Seven days of shoreline fun and ocean excitement in the historic Cornish port of Falmouth
The regatta and festival season will soon be in full swing, and nowhere more so than the age-old harbour town of Falmouth, a place that revels in ‘the spirit of the sea’.
Set on the banks of the Fal River and surrounded by acres of beautiful Cornish countryside, Falmouth has blossomed into a hub for arts and culture. Steeped in maritime history, Falmouth harbour remains one of the region’s thriving ocean gateways, every year welcoming thousands of seafarers to its sparkling waters.
Events on the Water…
Expect the usual bumper schedule of sailing races on the waters of Falmouth Bay and the lower Fal estuary (Carrick Roads). The action will be non-stop throughout all the various classes, from family crews to experienced yacht-masters, all culminating in the sixty-year-old ‘champagne race’ where traditionally some old scores are settled and which sees competitors navigate the whole of the bay in the direction of Gull Rock towards the finishing buoys on the western side of the Pendennis headland.
Events on the Shoreside…
The whole family can enjoy this year’s relentless programme of events which starts with a pink wig night (for breast cancer awareness), a comic and movie festival, and the colourful Falmouth Carnival Parade which starts at the recreation ground (home of Falmouth RFC) and will be led by the Falmouth Marine Band. The week’s musical line up has really got the regulars talking with performances from old favourites ‘The Wurzels’ who will be headlining a hog roast and cider night; BBC Radio 6 DJ Craig Charles (best known for playing Dave Lister in the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf) will be on tour with his Funk & Soul Show; ‘The Dualers’ and ‘Rudi’s Message’ will be star attractions at the hotly anticipated Ska night; and last but not least, Martin Kemp – once of Spandau Ballet – will be DJing at an 80s and 90s extravaganza featuring upbeat spin-off group ‘S Club 3’.
The Falmouth Week Air Show will be full of daredevilry and aerobatic displays over the iconic seafront where crowds will gather to marvel at ‘breathtaking stunts and exhilarating manoeuvres’. Also, keep an eye out for the dragon boat racing as competitors pound the open waters to the booming rhythm of drums.
For a full breakdown of all the events visit The Falmouth Week website.
5 Fascinating Facts about Falmouth…
- Falmouth harbour is the third deepest natural harbour on the planet, reaching depths of up to thirty-four metres; only Sydney Harbour and The Port of Mahon are deeper.
- In 2016, Falmouth hit the headlines when it was named ‘Britain’s Best Coastal Community’ at the Great British High Street Awards.
- High upon the headland, above the busy harbour, stands Pendennis Castle, a stronghold built by Henry VIII to defend the vital anchorages along the River Fal estuary.
- Falmouth is full of creative genius and home to one of the leading arts universities in the country.
- The town remains proud of its illustrious maritime history and can lay claim to being the starting and finishing post for some of the world’s finest sailing achievements, which include Robin Knox-Johnson’s single-handed sail around the world (the first successful attempt of its kind) and Dame Ellen MacArthur’s record-breaking challenge.
With stunning sea views, a fascinating maritime history and so much to see and do, a holiday cottage in Falmouth is hard to beat. Its streets are lined with art galleries, delis, shops and restaurants, whilst the bustling waterfront is filled with sailing boats, fishing dinghies and super yachts. With everything you need on your doorstep, our holiday cottages in and around Falmouth continue to charm families and couples, young and old, who return year-on-year.