image by Matt Jessop - supplied by Visit Cornwall
Falmouth is Cornwall’s leading South West Coast Resort and home to the County’s Maritime Heritage. Here you will find sandy golden beaches, spectacular scenery, specialist shops from local art to antiques and exceptional sailing in Carrick Roads and the Fal Estuary.
Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend the Carrick Roads in 1540, which, together with St Mawes Castle on the east side meant that the estuary entrance was well guarded. Sir John Killigrew created the town of Falmouth shortly after 1613, which received a charter from Charles II in 1661. A new church was consecrated in 1665 and there was soon a cluster of a few hundred homes around the Church of “King Charles the Martyr”.
In 1688, Falmouth was made the Royal Mail packet station. In 1805, the news of Britain's victory (and Admiral Nelson's death) at Trafalgar was landed here at the steps of Fishstrand Quay from the schooner, H.M.S. Pickle and taken to London by stagecoach.
The development of Falmouth Docks began in 1858 with the first ship entering in 1861. The railway reached the town soon after, in 1863. This brought prosperity and also tourism to the town. Perhaps surprisingly, Falmouth boasts three railway stations; Falmouth Docks, Falmouth Town and Penmere.
Falmouth Spring Festival
As profiled on the BBC, the Falmouth Spring Festival organised by the Falmouth BID, is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture.
As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme, this wonderful early season festival brings together the Falmouth community like no other. The festival brings an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town. Sponsored by the University of Exeter
DETAILS OF THE 2020 EVENT ARE STILL TO BE FINALISED, BUT FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES SHOULD INCLUDE:
PAINT THE TOWN YELLOW DAYS
The town becomes ablaze with yellow in preparation for the Festival as local schoolchildren brighten up nearly 100 shop windows with thousands of daffodils and decorations.
FALMOUTH SPRING CLEAN DAYS
Beach cleaning, painting, gardening – you name it we’ll be doing it. We’ll be revamping a number of areas around the town so if you’d like to come along and get your hands dirty for a good cause then just shout! Venue: multi-sites across the town. Tel: 01326 313553.
FALMOUTH SPRING FLOWER SHOW
The Falmouth Spring Flower Show has marked the start of spring in Falmouth for over a century with wonderful displays of shrubs, daffodils and cacti.
FREE ROCKPOOLING SESSION
Castle Beach, Falmouth. Join us on this fun, family activity and we will help you find and identify species that inhabit our special coastline.
SCIENCE IN THE PUB
Whether you are looking to advance your scientific knowledge or just needing an excuse to go the pub on a school night, these FREE, fun and stimulating sessions run by leading academics from the University of Exeter will entertain and amaze you! These novel talks, demonstrations and experiments are free to attend. Discover your thirst for science!
FESTIVAL GUIDED WALKS
There will be a terrific variety of professional guided walks across a variety of themes throughout the week.
GAMES AND FITNESS
A lovely event for families. There will be a variety of games, studio classes and activities for free. Venue: The Moor