Best Cornwall Events August 2023

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Hot weather, school holidays and time off work for many of us means one thing and one thing only: it’s August in Cornwall! And boy, do we have a treat for you? There’s a whole load of incredible events, happenings and activities taking place across the Duchy in August 2023.

There are tons of different events taking place in Cornwall throughout the hottest of months. But do any of these August 2023 things to do in Cornwall pique your interest? Sure they do. You just need to flick through our list of the best events in Cornwall for August 2023 below, click on each one you’re interested in and then read the full details before you head out to your chosen event. Or events, of course…

If you are looking for what to do in Cornwall in August 2023, you’re in the right place. There are music festivals in the shape of the annual Boardmasters 2023, the St Endellion Summer Festival 2023, the Cornwall Folk Festival 2023, the Bude Jazz Festival 2023 and Live at Scorrier House 2023. Then there’s the BIG Truro Farmers Market 2023 in Lemon Quay and Geekfest 2023 at Heartlands in Poole.

Of course, it’s summer so the waves are as busy as dry land. Regattas are all the rage, including the Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week 2023, Falmouth Tall Ships 2023 and the Portscatho Regatta 2023. And there’s Falmouth Week 2023 too for a taste of both land and sea. Plus, you have to experience the St Agnes Carnival 2023 for some history, myths and a magical parade. And the Mount Edgcumbe Classic Car Show 2023 and Cornwall’s Tattoo Convention 2023 are also must-sees.

Every single one of those events and plenty more are listed below. So, if you’re looking for August 2023 events in Cornwall, get scrolling now. Remember to click on that lovely yellow ‘Read More’ button on each listing so you can get the times, dates, details and booking options. And then enjoy the sunshine alongside your August 2023 Cornwall event recommendations from Proper Cornwall

St Endellion Summer Festival 2023

Dates: Tuesday 1-Friday 11 August 2023
Type: Gorgeous summer festival of classical, choral and orchestral music in an idyllic Cornish church. Click ‘Read More’ below…
Suitable for: Those who want to step out of the hot weather and into a cool church with even cooler live music
Location: The Collegiate Church of St Endellion, St Endellion, Port Isaac

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Creation Fest 2023

Date: Thursday 3-Sunday 6 August 2023
Type: Praise the Lord! This Christian family festival is packed with talks, live music and activities
Suitable for: Christians. Although, anyone else who’s even just a little curious is welcome to go along too
Location: Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Whitecross, Wadebridge

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Falmouth Week 2023

Date: Friday 4-Sunday 13 August 2023
Type: A whole week to celebrate how awesome Falmouth is with all sorts of events, gigs and activities on shore and at sea 
Suitable for: Foodies, extreme sports buffs, live music fans and anyone who wants to toast Falmouth
Location: Various venues and locations around Falmouth. Click on the ‘Read More’ button for the full details

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St Agnes Carnival 2023

Date: Saturday 5 August 2023 (the parade begins from Goonvrea Road at 5pm)
Type: Possibly the most creative carnival procession in the Duchy. Click the yellow button below to find out about this historic carnival
Suitable for: Anyone who loves a good parade and local myths and legends
Location: St Agnes village between Portreath and Perranporth

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Freefall Summer Intensive 2023 at AMATA

Date: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2023
Type: Professional and experienced dance workshops over two full days
Suitable for: Graduates, practitioners and professional dancers only
Location: AMATA, Falmouth University’s Penryn campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, near Falmouth

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Mount Edgcumbe Classic Car Show 2023

Date: Sunday 6 August 2023 (9am-5pm)
Type: A huge classic car show, a massive fairground for the kids and views to cherish
Suitable for: Adults will love the car show and kids will love the big fairground. Fact!
Location: Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyll, Torpoint, opposite Plymouth and near Looe and Liskeard

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Falmouth Rocks 2023

Date: Tuesday 8 August 2023 from 7pm
Type: Mammoth music festival with rock tribute bands on The Waterfront. Get the full lineup by clicking the yellow button below
Suitable for: AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses fans who don’t mind watching extremely talented imitations…
Location: The Waterfront, next to Church Street Car Park, Falmouth

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Camelford Agricultural Show 2023

Date: Wednesday 9 August 2023, from 8am until late
Type: Farm animal haven and traditional agricultural show which has been going since 1906
Suitable for: Kids, families and anyone who loves cute farm animals
Location: Trevilla, Marshgate, off the A39, Camelford, near TintagelLaunceston and Bude

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Boardmasters 2023

Date: Wednesday 9-Sunday 13 August 2023
Type: Massive music and surfing festival in the town and on the beach. Click ‘Read More’ below for the full rundown
Suitable for: Surfers, partygoers and music lovers who want to catch the likes of Liam Gallagher and Florence + The Machine
Location: Fistral Beach and Watergate BayNewquay

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Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week 2023

Date: Sunday 13-Saturday 19 August 2023
Type: A historical regatta that sees so many races out there in the big blue, plus a lively carnival on dry land too
Suitable for: Fans of classic sailing boats, families, kids and anyone who wants to enter a crabbing competition!
Location: Fowey and its surrounding waters

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Falmouth Tall Ships 2023

Date: Tuesday 15-Friday 18 August 2023
 Another big event in Falmouth in August: a fleet of tall ship visits and then heads off on a big European race
Suitable for: Fans of tall ships and maritime history. Tours are available on board some vessels so click ‘Read More’ for that…
Location: A&P Docks, at the end of Melvill Road, Falmouth

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Truro Summer Farmers Market 2023 (aka The BIG Summer Market 2023)

