With most events and activities over the past 3 years being postponed or toned down, it's no surprise that people are eager to return to normality here in Cornwall. A colourful variety of attractions will be available to the public in 2023.
St Piran’s Day 2023
St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, and also the patron saint of tinners due to his discovering the properties of tin and leading the Cornish people to have a prosperous future. This event is celebrated all over Cornwall, but the biggest gathering has to be the march at Perranporth Beach. St Piran is renowned for his drinking, which is reflected perfectly in the celebration’s singing, dancing and all-around partying. There are several events leading up to the 5th of March, some being up to a week before during perrantide.
Hurling is a tough, rugby-like game that takes place all over Cornwall and thoroughly celebrates Cornish culture to the fullest. It involves a silver-coated wooden ball, 2 goals, and a game boundary of an entire parish. The biggest event is in St Columb Major on the 21st of February. With the game being an hour long, it's no surprise that after it is over, both teams put the game aside and share a gallon jug of beer with the silver ball submerged in it, called the ‘silver beer’.
Obby Oss 2023
Celebrating the Celtic festival of Beltane and the approach of summer, this colourful event takes place in the streets and harbour of Padstow. The wholly Cornish festival starts at 10 am on the 1st of May, and ends at midnight by singing the traditional Padstow ditty, the ‘May Song’. Locals dress up in white outfits with bluebells and ribbons and parade 2 red and blue stylised horses in elaborate masks, called ‘Osses’ With thousands already set to go see the festival this year, will you join them?
Fowey Festival 2023 (Daphne du Maurier Festival)
This is the primary cultural and literary festival in Cornwall, with many authors, poets and songwriters planning to come to the festival this year. This is located in several venues across the southern coastal town of Fowey. It is home to the Fowey Art Trail, the biggest art event Fowey has ever hosted. You follow the trail to see arts and crafts exhibitions around the town.
Last year’s event features the literary giant, Micheal Morpurgo along with other talks, performances and events.
Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show 2023
This show is enjoyed by celebrities, royalty, locals and people all around the country. It is held between the 8th and 10th of June in the town of Wadebridge. Many different animals are proudly on display at the festival, such as cows, pigs, sheep and more. The pinnacle of the show, the grand cattle parade, is viewed by thousands. Trade stands can be found around the venue selling amazing food locally produced in Cornwall, along with award-winning honey and beeswax products aiming to get another award this year.