Jonny & I have just got back from a fantastic weekend in and around Falmouth in South West Cornwall. We were invited to join in with some of the fun of the annual Fal River Festival, a celebration of life on a beautiful stretch of water that neither of us had spent much time on before.
Every year the Fal River Festival puts on a myriad of events to celebrate the diversity of life around the river Fal. There’s everything from music, comedy, art, walking, swimming and rowing to a chance to peep into the history and industry behind this, the Worlds third largest natural harbour.
With the river being central to the area and linking so many towns and villages, it’s worth snapping up a Fal Mussel Visitor Card for your stay. Just like London’s Oyster card, the Mussel Card gives you a discounted rate when travelling the local area by boat, bus or train. It’ll bag you a discount in various attractions and shops and it even includes free parking whilst you’re off exploring!
On the penultimate day of the 10 day festival we spent the morning walking around Falmouth town centre which is always fun due to the masses of independent shops and cafes. I find so many town centres replicas of each other, it is a breath of fresh air to find the unusual shopping haunts that Falmouth offers.
We grabbed a picnic in town and walked out to Pendennis Castle just outside of town. Now owned by English Heritage, the stately castle is steeped in history and it was interesting to read about the changes the castle had seen through the ages.
We sat in the sun overlooking the bay which slowly filled with every type of pleasure boat you could imagine for the grand finale of The Pendennis Cup. The race is a biannual event where yachts compete over 4 days for their chance to win the esteemed cup. There may have only been 11 yachts in the race this year, but as you can see the event draws in lots of other boats!
The event culminated in the best display I have ever seen by the Red Arrows. The weather was just perfect, and very little breeze meant the colourful trails created by the planes hung around in the sky rather than getting instantly swept away.
Apparently, the festival is so popular that some hotels take booking up to two years in advance! So, if you like what you see here, and as next year will be the 10th year of the festival, throw caution to the wind and book yourself a room at one of the many fabulous hotels overlooking the river so you don’t miss out.
We had such a great time that I’m dedicating this entire week to our adventure, with lots more posts and reviews to come. Stay tuned if you’re planning a trip to Cornwall any time soon, as I’ll be tipping you off to the best places to stay, visit and of course eat!