What’s On Guide – 2017 Preview

Well, the festive season is nearly at an end.  Stave off the January blues by having a look to see what 2017 has in store for us, in and around North Cornwall.  Some brilliant events are lined up!


World Pasty Championships – Eden Project
4th March 2017

A bit of a drive away, but these are the world championships so it’s worth it!  The prizes are hotly contested – with special awards going to individuals, professional bakeries and more.  With entries from around the globe, you can be sure to get a good bite to eat!

RHS Rosemoor Spring Flower Show – Rosemoor, Torrington
11th – 12th March 2017 (To be Confirmed)

It’s hard to find a time of year when the highly ornamental gardens at Rosemoor don’t look stunning.  With separate areas such as the woodland garden and fruit and vegetable patches, there is plenty of variety to keep visitors interested.  However, if you’re around this spring you may want to time your visit to hit the annual Spring Flower Show.  Please check before attending, as at the time of writing the date wasn’t confirmed.

Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc House & Gardens, Lostwithiel
1st – 2nd April 2017

Not exactly in North Cornwall, but one of the highlights of the calendar in the south-west so worth the journey.  A fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania. Exuberant displays with camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons guaranteeing a colourful spectacle at the Boconnoc Estate. featuring show gardens, horticultural trade stands and competitive classes.  Dogfriendly too!

The Royal Cornwall Show – Wadebridge
8th – 10th June 2017

A highlight of our calendars in North Cornwall, this is a cracking 3 day agricultural festival.  An excellent mix of animals and entertainment, with local food stalls, fairground rides, and much more.  The best agricultural show we’ve ever been to – is it wrong that we’re already looking forward to it?

Leopallooza – Week St. Mary, Bude
28th – 30th July 2017

Leopallooza is now over a decade old, and is one of the South-West’s most popular independent festivals.  Over 100 acts (to be confirmed) are spread over 7 stages in this wooded valley near Bude, and any profits are ploughed back into the festival to make it bigger and better.  It offers free parking, free camping, kids’ entertainment, circus workshops, BMX displays as well as great food outlets, bars and a cocktail lounge.


Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
25th – 28th August 2017

Cornwall Folk Festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend and offers 3 and a half days of fabulous live folk music in various venues around Wadebridge.  Well established after nearly half a century, they offer up some well-known names in the folk circuit every year.  There’s also a range of musicians from other countries, and up-and-coming folkies from the South-West too.  Add to the mix ceilidh dancing, workshops, a craft fair, street entertainment, and great local food and drink, you end up with a cracking weekend of fun!


Bude Jazz Festival, Various venues in Bude
29th August – 1st September 2017

Can you believe that Bude Jazz has now been going for 3 decades?  75 gigs will be taking place over the 4 days in multiple venues, with traditional and New Orleans Jazz, big band jazz, swing and jive and much more.  The street parades are a real treat, and the jazz picnic is always popular. 


Bude for Food
September (TBC)

After a brief break in 2016, we are all hoping that the wonderful Bude for Food festival will be back bigger and better for 2017.  Although nothing has been confirmed as yet (Jan 01), this growing food festival is a highlight of the local foodie calendar, coming at the very end of Summer.  Including an artisan food market with over 50 exhibitors, chef demos, and fresh street food from barbecued meats to Thai.  Quench your thirst with local craft beers and cider.  Workshops for younger visitors and live music will ensure everyone is entertained as well as being fed.


Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast
Sunday 3rd 2017

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the annual lobster and crab feast in the picture-perfect fishing village of Clovelly is well worth the trip.  Seafood dishes are served on the quay while live folk music entertains the foodies.  There is beer tasting and cookery demos, while younger visitors are enthralled by walking magic shows, street theatre and more.  There’s even the chance to meet some baby lobsters before their release into Clovelly Bay.


Looe Music Festival
29th September – 1st October 2017

One of Cornwall’s largest and best loved music festivals hits Looe beach at the end of summer.  Visit for the day (trains run from Liskeard), or stay for the weekend.  Line-up in 2017 to be confirmed but will include ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’. 


Padstow Christmas Festival
7th – 10th December 2017

Yes – it’s too early to think of Christmas, 2017 – but a yearly calendar isn’t complete without this little cracker!  It’s a foodie Christmas festival, offering up some of the best local produce with a festive slant.  Round off your Christmas shopping with some artisan gifts and get in that festive spirit.

Have we missed a big event for 2017?  Let us know on social media or in the comments below.

Have a great year!