LAST OF THE SUMMER FESTIVALS
With summer coming to an end, the air is feeling just that little bit colder in the morning. The sun may have disappeared (for now) but festival season isn’t over quite yet. We’ve compiled a list of live music and foodie gatherings taking place around Cornwall this month. Enjoy!
THE GREENAWAY PRO, ST. IVES
Entry: Adult Saturday night ticket £42, surf contest tickets from £20
Ben Howard is headlining this year’s surf, music and art fest, in memory of surfer and lifeguard Tom Greenaway. It’s a very rootsy, community orientated festival with all proceeds going to help Surfers Against Sewage, Water Aid and Greenpeace. The celebrations kick off with a three-day surf contest followed by a film and acoustic night at St. Ives Cinema on Friday. The main music night is Saturday with Ben Howard and DJ Daddy G from Massive Attack heading up the party until the early hours.
THE LITTLE APPLE CYDER & MUSIC FESTIVAL, PENHALLOW
Entry: Adult weekend tickets from £12, U14s free
If ever there were a month to host a Cornish cider festival, it’s September. Healey’s Cyder Farm are holding their first ever cyder and music festival in their famous orchards. With 100 ciders (and ales) and 100 live acts, it looks set to be a great way to end the summer festival season. Sausages and hog roasts are among the delicious foodie goods on offer plus an inter-pub tug of war contest, a battle of the sea shanties and good old fashion barn dances.
We’ve checked out the line-up, there are a few acts guaranteed to get your toes tapping. Mad Dog Mcrea will be blasting out their folk/bluegrass crowd raisers plus Black Friday will be ushering in the Celtic folk beats. Definitely not one to be missed.
If you love farmer’s markets and local produce, then this festival is for you. Cornwall’s best chefs are coming together for a weekend of free tasting, cooking demonstrations and live challenges to celebrate what the county has to offer. Local producers will be selling everything from artisan bread to homegrown olives. Children will enjoy the petting corner and child-friendly treats. With 40,000 visitors expected across the weekend, you can be sure Lemon Quay will be buzzing with activity.
LOOE MUSIC FESTIVAL, LOOE
Entry: Adult weekend tickets from £55, U18s from £15, U5s £1
It’s only been running for three years, but Looe Music Festival has already attracted major headliners including The Stranglers and The Levellers. This year, they’re back with The Darkness, Seth Lakeman and an eclectic bunch of musicians from punk-rock to oompah bands to fishermen’s choirs. The whole town is taken over by acts spilling out of pubs and dominating the quayside car park, the pier and of course, the beach.
BOSCASTLE FESTIVAL, BOSCASTLE
Entry: Adult £3, Children free
Held in the fishing village of Boscastle, this family-friendly event combines food, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Highlights include chefs demonstrations from the likes of Paul Ainsworth of Number 6 and Andy Appleton of Fifteen Cornwall plus new event The Green Scene. This is a series of activities held along the banks of the Valency River including archery, apple pressing and foraging. The weekend will be rounded off with a rousing Sunday Concert from The Boscastle Buoys and Wadebridge Male Voice Choir.
Photos: Looe Music Festival, Healey’s, Cornwall Food & Drink, Pete Twist for Looe Music Festival, The Grenaway Pro, BBC Radio Cornwall