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Cornwall in August means circus camps, surfing & 500 classic cars!

There's nothing dull and boring about visiting Cornwall in August. Where else would you find regattas, a 1940s Railway Weekend, a Design Fair & live music.
Cornwall usually enjoys the very best of the summer weather in August. With school holidays in full swing and a Bank Holiday allowing families to escape to the coast, it’s a great month to visit the Westcountry. If you can tear yourself away from the usual attractions, there are plenty of one-off festivals and events to add to the fun of your holiday.

Gunnislake Festival is a community jamboree!

What started as a community festival to celebrate the conclusion of local improvements has blossomed into the of music, drama and local history from July 31st to August 3rd, 2013. Read all about the history of Gunnislake Festival and village, overlooking the scenic Tamar Valley, and plan to spend a day in the “Gateway to Cornwall”. Falconry displays, fun nights and a Flora Dance combine to celebrate the Cornish culture in style.

Roll up! roll up! it’s the Cornwall Circus Camp at Penryn

All ages are welcome to sign up for the which runs from 31 July through 4 August, 2013. Come for one day or sign up for the whole event and learn how to juggle, unicycle, “rolla bolla”, balance on the high wire and swinging trapeze and far more. This could be the start of a whole new career!

Everyone pulls together for Charlestown Regatta Week

Pretty Charlestown with its timeless village community and historic tall ships in the harbour makes the perfect setting for which runs from 3-9 August, 2013. The lively programme of events includes a Triathlon, sailing races and live concerts to raise funds for community amenities and local charities.

Revving up for the Mount Edgcumbe American and Classic Car Show

Take the Cremyll Ferry from Plymouth across the Tamar estuary and enjoy the on Sunday 4th August 2013. Read on for more details about the 500 cars on display, the car boot sale and craft fair. If you haven’t visited the Mount Edgcumbe House and Gardens before, you’re in for a wonderful day out!

Fun at Boardmasters Surf, Skate and Music Festival in Newquay

Thousands of music-loving surfers head down to Newquay for the from 7-11 August, 2013. Surfing, skating and BMX competitions take place on Fistral Beach while the three-day Music Festival is on the site overlooking Watergate Bay with “the world’s best view from a festival site”. Eight stages host music from international artists such as Ben Howard and Glastonbury favourites Basement Jaxx.

Contemporary designs feature at the Cornwall Design Fair near Penzance

21st century designs are displayed in the 17th century estate setting of Trereife at the , from 16-18 August, 2013. Hosted in the splendid Queen Anne house and grounds of Trereife, the event attracts over 4,000 visitors.

See a curated exhibition of furniture, fashions, photography, glassware, and interior designs by over 70 leading Cornish designers. Take a tour of this historic home and explore the gardens as part of your day out at Trereife House on the outskirts of Penzance.

Turn back time for the Helston Railway 1940s Weekend

Turn the clock back to the 1940s with a bank holiday weekend of nostalgia at the . It takes place at the Helston Railway at Trevarno from 24-26 August, 2013 with a Heavy Horse display, vintage tractors and farm machinery, a Dad’s Army-style Home Front display and even demonstrations in bayonet use and grenade throwing!

Well what do you think? Is Cornwall the very best county in the UK for festivals and events? Let us know what you get up to in the month of August, especially if you are visiting or live in the Westcountry.

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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  1. Amanda says:

    Oh thanks for sharing this post, I was trying to find out when the classic car show at Mount Wdgcumbe was and glad I’ve not missed it.
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