We believe that Cornwall hosts some of the finest maritime events for traditional boats, classic yachts and tall ships in Britain.
When it comes to creating a spectacle of sails, refined wooden craftsmanship and sparring bowsprits, then Falmouth is absolutely the place to be; with the Cornish South Coast boasting numerous sheltered bays and deep water harbours. All unhindered by ferries or cargo traffic.
The coastal landscape is timeless and the historic port of Falmouth is unspoilt by modern development, making both the perfect backdrop to celebrate maritime traditions.
Many notable Cornish harbours are big enough to hold major racing events, making them natural amphitheatres for shore side spectators to watch the action and Falmouth is no exception.
Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads both have a long tradition of racing working boats, like Falmouth oyster boats, gig boats, pilot cutters and luggers and have the finest skills anywhere to put on a show of canvas and sail, right into the heart of the harbour.
Falmouth Spring Festival
22 March – 2 April 2018
Celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, terrific coastline and gardens. Make your way to the town and get involved – whether it’s the half-marathon or the folk and cider festival, there’s something for everyone! A great way to welcome in the warmer weather.
Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales
Exact dates TBC for 2018
Look forward to live performances from local talented musicians. With arts, crafts and a local product market welcoming you. This is a free event with undercover seating, live music, food and barrels of craft ale.
Fal River Festival
25 May – 3 June 2018
This ten day festival was established in 2006 and provides a full range of events varying from music & drama, the arts, history and heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking and lots more. With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the water, the festival gives a real chance to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.
Golden Globe Race
SITraN Challenge Charity Race to Plymouth
15 June 2018
See the Golden Globe yachts and historic fleet take part in the SITraN Challenge charity race from Falmouth to Plymouth. Falmouth will be hosting the Parade of Sail recognising Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s significant achievement 50 years ago, in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. This promises to be a great spectacle out on the water.
21 June – 24 June 2018
Berthing at Falmouth Haven marina, Falmouth Classics is a three day rally of classic sailing craft and other traditional vessels, including pilot gigs and motor boats. This event always draws plenty of visitors to the area, and, in turn, an electric atmosphere – a great way to see some of the most impressive ships around.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
22 June – 24 June 2018 (next year’s dates)
One of the biggest maritime music concerts in Europe. The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances, with only the special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit.
10 August – 19 August 2018 (next year’s dates)
Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the South West with around 200 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shore side events, from live music to a breathtaking display from the Red Arrows! One not to miss.
Red Arrows Aerobatic Display – dates TBC
National Flying Fifteen Championships
28 September – 1 October 2017
Flying Fifteens are exciting two-man racing keelboats, and the National championships regularly attract over 50 boats. Falmouth has been chosen to host this years races due to it being a top venue and popular sailing destination, so make your way to the town for an adrenaline fuelled couple of days of racing!
FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL
12 October – 15 October 2017
Falmouth Oyster Festival, one of Cornwall’s biggest and most well-loved specialist food festivals, celebrates the diversity of Cornish seafood, the native Fal Oyster and the start of the oyster dredging season with 4 days of feasting, live music, craft stalls and cooking demonstrations. Read more