1. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration - 1st – 5th of June
Cornwall has a special relationship with the Crown through the Duchy of Cornwall (the estate held by the monarch’s eldest son) making it the perfect place to celebrate the Her Royal Highnesses’ Diamond Jubilee! So, if you are celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in the Duchy then we have a great choice of top-notch celebrations over the county.
There are celebrations all over the county, and Newquay is making June the 5th a day to remember, from 11am – 4pm at the Piazza on Crantock Street, there will be the famous Cornish music group The Cornish Wurzels! There is also a local children’s Cornish dance and drama presentation, children’s entertainment, face painting and a proper Cornish pasty lunch.
In the afternoon the Lighthouse Cinema will be showing a specially selected film to mark the occasion, and a family street party will take place through Fore Street.
From 4pm – 8pm Newquay Harbour will also host festivities with a live band, gig and boat racing, and a barbecue.
There are also weekend celebrations in Truro and St Ives.
2. Run to the Sun Festival – 1st – 5th of June
Cornwall’s original big festival, before Boardmasters rocked up! The Run to the Sun festival is still a great event, held at Trevelgue, with world-class DJs, a silent disco (dance away with a pair of headphones on - to the music you like!), comedians, and acoustic beats! Most importantly it is about the VWs! The Show and Shine is the highlight of the weekend, when the owners of VWs and custom cars get to show off their vehicles! This year the Show and Shine is at Newquay Airport.
3. Fal River Festival - June 1st – June 10th
This festival celebrates life on the River Fal running events at all the places up and down the Fal (on the south coast) including music, gig racing, film screenings, drama, arts, wildlife walks, food, and readings. This festival really does have something for everyone!
4. St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre – June 4th
This authentic Victorian Fayre has a tombola, plant, book, and bric-a-brac stalls, along with local produce and crafts on sale including Cornish strawberry cream teas. Entertainment comes from St Agnes Sliver Band, local bands, choirs and singers from around the area, and clog dancers.
5. The Royal Cornwall Show – June 7th – 9th
The Royal Cornwall Show is one of the most important events on the Cornish calendar. The show gives you a glimpse of rural life in Cornwall, with livestock judging, and tents showcasing animals from rabbits to goats. There are plenty of marquees for everyone’s interests including crafts, health and beauty, food, machinery, and more!
6. The Big Sing – June 15th
The Big Sing is a celebration of the Cornish coastline with choirs, dance groups and musicians entertaining the crowds from 6pm to welcome the summer season. The event takes place at Watergate Bay, near Newquay.
7. Save the Last Dance for Me – Hall for Cornwall – June 11th – 16th
From the Producers, Directors and Writers of the successful Dreamboats and Petticoats this musical will take you back through the early 60’s, as we follow two teenage sisters Jennifer and Marie, through the summer of 1963. They go on a family holiday at a traditional seaside town, where they meet a handsome American airman who invites them to dance at the nearby Air Base, but holiday romance is never that simple as they realise the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.
8. Golowan Festival – 16th June – 24th of June
This festival was one of the last mid-summer festivals remaining in the late Victorian period. It used to involve blazing barrels being rolled around the streets and bonfires were lit on surrounding hills – deemed a fire hazard (surprisingly!) it was banned until in rose from the ashes in 1991.
The colourful festival has a packed programme of artists including music, performing arts and theatre. There are fireworks at the Jubilee pool on the 22nd. Mazey day is one of the highlights of this festival on June 23rd, where the streets are decorated and there are street entertainers, stalls, and the ancient Serpent Dance slithers its way through the town!
9. Hendra Holiday Park’s Family Campout – 8th – 10th of June
Hendra’s annual Family Campout is back again this year for another magical family camping experience, with entertainment, games, barbecue, marshmallow toasting and songs around the campfire.
10. Summer Bear Fair – June 17th
If you go to Lostwithiel on June 17th you will be in for a big surprise! There are hundreds of teddy bars – new and old, designer and antique, with free evaluations, bear making patterns, kits, materials, accessories, demonstrations, and a teddy bear hospital! This is a good fun event for grown-ups and children, with children under 14 getting free admission.