Cornwall's best cultural events in 2023

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Cornwall’s best cultural events in 2023

Posted: December 27, 2022

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The rich heritage and culture of Cornwall bring visitors back time and time again. Holidays in Cornwall are where family memories are made and a place to escape to for time out with friends. The many cultural celebrations throughout the year add to the richness of the experience. Porthleven is the ideal base to explore surrounding areas of St Ives, Penzance, Marazion and Falmouth and emerse yourself in cultural Cornwall.

Here are our top cultural events happening in 2023.

5 Mar 2023

St Piran’s Day Celebrations in Cornwall

There will be celebrations throughout Cornwall on and around March 5th to celebrate St Piran, Patron Saint of Cornwall.

21 – 23 April 2023

Porthleven Food Festival 

The Festival is a three-day feast of food, drink and music held in Porthleven. As a well-established event on the festival calendar, the Festival brings around 30,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.

29 April 2023

Trevithick Day

The day of the year when local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) gets the recognition he deserves and Camborne celebrates its importance as a major player in Cornwall’s former mining industry. Lots of spluttering steam engines, singing, dancing and parades.

5 May 2023

Helston Flora Day

The origins of this famous celebration dance are more than likely pre-Christian and connected to ancient spring festivals that take place all over Europe. Nowadays the festival’s original purpose of ushering in a prosperous harvest expresses itself in a lively, colourful celebration that involves the whole town. A great family day out.

27 May – 4 June 2023

Open Studios Cornwall

Artists and crafts people all over Cornwall throw open the doors to their studios for a week at the beginning of the summer.

12 Jun – 14 Jun 2020

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 

A fantastic free festival of maritime music and a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past with performances by dozens of groups from all the UK and beyond.

16 June- 18 June 2023

Falmouth Classics Regatta

The best Classic Boat Regatta comes to Falmouth, Cornwall in June. The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail & Power, as competitors parade out into Carrick Roads under full sail.

16 Jun – 25 Jun 2023

Golowan Festival

Penzance community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts & theatre.

5 Jul – 8 Jul 2023

Penzance Literary Festival

The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too.

3 Jul – 18 Jul 2023

Lafrowda Festival

An annual event celebrating community arts, culminating in Lafrowda Day  when there will be a day of free entertainment to suit every taste, with street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles and three spectacular processions.

4 Aug – 13 Aug 2023

Falmouth Week

Falmouth Week is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins as a local sailing regatta dating back at least as far as 1837, the week is an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening events in the picturesque seaside town of Falmouth in Cornwall. You can expect family friendly activities in the heart of Falmouth town on The Moor, with everything from a 40 foot Victorian carousel, alongside an eclectic market and buzzing atmosphere!

15 – 18 August 2023 

Tall Ships Regatta

The tall ships are back in Falmouth! For the first time in nine years, Falmouth will once again host the start of the prestigious Tall Ships Race, Magellan Elcano.

9 Sep – 25 Sep 2023

St Ives September Festival

With around 300 events planned, there is something for everyone, so join in the St Ives September Festival celebrations – two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays.

End of September TBC

Porthleven Arts Festival

The Porthleven Arts Festival is an annual celebration of art in all its forms.

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