If you want to immerse yourself in a little Cornish culture on your next holiday in Fowey, then May is the perfect time. Whether through literature, art, food and drink or gardens, there’s no better opportunity than at some of the events listed here:
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature
Hosted right here in our own spectacular riverside town, this festival packs a punch in terms of its diverse range of events. Highlights for this year include bestselling author Michael Morpurgo speaking about his inspiration behind some of his best known stories; an evening with the world’s most performed living musician and composer Sir Karl Jenkins; former war correspondent and politician Martin Bell talks candidly about his life and experiences, a look back at the life of OBE and BBC broadcasting veteran Robin Lustig, as well as many other debut authors, book launches, panel discussions, workshops and concerts. There is also an array of du Maurier based talks and discussions including the screening of the UK Premier of the Arte film – Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca. New for this year is Gardener’s Question Time with experts from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Roger Ryman, Master Brewer for St Austell Brewery, is back to speak about the wonderful and diverse world of beer, host a sampling session to introduce the audience to some of his favourite beer styles, as well as the language and terminology of beers and brewing. The Festival Art Trail is bigger and better than before and the Secret Gardens of Fowey is new to the programme. Download the programme, planner and guided walks information here.
The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature takes place from Saturday 6th to 13th May 2017.
St Ives Literature Festival and St Ives Food and Drink Festival
Potter on down to beautiful St Ives for its literature festival; a packed programme of book launches, poetry readings, workshops and open air events including poetry and prose readings, live music, comedy acts, creative writing workshops. Take a look around the art and craft galleries for a souvenir, and don’t forget a visit to the magnificent Tate St Ives with its beach front vista, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Bernard Leach Pottery and Museum.
Then just a short walk away is Porthminster Beach with its food and drink festival, thought to be the only beach-based festival, featuring some of the best food and drink producers in the county – tuck in!
St Ives Literature Festival runs from 13th -20th May and the St Ives Food and Drink Festival takes place on 13th to 14th May 2017
2017 will be the thirteenth year of Open Studios Cornwall and the biggest yet – with 293 artists, craftsmen and designers opening the doors of their studios to the public for nine days.
As well as having a bit of a snoop around studios all over Cornwall, there are also opportunities to take part in various workshops.
Download a copy of the printed guide here.
Open Studios Cornwall 2017 will run from Sat 27th May – Sun 4th June
Fal River Festival
A great opportunity to explore another beautiful area in Cornwall, this festival spans the length of the Fal River, with over 150 events in Falmouth and its surrounding area, including on the water varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more… Jazz bands playing on the harbour in St Mawes, film screenings on ferries moored offshore and, of course, plenty of seafood to sample.
The Fal River Festival takes place from 26th May to 4th June 2017
Other local events include the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival on 26th-28th May, the Bude and Stratton Folk Festival on 26-29th May and The King’s Arms Lobster Festival, Mevagissey on 28th May – 3rd June 2017.
A visit at this time of year has to include the fabulous bluebells that peak during May, just head for wooded areas like the Looe Valley, Duloe or take a trip to the Bluebell Festival at Enys Gardens near Falmouth from 29th April – 7th May. Keep updated with the bluebell’s progress on their website.