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Top Ten Things to do in Cornwall this September

The crowds of August have gone, and Cornwall is a lot calmer as we enter September. A brilliant month, with lots on, and hopefully some good weather too!


Newquay Fish Festival1. Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay Harbour, 7th – 9th of September

One of the most anticipated events on the local calendar, this is a time when locals and tourist come together to the gem that is Newquay Harbour and celebrate all things fishy! There’s live food demos, drinks, food, stalls and live music.

2. Kneehigh’s FUP at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 7th to the 22nd of September

This brilliant, innovative, theatre company hails from Cornwall but has toured all over the UK and beyond! This summer Kneehigh’s Asylum is at the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan, with refreshments and drinks available.

FUP is based on the novel by Jim Dodge, the magical tale on the, let’s say, unconventional Santee family. One hundred year old Grandday Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live a life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, and boasting of immortality. Then FUP arrives, who is a very big duck with attitude and she is going to change their world forever.

3. September at The Minack, 3rd – 28th of September Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

Cornwall’s brilliant open-air theatre should definitely be on your bucket list when visiting Cornwall – whether you see a play or not. This theatre in the cliff is a sight to behold with out-of-this-world views across Porthcurno beach.

This September there’s lots on with comedy ‘Party Piece’, and ‘Third Light’, with a live brass band and dance, that tells the story of Cornwall’s ‘fortunate village’, through the memories of two soldiers. The classic ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, and the adaptation of 1920’s musical ‘Chicago’. September finishes off with Proms at the Minack.

4. End of Season Party at Lusty Glaze, 21st of September

See off this summer in style! And what a memorable one it has been: England were good in the World Cup and got into the semi-finals and the sun shone – not just a bit but it was the longest heatwave since 1976!

Lusty Glaze is a beautiful beach and is a wonderful setting for live music. Headlined by 20-piece band Jazz Colossus with support from Jelly Jazz, with DJ Pete Isaac laying down funk and soul. This is a ticketed event.

The Crantock Bale Push5. The Big Bale Push, Crantock, 14th of September

This is one of the year’s craziest events, available for all to join in. Teams of four push a big straw bale, standing 4’6” and weighing 420 lbs around the coastal village of Crantock. This a fundraising event, and the teams are split into different categories. There is a fee to enter. Each year the event raises thousands of pounds for charity.

6. Newquay Beer Festival 2018, Hendra Holiday Park, 21st – 23rd of SeptemberBeer Festival at Hendra

Newquay Beer Festival is a popular local festival held right here at Hendra Holiday Park. The festival is held away from the caravans and entertainment in The Venue will still run. The beer festival is a ticketed event and there are lots of beers to try, from Cornish ale to beers around the world, along with music. Families are welcome, though parts of the festival are for over 18s only.

7. World Belly boarding Championships 2018, Watering Hole Perranporth Beach, 8th of September

Early September is your last chance to saviour the last dregs of summer, so go to the beach for a day of bellyboarding and live music. A simple competition that takes it back to basics: no wetsuits, no leashes and no swim fins, just a bit of wood and a swimsuit. Organised by the National Trust, this event celebrates riding traditional wooden boards. Many competitors arrive in fancy dress – so enjoy watching this entertaining competition!

8. St Ives September Festival, 8th – 22nd of September

St Ives September festival is a celebration of music and arts which are held across different venues throughout St Ives. There are open studios, giving a fascinating insight into how artists work in Cornwall’s art capital. Also, there are guided walks, around this stunning area of Cornwall.

Watergate Bay, hill climb 9. Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, 15th -16th of September

This two-day event will take its place in the motorsport history books, becoming the very first closed road speed hill-climb on the mainland UK. This exciting race can be witnessed it one of the designated areas.

10. See ‘Julie’ at The Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay, National Theatre Live, 6th of September

The National Theatre Live comes to you, with Julie. August Strindberg’s Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, as Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea) directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner).
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them.
Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.

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