Cornwall, the home of British surfing, clotted cream, and pasties -is the perfect place to be, with the coming of the sun.
Whether you’re on a solo trip, relaxing getaway with your other half, or have an entourage on tow, this selection of the top things to do this spring and summer has you covered.
So, slap on the sun cream, ditch any diets, and make the most of everything Cornwall has to offer.
Newquay Art 8 Festival (10th - 12th May)
Art 8, Newquay’s annual Arts and Culture Festival is packed with events, exhibits and workshops, including film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature, and more.
Established in 2011 by a group of artists wanting to promote, display, and perform their work, the festival is a celebration of all things creative Newquay has to offer.
With all activities free or low-cost, there’s bound to be something to get your creative juices flowing this summer.
Check out the Art 8 Facebook page for more information.
St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, St. Ives (10th - 12th May)
If art isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll be tempted by St. Ives Food and Drink Festival taking place on Porthminster Beach this May.
Loosen your belt and get ready to sample delicious dishes from some of Cornwall’s top chefs using all local produce and cooked before your eyes.
Daytime content is mostly free and along with drooling over the dishes being conjured up in the Chef’s Theatre, you can also enjoy live music, art, and shopping in the artisan local producers’ market.
Visit the website for more information and to buy evening events tickets.
Children’s Hospice South West’s Newquay Rainbow Run, Newquay (23rd June)
If rain clouds appear, Newquay’s Rainbow Run is guaranteed to brighten up your day.
Turn up in a white T-shirt, and walk, jog or run your way through 5K of colour explosions to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.
Anyone aged five years and over can enjoy the run, so make sure to bring along your friends, families or colleagues for a day of colourful fundraising fun.
To find out more and book your place click here.
Rock 2 Rock Let’s Rock, Newquay (29th June)
Join thousands of runners at sunset on one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches for an event combining running, live music, fireworks, and food.
Runners interested in taking part in the race can choose either the 2K or 5K route (or both) while spectators can sit back and watch the event with their feet in the sand.
Afterwards, enjoy a night of live music and fireworks. This year’s lineup includes Rujiero performing alongside Internationally acclaimed Grammy Award Winning artist MISHKA, singer-songwriter Lee Rasdall-Done, and WE ARE ROBOT (with more acts to follow).
For more information on tickets and this year’s music lineup, please visit the website.
Tropical Pressure Festival, Truro (12th - 14th July)
Not to be missed this summer is Tropical Pressure Festival, a celebration of the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean on Cornwall’s north coast.
You can expect a jam packed programme of live music, food, dance, and culture along with three night’s camping in Eco Parks’ stunning grounds overlooking the sea—all included in the ticket price.
Perfect for families, the event includes plenty of free workshops and activities making it a great way to introduce children to the festival scene.
If this sounds like your sort of festival, please click here for more information.
Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival, Newquay (7th - 11th August)
Catch the last of the summer sun by nabbing yourself a ticket to Boardmasters. This is a renowned surf and music festival, taking place over five days in two lush locations—Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay.
Celebrating the best in music and sports, Boardmasters hosts a range of events, from International Surf Competitions to extreme sports. If you’re tempted to give it a try yourself, you can book a surf lesson from a local school to get your own dose of thrill-seeking fun on the waves.
Music lovers are in for a treat this year with another jaw dropping lineup including the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + the Machine, Rudimental, Foals, and Plan B. The fun doesn’t have to stop there either, with after parties taking place at clubs in the town centre and running into the wee hours of the morning.
If you’re after a more relaxing end to your summer, you can enjoy the festival in style with luxury camping and glamping. Plus, there’s the chance for you to unwind at the wellbeing area and onsite eco spa.
The quicker you buy your tickets, the cheaper they are, so don’t hang about.
Make Newquay Your Base this Summer
Chances are, you’ll be worn out after spending your days surfing, going to festivals and stuffing your face with the local cuisine and in need of a comfy base to return to.
Look no further than Hotel Bristol.
Our family friendly hotel has superb sea views over Tolcarne beach, right in the hub of the Cornish summer action—so you don’t have to spend ages driving around.
For more details, including room booking and special offers please click here.