Date: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 August 2023 (9am-4pm each day)
Type: BIG summer farmers market with more than 60 stalls, entertainment and a chilli-eating contest!
Suitable for: Anyone looking for a good summer bargain, especially for fresh food and drink
Location: Lemon Quay, Truro

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West of England Steam Engine Society Rally 2023

Date: Friday 18-Sunday 20 August 2023 (9am-5pm each day)
 The biggest, oldest and best steam engine rally in Cornwall in 2023!
Suitable for: Steam engine buffs although there’s plenty for kids and families to do too
Location: Stithians Showground, off Tubbon Hill, Ponsanooth, near Penryn, FalmouthRedruth and Truro

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Liskeard Ploughman’s Festival 2023

Date: Saturday 19 August 2023, 10am-8pm
Type: Family fun day and music festival
Suitable for: Kids, adults, music lovers, foodies and those who want to browse the market
Location: The cricket field at Liskeard School and Community College, Liskeard

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Cornwall’s Tattoo Convention 2023

Date: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August 2023 (10am until late each day)
Type: A distinctly Cornish celebration of body art, inking and tattoos
Suitable for: All lovers of body art, especially those in the market for a new tat!
Location: Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

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Bodmin Prayer Book Rebellion Commemoration Service 2023

Date: Sunday 20 August 2023 starting at 3pm
 Service of remembrance to pay tribute to at least 5,000 Cornish lives that were taken almost 500 years ago
Suitable for: Anyone, Cornish or otherwise, who wants to commemorate a tragic moment in Cornish history
Location: St Petroc’s Church, Priory Road, Bodmin

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Cornwall Folk Festival 2023

Date: Thursday 24-Monday 28 August 2023
Type: A folk music fest like no other in Cornwall with a huge lineup of folk heroes
Suitable for: Folk fans, of course. Click on the yellow button below for a taste of the lineup
Location: Various venues across Wadebridge

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Cornwall Circus Camp 2023 (or Swamp Circus Camp 2023)

Date: Thursday 24-Monday 28 August 2023 (8am-9pm each day)
Type: Festival of circus skills and camping in the Cornish countryside
Suitable for: Families, kids, adults, all ages, all experiences, roll up, roll up!
Location: Chyan Cultural Centre, Halvosso, near Falmouth, Penryn and Helston

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Live at Scorrier House 2023

Date: Saturday 26 August 2023
Type: A one-day dance festival at a posh estate with plenty of camping options. Click below for the lineup
Suitable for: Hot Chip, 808 State and Leftfield fans, however there are plenty of other fab acts on the bill
Location: Scorrier House, Scorrier, near Redruth

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Truro Pride 2023

Date: Saturday 26 August 2023
Type: The final LGBTQ+ Pride event and parade in Cornwall of the year. Click on the ‘Read More’ button below for the full event details
Suitable for: Anyone and everyone. That’s the whole idea! The special theme is ‘LGBTQ+ history and improving adult education’
Locations: All across Truro city centre. Also read our interview with the Pride chief executive on changing attitudes: here!

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Squashbox Theatre’s ‘SkillyWidden’ show at St John’s Church, Delabole

Date: Saturday 26 August 2023, with two shows from 12 midday and 3pm
 Fun puppet show about faeries and Cornish legends for kids and families
Suitable for: Anyone over the age of five years old. It’s the end of the summer holidays, so this is aimed at kids!
Location: St John’s Church, High Street, Delabole, near Camelford, Tintagel and Port Isaac

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Portscatho Regatta 2023

Date: Saturday 26 August 2023
Type: Stalls, music, fun for the kids and, oh yes, a famously traditional regatta out on the waves!
Suitable for: Regatta fans. You know who you are. Click on the yellow button for all the fun at this popular event
Location: The Lugger and Tatam’s Beach, Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula, near Truro and Falmouth

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Geekfest 2023 [Codename: Geekfest 007]

Dates: Saturday 26-Monday 28 August 2023 (10am until late each day)
Type: Comic con-type event that’s brimming with tech, science, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, cosplay and all things geeky
Suitable for: Well, geeks. Or anyone into cosplay, fantasy, gaming or even James Bond. This is an ace Cornwall comic con 2023 festival!
Location: Heartlands, Dudnance Lane, Pool, near Redruth

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Great Trethew Vintage Rally 2023

Date: Saturday 26-Monday 28 August 2023 (9.30am-5pm each day)
Type: Vintage vehicle rally with a ton of activities for the rugrats, as well as a Wild West shootout and live music
Suitable for: Vintage vehicle and tractor fans but families and kids too as there’s loads for them too
Location: Fields at Blackadon Farm in Horningtops, off the B3251 between Liskeard and Looe

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A Trip Down Broadway’ show 2023 in Falmouth

Date: Monday 28 August 2023 from 6.30pm
Type: Musical theatre show with young super-talented singers performing Broadway hits
Suitable for: Fans of hit Broadway musical shows and fans of supporting the singing stars of tomorrow
Location: Princess Pavilion, Gyllyngdune Gardens, off Melvill Road, Falmouth

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Bude Jazz Festival 2023

Date: Tuesday 29 August-Friday 1 September 2023
Type: The best jazz festival in Cornwall. No contest
Suitable for: Cool cats, jive bunnies and curious types who want to catch top jazz musicians. Click on the yellow button for the lineup…
Locations: Six jazzy venues across Bude

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Swordfest 2023

Date: Ten days at the end of August 2023 (the exact dates can be sent via email by the organiser)
Type: Weapon-making festival that showcases ancient crafts and much more besides
Suitable for: Anyone, of any age, interested in traditional crafts (but is by invitation only so click on the ‘Read More’ for how to apply)
Location: Higher Keigwin Farm, Morvah, near St Just and Penzance

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