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New Attractions In Cornwall For 2023

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.

Cornish Hurling

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.


Activities for Thrillseekers Visiting Cornwall

Cornwall is often thought of as a place made for families, and in part that is true, however, there are also many different attractions suitable for people who live for the rush of adrenaline. The activities are a thrillseeker’s dream and all of these can be done throughout. If you're going on holiday as one of the older kids in the family, or a group holiday full of people pursuing adventure, then these are the activities for you. 


Where: Perranporth

Price: From £239

Skydiving is the ultimate fantasy for any thrillseeker, and at Perranporth, you have the opportunity to go with a partner or fly solo. You will feel as free as a bird as you dive from a minimum height of 10,000 feet. They also offer a system where if you are doing a jump to raise money for charity then you can have what is known as a “free jump”. So whilst you are ticking an item off of your bucket list you can also be helping those in need through these challenging times. 

Ziplining and Hangloose

Where: Eden Project 

Price: From £15 

If skydiving isn’t your style, then how about ziplining over the Eden project, or doing a freefall! This is one of the cheapest activities available to thrillseekers in Cornwall so if you are looking for an amazing activity that is also going to be budget-friendly then this is perfect for you. You can also choose to book packages so that you have the opportunity to have a go at all the available activities, including the zipline and obstacle course in the sky. 


Where: Peryn

Price: £38

Cornwall is known for its gorgeous waters and this quarry is no different except you don’t have to worry about varying tides. Via Ferrata coasteering gives you the option of jumping off of natural crevices in the rocks as well as set platforms ranging in heights from 3m to 5m. This activity is great for anyone aged 8+ but for the thrill-seeking adults, you can push your limits and jump from great heights for a great rush of adrenaline. 

Aquapark Fun

Where: Peryn

Price: £20

Located just down the road from the coasteering activity, is the Kernow Adventure Park, where you can get involved in their amazing Aquapark which is an obstacle course, on the water! This activity is available to everyone 6+ so if your kids complain about being bored, this is one activity that will definitely bring excitement. The course has a range of obstacles such as trampolines and free-fall slides. So although this may not be the scariest activity on this list, the adrenaline rush will come from you feeling like a kid again. 

Indoor Climbing 

Where: Peryn

Price: From £4.95

If water activities aren’t your thing, or if the British weather decides to rain on your parade then don’t worry! In Peryn, you can visit Granite Planet Climbing Centre where you can take on their indoor climbing walls. So instead of staying in with the time of your holiday slipping away, visit this indoor climbing centre and see how high you can climb! All safety equipment necessary is available to hire at the centre. 

So if you're planning a trip to Cornwall and are feeling brave, check out some of these activities and have the thrill of your life down here in the south west.


What’s Coming To Cornwall In 2022?

As we enter another year of this seemingly never-ending pandemic, staycations are more popular than ever, and if you're thinking about visiting our sunny coast this year, then you should continue reading to discover what Cornwall has to offer you throughout the 2022 season. Whether you’re a foodie or music lover, there is something for everyone happening in 2022 in the idyllic location of Cornwall. 

World Pasty Championships 

Where: The Eden Project

When: 5th of March (St Pirans Day)

There isn’t a more Cornish way to start the 2022 season than the World Pasty Championships. However the day isn't all about your typical cornish pasty, you can also expect unique combinations of any savoury pasty. One of the great things about the day is that anyone can have a go! There are four different categories, company, professional, amateur, and junior. This year marks its 10th anniversary so come check it out and enjoy some sensational pasties, as well as comedy and music performances to keep you entertained throughout the day. 

CGS Spring Flower Show 

When: 2nd - 3rd April 

Where: Royal Cornwall Showground

Everyone knows about the famous Chelsea Flower Show and this cornish event has come to be known as the “Chelsea of the West.” This is a ticketed event where you can see what is truly the best of Cornish horticulture, and if you are a member of the CGS then you can even attend an exclusive preview event on the 1st of April. The event is making its comeback after having to take two years off due to coronavirus restrictions, but this year it is coming back with a bang with plenty of garden inspirations as well as some stunning displays. 

Porthleven Food Festival 

When: 22nd - 24th April

Where: Porthleven 

Here’s one for all you foodies! Although with music sessions and gourmet events, the food festival is a great day out for any families, friends, or just about anyone will be able to find something to enjoy at this event! Throughout this event you will have the chance to taste masses of different cuisines and foods lovingly handmade but some excellent chefs. For those of you who are wanting to learn more about the art of cooking, then you can purchase tickets to the “Chefs Theatre”, where some of Cornwall's greatest chefs will be showing you how to create yummy dishes at home. 

Padstow May Day

When: 1st of May

Where: Padstow

This is one of the more traditional events that takes place throughout the season, but it is also one of the most celebrated days in Padstow’s Calendar. To mark the changing of the seasons, a group of huge parades takes place which are known as the Pagen “obby oss” Parades. There are giant puppets as well as dancers, so it is very entertaining, not only for little ones, but also for people who have never experienced anything like these parades before. The streets are decorated with flags and flowers, and the event is very popular with thousands of people attending every year.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 

When: 6- 14th May

Where: Fowey 

If you like to get lost in your imagination, whether that be through poetry, or books, or music, you will definitely enjoy this festival. Enjoy insightful readings by the sea, or spend some time writing your latest piece and enter one of the competitions. Throughout the event, there are various competitions to enter, and for all age groups. This will help you to get the brain juices flowing as well as to relax in the ocean air and take some time to yourself. 

Royal Cornwall Show 

When: 9th - 11th June

Where: Wadebridge 

If you’re an animal lover then you will have an amazing time at the Royal Cornwall Show. This event is very traditional and great fun for all the family, hundreds of visitors travel from all around the country to visit this exquisite event and the well renowned Wadebridge showground. There are many different animals for you to see, such as sheeps, cows, pigs and much more. One of the most exciting parts of the day is the judging portion where you get to see which animals will go home with the star prizes. Don’t forget that there are also shopping stands where you can purchase fresh local products. 

Boardmasters Festival 

When: 10th - 14th August 

Where: Newquay

A festival on the beach, what more can I say? You can dance and sing along to amazing artists whilst drinking cocktails and soaking up the sun and sea air. This year's lineup is better than ever with headliners including George Ezra, Bastille, Disclosure, and Kings Of Leon. The location of the festival also happens to be a great spot where many surfing competitions take place and you can watch the wave rider whilst listening to the excellent music.