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Surfing, steam engines, circus & sailing sum up Cornwall in August

Cornwall really knows how to make the most of its long summer days and school holidays. This beautiful county hosts a range of festivals to celebrate its rural heritage, fishing industry, surfing beaches and sailing history in flamboyant style. See what you think of these family-friendly events, most of which are free to attend. They're sure to make your August in Cornwall totally awesome!
August is the month for seaside holidays, fairs, carnivals and lazy days spent listening to your favourite band. Classic cars and traction engines are high on the agenda, along with contemporary design and circus skills!

Whatever you wish for, our August round-up probably has just the thing for you, from regattas and fundraising Fishing Fests to the top Boardmaster Surfing and Music Festival at Newquay.

Everyone pulls together for Charlestown Regatta Week

Charlestown Regatta Week offers a full week of entertaining activities from 26 July to 1 August 2014. Cheer on the athletes in the opening triathlon and watch the exciting sailing races while raising funds for local community projects.

Charlestown Regatta Week includes water polo, raft traces, tall ships and tiny dinghies along with live music, food and drink. It couldn’t be in a more charming setting than by the old harbour of this UNESCO World Heritage village.

Revving up for the Mount Edgcumbe American and Classic Car Show

The grand country estate of Mount Edgcumbe is the venue for the Mount Edgcumbe American and Classic Car Show on 3 August 2014. Find out the best way to reach to reach Cremyll without the long drive from Plymouth, and see what the event has to offer families.

Our usual fact-packed article includes a scenic coastal walk, what to see in the Earl’s Garden and why you may want to return to Mount Edgcumbe again in the spring!

Fun at Boardmasters Surf, Skate and Music Festival in Newquay

Fly into Newquay for a fabulous weekend of sand, music and watersports as the 2014 Boardmasters Surf, Skate and Music Festival takes place from 6-10 August.

Watch some talented sportsmen compete on land and sea and enjoy some great nights of live music at this well-attended event. BTW, you might want to book your Newquay holiday accommodation ahead of the rush.

The Cornish Steam and Country Fair at Stithians Showground

Now in its 59th year, the Cornish Steam and Country Fair celebrates our rural heritage. Held in Stithians Showground near Truro, it will run from 15-17 August 2014. See 50 working steam engines, sheepdog demonstrations, heavy horses and rural crafts that ceased to serve a commercial purpose years ago.

Capture the essence of this Cornish event in our article, and if you’re in the Truro area, consider spending a day enjoying this fascinating Country Fair.

Contemporary designs feature at the Cornwall Design Fair near Penzance

Browse some of the UK’s best designs at the Cornwall Design Fair which takes place from 15-17 August 2014. Held in the grounds of the elegant Trereife Estate, our article covers some of the background to the event as well as insight into the stunning location.

Read more about the artisans and designers before heading down to see this exceptional Design Fair for yourself.

Roll up! Roll up! It’s the Cornwall Circus Camp at Penryn

All the fun of the circus can be found at the Cornwall Circus Camp in Penryn. This unusual training opportunity takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend from 21-25 August 2014. It is the perfect place for would-be acrobats and circus performers to learn, practice and perfect some of their gravity-defying skills.

Organized by Swamp Circus, this event offers eight lessons a day in circus skills. Read more about what to expect on a typical day at this unusual event.

There’s something fishy going on at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Where better to be than Cornwall for the Bank Holiday Weekend, enjoying the Newlyn Fish Festival on Monday 25 August 2014? Our article covers all that this historic festival has to offer, including fish displays, a puzzle trail, fishy tales, chef demonstrations, competitions and a race between traditional luggers.

This family-friendly event raises much needed funds for the Seamen’s Mission, so read on to find out more.

Where will you be spending August in Cornwall? Let us know your favourite beach, event or secret summer haunt in our 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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