Nightlife and going out

Sunsets are beautiful in Cornwall—not just because you can watch their orange glow spread across the sea, but also because they signal the start of the county’s vibrant nightlife.

The Penryn Campus regularly hosts a number of events at the Stannary and the Performance Centre. Those looking to venture further afield can head off campus for live music, dancing, comedy shows, theatre, and cinema. A number of national and internationally acclaimed acts headline at venues in both Falmouth and Truro, and the renowned outdoor Minack Theatre offers audience members stunning views of the ocean during performances. For a quieter night, you can drop by one of the many art galleries that routinely host evening engagements, or have a relaxed cocktail at one of the area’s many small, intimate bars. 

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Visitors to the Cornwall campuses can choose from a wide variety of drinking establishments—many of which serve up not only alcohol, but also entertainment in the form of pub quizzes, Café Scientifique meetings, performances of shanties and other local music, karaoke evenings, and open mic nights. Favourites include The Thirsty Scholar and Miss Peapod’s (Penryn); the Chainlocker, The ‘Front, Hand, and The Shed (Falmouth); and Bustopher Jones, Kazbah, Speakeasy, and The Attic (Truro). 

Thanks in part to the number of performers who stay in the area after graduating from Falmouth University, there is a thriving community of musicians who regularly perform near the Cornwall campuses. In Penryn, The King’s Arms and Miss Peapod’s frequently host live shows. In Falmouth, Finn M’Coul’s, Jacob’s Ladder, The Grapes, and the Prince of Wales Inn are just a few of the venues hosting pre-arranged performances and open mic nights. In Truro, music-lovers can visit The Barley Sheaf and Vertigo, among other options.

Truro’s L2 nightclub is not only the largest nightclub in Truro, but also one of the biggest away from the infamous Newquay clubbing scene. Its four rooms can fit some 1000 people, and it offers special promotions on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. For a more intimate dancing experience, you can head to Falmouth’s Club International and Mango’s Bar & Club. 5 Degrees West not only has regular live acts, but also hosts weekly Lindy Hop and swing dancing meetings.