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Christmas In Falmouth


How many of us have a tradition at Christmas? The one or two things we do each year that we look forward to? It may be a family tradition or a cultural tradition. Over the years many Christmas traditions have faded away, many others are adapted or altered to suit trends or even the pocket, and with more and more people moving around the globe many traditions have been introduced into towns, villages and families.

Cornwall is well known for being the home of many festivals and many of these surround Cornish tradition including , Nadelik, (Christmas). The, ‘Montol’, festival is still very much part of the community in Penzance and involves chalking a figure, (traditionally a man), on a block, (log), and lighting it. This symbolises saying farewell to the old and welcomes in the new.

Many Cornish homes still hang the, Cornish Christmas Bunch, or, Bush. This is hung from the ceiling on December 21st. Arches of evergreens were often seen through towns and villages decorating the shops and streets and Illuminating clock towers has long been a tradition, not as you may think , just an extra vantage point for the more contemporary lights we recognise today. ‘Mousehole’, is famous for it’s lights and has attracted thousands of visitors since 1963. One light, a fish, represents another Mousehole tradition, the, ‘Stargazy Pie’, that is paraded through the town on December 23rd along with lanterns. This pays tribute to Tom Bowcock, a C16th fisherman, who risked  treacherous seas to bring the starving village fish for Christmas.

The tradition of, ‘Guise Dancing’, is another event that takes place during the festive season and one that has certainly been adopted and adapted here in Falmouth. Traditionally it involved wearing gentlemen’s hand me downs and masks and parading through the town entertaining spectators with music, dance and singing. Dressing up and dancing through the town is a familiar sight in Falmouth that has become well known for it’s many carnivals and Christmas is no exception with the, ‘Christmas Carnival’, taking place on December 6th.

One of our most popular and most endearing signs and true sound of Christmas is the arrival of the, ‘Harmony Choir’, to the town on, Christmas Eve. A tradition that has taken place for over 100 years and brings together choirs from across the County.

Falmouth is a truly lovely town at Christmas, full of festive events and traditions, its location makes it the perfect place to stay if you want to explore Cornwall and the many great, Nadelik, traditions across the County.

More information on all the festive celebrations across the town can be found  by clicking <<HERE>>

For Now We Will Leave You With The,

Harmony Choir

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Reasons To Visit Falmouth


We have been flicking through our snap book for the last year and picking our favourite pics. Which is your favourite picture of Falmouth? Or do you have one of your own? We are always happy to see them over on our Facebook page.

There are still more great events heading our way and more great photo’s so watch this space for more wonderful reasons to Visit Falmouth.

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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014


We may have had a few heavy downpours over the last few days but when it has broken out from a curtain of clouds the sun has certainly shone. The crowds have poured into the town to see the crews preparing their magnificent ships for the Tall Ships Regatta 2014. For many the excitement of an opportunity to see beyond the gets of the historic docks has been an additional bonus.

All too soon Sunday will be upon us and the final day of celebrations as we see the sails raised and the regatta begin. But where will be the best place to see the splendour?

If the weather is fine of course any one of our beautiful beach’s, Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase, or; Swanpool will offer a perfect vantage point along with their cafe’s boasting tasty menu’s and extensive choice of ice-creams. If you want to get a closer look then anywhere along the headland around Pendennis point and perhaps the perfect backdrop would be created with a visit to the castle. Please be aware the headland will get very busy and we strongly advise you walk up and not drive.

Wherever you choose to watch the start of this spectacular regatta cast your imagination to a time when this sight would have been common place, when Falmouth was a leading communications hub second to London, and news and information was carried to and from the port by Packet Ships.

Where will you watch?


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Falmouth Carnival 2014

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Falmouth Week 2014


Falmouth Week 2014 will see 450 yachts taking part in the south west’s largest sailing event and Visit Falmouth are pleased to be a sponsor.

Starting with a fleet of 150 Falmouth Classics racing will begin out in the pretty Carrick Roads and Falmouth bay. Not only are these some of the oldest and most beautiful yachts in the world but with the backdrop of green fields, St Anthony’s head and two magnificent Castles even if you aren’t a great lover of sailing then the view will be enough to captivate you.

Racing continues with seven days of racing to include the larger super yachts of the Bay Fleet and the smaller yachts including Falmouth working boats, Dayboats, cabin yachts and many more in the Carrick Fleet.

 #LoveFalmouth Working Boats … from Liz George on Vimeo.

