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Midsummer madness hits Cornwall in June!

There's so much to do in Cornwall this June it's hard to know where to begin. From the Royal Cornwall Show to the Saltash Regatta there's something for all.
The month of June includes two important celebrations: Midsummer’s Day and Father’s Day. Cornwall doesn’t forget either with plenty of historic festivals and celebrations from Cornish Gig Racing to Mazey Day.

Where else can you join in the Floral Dance or enjoy the Snake Dance with complete strangers? Or how about learning some new songs at the Sea Shanty Festival? With the Charles Causley Literature Festival, the Solstice Bonfire at the Polperro Festival and Mevagissey Feast Week we’re sure you’ll find plenty going on in Cornwall this June.

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

Truly a showcase of all things Cornish, the 220th attracts thousands of visitors to the Showground from 6th – 8th June 2013. This agricultural event includes animal classes, showjumping, tractors and equipment.

For non-farmers there’s plenty to enjoy with the WI Food Tent, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the Daredevil Australian stuntman, the Kangaroo Kid.

Launceston’s Charles Causley Festival has a literary bias

Visit the historic castle and town of Launceston from 7th – 9th June 2013 and join in the . Inspired by the life and poetry of Charles Causley, this festival of literature and the arts includes poetry readings, writers’ workshops, drama and street entertainment.

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Ancient songs of the sea are kept alive by the many singing groups performing informally at the . Head down to this waterfront town on the third weekend in June (14th – 16th June 2013) and enjoy the stories and legends told in these traditional sea shanties.

Groups come from France, Ireland and other traditional maritime strongholds to take part in this unusual music festival. Sea shanties, like Negro spirituals, were sung to a rhythm to help with heavy teamwork such as pulling on ropes or heaving the anchor.

Gig Racing and more at the Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival

Older even than the Henley Regatta, the is in its 178th year and takes place on 15th – 16th June 2013. Gig racing and other fun boat races takes place on the River Tamar beneath the Tamar Bridge. Learn more about the small town of Saltash and what’s special about Cornish Racing Gigs in this informative article written by a local.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Polperro Festival

With a Solstice Bonfire, Mock Mayor Ceremony, parade and live concerts in the Marquee, the entertains thousands of visitors. This week-long Midsummer celebration is from 15th – 23rd June 2013 and has plenty of family-friendly activities.

Audition for Polperro’s Got Talent or buy tickets for the popular Comedy Night. Join a guided coastal walk or stop and watch the visiting Morrismen dancing on the streets. Anything goes at the Polperro Festival!

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

Penzance always enjoys celebrating Midsummer’s Day with its revival of the ancient . Fireworks now replace the burning tar barrels that were once paraded around the town, but the huge masked figures in the parade are still a feature of the festival which takes place this year from 22nd – 30th June 2013.

Known as Mazey Day, the streets of Penzance are decorated with greenery on this Feast of St John. The ‘Obby ‘Oss makes his appearance and leads the traditional Snake Dance. Quay Fair Day and the Golowan Maritime Festival are all part of this nine-day festival.

Something for all tastes at the Mevagissey Feast Week!

The last week in June is which celebrates with local fish dishes, demonstrations and a Floral Dance around the narrow streets of this ancient harbour town. Try crab catching, watch the boat races, cheer on the parade and join in square dancing at the Ceilidh. Mevagissey Feast Week ends with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.

We think these are seven of the best events in the county taking place during June – but what do you think? Let us know which of these is your personal favourite, or post details of any events we may have missed in the comments box 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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