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Cornwall celebrates its culture and history with festivals in July

Dive into these 9 festivals taking place in Cornwall this July. There's Lafrowda Day, a Steam Fair, an Agricultural Show, Air Day, Carnival, Lantern Parade and a Community Jamboree to celebrate Cornwall's diverse culture and history.Cornwall buzzes throughout the summer as visitors head to its gorgeous sandy coves and quaint harbour villages for a relaxing vacation. As school holidays commence, there is a plethora of family events to keep everyone happily entertained, even on a tight budget.

Join in dancing and lantern-making at the St Just Lafrowda Festival

July kicks off with the unusual Lafrowda Arts Festival in St Just which takes the theme of “Lights… Camera… Action” and runs from 4-19 July 2014. Enjoy music, drama and arts in the ancient Plen an Gwarry amphitheatre, or take advantage of one of the pop-up tattoo parlours for a lasting souvenir of your visit!

Workshops include making willow images and giant lanterns which are the focal point of the community processions on Lafrowda Day. The beautiful lantern procession after dark is a must-see for visitors, followed by live music on two outdoor stages.

Watergate Bay hosts the Sport of Kings with Polo on the Beach

Where better to spend the first weekend in July (5th & 6th) than watching a polo match on Watergate Bay? The Polo on the Beach event is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and includes three matches by top polo teams along with other entertainment. See Segway Polo, watch the Horse Stunt Show and cheer on the riders in the Polo Pony Relay.

Animals, vehicles and display teams entertain at the Liskeard Show

How much fun can a small Cornish town pack into a field? When it comes to the Liskeard Show, the answer is lots! This agricultural show and charity fundraiser on 12 July 2014 includes enough classes of cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, donkeys and barnyard animals to make even Old MacDonald envious!

Equestrian events, a dog show, pets, carriage racing, dressage and heavy horses will entertain you along with a Donkey Derby. A range of stunt teams show just how versatile a pony/JCB/quad bike can be! The Cornish Food Marquee does the county proud and there’s a Home and Garden Marquee and craft stalls.

Penzance Literary Festival is All Booked Up!

Penzance Literary Festival offers a total change of pace for writers, poets and story-tellers from 16-20 July 2014. Hear authors sharing tips, attend writers workshops, join discussion groups and listen to lectures in this broadly-focused celebration of written, sung and rhyming words.

Letting off steam at the Boconnoc Steam Fair!

Steam engines were a vital source of power for Cornish mines in the past. The mines are long gone, but the history of vintage steam lives on at the Boconnoc Steam Fair from 18-10 July 2014.

Check out the “heavy metal” on display (and we don’t mean the music!), admire vintage motorcycles and classic cars or take a ride on a steam-hauled trailer. Other unusual attractions include the Lawnmower Race, the Family Fun Dog Show and model displays at this very Cornish event.

Family fun guaranteed at the Marazion Carnival

Bring the kids down to the Marazion Carnival which is held on the last Sunday in the month, 27 July 2014. Watch the parade of fabulous floats then head to Folly Field for free fun and family festivities!

Watch country dancing, a tug-o-war and Punch and Judy shows or tuck into a barbecue or Cornish cream tea. Brass bands, Morris dancers, local drummers and classic cars keep all ages happy, and there’s plenty of live entertainment too.

Tuning up for the St Endellion Summer Music Festival near Port Isaac

The St Endellion Summer Music Festival is a highlight on the annual calendar for any classical music lover. This 11-day event runs from 29 July – 8 August 2014 and attracts some of Britain’s best musicians, soloists, opera singers and conductors. Treat yourself to tickets to this event, now in its 56th year.

Gunnislake Festival is a community jamboree!

What started out as a local celebration at the end of tedious road improvements has developed into the annual Gunnislake Festival. It takes place from 30 July to 2 August 2014.

This hillside town on the Devon/Cornwall border organizes guided walks in the Tamar Valley, barbecues, concerts and film screenings. The Public Hall is taken over by an exhibition of local history while St Anne’s Church hosts a musical concert. The event culminates in the Floral Dance and Fancy Dress Parade as part of the final Community Jamboree.

The sky’s the limit at the RNAS Culdrose Air Day in Helston

RNAS Culdrose Air Day on Thursday 31st July 2014 is one of the few days the public can see behind the security fence. Tour the helicopter base, climb aboard aircraft and talk to members of the Royal Navy who spend their lives performing brave and heroic search and rescue missions.

The RN Raiders Parachute Team and White Helmet Motorcyclists demonstrate split-second timing and deadly accuracy in their amazing stunt displays. Watch big gun teams go head to head in the traditional Royal Navy competition, see MoD police dogs in action and enjoy music from the Royal Marines Band. You’ll be talking about these events for weeks!

Can you contribute some local feedback to these July events? We’d love you to add your comments and tips below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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