Obby Oss in Padstow on May Day
An art competition in Falmouth organised by Artade


The Cornish certainly know a thing or two about festivals. Combine this with Falmouth’s vibrant community of artists, watersports enthusiasts and students and you have something to suit every taste!

Cornwall Film Festival

The Film Festival is the annual celebration of Cornish and international filmmaking and usually takes place in November. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase your short films on the ‘big screen’ plus watch the work of the big shot filmmakers of the future. The festival brings a whole host of professional development workshops, lectures and parties that give you great opportunities to network with some of the UK’s leading professionals in film.

Falmouth Oyster Festival

The Falmouth Oyster Festival pays homage to the start of the oyster season. Falmouth is well known for the diversity and quality of its seafood in particular and is one of the last remaining traditional fisheries. The Oyster Festival sets out to immerse the town’s inhabitants in this knowledge of great food, plus the finest in locally sourced produce. It happens in October in Events Square.

Falmouth Festival of Literature and Arts

In early October we are given the chance to meet many prominent artists and writers at the Falmouth Festival of Literature and Arts. The event takes place over three days and is scattered around Falmouth. If you’re keen to check out the local talent or eager to be inspired, this is the event for you.

Sea Shanty Festival

To experience folk music like never before you should head to the Sea Shanty Festival. During June, Folk singers from all around the world gather in Falmouth to charm us with their traditional folk songs, first sung by sailors and then passed down the generations. It’s all for a good cause, with proceeds going to charities including the RNLI.

Cornwall Food and Drink Festival

Cornwall is packed full of foodies with a passion for local food and drink. Each September in Truro, they hold a massive food and drink festival with events throughout the city and a huge farmers’ market in the centre of it all. This is the place to sample the best of Cornish produce and stock up on a few early Christmas presents.

May Day

All over Cornwall you’ll find people celebrating May Day but none more eagerly than the people of Padstow, who follow the Obby Oss through the streets of the town. It’s one of the oldest surviving customs in the country, and is believed to be an ancient fertility rite marking the coming of Summer – it’s not easy to describe; you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

Falmouth Week

If you stay in Falmouth for the summer (which a lot of students do – who can resist Cornwall in the summertime!) then you can’t fail to miss Falmouth Week. It’s a Sailing Regatta with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days, with a lively programme of shoreside events

Relentless Boardmasters Festival

Every August sees the Relentless Boardmasters Festival on three sites across Newquay. Apart from a major music festival on a beautiful clifftop - 2013 featured, among others, The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard and a Grandmaster Flash DJ set - it offers action sports including surf, skate, BMX and a variety of stages and tents featuring a wide range of bands and DJs. 

Freshers' Week

Freshers’ Week is the ideal platform for your introduction to Falmouth and your new peers. There are a whole host of crazy dress-up events such as Psycho Circus, Horns and Haloes, Las Vegas night and much, much more. Plus plenty of action-packed daytime activities to give you a taste of what our clubs and societies can offer; anything from salsa dancing to surfing, and book clubs to radio presenting.

The Garden Party

This happens every year in June, just after the end of the summer exams. A venue like the Princess Pavilions makes it a great night to say goodbye to your friends. It’s the chance to put on your favourite summer dress or smart shirt, and sit outside with chilled live music and great food.

Art shows

In mid-June, students of Falmouth University showcase their work. There’s the most intricate and inspirational work from contemporary craft, fine art, photography and garden design students plus loads more. You can spend hours cruising The Poly in Falmouth or the Design Centre on campus and even get the chance to purchase some. University of Exeter students are always welcome at Falmouth University events.

Art, sculptures, jewellery and fashion pieces from local colleges are also displayed in various exhibitions throughout the year, so look out for flyers and posters.


Student balls are always well-hyped among students. They usually take place in the Stannary on campus (a five-minute walk from the student accommodation in Glasney Village). Alongside the Freshers' Week Balls there are a number of shindigs that happen throughout the year. We have a chance to get scary at the Halloween Ball, and celebrate the festive season with the Snow Ball. On Valentine's Day, for those who aren’t snuggled up with a loved one there is the Traffic Light Party, where everyone wears red, yellow or green based on their availability; it’s a great way to meet people or just have a laugh.