The Best Cornwall Events to Visit in 2022

Cornwall is all set for a bumper year of festivals, with events for 2022 all planned out. With themes ranging from pasties to pandas, you’re sure to find a festival to coincide with your next visit.

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project

5 March, Eden Project, Bodelva

World Pasty Championships

Photo courtesy of Cornish Pasty Association

A day that celebrates the pasty in all its classic pastry-cased forms, with the familiar Eden Project domes as venue. Celebrated on St Piran’s Day, there are two categories – Cornish and Open Savoury – so expect weird and wonderful flavours alongside your standard steak. With comedy and music thrown in this is all set to be one tasty day out for pasty fans.

Website: https://cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/about-the-pasty/world-pasty-championships/

CGS Spring Flower Show

2-3 April, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Photo by James Barry for Cornwall Garden Society

Blooms on display don’t stop at the Chelsea Flower Show. Here in Wadebridge, the Cornwall Garden Society brings its very own annual flower show to the public. Setting up at the Royal Cornwall Showground, the show has been described by The Telegraph as the ‘Chelsea of the West’, for good reason. Expect plenty of garden inspiration in the form of stunning displays.

Website: http://www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/

Porthleven Food Festival

22-24 April, Porthleven

Portleven Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Portleven Food Festival

Not just a food festival, this event packs in the entertainment in the form of music sessions and gourmet events, plus a family field for fun entertainment. Remember to check out the talks in the Literary and Acoustic Tipi, but set your watches for the ultimate pull – Chef’s Theatre, where top chefs demonstrate delicious dish creations. Time to tuck in your bib!

Website: https://www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com/chefs-theatre/

Padstow May Day

1 May, Padstow

Padstow-Obby-Oss

Possibly the biggest day in Padstow’s festival calendar, this time-honoured event takes place at the start of May when the iconic pagan ‘oss’ parades around town to herald the changing seasons. Around the giant black puppet are drummers, dancers and a huge following of people lining the streets to march and sing. To get a close-up look, be sure to book accommodation in town and you’ll be strolling distance from the action.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

16-14 May, Fowey

Book cover for Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Photo courtesy of Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Literary types love this annual foray into the written word, where writers, speakers and musicians get together in the famous riverside town of Fowey. The event runs various writing and art competitions each year for children and adults, so keep an eye on the website if you fancy taking part.

Website: https://www.foweyfestival.com/

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival

26-30 May, Bude

Bude Folk Festival

Photo courtesy of Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

The coastal northern town of Bude plays host to a long weekend of fabulous folk, at a festival that prides itself for a love of community and traditional music. Get set for singaround sessions, a spot of vigorous children’s and community display dancing, and a ‘busk stop’ where bands have the chance to take the stage.

Website: https://www.budefolkfest.com/

Royal Cornwall Show

9-11 June, Wadebridge

Royal Cornwall Show

Photo courtesy of Royal Cornwall Show

A traditional family event, this iconic Cornish farming festival is the agricultural highlight of the year, attracting hundreds of visitors to its famous Wadebridge showground. Come and see the sheep, pigs, cows, rare breeds and other animals in their stalls, catch the all-important judging and stock up at the shopping stands.

Website: http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/the-show/

Pandafest

8-9 July, Manor Mead, Bodmin

Pandafest in Cornwall

Photo courtesy of Pandafest

Deep in the green fields of Lanivet, this fun festival showcases food, drink and music. Why ‘panda’? Because the area is known for growing bamboo that gets fed to hungry pandas at London Zoo. The festival also says it has a ‘commitment to showcase grass roots talent’ – get it? Bring dancing wellies and all your best party moves.

Website: https://www.pandafestofficial.co.uk/

St Endellion Easter and Summer Festivals

Easter 9-17 Apr & Summer 26 Jul-5 Aug, St Endellion

Orchestra at St Endellion Festival in Cornwall

Photo courtsey of St Endellion Festival

A coming together of musicians from all around the world is the aim of this popular Cornish music festival, which takes place in an idyllic village near the north Cornish coast. The two festivals – one at Easter, one in summer – reflect slightly different musical aims, but both highlight the exceptional talent of the artists taking part.

Website: https://endellionfestivals.org.uk/

Rock Oyster Festival

29-31 July, Dinham House, nr Rock

Revellers at Rock Oyster Festival

Photo courtesy of Rock Oyster Festival

Not just oysters and seafood, this three-day event in the pretty resort town of Rock has various events for allcomers. Foodies will love the chefs demos and masterclasses, while in the Family & Wellness zone you can have a go at paddle boarding, yoga or circus skills. A steady stream of music provides the ever-chilled atmospheric background.

Website: https://rockoysterfestival.co.uk/

Boardmasters Festival

10-14 Aug, Newquay

Main stage at Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall

Photo courtesy of Boardmasters Festival

Music-lovers flock to the north coast for this supercool beach festival, which fills the summer cliffs and sands with laid back sounds every year – but it’s not all music. Visitors will find themselves in one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing areas where they can catch the surf contests, visit Surf Village, and take part in BMX and skating action too.

Website: https://www.boardmasters.com/

St Ives September Festival

10-24 Sep, St Ives

Busker at St Ives September Festival

Photo courtesy of St Ives September Festival

The well-known idyllic spot of St Ives is home to a fortnight of festival action centred around music and the arts. Cleverly scheduled to take place in September, when most of the crowds have left the county, the festival features poetry, exhibitions and even guided walks; a perfect way to kick off autumn.

Website: https://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/

More Inspiration

For more ideas on what to do in Cornwall, see our post on Ten of the Best Family Activities in Cornwall. Or read our guide on the 7 Best Beaches Near Padstow. Once you’re ready to book your Cornwall holiday, browse our property section for the ideal cottage or holiday home for your stay.

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