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June is sure to make your summer start with a bang, with festivals galore, live music, theatre, and lots of kid’s activities at the many Cornish attractions. There is just so much to do this month in Cornwall!
You know that summer is officially underway when The Eden Sessions start. This month enjoy Gary Barlow on the 5th of June, Trip-hop band Massive Attack on the 15th and 16th of June, and Brit Award Winner Ben Howard on the 30th. A Beautiful Day Out is a new day festival at Eden on the 23rd of June, with The Levellers, Westcountry band Reef, with Ronnie Wood’s son Jesse Wood on guitar, post-rave scene band Dreadzone and many more.
2. The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier, 1st – 3rd of June
This festival took place for the first time last year and was a great success. A family-friendly garden party style festival at the glorious grounds of the Scorrier House. Here you can attend a truly special occasion for Cornwall and sweet-toothed people everywhere: the world’s biggest cream tea party, which takes place on Sunday the 3rd of June. They hope to attract 735 cream tea guests (tickets for the festival and cream tea will be required) – that’s a lot of clotted cream!
There is Madame Wong’s House of Wrong, where entertainment, comedy, a tattoo parlour and a Barbers all come together under all one wonderfully weird roof. There is The Playground with kid’s entertainment and activities, Secret Gin Garden, Woodland Silent Disco, The Octopus Lounge, where one can have a high-end experience with champagne and seafood dining – sponsored by Laurent Perrier. There’s lots of live music, including nineties indie band The Charlatans.
3. Royal Cornwall Show, near Wadebridge, 7th – 9th of June
A celebration of rural Cornwall life, the Royal Cornwall Show is sure to entertain all ages. Enjoy mouth-watering local produce, with tasters galore, foodies will be in their absolute element here. There are opportunities to get an array of locally made goods from furniture to fashion, tractors to toys! There’s plenty to see, like chickens, rabbits, dogs, and farm animals, along with a top flower show and countryside area.
4. Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth, 8th – 10th of June
Now entering its fourth year, Tunes in the Dunes is fast becoming one of Cornwall’s top festivals boasting a top-notch range of well-known acts. A perfect beachside venue, the festival takes place in the sand dunes of Perranporth. The line-up includes Jamaican reggae artist Protoje, known for their hit ‘Who Knows’, and pop-rock band The Hoosiers, both on the Friday. On Saturday see UB40 – Ali, Astro and Mickey – the original members of UB40. A multi-racial reggae band who formed in Birmingham, 1979. They put a fresh slant on Jamaican reggae music, helping to define reggae music for a generation. Jake Bugg preforms on the Sunday, an English musician, singer and songwriter whose self-titled album, ‘Jake Bugg’, reached the number one UK Albums Chart in 2012. There are many more acts playing, for the full line-up and information click here.
5. Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth, 22nd – 24th of June
Falmouth has a rich maritime history, often being the first safe port of call for deep water sailing ships. The waterside alehouses were filled with shanties, stories and yarns, making it the perfect place for one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere. This is a truly unique experience with 64 groups from all over the UK, Brittany, Holland and Ireland who will perform their take on sea songs and shanties across various venues in Falmouth.
6. Mevagissey Feast Week, 24th – 28th of June
This ancient festival has been celebrated in the fishing port of Mevagissey since 1754, originally a religious festival named the ‘Feast of St Peter’. It has now blossomed into a wonderful community event welcoming all. Enjoy a carnival, music, fish dishes, food, flora dances, and fireworks. There is a great atmosphere combined with the beauty of Mevagissey.
This summer watch Chekov’s bittersweet comedy about a once wealthy family whose extravagance has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Too self-absorbed and proud to accept help, will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of privilege and entitlement or will their own stupidity be enough? Locations include Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth, and Treviglas College, Newquay.
8. Father’s Day at DairyLand, Sunday 19th of June
Enjoy a visit to DairyLand, a fantastic farm attraction, with animals, and tractor rides. Tour the milking parlour and help milk the cows. There are play areas outdoors and indoors. Indoors there is the awesome Bull Pen, a massive indoor play area, with big slides, and soft play – perfect for burning the children’s endless energy. This Father’s Day Dads go for free.
9. Flying Bird Show at Paradise Park, Hayle
Paradise Park has over 650 birds, which you can watch in this great show, see a large colourful macaw circle the stage, as presenters explain bird behaviours, and talk about parrot conservation. The Park is home to other animals too including red pandas, penguins, miniature farm and the JungleBarn indoor play centre.
10. Joe Way Paddle for Life, Newquay Harbour, June 28th
A fun-filled charity event for the whole family, raising funds for Joe’s appeal. The Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008. Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people’s lives around the country and beyond. This year there is live music from Daisy Clark, the entertaining Titan the Robot and a Silent Disco.