The traditional long Champagne Race for the Bay Fleet takes place out in the bay with each class receiving a bottle of champagne after at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

Shore side entertainment is equally exciting with the famous Falmouth Marine Band and Carnival, Music on Event Square, including Toyah and East17, the popular and entertaining Dragon boats and of course the spectacular Red Arrows and grand firework display.


To top it all off we are set to have a beautiful dry hot summer! Ready to Visit Falmouth? Take a look at available accommodation including, hotels, guest houses, self-catering and campsite’s right here

For a full list of events follow this link to the Falmouth Week Website.

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Reasons to Visit Falmouth


We know you all probably already have lots of great reasons to Visit Falmouth but just in case you want one or two more then here we go.

Falmouth Festivals & Events, with so many throughout the year it often feels like one big carnival. This constant flow of entertainment and celebration means that whenever you Visit Falmouth there will always be something to do. From sailing regatta’s including the, Pendennis Cup, Falmouth Week and Tall Ships. Just three events that see our beautiful bay decorated in Classic Yachts, Super Yachts and in 2014 the most breath-taking and spectacular of them all the Tall Ships. But, look behind all this and see the other side of Falmouth, the busy working side of Falmouth. Tuggs, lifeboats, coastguards and ferries are always out there on the water busy going about their daily routines and working tirelessly to make these events possible and safe. If you get chance take ten minutes to watch our tugs, their skippers are among some of the best sailor’s on the water today. Watching the skill and tight turns these little powerhouses need to manoeuvre craft ten times their own size is truly captivating and will often have you watching through your fingers!


There are festivities to celebrate the towns wealth of creativity, heritage and of course miles of coastline and spectacular gardens. The town has a long history of creativity that can always be researched through our Art Gallery and one of the towns oldest buildings the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic and of course we are lucky to be home to many talented Falmouth University students.  If you arrive during Splash Festival, (20 – 28th Sept), you will be treated to award winning drama, poetry, literature, music and dance from local and international artists, authors, poets, actors, dancers and musicians.

Our Spring festival gives you the chance to look closely at our coastline through rock-pooling days, guided walks and trips on and off the water. Along with these days there are always experienced wildlife exploration teams ready to take you on fascinating and informative day trips. Dolphins, basking sharks, seals and a whole host of beautiful sea birds live alongside us here in Falmouth.

There are festivals to celebrate the towns history as one of the leading ports for communication during the days of the Packet Ships, a port ready for battle as forces joined together in preparation for D-Day and of course the pirate tales are never far away, Falmouth was even once home to one of the most fearless and famous lady pirates too! Beer is also covered in our busy event calendar after all who didn’t sing a shanty, set sail or raid a ship without a tankard of grog or two?

If you aren’t looking for festivals and you just want to soak up the Sun and yes we wont lie even the rain occasionally,  you can amble along the sea-front and watch life on the beaches and water or you can enjoy our many attractions from the award winning National Maritime Museum to the historic Pendennis Castle. Or you may wish to stroll through the town and enjoy the shops and architecture and dine at one of many delicious restaurants.

The list of reasons to Visit Falmouth is endless! What do you enjoy when you are here?

If you are looking for a great accommodation guide with a free-to-book service we have that right here for you at www.visitfalmouth.com

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The Pendennis Cup 2014 – In Falmouth


The 4th Pendennis Cup will take place in Falmouth in just nine days. Organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club the fleet of Superyacht’s will take part in four days racing between the 26th & 31st May.

Up to 15 superyachts are expected to take part including the 2012 Cup winner, 138ft Gaff Schooner, ‘Mariette of 1915′.


2012 Cup Winner – Mariette of 1915
Image Courtesy of – www.yachtsinternational.com

Great places to see the Superyachts

Events Square Falmouth – Each morning the yacht’s will leave Falmouth Marina at 9.30am. So grabbing a bite to eat and a coffee on the Square could make for a good start to the days race viewing. This is also the base for the Race Office where you can pick up race schedules, check the conditions, follow the results and there will also be a screen showing the previous days racing.

Pendennis Point - Racing takes place from 12pm* out in the waters between the Northern Roseland Peninsula, ‘Gull Rock’, and the Southern Lizard Peninsula, ‘The Manacles’. Possibly the best vantage point to see these spectacular yachts in full sail as they leave the deep water of Falmouth and head out to sea. There is usually a refreshment van parked on the point. Be warned parking is limited but the walk up to the point is worth taking.

