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Porthleven in Cornwall exudes Cornish charm and tradition. Set in the middle of a huge sweeping bay, the beach at Porthleven is ideal for a relaxing family holiday. Porthleven has arguably the most impressive harbour in Cornwall, being constructed during Napoleonic times and with the aid of French prisoners of war. Small fishing boats land their daily catch in Porthleven, much of which is sold in Porthleven cafes and restaurants and the award winning Quayside fishmongers.

Around Porthleven harbour there are historic buildings, many constructed at the same time as the harbour around 200 years ago. Many fishermen's cottages and net lofts are located around the harbour area and the beach. The temperate climate in Porthleven and this area of Cornwall is partly due to warm waters of the Gulf Stream. There are consequently numerous palm trees in Porthleven. The relaxing atmosphere is enhanced by the white painted buildings, the light reflected from the sea, and the fresh air.

Due to the strict conservation measures Porthleven in Cornwall remains an unspoit, working harbour. Porthleven attracts visitors who want to get away from it all and be inspired by the surroundings and the way of life.

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Upcoming Events

Food Festival - Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019

Porthleven Food Festival

What's it all about?

The Festival is a three-day feast of food, drink and music held in and around the historic harbour of Porthleven. As a well-established event on the festival calendar, the Festival brings around 40,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef's theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Porthleven Food Festival which will take place over three days from Friday 26th- Sunday 28thApril.  

Daytime festival music and entertainment remains free-of-charge including:the Chefs’ Theatre  Children and Family area including workshops and circus skills and shows, the Lime Kiln Stage, the Literary Tent and entry to all food markets, demos and areas. 

As always, visitors only need tickets for the evening music events and this year’s Sunday evening Shipyard Session will be a celebration of local talent with all-Porthleven musicians playing.

Sunday’s line-up features local garage band Ola Loco, perennial punk-surf favourites Half Kut, the emotional pop synths of Rosie Crow and the irresistible 80s get up and go of Go Go Skank.  

A limited number of Earlybird Gourmet tickets are now on sale at £35 (£19.50 for children aged 12-18 – under 12s go free). Gourmet tickets allow access to all the weekend’s stages and events and include a bridge pass to cross the harbour and priority seating in the Chef’s Theatre. Once they are sold out the price will increase to £39 online and then £45 on the door.

Individual evening tickets for Sunday are priced at £7.50 for Sunday and this includes a £1 donation to a local charity. There will also be a chance for locals to buy Sunday tickets at a reduced rate in Porthleven prior to the event. Friday tickets are £15 and Saturday £14 and all tickets are half price for children aged 12-18 (under 12s go free). 

Camping and glamping tickets are also on sale to stay throughout the Festival with options including a campsite with toilets and showers for tents, campervans and motorhomes, and glamping in pre-erected bell tents or shire huts with home comforts including comfy beds and electricity. 

All the latest details and announcements can be found on the Porthleven Food Festival WEBSITE or by following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


Porthleven Food Festival
TR13 9JA

01326 561341