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Zumba, walking, music & flowers at the Falmouth Spring Festival

Whatever you enjoy, the Falmouth Spring Festival probably includes it as part of their fun program. Think beach scavenger hunts, walking with wildlife, town history tours, music, flowers, cider tasting, Nordic walking, a fashion show and Zumba!To celebrate the joys of spring, puts on a smorgasbord of activities to showcase the diversity and talents of this lively port town in South Cornwall. From Zumba to a Scavenger Hunt and from Nordic Walking to a Fashion Show, the festival is sure to have something that you really want to join in, so make sure you keep the third week in March free.

An Introduction to Falmouth

Falmouth is a lovely town to visit at any time of year. Driving down the long hill from the A39, the approach to the town gives wonderful views of the estuary which is always filled with fishing and pleasure boats of all sizes.

Falmouth Spring Festival began in 2011 and was so popular it just had to become an annual event. The activities are so diverse that they all take place at a different venue, so you’ll be pretty familiar with the town by the end of the week! Preparations start the week before with a volunteer Spring Clean Day, when you can get involved for a good cause. The town is then decorated by design students from the University College in a blaze of yellow, from street bunting to shop windows, and I can tell you it looks a picture!

Things to do at Falmouth Spring Festival

Families will enjoy the free Scavenger Hunt on Castle Beach. Participants receive a list of things to spot in this mega rockpooling session. There are naturalists on hand to give guidance and answer all your rock pooling questions. Puppetcraft and a puppet drama present a magical tale about a greedy king and a unicorn in Gyllyngdune Gardens.

If you’re into fitness, join the Zumba Zestifal in what is scheduled to be the largest open air Zumba in Cornwall! My favourite event is the Nordic Walking over the creeks and fields, finishing at the Pandora Inn for lunch. The modest fee for participating includes the hire of walking poles (which incidentally are really good on the steep paths and steps that abound on the South West Coast Path).

Part of the festival includes , a half-marathon along various local beaches before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and back through Penryn. Last year it raised over £16,000 for charity so be prepared to cheer and be generous with your loose change!

Wanting some lively music? How about the Brass Show, when instrumentalist plays a range of brass instruments in a performance that combines music, education and silly humour in equal measure.

Other events that are part of Falmouth Spring Festival include exploring Swanpool Nature Reserve with a local guide, discovering local wildlife, or how about foraging for food at Argal Reservoir with expert forager Rachel Lambert? She even gives a recipe handout as part of the experience! Town walks are certainly drier underfoot and these historian-led walks unravel Falmouth’s maritime heritage, famous families, riots, murder and ghosts!

On the final weekend of the festival, there’s a Folk and Cider Fayre with 20 ciders to sample and some great live music to fall down to!

Falmouth Spring Flower Show

If flowers are your passion, then you will certainly want to visit the on the last weekend of the Spring Fest in late March. This fabulous show started in 1910 and the Princess Pavilion is packed with the colour and scent from hundreds of wonderful displays of daffodils, flowering shrubs and cacti. It is a superb opportunity to stroll slowly around the somewhat crowded displays admiring bonsai, orchids and gorgeous flower arrangements. I challenge you not to come away from this event without a bag full of bulbs, plants and seeds to create your own green corner of paradise!

Have you participated in any of the events that are part of the annual Falmouth Spring Festival? Did you enjoy it and would you recommend it to others? Any tips about visiting Falmouth would be appreciated, so please add your 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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