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23rd April 2024

Things to do in Falmouth this summer

Everybody loves Cornwall in summertime. It's hard not to be in a great mood when the birds are singing, the waves are lapping at the shore and your biggest challenge is to finish your ice cream before it melts! There is much to see and do during your holiday, and it doesn't all involve getting in the sea. As well as the breathtaking, natural wonders that are around every corner, the Falmouth area boasts beautifully designed, subtropical gardens, stately homes, a 16th century castle and also hosts a wide range of fantastic events to entertain the whole family.

Falmouth Week

One of the biggest events in the local calendar, Falmouth Week is a rip-roaring celebration of life on and around the ocean. This year, it’s taking place from Friday 9th to Saturday 17th August, with a mix of sailing races, daytime and evening entertainment. You can expect family friendly activities in the heart of Falmouth town on The Moor, with everything from a traditional hand-turned carousel, alongside an eclectic market and buzzing atmosphere, as well as some top-class evening entertainment, ranging from the famous 80s and 00s night to the RNLI Fun Day, with a lively night-time schedule put together by Southwest Bars and Events. With the annual marching carnival also taking place, the week offers something for everyone. The races themselves begin on
Saturday 10th and continue over seven days, with courses set in Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads.

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Trebah Gardens and Amphitheatre

Trebah Garden is a renowned, and utterly beautiful, sub-tropical garden with meandering pathways that twist and turn through a magical land of trees and flowers, before ultimately leading down to a secluded beach at the mouth of the peaceful Helford River. Trebah also boasts its own open-air amphitheatre which hosts an array of family-friendly shows, music events and more during the summer months. Why not take the family to see the wonderful 'The Secret Garden', based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett! Suitable for anyone aged 6+ who loves literature and the great outdoors, this heartfelt, energetic show is full of original music, puppetry, interaction and laughs..Check Trebah’s events pages to see what’s coming up.

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is a must-visit if you're in the area, and this hugely popular event takes place at various locations throughout the town, from pubs and bars to historic courtyards and quays. The festival usually attracts in excess of 65,000 visitors to see over 70 shanty groups, and 2024's event will take place on 14th – 16th June 2024.

The festival is a FREE event, with shanty performances scheduled throughout the weekend at venues including The Greenbank Hotel, Events Square, Custom House Quay and Church Street Car Park. Visitors are encouraged to explore the town and its wealth of shops, restaurants, gardens and beaches, as well as the 20+ official festival venues.

Relax and refresh at the Bream Box

Nestled at the beach end of Meudon's nine-acre gardens, and right next to the South West Coast Path, is the Bream Box, the perfect place to rest and refuel after adventures in and around the ocean. Offering deliciously tempting pastries and cakes, freshly ground coffee and, new for 2024, Cornish beers, ciders and wine, the Bream Box is a secluded haven on the Falmouth coast.

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Explore the historic Helford

Winding its way along to Frenchman’s Creek, which was made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, the Helford River is a tranquil, shimmering paradise. Helford River Cruises runs 90-minute tours along the river in the “Hannah Molly”, built in nearby Falmouth. Or, if you fancy something more active, you could choose to explore by kayak or SUP board.

Fun times at Pendennis Castle

Built during the reign of Henry VIII, Pendennis Castle is an atmospheric seaside fortress with vast castle lawns and sweeping views. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year, but during the summer there’s also the bonus of the castle’s themed event days. On these days, you can immerse yourself even more deeply in the past, as Pendennis hosts pirates, jousts, and knights’ tournaments. Check the castle’s events pages for more details.

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SUP boarding on the Helford

When the sun shines and a free day stretches ahead of you, there’s no nicer place to be than the Falmouth coast. Bream Cove awaits at the bottom of Hotel Meudon’s garden, and coastal adventures are always within easy reach. Local saltwater experts 'Falmouth Surf School and Watersports' offer paddle board hire, tuition, and guided SUP tours. You don’t need to be an expert; these guys are experienced in working with beginners, meaning you’ll be on your way in no time.

Special Summer breaks at Hotel Meudon

At Hotel Meudon, summer is a season of possibility, full of as much adventure, or rest & relaxation as you wish to experience...That’s why, from 1st July until 7th September 2024, we’re offering a special break over two, three or four nights, with added extras including a full Cornish breakfast and a G&T or mocktail on arrival. To find out more, take a look at our offers page.

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The Falmouth Classics sailing event

The historic Falmouth Classics features three days of enjoyable racing and a spectacular Parade of Classic Boats and the Small Classic Boat Parade, bringing the town and the sailing scene closer together

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Restaurant Meudon

Our food story captures the essence of Hotel Meudon’s heritage and location –complemented by Cornwall’s natural larder.

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