The Fal River
June is a fantastic month for Cornwall, filled with loads of festivals and the Queens diamond jubilee celebrations. One really worth a visit, is the Fal River festival which runs from the 1st-10th June. This 10 day festival is a non profit making event with over a 150 events ranging from music and drama, arts and heritage to gig racing, swimming and wildlife walks.
Fal River historical walk
The festival celebrates the history of the River Fal and is a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture and industry of the river. You can experience diverse entertainment such as Jazz on the harbour in St Mawes; film screenings on ferries moored off shore; pick up tips from celebrity chefs demonstrating seafood recipes; watch street theatre and listen to a traditional male voice choir. Yet it doesn’t end there there are breathtaking walks along the river, a castle to castle swim and the opening beer fleet parade. This festival is one not to be missed and just a short drive or bus ride from our self catering villas on Atlantic Reach.
Run to the Sun, Newquay
The 1st June sees the start of the annual Run to the Sun festival. Originating 25 years ago as VW car rally the festival has evolved into a 3 day music event. You will find an eclectic mix of custom cars, VW camper vans and one the best dance festivals in Europe. Run to the Sun is a proper Cornish festival all about the atmosphere and the people with DJ’s, live music, comedy, acoustic sessions and usually the sun. With events being help in and around Newquay, Atlantic Reach is a great location from which to enjoy it all even the famous car cruise passing right by the entrance.
Heartlands Flame Festival
Many events are planned in Cornwall this weekend to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame. By far the most interesting is being held at the new cultural playground, Heartlands in Cambourne. Following the closure of the mines the Cornish people spread out all over the world and Heartlands celebrates the torch’s arrival by bringing all the customs and cultures back to the Duchy. The Flame festival is a multicultural extravanganza in a association with Swamp circus. A 12 hour, completely free, vibrant mix of music, dance, theatre, acrobatics, workshops and much much more.
Heartlands has been created around the Robinson’s shaft of the former South Crofty mine in Pool, Cambourne. A state of the art exhibition space funded by the National Lottery and is the largest adventure playground in Cornwall.
There are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore, state of the art exhibitions, climb on art and botanical gardens of epic diversity. Nestled off the A30, just a short drive from Atlantic Reach, the acres of green outdoor space for sunny days and curious indoor space for rainy days make Heartlands the perfect day out. Open all year with all weather entertainment for everyone.
Nine beaches in and around Newquay have been included in a Good Beach Guide signalling excellent water quality. The Marine Conservation Society has launched its silver anniversary edition of the good beach guide, which features 516 out of 754 UK bathing beaches tested last year for water quality.
The nine beaches are Great Western, Towen, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne, Fistral, Mawgan Porth, Watergate Bay, Crantock, and Holywell Bay. Newquay is just 6 miles from our self catering villas on Atlantic Reach. So all these beaches of outstanding beauty can be reached easily. There is no better way to wind down to the pace of Cornwall than taking a stroll along one these beautiful beaches taking in the balmy air and golden sands.
Daphne Du Maurier
The 10th May sees the start of Foweys famous ten day event celebrating the life of its most famous literary resident, Daphne Du Maurier. The festival gives visitors a chance to explore the town and scenery that inspired so much of the British playwright’s work. The Du Maurier festival attracts an impressive mix of celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment giving talks and performances for everyone to enjoy. There is an eclectic mix of talks, art, music, comedy, drama and exhibitions and the countryside around the spectacular harbour is the setting for guided walks and boat trips. Our self catering villas on Atlantic Reach are close to the A30 making Fowey just a short drive away.
This years line up includes; Sir Trevor McDonald, Ester Ranzen, Julian Clary, Tony Robinson, Sir Terry Wogan, Nik Kershaw and The Animals.
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The 1st May is ‘Obby ‘Oss day in Padstow. The day celebrates the Celtic festival of Beltane – the spring festival dedicated to the return of the Celtic sun god Bel, that causes the crops to grow and the hours of daylight to lengthen. The ‘Obby ‘Oss looks like a big black caped animal, thought to represent a stallion, with a strange mask and snapping jaws. Its strange pagan dance and the rhythm of the drum beat is quite mystical and infectious. The ‘Obby ‘Oss is led on by a ‘teaser’ who dance around the ‘Oss and prods him with a special paddle stick.
Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning the ‘Oss emerges from its stable. The dancing ‘Oss makes it way through the streets of Padstow followed by young and old singing the traditional May Song. The festival starts at 10am and the celebrations last all day until the ‘Oss goes to bed at 10pm.
Newquay is proud to announce Art8 a fabulous Arts Festival from 14th – 21st April 2012.
Art8 is a feast for the senses, 8 days of art, in 8 disciplines, to include all aspects of fine art, dance, design, photography, word, drama, music and craft. There is a varied programme of free and small charge events that will excite and tempt everyone to get involved.
Information on the festival and booking workshops will be available during the festival at the Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay.