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Top Ten Things to do in Cornwall this August

The busiest month in Cornwall is almost upon us, and August is jam-packed with fantastic events, festivals and activities – enjoy this vibrant month in Cornwall.

Boardmasters Festival 2018, August 1. Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, 8th – 12th of August

It’s here, the event of the year: Boardmasters. This festival just gets bigger and bigger, held across Fistral and Watergate. The surfing and skating is on Fistral and the music side of it is at Watergate. This year the line-up includes The Catfish and The Bottlemen, Annie Mac, Lily Allen, Feeder, Craig David, The Chemical Brothers, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and George Ezra.

2. Beach Tag Rugby at Lusty Glaze, 24th – 26th of August

This annual family event is held at Lusty Glaze, with a one-day event on the Friday and a 2 day event over the Saturday and Sunday. There will be live music and fireworks after the trophy presentation on the Sunday.
Teams can be mixed aged and mixed gender and you can have up to 10 players in your squad with 5 players on the pitch at a time.
Teams are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book early.
The beach is open for spectators and friends to enjoy with a selection of delicious food and drink available.

3. Kneehigh Theatre, Ubu Karaoke, and The Dancing Frog, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 2nd – 25th of August UBU Karaoke from Kneehigh in Cornwall, this August

The Asylum comes to The Lost Gardens of Heligan again, for pop-up shows from Cornwall’s beloved Kneehigh. The Asylum is a great night out with refreshments available. This August there are two shows.

Ubu Karaoke

A roof-raising stark-raving sing-along satire!
We all know an Ubu.
Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably hell-bent on making our country great again!
Inspired by Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will wind-up and let rip their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creation – KING UBU.
Expect world-class buffoonery from Kneehigh stalwarts in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical! Featuring some of the most iconic rock & pop anthems of all time, given a fresh run for their money a Kneehigh band.
Ubu Karaoke is suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.
Estimated running time: 90 minutes.

The Dancing Frog

Poor Gertrude thinks she’ll never laugh or love again. But then she has a lucky encounter on a lily pad. With a frog. Called George. Suddenly, things are looking bright again!
For George isn’t just any frog. He’s a dancing frog.
And when Gertrude thrusts this web-footed wonder into the spotlight he becomes an overnight sensation the likes of which the world has never seen!
Suitable for children, adults and animals of all shapes and sizes.
Running time: 55 minutes.
Tickets can be booked through the Hall for Cornwall Website.

4. Newquay Harbour Sports Day, 18th of August

This is a family fun day, which gives families the opportunity to get together and involved with the community and have fun. If you would like to enter, the entries will be taken on the day near the Harbourmasters Office from 11am – 12pm, all events are free to enter. If you don’t fancy participating, then you are welcome to watch. The Mayor will attend the afternoon and present prizes.

Cornwall Pride, Newquay this August 5. Cornwall Pride, Newquay, 25th of August

Cornwall Pride is the largest celebration of diversity in Cornwall with annual events, providing a common voice and support for people who identify as LGB&T. Held in Newquay, there are lots of fun events happening throughout the day. There is a parade which flows through Newquay with floats, walking bands, dance groups, and organisations and charities. There is the Rainbow Fest, held at the Killacourt, which is a family friendly event with stalls, fun and games, face painting and food available. When the sun goes down, there is the Moonbow Party, a fantastic ticketed event for over 18s with live music and entertainment.

6. Paulos Circus, Making Memories Tour, 12th of July – 8th of September

The circus is still in town, a great evening out for the whole family and an opportunity to see comedy, trapeze, and artistry. It is sure to make some awesome family memories and adults will enjoy the nostalgia of the circus.

7. Red Panda Ranger Month, Paradise Park, Hayle Red Panda at Paradise Park, this August

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Paradise Park, with bird shows, indoor and outdoor play, farm petting area, train, quizzes, and lots more. This month is Red Panda month – with a fun and educational quiz on these beautiful creatures. It is hard not to fall in love with these fluffy critters, the Park currently have four Red Pandas on show, mum Jai-Li and her son Koda, plus daughter Scarlet and her companion Suri. The Park has some beautiful grounds – read about Hendra’s recent visit to Paradise Park here.

8. Killacourt Live, Summer Sessions Killacourt Newquay, 5th – 11th of August

In the heart of Newquay, the Killacourt is an amazing spot to soak up the sun and views over the bay, as it overlooks Towan beach and the harbour. This summer live music is added into the mix too, with local bands and choirs playing throughout August.

9. Newquay Lifeboat Day 2018, 19th of August

The RNLI do wonderful work throughout the year and this is their biggest fund-raising day where locals and tourists can have a fun day while raising money for this important organisation, an essential service that saves lives. From 10.30am you can help raise money and see what amazing work they do. There’s free admission, dramatic rescue demonstrations, live music, stalls and refreshments.

Gin and Tonic Festival in August 10. Falmouth Gin Festival, The Greenbank Hotel, 11th of August

Gin lovers come together and enjoy G&T on arrival, samples from local distilleries, and a keepsake branded gin glass. You can attend in the day from 11am – 4pm or the evening from 5pm – 10pm. It will be held at The Riverbank suite, overlooking Falmouth’s glorious harbour. Festival goers can enjoy nibbles, live music and a DJ.

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