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!
- Show off at the Royal Cornwall Show
- Go back in time at Penzance Golowan Festival
- Go underground at the Geevor Tin Mine
- Tuck in at Mevagissey Feast Week
- All aboard at Charles Causley Festival
- Sing up and dive in at Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
- Tune up at Polperro Music Festival
- Make a splash!
- Head to the dunes for Tunes in the Dunes
- Hop it at The Great Estate
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
See you soon in Cornwall
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