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CORNWALL’S TOP TEN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2019

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 by

Another fabulous summer of festivals awaits. The Cornish classics – Leopallooza, Port Eliot and Boardmasters – are joined by a new festival, Porthilly Spirit, in May. Sadly the Rock Oyster Festival is having a year off, and the Looe Music Festival is no more.

There’s a diverse range of acts bringing music to the county this year, from Kylie and Mr Jukes to the Wu-Tang Clan and The Wurzels, there’s something to suit all tastes.

Cornish festivals have a little extra magic in store for guests, with locations on beaches, in orchards and on historic country estates. Events are family-friendly, with wellbeing, literature and adventure factored into the programmes. Food and drink also take centre stage in our foodcentric county.

Read on to find out more about our top ten festivals in Cornwall this summer.

(N.B. All ticket prices are correct at the time of writing, and prices shown here do not include booking fees.)


PORTHILLY SPIRIT

When?
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2019.

Where?
Trefresa Farm, Porthilly, near Rock.

Who’s playing?
Headliners include Tom Odell, Mr Jukes, Gilles Peterson, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada), and Songhoy Blues, with more to be announced.

What else?
This brand new festival, which is being organised by the team behind Wilderness Festival and Meatopia, opens with a huge long-table Friday night feast cooked by Simon Stallard (Hidden Hut). The weekend continues with a strong focus on food and drink, featuring Brat’s Tomos Parry, Anna Jones and Prawn on the Lawn. Emphasis will be on wellbeing and outdoor adventure. Guests will have the opportunity to go on dolphin watching boat trips; have SUP and kayaking lessons; take part in yoga sessions and wellbeing workshops; and listen to tales of adventure by firelight.

Tickets:
Weekend camping tickets: £180 adult / £90 teen / £24 child / free for under 5s. Day tickets also available. Parking included. Boutique glamping from £985.

More info:
www.porthillyspirit.com


TUNES IN THE DUNES

When?
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2019.

Where?
On the beach at Perranporth.

Who’s playing?
Headliners include Plain White T’s, Bananarama, Gabrielle, Madness, Sugarhill Gang and Morcheeba.

What else?
Now in its fifth year Tunes in the Dunes has built a reputation for bringing great music to Perranporth, with legendary after parties in The Watering Hole.

Tickets:
Weekend tickets: £360 family (2 adults + 2 children) / £105 adult / £95 under 18s / free for under 5s. For camping add £40pp. Parking £5 per day. After party tickets £12-£17.

More info:
tunesinthedunes.co.uk


GREAT ESTATE FESTIVAL

When?
Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June 2019.

Where?
In the grounds of Scorrier House, near Redruth.

Who’s playing?
James, Craig Charles, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Jelly Jazz, Wildwood Kin.

What else?
There’s a huge range of quirky entertainment at this year’s Great Estate Festival, including Mexican wrestling, a Victorian sports day, Wild Wine Club feasts in the stables, a vintage car show, the Secret Gin Garden, and a tattoo parlour. Expect the unexpected!

Tickets:
Weekend camping tickets: £85 adult / £25 youth / £10 under 10s. Thursday camping £25 adult / £15 youth / £10 under 10s. Parking £10. Glamping from £395. Day tickets also available.

More info:
greatestatefestival.co.uk


INTO THE WYLDES

When?
Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June, and Saturday 6 July.

Where?
The Wyldes sits in the rolling countryside close to Week St Mary, near Bude.

Who’s playing?
Fat Boy Slim, Paul Weller, Jess Glynne headline each night respectively.

What else?
The Wyldes is set up with semi-permanent infrastructure, including an impressive main stage. The site has been lovingly created by the organisers of Leopallooza, who are renowned for bringing the “next big thing” to their fields in north Cornwall. Expect more grit than glitz, this is an authentic experience for lovers of good music.

Tickets:
Tickets purchased separate for each night: £37.50 adult / £30 teen / £10 child / under 5s free. Camping £5pp per night. Parking £5.

