There’s a lot going on in June in Cornwall. As well as it being half term for many schoolchildren, June 2022 also sees an extended four-day bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne.

As if that’s not enough, mid June celebrates Father’s Day and Midsummer’s Day, and Cornwall has some very unusual ways to mark this summer solstice! Where else can you join in the Floral Dance or do the Snake Dance with complete strangers? How about learning some new songs at the Sea Shanty Festival, celebrate the written word at the Charles Causley Literature Festival or feast like a king during Mevagissey Feast Week. With natural lidos, mine tours and beaches, there’s more than enough to keep everyone busy for a week or two!

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Show off!

The annual Royal Cornwall Show is the big event each year for farmers, growers and producers in the county. It runs for three days from the second Thursday in June. All the best livestock, rare breeds, high-tech equipment, Cornish food and drink is showcased with plenty of rosettes and trophies up for grabs. This agricultural show takes place at Wadebridge Showground and includes plenty of shopping, equestrian competitions, flower arrangements, great food at the WI tent, dog and duck displays, live music in the Main Ring and other exciting performances.

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Go back in time

One of the weirdest and most unique midsummer festivals is the Golowan Festival hosted in Penzance on Mazey Day. Golowan celebrates the Feast of St John which takes place on a 10-day street party over the midsummer solstice. Steeped in ancient history and tradition, this cultural event includes a procession of giants led by a horse’s head (‘Obby ‘Oss) along streets lined with bunting. There’s a Serpent Dance to join in, the electing of the Mock Mayor for a day, a quayside fair and fireworks after dark on Mazey Day (23rd June). It has all the makings of a fun time for all!

Penzance Golowan Festival brings the past and present together in a community celebration of the traditional midsummer Feast of St John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts and theatre. Events include a fireworks display on the prom, Mazey Day, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment. There's music in the streets, music in the pubs, music in the marquee and other venues around the town.
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Go underground

Cornwall has a history of tin mining and many of its engine houses, chimneys and industrial relics mark the UNESCO Heritage-listed landscape from Gunnislake to Land’s End. If you fancy experiencing life in a Cornish tin mine, take an underground tour at the Geevor Tin Mine. There’s a museum that explains the history of mining at this famous site which featured in the filming of Poldark TV series.

This is your chance to go underground and walk through the tunnels that were made by men and boys over two hundred years ago! Wheal Mexico at Geevor Tin Mine dates back to the 18th century, and during your trip you will get the experience of being in a real mine.
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Tuck in!

If you’re visiting Mevagissey in late June, the popular Mevagissey Feast Week will be in full swing. The harbour is lined with stalls cooking up fresh fish dishes and seafood and there’s a Floral Dance to watch or join in around the narrow streets. Try your hand at crabbing, 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, so it’s worth staying late.

Mevagissey Feast Week covers pretty much everything you might expect in a Cornish cultural event. There are exhibitions of art, cookery demonstrations, live musical entertainment indoors and out, and of course lots of fish-themed menus to work through. Choirs, bands, a Floral Dance (probably not what you think it is!), parades and children's entertainment such as face painting fill each day.
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All aboard!

The historic town of Launceston remembers one of its most famous sons at the Charles Causley Festival on the second weekend in June. Inspired by the life and poetry of this 20th century writer, this festival of literature and the arts includes poetry readings, writers’ workshops, drama and street entertainment. Once you’re done with the festival, why not visit the castle and enjoy superb views all around, or perhaps ride the steam train through the countryside to Newmills.

If you want to learn more about local resident Charles Causley, there is a permanent exhibition about his life and works at the Lawrence House Museum. The poet lived in the old house known as Cyprus Well in Launceston in the early 20th century. After a life of writing, speaking and lecturing, he died in the town, aged 86, in 2003.
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Sing up and dive in!

Warm up your vocals before visiting the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival as you’ll definitely find yourself singing along with some lively sea shanties. It takes place on the third weekend in June making it a great event for dads celebrating Father’s Day. This free nautical festival commemorates the long association that Falmouth has with the sea, having one of the deepest natural harbours in the world.

After enjoying the events and stalls lining the 17th century quay, stroll along to the National Maritime Museum and see boats, shipwrecks and exhibits relating to maritime history. There’s even an underwater viewing window for looking beneath the waves.

The old sea port of Falmouth is steeped in maritime history, so it is the perfect place to hunt down some traditional songs of the sea. Around 44 shanty groups come to share the history and keep alive the musical and nautical traditions over the three-day Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. They perform in various venues around Falmouth and past events have delivered over 261 hours of heart-stirring singing!
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Tune up

The lively Polperro Music Festival fills the streets of this delightful fishing village with music for the nine-day festival that usually starts on the third weekend in June. It’s been going for over 25 years and includes a Mock Mayor Ceremony, Morris dancing and plenty of live music, choirs and talent competitions for budding professionals. It includes a bonfire on Midsummer’s Eve and plenty of good food and entertainment for all ages.

The Polperro Festival has been a tradition for centuries in the village at midsummer and the annual festival was revived in 1996 as a music and arts-themed event. It's set in the delgithful Cornish fishing village of Polperro, best known for its narrow streets (just a handcart wide in places!) and whitewashed fisherman's cottage stacked up the hillside. It celebrates the local culture and community with shows, exhibitions, activities, classes and fantastic food and drink.
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Make a splash!

June is warm enough to enjoy some wet and wild fun at one of the lidos, outdoor swimming pools and waterparks. Take your pick from the Jubilee pool and lido in Penzance or the tidal pool at Perranporth. There’s a superb natural saltwater pool on the beautiful beach at Bude. At 90m long and 45m wide, it’s bigger than your average swimming pool and there’s plenty of room for all! Treyarnon Bay has a natural rock pool for youngsters to play and there’s a tidal pool hidden in the rocks near Padstow.

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Head to the dunes

Tunes in the Dunes is the UK’s biggest festival on the beach and is hosted on the white sands of Perranporth on the last weekend in June. Get ready for an exciting line-up of headline acts over the three-day event. With two stages, DJs, after parties, food vendors and a silent disco, the atmosphere is amazing.

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Hop it!

For a memorable Jubilee Extravaganza, the annual Great Estate at Scorrier House offers four days of royal fun at this fabulous event, one of several hosted over the summer at Scorrier. Top performers are lined up along with a Vintage Fairground open daily till late. Workshops, karaoke, tattoos and old fashioned games will be organised on the front lawn of the manor. If you’re feeling competitive, there are sack races, croquet, a tug of war, egg and spoon and three-legged races to watch or join in on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm.

The Great Estate Festival is a boutique, family-friendly festival, laying on a diverse programme of music, comedy, theatre and art in the beautiful grounds of Scorrier House in Cornwall. Take a stroll around this woodland site, and festival-goers will stumble across all kinds of quirky shenanigans, from the secret gin bar, burlesque shows and the silent disco to the Swamp Circus, hot tubs and Madame Wong's House of Wrong.

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