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Seven ways to have fun in Cornwall in July

School's out & visitors are heading to Cornwall in their droves. Whether you are an "emmet" or a resident, there's plenty to see and do in Cornwall in July.
From the Lafrowda Festival, held in the mediaeval amphitheatre at St Just, to the Liskeard Agricultural Show, there’s sure to be something to take your fancy this July in Cornwall. The RNAS Culdrose Air Day, the St Endellion Summer Music Festival and the Boconnoc Steam fair all attract visitors from all over the UK.

Whether you live in or are “just visiting” you’ll be amazed at the talents and attractions packed into this sunny corner of the UK. Here are seven great ways to enjoy Cornwall:

Join in the Lafrowda Festival in St Just in Penwith

The strangely named takes place over two weeks from 5th July 2013 in the delightful village of St Just in Penwith. It takes its name from the original Cornish name for the church lands on which the village now stands.

This local Arts Festival has live music, street theatre and workshops and culminates with a fabulous Lantern Procession after dark featuring many glowing ethereal shapes.

Animals, vehicles and display teams entertain at the Liskeard Show

See how one small town in mid-Cornwall can put in a BIG event with the which will take place on 13th July 2013.

There are the usual classes for large and small animals, showjumping, dressage, crafts, Cornish food and trade stands, but the exciting stunt shows and the Donkey Derby make the Liskeard Show one of the most entertaining agricultural shows in the Southwest.

Family fun guaranteed at the Marazion Carnival

Located within wellie-throwing distance of St Michaels’ Mount, the puts on a noisy and colourful parade on 14th July 2013.

Watch the decorated floats, bands, cheerleaders and baton twirlers before heading into Folly Field for more family fun events, competitions, displays and activities. Listen to local band The Cornish Wurzels and watch cowboy fun from the Searchers Old West Re-enactment Team.

Penzance Literary Festival is all booked up!

The is a popular annual event for writers and wordsmiths, taking place from 17th – 21st July 2013. Workshops, author spotlights, talks and discussions are sure to banish writer’s block while the poetry and musical renditions showcase the many ways we use words as entertainment.

How about letting off steam at the Boconnoc Steam Fair?

Situated in the beautiful grounds of the Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel, the heritage has plenty of rumbling traction engines and restored steam engines on display. The event takes place from 19th – 21st July 2013.

Vintage motorcycles and classic cars also make an appearance at this family-friendly weekend, along with historic military and commercial vehicles.

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

The is an exciting chance on 24th July 2013 to see the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, the MoD Dog Display, Parachute Displays Teams and the exciting Royal Navy Gun Teams display their professional skills.

Try your hand at flying the Flight Simulator used for training new recruits and inspect some of the 75 aircraft and helicopters which are based here in Cornwall.

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

For a cultural treat par excellence, get tickets to some of the excellent musical performances which are part of the 11-day starting on Tuesday 30th July 2013.

The opera Carmen will be performed in the lovely St Endelentia Church along with piano concertos and chamber music recitals. The choral centerpiece is Brahms Requiem, which can be enjoyedin the stunning setting of Truro Cathedral.

How many of these events in Cornwall can you tick off as having done? We always love to hear feedback from locals, event organisers and visitors, so feel free to tell us what you enjoy doing in Cornwall in the 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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