What's on in March and April in our area
There's plenty to do in and around Fowey this March and April – see what's on and how to get involved.
Processions and celebrations will be taking place throughout the Duchy in honour of this well-known Cornish saint. Truro will hold a major parade starting from St George’s Road at 1pm on Tuesday 5 March, and you can join in as the streets are filled with people flying the black and white flag. At around 2.30pm, after the parade, head to the White Hart Inn for a Cornish Troyl (song and dance) session. To round off the celebrations, the Ale House will be holding a St Piran-themed folk session at 7.30pm.
If you’re in the area, Pandora Inn at Falmouth will be hosting live music by Will Keating from 1-4pm, continuing in the Chain Locker from 8.30pm accompanied by Lizzie Pridmore.
The Weavers pub in Bodmin will start sea shanty singing at 8.30pm, joined by the Bencoolen Wreckers. Stay until 9pm for the Trelawny Shout!
Eat your way around the world without even leaving Fowey. The town’s pubs, restaurants and cafés will all be getting involved in this week full of exciting international foods. Pick up a ‘passport’ from Fowey Town Hall for £10 to take part.
The trains start running again on 10 March – come along for a ride in a cosy steam-heated coach! Put a date in your diary for the half-price weekend on 23 and 24 March, when you can take along two kids for free for each adult ticket you buy. You can stop at Bodmin Parkway’s excellent café for a cream tea or snack. Walk from there down to Respryn Woods, along the River Fowey and on to the Lanhydrock Estate with its famous mansion, cycle trails and yet another good café.
There will be a storybook trail based on the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar around the biomes, exploring the life cycle of the butterfly, followed by a magical session with Eden Storytellers. Children get the opportunity to try out craft activities inspired by the book’s beautiful illustration.
Held in the Great Hall, the festival is a real celebration of Cornish gin producers. With 11 different Cornish gins as well as local wines and beers, perhaps a taxi home might be sensible!
Head to the Royal Cornwall Showground, just outside Wadebridge, for a chance to see some incredible floral displays or even take part in a couple of competitive classes. With local food and drink on offer as well as horticultural trade stands, you’ll find it easy to make a day of it.
Founded in 1973 by the late Richard Hickox and his then-wife Frances, this festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – and they’re all unpaid volunteers!
The programme of music will take place in the 15th century Collegiate Church of St Endelienta, St Endellion, North Cornwall.
The largest garden in Cornwall’s usually private gates will open for one weekend only. Visitors can experience Tregothnan’s amazing diversity of trees, rare botanical and historic collections, magnolias and some of the largest rhododendrons in the world. The sheer scale of the garden – over 100 acres – is breathtaking.
Cornish cream teas with Tregothnan tea and Kea plum jam will be available, as well as Salcombe Dairy ice creams, estate-reared meat cooked on a barbecue over Tregothnan charcoal, and delicious homemade lunches.