Falmouth Spring Festival

Various venues, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 3EF

01326 313553

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12-29 MARCH 2015. Celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, terrific coastline and gardens…

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As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme in January 2015, this wonderful early season festival brings together the Falmouth community like no other. The festival brings an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town.

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FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

Thurs 12 Mar Paint The Town Yellow Day
The town becomes ablaze with yellow in preparation for the Festival as local schoolchildren and interior design students from the Falmouth University, brighten up nearly 100 shop windows with thousands of daffodils and decorations.

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Mar Falmouth Spring Clean Days
Beach cleaning, painting, gardening – you name it we’ll be doing it. This year we’ll be revamping a number of areas around the town so if you’d like to come along and get your hands dirty for a good cause then just shout! Venue: multi-sites across the town. Tel: 01326 313553.RF

Sun 15 Mar Run Falmouth
Take part in Falmouth’s half- marathon in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. Starting and finishing at The Moor in Falmouth, registration at The Packet Station (Wetherspoons). The scenic routes take in Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and Budock Water finally turning back through Penryn and along the waterfront again as you head into the town. Start: The Moor. Time: 09.30am. Entry: 01726 66868 or via www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk. BOOK HERE .

Sat 21 Mar – Fitness on The Moor
Join Helen and her team from The Core Fitness as she leads fun fitness sessions for all ages! Venue: The Moor. Time: 10am-4pm. Contact: 01326 310760

Sat 21 Mar – Games on The Moor
A lovely free event for families. There will be a variety of games such as giant jenga, giant Connect 4, snakes and ladders, quiots, swing ball, badminton and hula hoops for you to try out. Venue: The Moor Time: 10am-4pm. Price: FREE

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Mar – Spring Flower Show
An institution in Falmouth for over 100 years, expect to see rare and exotic flora and fauna on display, specialists plants, a photography competition and more. Venue: Princess Pavilion. Price: Adults £3.00, children (under 16yrs) FREE.

Thurs 26 March – Dawn French Installation
Make sure you come out in force to be part of this special occasion for Falmouth, as Dawn French is installed as the new Chancellor of Falmouth University. Our very own Paint The Town Yellow Day will be re-enacted as part of the procession, so schoolchildren and University students will be giving out thousands of daffodils to passers-by and shops. Venue – Procession leaves The Moor at 11am heading to King Charles The Martyr Church

Fri 27 to Sun 29 Mar – Cider & Folk Fayre FolkFestPoster
This proved to be extremely popular last year so we’ll be doing it again! A great range of bands throughout the three days, all washed down with 50 scrumptious ciders from across the West Country. There will be an additional event this year, a Cornish Ceiledh on the Friday evening from 7pm. Events Square will also host a marquee full of food and craft stalls. Check out www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for the full schedule. Venue: Events Square from 10am till late. Price: FREE entry on all three days

FESTIVAL GUIDED WALKS

Thursday 12th March
Through Falmouth Town
1.5hrs informative and entertaining walk through Falmouth. Meet 5pm at Maritime Museum. Price: £5 /under 14 free. Ring Paul Simmons walkitcornwall 0771 408 4644. Booking essential.

Saturday 14th March
Frenchman’s Creek
Birdlife, wildlife & woodlands with Steve Crummay from Explore in Cornwall. Meet 10.30am Helford Car Park for 2.5hr, 2.5 miles walk. Tel: 01736 740234.iBooking essential. Price: £5/concs £2.50.

Sunday 15th March
Helford and Gillan Creek
Estuary wildlife, woodlands and ancient trackways with Steve Crummay from Explore in Cornwall. Meet Helford Car Park 10.00am for 4hr, 4.5 miles walk. Tel: 01736 740234. Booking essential. Price: £5/concs £2.50

Tuesday 17th March

Early Spring Foraging Course with Pre-Made Tasters
Learn about gathering spring edibles of field and hedgerow plants on a 2 mile walk with Rachel Lambert. Time: 10am – 12.30pm. Price: Adults £35, under 16’s £15, under 5’s free. 2 mile walk. Meet at St Mawes Harbour. Book at www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk.

Through Falmouth Town
1.5hrs informative and entertaining walk through Falmouth. Meet 5pm at Maritime Museum. Price: £5 /under 14 free. Ring Paul Simmons walkitcornwall 0771 408 4644. Booking essential.

