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Fishy feasts, fireworks, fancy dress and fun sum up Cornwall in June!

From books festivals to sailing spectaculars, for a small county, Cornwall packs in more festivals & events in a month than most counties manage in a year!
Cornish towns and villages all seem to have something to celebrate in June, from Midsummer to Mazey Day. Towns remember their famous residents at the Launceston Charles Causley Festival and Murdoch Day in Redruth – two special festivals that you will only find here in Cornwall.

Other celebrations of Cornwall’s history and heritage include the fabulous Royal Cornwall Show, an international Sea Shanty Festival, a Fishy Feast Week and exciting gig racing on the Tamar. Take a virtual visit to them all with our colourful eyewitness articles!

Discover the best of the Westcountry at the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge

The Royal Cornwall Show is a fabulous three day agricultural show at the Royal Showground in Wadebridge from 5-7 June 2014. See show livestock, the gorgeous flower tent and agricultural machinery displays and sample great local food in the W.I. tent or the Food and Farming Pavilion.

As usual, the show has some thrilling entertainment laid on in the main arena with the RAF Falcons, the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motocross Team, a heavy horse tug-of-war and the Mounted Games.

Launceston’s Charles Causley Festival has a literary bias

Launceston’s literary Charles Causley Festival is a fantastic 5-day festival from 12-16 June 2014. It is packed with authors, poets and writers presenting workshops, readings and lectures. See films set in Cornwall, enjoy arts and crafts and ride the steam railway with literary entertainment along the way.

Part of the festival commemorates the centenary of the start of World War 1. History lovers can enjoy talks and readings by eloquent speakers and writers who specialize in the works of war poets.

Mariners sing at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Lively music is guaranteed at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival from 13-15 June 2014. There will be 44 sea shanty groups performing 261 hours of singing at over 20 venues in the town! As well as celebrating Cornish maritime history, the event raises thousands of pounds for the RNLI.

Learn the fascinating history behind sea shanties and be prepared to join in with some rousing choruses at this colourful event.

Murdoch Day celebrates Redruth’s famous inventor

Redruth packs in a host of activities on Murdoch Day which takes place on 14 June 2014. Enjoy the Children’s Dance and Art Procession, local samba bands, an Old Tyme Fair and live musical entertainment from a number of stages around the town.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Polperro Festival

The 9-day Polperro Festival takes place over the summer solstice from 14-22 June 2014. It includes a carnival parade, comedy night, treasure hunts and a solstice bonfire along with street theatre, live music and dancing.

The picturesque artist’s colony is also organizing an Art Day to show off the work of talented local artists.

Mazey Day, Obby Oss and fireworks at the Penzance Golowan Festival

Midsummer in Penzance means the appearance of the ‘Obby ‘Oss, fireworks over the bay and the lighting of bonfires during the Penzance Golowan Festival from 20-29 June 2014.

Huge masked figures dominate the street parade and the Mock Mayor Elections are always a laugh. The festival incorporates Mazey Day, Quay Fair and the Golowan Maritime Festival with something for all ages to enjoy.

Gig racing on the Tamar at the Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival

Get set for the exciting gig racing as part of the Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival on 21 and 22 June 2014. This popular event takes place on the banks of the Tamar River, beneath the Royal Albert Bridge. There are plenty of gig races and even a fancy dress cutter race to watch.

Attend in pirate costume and you may even win a prize at this lively event. There are live bands, a fair, children’s entertainment, food and craft stalls for non-rowers to enjoy.

Something for all tastes at the Mevagissey Feast Week!

Although the Mevagissey Feast Week is focused on food, there’s plenty more going on in this quaint harbour village from 29 June to 5 July 2014. See the decorated fishing fleet in the harbour, attend the fish auction and join in the floral dance through the narrow streets.

Cooking demonstrations, art shows, parades, boat races, crab fishing and children’s entertainment keep locals and visitors busy until well after dark. The Feast Week ends with a harbour raft race and a huge fireworks display.

Which of these events are you looking forward to most? If you have attended these events in previous years, it would be great if you could add your own tips and comments 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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