Castle Beach,  Gyllyngvase Beach & Swanpool Beach – If you aren’t fortunate enough to be out on the water, then the best place to be is on the beach. On a clear day it is possible to see for miles from all of our beaches but a good pair of field glasses would be an advantage.

* Racing will start at 11am on the 31st to ensure everyone gets to see …..

The Red Arrows  (crowd goes wild! Who doesn’t get excited by the Red Arrows?)

As if the prospect of seeing some of the worlds most beautiful and perfectly crafted superyachts competing off the coast of Falmouth wasn’t exciting enough, the Red Arrows will be arriving over Falmouth at 3.30pm 31st May. What a Finale!


 Where will you be watching?


Are you planning to Visit Falmouth for the Pendennis Cup 2014? Then you will be pleased to hear we have added a new FREE to book system to our website. So now you can arrange your trip to Falmouth all in one place. www.visitfalmouth.com



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Visit Falmouth’s Ak Wildlife Cruises Competition


To celebrate the exciting launch of our new booking system, Visit Falmouth has teamed up with the Falmouth based, Ak Wildlife Cruises, to bring you the chance to WIN two, ‘Wildlife Experience’, tickets.

Join the welcoming and knowledgeable Wildlife team aboard their cruiser, ‘Free Spirit’ and spend four hours exploring our fascinating coast and then later further out offshore. You will have the opportunity to search for Seals, Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and a multitude of beautiful coastal birds. TAKE YOUR CAMERA!


All images – © ak_wildlife_cruises

So, how do you win this fabulous prize? Well that’s simple, just share your favourite Falmouth holiday snap with us on Facebook and the photo with the most likes and comments on May 10th will win!

How to Enter

1. Pick your favourite Falmouth Holiday Photo. Was it a day on the beach, at a festival, a boat trip or just a great snap shot with a great view? So long as it’s Falmouth you can enter it.

2. Post the photo to our Visit Falmouth Facebook Page <<HERE>>. We will then pop it into our competition album for all our facebook friends, and yours, to decide if it is THE winning snap shot by liking and commenting on it.

3. Send us a private message via Facebook with your email address.

4. Remember to tell everyone it’s there to like and comment on.

5. We will notify the winner by email.

6. Good Luck!

A huge thank you and shout out to Ak Wildlife Cruises for this wonderful prize!

1. Not open to members of Visit Falmouth or their family.
2. Entrants must be 18 or over.
3. No nudity or offensive content.
4. Permission must be sort where there are people other than you present in the image.
5. Visit Falmouth reserve the right to remove any image they deem to be offensive or inappropriate.
6.  Winner will be notified by email so please make sure you private message the Visit Falmouth Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VisitFalmouth with it.
7. The Winner will need to provide a postal address in order to receive the winning tickets.
8. Visit Falmouth’s decision is final.
9. Facebook is in no way involved in or responsible for the running of or the results of this competition.
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Visit Falmouth’s New Commission Free Booking Facility


Visit Falmouth are pleased to announce the launch of our new commission free booking facility.


Now when you come to our online hub of all things Falmouth you can explore all the great events, places to visit, history and walks. Take a look at all the wonderful accommodation options, check availability and now book without ever leaving the site.

What’s even more exciting is, because the system is commission free our accommodation providers aren’t forced to put up their prices to cover the loss per booking they often incur with other bigger Online Travel Agents. So, you the guest can be certain the price you pay is the most competitive and with no hidden costs. Plus, when you book through Visit Falmouth.com you are supporting the local economy and ensuring there are more and more great things happening each year for you to come back and enjoy.



…….and to celebrate we have teamed up with the popular wildlife cruise team AK Wildlife cruises to offer you the chance to WIN one of their exciting and beautiful wildlife cruises. Find out how you can take part <<HERE>>

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Annual Fal Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest 2014


Join the Oyster men and the local community as they come together to celebrate the last weekend of, ‘Oyster Season’, in their very own seafood harvest festival.

28th – 30th March 2014


Sample native oysters and seafood prepared by a host of popular chefs, enjoy a meal or try a little bit of everything. Then why not take a boat trip and join the Oyster men out on the water and experience a glimpse into their working day.

The festival takes place over two locations, Flushing Quay and across the harbour at Prince of Wales Pier. Enjoy markets, music, food and take the chance to sample a few drops of the craft beer, ‘Penny Comequick’, brewed especially for the Oyster season by the popular Skinners Brewery.

Are you planning to Visit Falmouth for the Oyster Festival? Take a look at our list of Accommodation providers at www.visitfalmouth.com

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