Thursday 19th March
Industrial History of the Helford
Join Mary Weston from Ramblers on a woodlands and fields walk around the Helford River. Meet: Waymarker Restaurant Constantine. Time: 10.30am. Duration: 3 hr walk, 5 miles. Price: Free. No need to book, just turn up. Dog friendly.

Saturday 21st March
Frenchman’s Creek
Birdlife, wildlife & woodlands with Steve Crummay from Explore in Cornwall. Meet 10.30am Helford Car Park for 2.5hr, 2.5 miles walk. Tel: 01736 740234.iBooking essential. Price: £5/concs £2.50.

Sunday 22nd March
Helford and Gillan Creek
Estuary wildlife, woodlands and ancient trackways with Steve Crummay from Explore in Cornwall. Meet Helford Car Park 10.00am for 4hr, 4.5 miles walk. Tel: 01736 740234. Booking essential. Price: £5/concs £2.50

Tuesday 24th March
Through Falmouth Town
1.5hrs informative and entertaining walk through Falmouth. Meet 5pm at Maritime Museum. Price: £5 /under 14 free. Ring Paul Simmons walkitcornwall 0771 408 4644. Booking essential.

Thursday 26th March
Nordic Walking FREE Taster Day
With Kelly Bennett INWA Instructor from Walkkernow. Meet: 11am for 30 minutes at Trelissick Garden. Ring 07540 478919 to book or email walkkernow@gmail.com. Booking essential

From Ancient Paintings to Modern Glass
With Mary Weston from Ramblers. A long walk (7 miles) taking in the historical and artistic sights from Budock to Flushing. Time: 10.30am-5pm. Free, no booking required. Meet at Budock Church. We will be getting ferry and bus back to Budock from Flushing.

Friday 27th March
Through Falmouth Town
1.5hrs informative and entertaining walk through Falmouth. Meet 5pm at Maritime Museum. Price: £5 /under 14 free. Ring Paul Simmons walkitcornwall 0771 408 4644. Booking essential.

FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS & WORKSHOPS

Then & Now, Cornwall’s Daffodil Families 5 -28 March
Photographic history of daffodil growers from the Isles of Scilly, Penzance and Falmouth areas. Daffodil floral arrangements and a display of gardening books in the Falmouth Library.

Venue: Foyer of Falmouth Town Hall, The Moor Time: 10am to 5.30 pm
Price : Free admission Contact: 01326 313658/O1326 314055
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Falmouth Spring Flower Show 1910 – 2014 16 – 30 March
Photographic history from the first show opened in 1910 by Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Christian at Gyllyngdune Gardens to the present show at the Princess Pavilion.
Venue: Gyllyngdune Gardens Time: 9am to early evening Price: Free Admission
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Withy Weaving Sculpture Workshop Mon 16 March
Celebrate the Falmouth Spring Festival and create your own withy sculpture under the guidance of our experienced artist to take home and display in your garden. Advanced booking essential.
Time: 10am – 3pm Venue: Princess Pavilion & Gyllyngdune Gardens Price: £18

Viking Voyagers 20 March 2015 -22 Feb 2017 The Vikings are coming to National Maritime Museum Cornwall - landscape
National Maritime Museum Cornwall is bringing the Vikings to Cornwall in a new major exhibition called Viking Voyagers, opening during Falmouth Spring Festival, on the 20 March 2015. Featuring internationally historically significant artefacts, there will also be a full scale replica of a 14m coastal cargo Viking ship from 11th century Denmark, inviting you to climb aboard and discover what it was like to sail and row in these awe inspiring vessels. Venue: Maritime Museum Price: museum entry fees apply

The World of Woodroffe 07 Feb 2015 – 18 Apr 2015 
Fantastical creatures and mythical landscapes await you in the magical world of artist and writer Patrick Woodroffe (1940-2014). A familiar figure around Falmouth, Patrick is internationally known for his unrivalled genius as a draughtsman. Venue: Falmouth Art Gallery Price: FREE

Fal Oyster Gathering 27-29 March
Now in its sixth year, this is a friendly and intimate celebration of all things salty. Its waterside location on the Prince of Wales Pier is the perfect setting for visitors to watch guest chefs prepare spectacular platters of Cornish produce. Perfect to wash down with Cornish ale, cider or Camel Valley Wines! More info: popupgatherings.co.uk or @FalOyster

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