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Things to do: events in Cornwall

Written by Eve Hunter-Mann

Warmer weather and longer days bring with it Cornwall's array of outdoor events. From festivals to theatre, embrace the sunshine, breathe in the fresh sea air and gather the family for a summer of unforgettable memories.

Sea theatre

Warm sunshine, sea breeze and a delicious picnic all amongst the magic of theatre, what could be better? Situated on our open meadow overlooking the sea, our outdoor theatre performances have been captivating both children and grown-ups for years. Our most recent performance saw David Walliams’ Awful Auntie by Heartbreak Productions - a thrilling tale of owls, ghosts, and adventure galore. From Shakespeare to Cinderella, our show calendar is crammed full of delights for everyone until the end of August.


Over the coming summer months, we’re hosting a range of creative and inspiring residences from potters to practitioners. Our recent residency was Sunita Passi, a celebrated Ayurvedic practitioner, entrepreneur and author, specialising in creating experiences that provide an environment of love, intimacy, trust and vulnerability. In collaboration with our spa, Sunita shared her holistic wellness and mindfulness methods from an Ayurvedic approach with a Q&A talk and guided meditation to re-balance the mind.

This June, we welcome our next artist-in-residence Camilla Clark, a Somerset based abstract seascape artist with a passion for the Cornish and Devon coastline. Camilla works with "a mix of oil and beeswax to create a rich quality and translucency that enhances the use of subtle yet rich colours". Visit Camilla in the Lanai at Bedruthan from Sunday 5th June to Saturday 11th and watch her create captivating art live in action!

Create workshops

Assert your creative flair with Create's exclusive workshops held by our in-house and special guest creatives. Whether you're staying at Bedruthan, or just fancy learning something new, you'll be able to try your hand at a new skill in our craft workshops. This June you can design and make your own soy wax candle, experiment with oil painting, create beautiful fused glass art and much more. Our one-of-a-kind sessions are expertly led, with a friendly and relaxed approach, to ensure you get the best out of our workshops.

The Royal Cornwall Show

If you're visiting Cornwall over 9th-11th June, take part in the counties most iconic event - The Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge. Named one of the largest agricultural events in the UK, it's an amazing day out for the whole family. With dozens of stalls offering a true taste of local and exotic cuisine, you'll be able to sample the best Cornish food as well as explore endless tents filled with furry participants, all showcasing themselves in the hopes of winning an esteemed prize. From rabbits to cattle, big or small, there's an animal to interest everyone.

Forget Crufts, Royal Cornwall is home to the best of the best when it comes to preened pooches. Watch over a thousand wagging tails to see who comes out on top! Horses have also played a pivotal part in the Royal Cornwall Show with performances dating back to 1794. Head to the main ring to see spectacular show-jumping, the iconic Shetland Pony Grand National and majestic Iberian horses take to centre stage. You can also wander into the world of live sheep sheering and meet the impressive livestock before placing your bets on who will come out on top.

As far as entertainment goes, there's an impressive array of live shows and daredevil stunts from dance to motocross. Grab a sweet treat from one of the stalls before claiming your seat and watching the iconic RAF Falcons nail-biting performance in the sky.

Fowey Royal Regatta

The Fowey Royal Regatta is one of the country's best loved sailing celebrations with thousands of visitors watching every year. It's also a fun-filled week which the whole family can enjoy with the carnival taking centre stage alongside lots of land based fun including the Giant Pasty ceremony, Flora Dance, classic car rally, firework displays and a crab-catching competition.

Polperro Festival of Music & Arts

Revived in 1996, Polperro Festival celebrates the beginning of summer with the local community welcoming visitors from all over to their quiet but beautiful town.

The festival takes place for a week each year and celebrates with arts and crafts, plenty of live music, delicious food, a colourful carnival, a mock mayor ceremony and the iconic lighting of the solstice bonfire to symbolise the commencement of summer.