Falmouth Spring Festival 2020
As the evenings start to stretch out again and daffodils start popping up around us, spring is certainly on our minds. What better way to celebrate the turn of the seasons than the 2020 Falmouth Spring Festival, which takes place across the town from 19 to 29 March. There are a number of events taking place and there’s something for everyone. Come along and get involved in the community, enjoy the views and ‘paint the town yellow’!
Spring Festival events summary
- Paint the Town Yellow Day – the start of the festival on 19 March. Local schoolchildren hand out bunches of daffodils to shoppers and businesses across Falmouth.
- Spring Clean Days – volunteer to spruce up the town: there’s beach cleaning, gardening, painting and much more to get involved in. Get in touch with Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org for more, 20 & 21 March.
- Exhibitions – Monsters of the Deep at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, opens 20 March. Jeremy Gardiner: Coastal Landscapes at Falmouth Art Gallery, opens 23 March.
- Rockpooling Session – a fun, family activity at Castle Beach led by scientists from the University of Exeter, finding and identifying marine life. Free, please email Lou on email@example.com to book, 10 – 12 on 22 March.
- Games & Fitness – come to Gyllyngvase Beach for games and fitness classes from Ships & Castles Leisure Centre, WeSUP and others. Free, 12pm – 3pm on 22 March.
- Science in The Pub – join academics from the University of Exeter for some light-hearted science in the pub. Free, across various venues from 23 to 27 March, more here.
- Festival Guided Walks – a range of walks to join, from Tree Identification to Poldark’s Falmouth. Various locations and costs, more here.
- Arwenack Street Easter Egg Hunt – find the hidden eggs in the shop windows to be in with the chance of winning a hamper. Collect a spotting sheet from various businesses on the street. Free, from 20 to 27 March.
- Spring Flower Show – at Princess Pavilion, more below. Adults £3, free for under 16s and exhibitors, 10am – 5pm on 28 March and 10am – 4pm on 29 March.
See the programme for the full line up and more details.
Falmouth Spring Flower Show
Cornwall’s oldest flower show, the Falmouth Spring Flower Show is taking place at Princess Pavilion on 28 & 29 March. This year, Falmouth boasts its 110th display of spring flowers, new and heritage daffodils and rare and exotic flora. There will also be flora art and photography to see and a range of children’s classes running to keep everyone entertained!
Adult entry is £3, free for under 16s and exhibitors, buy on the day. 10am – 5pm on 28 March and 10am – 4pm on 29 March.
Not just daffodils
‘Cornwall’s Daffodil King’, Percival Dacres Williams, created a lasting legacy in the county, though there is more to spring in Cornwall than the iconic yellow flowers.
There are a number of horticultural delights in Cornwall due to the temperate climate. Each year, six of Cornwall’s Great Gardens record the number of blooms on their champion magnolia trees. When each tree has 50 blooms spring is declared. This year, spring arrived in Cornwall on 18 February.
Falmouth is a great base in from which to explore some of these Great Gardens when you can experience the natural joys of spring as life flourishes back into view.
Visit Falmouth this spring
Take a look at our website for availability in our B&Bs, hotels and self catering providers. Our Falmouth area search gives the most up to date information as certain businesses do close or operate a reduced service in the off-season. Some smaller providers may also provide favourable rates when you book direct with them, so it is always worth phoning or visiting their website to get the best prices.
See you in Falmouth for some daffodils, (beach) spring cleaning, guided walks and much more… and hopefully some sunshine!
words / Catie Close
photos / © Catie Close, unless otherwise stated
Falmouth Spring Festival funded & organised by Falmouth BID and sponsored by the University of Exeter. With thanks to Greenyard Flowers for donating daffodils.