More info:
www.intothewyldes.com


BANDS IN THE SANDS

When?
14 June, 18 July and 25 July.

Where?
The Watering Hole, Perranporth.

Who’s playing?
Tom Walker, The Cat Empire and Ziggy Marley.

What else?
This is a series of gigs organised by the team behind Tunes in the Dunes, rather than a festival. However, there will be an after party in the Watering Hole each evening (free for ticket holders) and there are nearby campsites.

Tickets:
£28 / £26 / £33 respectively.

More info:
bandsinthesands.co.uk


EDEN SESSIONS

When?
Various dates from Thursday 20 June to Wednesday 3 July.

Where?
The Eden Project.

Who’s playing?
Stereophonics, Nile Rodgers, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue and Liam Gallagher.

What else?
The “natural” amphitheatre, with the biomes lit up behind, makes for a spectacular venue. The ticket price includes entry to the Eden Project on the day of the concert, and the following day. Accommodation available in the on-site youth hostel.

Tickets:
Mostly sold out, but there are still tickets available for Nile Rodgers and CHIC on 21 June, priced at £50.

More info:
www.edensessions.com


PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

When?
Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 July.

Where?
Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, near Saltash.

Who’s playing?
Aldous Harding, The Orielles, Beak>, Stealing Sheep, Robyn Hitchcock, Andy Burrows.

What else?
Music is just a small part of Port Eliot Festival, which was originally set up as a literary affair, but now also encompasses fashion, food, drink, flowers, wellbeing, comedy, art, theatre and more. Highlights include fashion shows in the walled garden; laughing until you cry at a comedy show; dancing until dawn; wild-swimming; picnicking by the river; children’s model-making workshops with Aardman; and fabulous food and drink.

Tickets:
Weekend camping tickets: £460 family / £175 adult / £105 teen / £75 child / free for under 7s. Parking £20. Day tickets and boutique camping options also available.

More info:
porteliotfestival.com


LEOPALLOOZA

When?
Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July.

Where?
The Wyldes, Week St Mary, near Bude.

Who’s playing?
Headliners announced so far are Friendly Fires on the Friday night and The Vaccines on the Saturday night. 100+ more acts to be announced. The music at Leopallooza is always first class; the stages and sound system are impressive.

What else?
The full 2019 line-up is still to be announced but previous years have included some brilliant comedy acts, the Hong Kong Ping Pong Club, Rogue Theatre, BBC Introducing, a great selection of food and drink and old-fashioned fairground rides.

Tickets:
Earlybird tickets currently still available: £232 family / £100 13+ / £20 6-12 year olds / free for under 5s. Various camping options available, including a quiet family camping area.

More info:
www.leopallooza.com


BOARDMASTERS

When?
Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 August.

Where?
The main site is at Trebelsue Farm, near Watergate Bay, with a shuttle bus to and from the surf festival at Fistral Beach in Newquay.

Who’s playing?
Headliners Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + the Machine and Foals will be joined by around 200 others at the county’s biggest music festival.

What else?
Cornwall’s answer to Glastonbury, over 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event. It’s huge, with plenty of non-music entertainment, including a WSL pro surf comp, surf lessons, yoga, skate ramp, coasteering, food and drink, shopping village, and much more.

Tickets:
Five day camping tickets are currently £179, and £5 for under 7s. Parking £20. Bell tents from £800. Day tickets also available.

More info:
www.boardmasters.com


LITTLE ORCHARD FESTIVAL

When?
Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September.

Where?
Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow, near Perranporth.

Who’s playing?
The Zutons, Reef, Mad Dog Mcrea, The Wurzels, Dr Meaker and Skinny Lister.

What else?
A relaxed family-friendly end-of-summer cider-themed festival on a farm, with Secret Cider Walks and cider tasting as well as live music and a silent disco. Wear your wellies.

Tickets:
Weekend camping: £65 adult / £10 under 10s. Weekend non-camping: £55 adult. Parking £10. Glamping £385.

More info:
www.cornwallciderfestival.co.uk

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