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.
Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Fun!
After three bumper years in Falmouth with Cinderella, Bah Humbug! and Aladdin, Miracle is back at Princess Pavilion this December with a brand new production, full of music and laughter, freely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
This epic nautical adventure story, full of swashbuckling sea shanty singing characters, will have all the saltiness of the original nineteenth century setting with the added flavours of Miracle humour and seasonal fun.
Gather up your friends, grandmothers, uncles, children and neighbours and join us this Christmas for a festive treat to warm your hearts and cockles.
For more information & to book tickets, please contact Princess Pavilion box office between 10am and 2pm Monday - Friday on 01326 211222 or online HERE.
41 Melvile Rd
Get your festive fix at the Working Boat's second annual Mini Christmas Festival!
On the 19th December, join in on the fun with creative craft stalls, toasty tipples, live music and Christmas carollers.
Heart-warming hot chocolates and merry mulled cider will be served all afternoon and evening, and a mouth-watering menu of yuletide inspired food will be rustled up by the talented chefs, including festive pizzas hot from the ovens!
The party will ramp up as the evening gets underway, with a special Christmas performance from rhythm and blues band Me and The Devil.
This event is free to attend, and we suggest you wrap up warm in your best festive jumpers, scarves and hats to get snug with a warming tipple or two.
The Greenbank Hotel
The Packet Quays
What’s it all about?
The Montol Festival is an arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21.
The team behind Montol would love as many people as possible to dress up in mock formal and masks and partake in this annual event.
This years (2019) programme
12 noon - Market - Penzance Town Centre
3.30pm - Carols - Top of Causewayhead
4pm - Sun down procession - Causewayhead
6pm - Main Procession - Starts top of Chapel Street
6.20pm - Midwinter bonfire - Princess May Rec.
From 7pm - The Guise Guilds (times may very) - all over
9.30pm - Carols - Outside the Union Hotel
10pm - Late night procession - Chapel Street, the procession will then continue down to The Barbican area picking up Guise Beasts along the way and culminating with a winding serpent dance to The Admiral Benbow where the Lord of Misrule’s Reception will be held.
11pm - Celebration at the Benbow
Various venues in the town
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