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Festival season has arrived at Fowey

Spring is in the air and May marks the start of a jam-packed calendar of festivals, regattas, and events in Cornwall.

Whether you are joining us for a seaside staycation with the family or an overnight break with your other half, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Look at our top picks of things to do in and around Fowey for 2022.


Fowey Festival of Art and Literature, 6th–14th May

Inspire your imagination and get your creativity flowing at the Fowey Festival of Art and Literature. Across 7-days, this event features an exciting programme of talks, interviews, and workshops with visits from the likes of Michael Morpurgo and Lauren Child. From guided walks and river cruises to music recitals and exhibitions, there is something for all ages to enjoy at this vibrant spring gala.

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Fowey River Championship Weekend, 21st–22nd May

Head down to Fowey’s famous estuary for the River Championship Weekend and keep an eye out for the colourful sails of the Fowey River Sailing Boats. Join the fun and watch the iconic vessels as they compete in races throughout the weekend whilst you enjoy refreshments from local cafes and bars. This event is free to attend.


Lostwithiel ‘Gin Fest’, 25th June

Celebrate Cornish spirit with a visit to Lostwithiel’s Gin Festival, ‘Gin Fest’ which is making a return in 2022. Makers from all over Cornwall will unite, offering samples and advice for the gin connoisseurs amongst us. Enjoy a tipple in the Gin Bar with your favourite gin and perfectly paired tonic, sip a cocktail by the river, and tuck into food from local eateries. Free to attend and all proceeds, go back into the local community.


Lostwithiel Carnival Week, 24th July – 30th July

Just a 15-minute drive away from Fowey Hall Hotel, Lostwithiel will host their annual carnival week from 24th–30th July. Take part in pram races, join the street party, or get your competitive juices flowing in the highly anticipated duck and raft races on the river. Concluding with a carnival procession and fireworks on Saturday evening with visits from local food and drink vendors throughout. Free to attend.


Fowey Lifeboat Week, 23rd July – 30th July

Show your support of Fowey RNLI by heading down to the harbour for a vibrant selection of events and performances. On the 23rd of July, the Fowey Lifeboat will be open to the public alongside a host of stalls and children’s activities. The Polperro Wreckers will perform at the Town Quay on Monday 25th July and the annual Shanty Festival will take place on the 30th, with live performances from 2pm. Free to attend and all proceeds go to the RNLI.


Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, 14th–20th August

Arguably one of the best local regattas in the country, Fowey Regatta and Carnival week is back and promises a fun-filled week for all the family. If you’re interested in sailing, this historic event will be right up your street with a full programme of races for Fowey River Boats, Cruisers, Falmouth Working Boats, and more. Plus, there will be an exciting programme of land-based events including a colourful carnival procession, fireworks display, crab-catching competition, and Fowey harbour swim.

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Seeing the invisible at Eden Project, until August 2022

A trip to Fowey wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Eden Project. As well as hosting several famous faces, including My Chemical Romance and Noel Gallagher, the Eden Project is also home to ‘Seeing the Invisible’ until August 2022. An exhibition featuring work from more than a dozen international artists in collaboration with botanical gardens and art institutions from all around the world.

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Shackleton’s Legacy, until 30th October 2022

Immerse yourself in maritime history with a journey into the past at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Located in Charlestown, the harbourside museum is an atmospheric world of ice, so you can discover exactly what life was like for early polar explorers. Marvel at Shackleton’s expedition, as you relive the trials and tribulations of his mission.

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