Falmouth has a thriving live music scene. In fact, live music is pretty much an integral part of any night out in the town.
Offering everything from folk music and Cornish dancing on a Monday to live jazz on a Sunday, with lots more in between.
Jacob’s Ladder has seen the likes of both student bands and local legends. Open mic night happens on Wednesday, there’s usually a live band on Thursdays and Saturdays, and don’t forget Songwriters' Sunday! Jacob’s Ladder expels a creative vibe, with a warm and friendly atmosphere and you’ll find a lot of people that come here simply love music.
Finn McCoul’s is Falmouth’s only Irish pub and is a venue for most kinds of music, just take a stroll down and check the board to find out what’s going on. It’s the place to be on a Thursday when it becomes one big jam fest known as ‘the Melting Pot’. Just clear it with the owners and then come down and jam out with other musicians - from guitarists, drummers, and saxophone players to the dude with the didgeridoo!
Gylly Beach Cafe
On the beach, the Gylly Beach Cafe has the most picturesque scenery in Falmouth. With fantastic local food as well as great live music and a warm atmosphere, they offer 15% off with an NUS card, plus buy one get one free for meals on Thursdays from 6pm.
Falmouth’s theatre-style venue has seen recent gigs from Seth Lakeman, Kaiser Chiefs,Rizzle Kicks and Ruarri Joseph.
Cinema and theatre
If you fancy a traditional cinema experience, there’s the brand new Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth. It’s well equipped with all the latest blockbusters, a restaurant and bar and also luxury screens with waiter service!.
Hall for Cornwall
For live action entertainment, head to the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, with its varied and exciting line up of touring theatre, dance, comedy and big name gigs. Past shows include Bloc Party, Elbow, Newton Faulkner, Coldplay, Jimmy Carr, The Donmar Warehouse, the BRB and loads more besides. Students get a discount, and free tickets on a Wednesday night!
The Minack Theatre
A little further afield, but an experience not to be missed, The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno never fails to astound, with breathtaking views across the sea from an amphitheatre nestled into the cliff.
Cornwall’s own Wildworks, Miracle and Kneehigh theatre companies also put on spectacular outdoor productions every summer – don’t miss the opportunity to watch plays in castles, subtropical gardens or even down an old mine.
Living in an area with a big student art population guarantees loads of exciting art events all year round, and a wide variety of art galleries on your doorstep.
Falmouth Art Gallery
The Falmouth Art Gallery is conveniently located on the Moor. It’s the ideal venue to spend a lazy afternoon browsing some of the most captivating pieces in Cornwall; from British Impressionists to contemporary Cornish art.
Gallery 49 on the High Street is also a great bet for quirky, inspiring and thought-provoking pieces.
Here and Now
This offshoot of Bristol’s Here Gallery is a small-but-beautiful treasure trove of unusual small-press books, comics and ’zines, alongside artist-made jewellery, posters, prints and more. They host exhibitions, show new work by local students and artists from abroad, and their independent approach has earned them loyal customers as well as press attention from Time Out, Dazed and Confused, and The Sunday Times.
National Maritime Museum
Interested in the maritime heritage of Cornwall? Pay a visit to Falmouth’s very own National Maritime Museum. It’s got all kinds of water-based offerings and students get a 30% discount. There is a series of talks and lectures available if you’re keen to learn more about Falmouth’s fascinating maritime history, and the Museum also features an Under the Sea display which offers you an underwater adventure without getting wet! It’s also used as a venue for plays; there have been spectacular renditions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Wind in the Willows, so there’s something for everyone.
Royal Cornwall Museum
Over in Truro, the Royal Cornwall Museum offers a traditional museum experience with collections from Cornwall, the UK and overseas, including archaeological and geological collections together with fine art and social history material.