.

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Rock Oyster Festival

Two people doing yoga on SUP boards with tents behind them at Rock Oyster Festival

Where: Dinham House Estate, Wadebrige

When: 29th – 31st July

Access: Parking can be added when you purchase your ticket

Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover or you just want an action-packed weekend with the gang, the Rock Oyster Festival really does have something for everyone. Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays and Passenger headline across the weekend with some other fantastic artists rounding out the roster for some unbeatable music. Feeling peckish? You’ll be spoilt for choice as you tour the different chef tipis, some of which contain Michelin-starred chefs and some tummy rumbling demos. You can then head down to Mussel Beach for some SUP yoga and coasteering to really turn this into a weekend to remember.

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Falmouth Week

The Red Arrows flying in the sky above the harbour during Falmouth Week

Where: Across Falmouth

When: 5th – 14th August

Access: There are several car parks across Falmouth

So much more than your usual festival, Falmouth Week turns the already vibrant waterside town of Falmouth into a hive of live music, sailing extravaganzas and pink wigs, a phenomenally fun fundraiser that kicks off the week while raising money and awareness for breast cancer. This week-long and town-wide celebration takes a leaf out of every book imaginable as each day presents new and entertaining sights and sounds. Markets offer an eclectic mix of local foods and wares, the now infamous 80s and 90s night sends partygoers back to the heyday of pop while the firework display ends the week on a literal bang! Oh and plenty of parades, aerial displays from the Red Arrows and all manner of foodie treats to keep you entertained all week long.

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Boardmasters

People walking in front of the stage at Boardmasters

Where: Trebelsue Farm, Newquay

When: 10th – 14th August

Access: Shuttle bus running from Newquay town centre

Now considered the epicentre of surfing, food and music, the Boardmasters festival has become one of the top festivals in Cornwall and annually attracts thousands of eager visitors to Newquay. Seven stages and a silent disco provide almost endless opportunities to catch some superb music, with headliners including George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon. If you wander down to Fistral beach, not only can you browse some fantastic pop-up stalls, but you can plop yourself down on the sand to watch the Boardmasters OPEN, which always provides an incredible display of skill with a board. You can even take to the waves yourself with many opportunities to learn to surf throughout the festival.

Note: parking in Newquay can be a challenge during Boardmasters so it might be better to catch the bus in.

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Cornwall Folk Festival

Lots of people sitting out side of cafes and restaurants in Wadebridge for Cornwall Folk Festival

Where: Wadebridge

When: 26th – 27th August

Access: Plenty of car parks around Wadebridge, all close to the festival

It may be on a smaller scale compared to some of its Cornish brothers and sisters, but Cornwall Folk Festival still packs a punch when it comes to great performances. Held over several stages and locations around Wadebridge, including the town hall and Betjeman Centre, catch over 70 acts from Cornwall and beyond that celebrate all things traditional, alt-rock, Americana and rock. In short, if you’re looking for a festival that really shines a light on the best of folk, this is the one for you.

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Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival

People dressed as Grannies doing the conga at Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

Where: Healeys Cyder Farm, Penhallow

When: 9th – 11th September

Access: Car parking passes available

Another fantastical festival taking place at Healeys Cyder Farm, Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival is the family-friendly version of Rattler Fest and promises to be three days of fabulous fun. Catch a host of big names on the main stage, squeak the night away at the silent disco (have you ever heard a silent disco? It can be more entertaining than the music itself), and check out the riotous fun that can be found throughout the festival – who’s ready for Grandma’s sofa derby?

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St Ives September Festival

A Band playing in front of the sea at St Ives September Festival

Where: Across St Ives

When: 10th – 24th September

Access: St Ives can get very busy and car parks fill up quickly so we recommend the park and ride options from Lelant train station

Theatre, live music, comedy, poetry, open studios… every conceivable cultural interest is covered at this wonderfully expansive festival in St Ives. Stroll down the cobbled streets and along the pretty harbour, discovering street corners and cafés playing host to artists of every nature or head to one of the bigger venues such as the Guildhall for some big names like Lindisfarne and Emily Barker. There’s a mix of free and ticketed events so make sure to check out the website for details on everything that’s going on – spanning two weeks, there is certainly plenty to choose from!

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Looe Live!

People on stage at Looe Live!

Where: Looe

When: 16th – 18th September

Access: Parking is available around Looe and the train station is a short walk to the beach front

Taking over the whole town, Looe Live! is a true celebration of the arts. A heavy focus on music ensures every melodic taste is catered for across the main stage, BBC Introducing stage and the sporadic pop-up performances in venues throughout the town. With day and weekend tickets available, you’ll be able to curate the perfect festival experience while making the most of the 100+ performers as well as the usual offerings around Looe from stunning views to delectable eateries.

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