Here are our top ten things on in Cornwall this August:
1. Boardmasters, Newquay and Watergate Bay 8th – 12th August
The all blazing, big and brash skate, surf and music festival, which takes place from the 8th – 12th of August in Newquay, is back for 2012. The festival is held at Cornwall’s coolest locations Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, with surf and skate competitions, live music, fairground rides, bars and lots of shopping.
This year singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran headlines on the Friday with number one grime and UK hip hop artist Dizzee Rascal headlining on the Saturday, along with top DJs, and more.
2. Nowhereisland, Mevagissey, 13th – 17th August
Nowhereisland is a floating sculpture by artist Alex Hartley who is inspired by hostile surroundings and today’s environmental issues. The sculpture encourages people to explore these problems and he is accompanied by several ambassadors of the project.
The sculpture is voyaging around the south west’s amazing coastline, as part of an epic voyage of over 500 nautical miles during London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games .
Nowhereisland will be hosted by choirs, bands, citizen marches, a flotilla of surfers, gig rowers, sea shanty singers and thousands of people on cliff tops, beaches, harbours and promenades.
Nowhereisland will be accompanied by its remarkable mobile Embassy, packed full of intriguing objects and fascinating information.
It is open from 12pm – 5pm daily in Mevagissey.
To find out more about this interesting project go to www.nowhereisland.org
3. West of England Steam Rally 17th – 19th August
The 57th West of England Steam Engine Rally takes place on Stithians Showground, near Truro, with over 100 stream engines, vintage cars, horses, fun fair, live entertainment, craft tent and trade stalls.
4. Cornwall Design Fair 17th – 19th August
The Cornwall Design Fair takes place at Trereife House, just outside Penzance. The House is worth a visit its self, steeped in history and located in formal gardens with rolling countryside around it.
The Fair has workshops on how to make your own headwear, bunting, and knitting, along with demonstrations and entertainment. There will be exhibitors displaying all sorts of design including fashion, jewellery, furniture and interiors.
5. Sleeping Beauty at Heligan 22nd August
Chapter House performs the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty in the equally magical setting of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. This adaptation is set in the 1940s transporting you to a fairy tale land. This great event is for the whole family.
Tickets can be bought from Heligan Reception on 01756 845100 or Hall for Cornwall http://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/other-venue/search/&venue=31
6. Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week 19th – 25th August
The Fowey Royal Regatta is one of Britain’s premier sailing events. There is an amazing Red Arrows display each year, a colourful carnival, firework display over the river, and live music on the Town Quay.
7. Cornwall Pride Saturday the 25th August, Truro
Cornwall Pride promotes and celebrates equality and diversity in the county. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the day. This year’s theme is Hollywood, and the day starts with a parade at Lemon Quay. This is followed by a midday picnic at Victoria Gardens with bands, and a great atmosphere. The day finishes off with a ‘Pride Party’ inside a marquee at Lemon Quay there will be a licensed bar, dancing space, chill out area and an entertainment stage. The evening starts at 7pm and ends at 11.30.
8. Trereife Country Fair 27th August
The event creates the atmosphere of a traditional country fair in the beautiful house and grounds of Trereife, near Penzance. You can browse through the stalls, crafts, sample local food produce whilst taking in the manicured grounds. There will be live Jazz to enjoy too from 10am – 5pm.
9. Newlyn Fish Festival 27th August
Celebrate all things fishy at one of Cornwall’s most authentic and working fishing ports. Sample the best seafood, cooking demos, live entertainment and more.
10. The Kneehigh Asylum – various dates in August
Cornwall’s most innovative theatre company returns with the Kneehigh asylum, near St Agnes, with a brand new show. The Asylum is in a field, great for balmy summer evening with a magical atmosphere, bar and food on offer. You can also bring your own food and drink. This year the show is Steptoe and Son, adapted from the scripts of Galton and Simpson – this darkly comic and moving adaption is a must-see.