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Top Ten Festivals in Cornwall to Visit This Summer 2023


There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of seeing one of your favourite bands, comedians or artists perform outdoors. With a backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, summer festivals in Cornwall have become increasingly popular. From music to literature, poetry to food – we’ve rounded up the top ten summer festivals in Cornwall to enjoy in 2023.

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The Great Estate Festival: 2nd-4th June 2023

Where: 30 minutes from The Greenbank

As the name suggests, this eclectic family-friendly festival is held in the beautiful grounds of Scorrier House in Redruth. With six stages featuring a diverse selection of music, you’ll be sure to find your vibe whether you’re 8 or 80! As a family-friendly festival there are plenty of activities for all ages from swamp circus workshops to gin foraging.

Headline acts confirmed so far include Primal Scream, Henge and The Cuban Brothers.

falmouth Sea Shanty Festival: 16th – 18th June 2023

Where: right on our doorstep!

Music has always been an important part of Cornish culture. The annual Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival provides a platform where that heritage comes alive. Get involved and watch free performances by dozens of groups across the world. Whilst raising money for the RNLI, it is the perfect way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past. The Working Boat will once again host one of the main stages on The Greenbank’s Quay. It is an unmissable event for festival goers in Cornwall.


Eden Sessions: 7TH – 28TH JUNE 2023

Where: 55 minutes from The Greenbank

Don’t miss the chance to see world-class bands and artists perform in front of the beautiful Eden Project’s biomes. Amazing acoustics are created by their natural amphitheatre. Get grooving and moving to acts playing this summer including Lionel Richie and Pet Shop Boys.


Tropical Pressure Festival: 14th – 16th July 2023

Where: 30 minutes from The Greenbank

Food, dance and culture are top of the agenda at Porthtowan’s Tropical Pressure Festival. This exciting and inspiring festival will feature top quality live acts from South Africa, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Japan. Serving all vegetarian food at the World Food Market, you can enjoy cuisines from all over the globe. Stay hydrated and head over to the tea tent or cocktail courtyard for drinks. After dark, the venue morphs into a sparkly wonderland, with an enchanted dancefloor and tropical silent disco among other vibrant events. Think neon colours and busy prints for this fun-filled festival.



Boardmasters Festival: 9th – 13th August 2023

Where: 50 minutes from The Greenbank

A surf, skate and music festival combined, situated across Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. Boardmasters features the best in action sports including surfing and skating. Music plays across eight stages with panoramic sea views. This year’s lineup includes Liam Gallager, Florence and the Machine, Four Tet and Little Simz to name just a few.


Falmouth Week: 4th – 13th August 2023

Where: right on our doorstep!

Falmouth Week is the highlight of the town’s annual events calendar. A major attraction for locals and visitors alike, it dates back to at least 1837 as a local sailing regatta. A major sailing competition in the South West, it is also an opportunity for sailors to enjoy the festivities in the town. Expect to see a varied programme of live music, markets, workshops, fireworks and themed nights in the big tent at Falmouth’s Events Square.

There will also be plenty happening at The Working Boat on our own private quay: get your dancing shoes on for live performances by artists soon to be announced. We’ll also be hosting and supporting the fantastic Pink Wig pre-party, where a sea of pink ladies will grace our quay and raise money for breast cancer.


The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival: 9th – 10th September 2023

Where: 30 minutes from The Greenbank

This is the ninth year of the festival hosted at Healey’s Cyder Farm in Penhallow. The three day event fuses live music, secret cider walks, glamping in hobbit huts, a silent disco and tractor rides. This festival has quickly become one of the most quirky and magical experiences to attend this year.



Where: 50 minutes from The Greenbank

The St Ives September Festival of Music and the Arts began in a back kitchen in Teetotal Street, St Ives, in September 1977. It was designed to encourage visitors to the picturesque seaside town outside of peak tourist times. Over the two weeks, St Ives embraces all things art and music, with live performances, walks, arts and crafts workshops, talks, poetry and more.


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