Top Things to Do August

Top Things to Do August

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With plenty of long days still ahead, the sun shining (hopefully) and the children all off school everyone is looking for things to fill their summer. Here are our My Cornwall’s picks for the best things to do this August:

Heligan’s Lost Summer


22nd July – 3rd September

This summer The Lost Gardens of Heligan invite you to gather your friends and family for outdoor play and to build your very own den together.
Explore den base camp, enjoy our camp fire, toast a marshmallow and chill out under the trees in a hammock.
Try out our daily workshops and discover your wild side!

Penlee Open Air Theatre

August – September

This secluded theatre hides away in the heart of Penzance and throughout this summer it will be providing a beautiful garden setting for a range of music, theatre and film events.
Penlee will be showing a series of classic films in their outdoor cinema including Mamma Mia, The Goonies ad Pulp Fiction.

St Michaels’s Mount Swim

5th August

How about joining the crowds cheering on the swimmers this August on Marazion beach.
This annual open-water swim around the Mount is in aid of the Chestnut Appeal a charity raising awareness of prostate cancer.
Each year the competitors swim the one and a half mile around the island and return to the beach for a well earned pasty.


9th – 13th August

This annual event is one of the festival highlights of the summer combining surfing with a massive line-up of acts all at a stunning coastal location. This year the headliners are Jamiroquai, The Vaccines and Alt-J.
There will be prosurfing competitions, yoga sessions, skating and BMX as well as food stalls. So bring your own tent or camper van, flip-flops on and kick back for the weekend.

Tregony Heavy Horse and Country Show

13th August

This wonderful traditional show has something for everyone and is a real fun family day out. Food and craft stalls, dog shows and pony competitions as well as seeing the magnificent shires in action.

Cornish Steam and Country Fair

18th- 20th August
This annual event is in its 61st year and still attracts huge crowds.
Visitors can expect to see around 40 full sized steam engines, vintage vehicles and tractors as well as fairground rides and craft stands. See birds of Prey take to the sky with a professional falconer, sheepdog displays and dog agility in the ring.

Cornwall Folk Festival

24th- 28th August

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Wadebridge’s streets and pubs will see an invasion of folk artists. Groups from other Celtic nations as well as the best of Cornwall’s talent can be seen in the fringe tent. The town’s main street becomes Shanty Street bursting with local legends and rising stars, workshops and craft stalls.


Newlyn Fish Festival

27th – 28th August
For the 28th year the lovely harbour town of Newlyn will be hosting this festival in honour of the county’s fishing heritage. Fish fans can sample the latest catch or watch the cookery demonstrations.
There will be plenty of activity on the water and live music, trawler racing, a lifeboat display and craft stalls. Then why not pick up something for our supper at the live fish auction.
Hope that gives you some inspiration!
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