Falmouth Spring Festival

Various venues, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 3EF

01326 313553

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10-28 MARCH 2016. Celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, terrific coastline and gardens.

About

As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme, 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.

The exciting schedule is being finely tuned as we speak but the schedule so far:

FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

Thurs 10 Mar Paint The Town Yellow DaylowDSC_0042
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 11 & Sat 12 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.

Sun 13 Mar Run Falmouth CHC Run_5183low
Take part in Falmouth’s half- marathon in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. Starting and finishing at the Falmouth Hotel, the scenic route take in Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and back again. Start: Falmouth Hotel. Time: 09.30am. Entry: 01726 66868 or via www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk. BOOK HERE

Sat 19 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, climbing wall, quiots, swing ball, badminton and hula hoops for you to try out. Venue: The Moor Time: 11am-4pm. Price: FREE

Sat 19 & Sun 20 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.

Fri 25 to Sun 27 Mar – Folk & Cider FayreDSC_6064xzc
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. Events Square will also host a marquee full of food and craft stalls. Check out www.southwestbarsandevents.co.uk for the full schedule soon. Venue: Events Square

FESTIVAL GUIDED WALKS
Once again we’ll have a terrific variety of professional guided walks on a variety of themes:

 

Spring Festival Walks

Thursday 10th March

Seashore Foraging
Led by Rachel Lambert. 10.45 am – 1.15pm. A broad insight into coastal foraging. This shoreline amble (less than 2 miles, including rock-pool scramble includes pre-made edibles incorporating wild food). Plant identification, recipe suggestions and how to forage safely, sustainably and legally. Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 10.45am Price: Adults £35/concessions £25/under 5s free
Venue: Starts from Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth seafront TR11 4NB
Contact: Rachel on 01736 361454/ 07903 412014 or rachel@wildwalks-southwest.co.uk

Through Falmouth Town
Led by Paul Simmons of walkitcornwall. A 1.5 hr informative & entertaining walk through Falmouth’s 350 year history – the people, their stories and a few ghosts and cannibals thrown in! Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: Adults £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Friday 11th March

Poldark’s Falmouth
The characters and storylines in Winston Graham’s 12 novels where the themes of early 19th century Falmouth, smuggling, shipwrecks, riots and the packet ships are matched to the sites of Falmouth. Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: Adults £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Saturday 12th March

Explore Mawnan’s Coast
With Explore in Cornwall’s Steve Crummay. Taking in the Helford river, woodlands, hidden valleys, historic trackways and the SW Coast Path. A wealth of history and wildlife. Booking essential.
Duration: 4.5 hours and 3.5 miles
Time: 10.00am Price: Adults £5/concs £2.50
Venue: Meet at Mawnan Church Car Park TR115HY, OS SW759260
Contact: 01736 740234/email info@exploreincornwall.co.uk

Sunday 13th March

Helford and Gillan Creek
Walking through ancient western oak woodland with Explore in Cornwall’s Steve Crummay, to look for a wide range of wildlife in the stunning coastal and estuarine habitats. Look out for otters and wintering birdlife who use the river, creeks and coast at this time of year. Booking essential.
Duration: 4hrs for a 4.5 mile walk
Time: 10.00am Price: £5/concs £2.50
Venue: meet at Helford Car Park TR126LB, OS SW759260
Contact: 01736 740234/email info@exploreincornwall.co.uk

Monday 14th March

Ghost Walk of Falmouth
Led by Ian Addicoat, author and expert on ghosts. Ian has appeared on such TV programmes as GMTV, Most Haunted & Discovery Channel. A guided walk to spooky Falmouth locations that are steeped in ghostly tales. Hear thought provoking stories from an entertaining guide.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 8.30pm no need to book just turn up! Price: Adults £6 under 16’s/concs £4
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA.

Wednesday 16th March

Through Falmouth Town
Led by Paul Simmons of walkitcornwall. A 1.5 hr informative & entertaining walk through Falmouth’s 350 year history – the people, their stories and a few ghosts and cannibals thrown in! Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Call Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644 or info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Friday 18th March

Nordic Walking FREE Taster Day
If you have a love of the outdoors, want some ‘me’ time, want to lose weight, enjoy exercising with others, want to improve your strength, health and well-being or all the above, then try Nordic Walking! All fitness levels are catered for with Walkkernow’s Kelly Bennett, INWA Instructor. Booking essential.
Duration: 30 minutes
Time: 10am Price: Free
Venue: Trelissick Gardens Information Shelter
Contact: 07540 478919/email walkkernow@gmail.com.

Saturday 19th March

Campus Critters Walk
Explore the biodiversity of Penryn Campus with the University of Exeter under the guidance of experts on bird, mammal, insect, and plant identification. Weather permitting, we will do live animal captures.
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Penryn Campus (meet at Reception)
Time: 7:30am Price: free (including complimentary warm beverage—bring reusable mug if you have one). Follow: http://ex.ac.uk/ahV
Contact: Caitlin Kight 01326 255166 or email c.r.kight@exeter.ac.uk

Explore Mawnan’s Coast
With Explore in Cornwall’s Steve Crummay. Taking in the Helford river, woodlands, hidden valleys, historic trackways and the SW Coast Path. A wealth of history and wildlife. Booking essential.
Duration: 4.5 hours and 3.5 miles
Time: 10.00am Price: £5/concs £2.50
Venue: meet at Mawnan Church Car Park TR115HY, OS SW759260.
Contact: ring 01736 740234 or email info@exploreincornwall.co.uk

Poldark’s Falmouth
The characters and storylines in Winston Graham’s 12 novels where the themes of early 19th century Falmouth, smuggling, shipwrecks, riots and the packet ships are matched to the sites of Falmouth. Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 20th March

Helford and Gillan Creek
Walking through ancient western oak woodland with Explore in Cornwall’s Steve Crummay, to look for a wide range of wildlife in the stunning coastal and estuarine habitats. Look out for otters and wintering birdlife who use the river, creeks and coast at this time of year. Booking essential.
Duration: 4hrs for a 4.5 mile walk
Time: 10.00am Price: £5/concs £2.50
Venue: meet at Helford Car Park TR126LB, OS SW759260
Contact: 01736 740234/email info@exploreincornwall.co.uk

Spring Foraging Course with Tasters
Led by Rachel Lambert, learn about edible spring plants that are full of nutrition. The course will cover identification of up to 10 wild foods and the what, where, when of spring foraging, plus lots of recipe suggestions. Booking essential.
Duration: 3hrs and 2-3miles
Time: 2pm Price: Adults £35/concs £25/under 16’s £15/under 5’s free
Venue: Starts from St Mawes Harbour, St Mawes, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, TR2 5AG
Contact: Rachel 01736 361454/07903 412014/email rachel@wildwalks-southwest.co.uk

Tuesday 22nd March

Through Falmouth Town
Led by Paul Simmons of walkitcornwall. A 1.5 hr informative & entertaining walk through Falmouth’s 350 year history – the people, their stories and a few ghosts and cannibals thrown in! Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Friday 25th March

Poldark’s Falmouth
The characters and storylines in Winston Graham’s 12 novels where the themes of early 19th century Falmouth, smuggling, shipwrecks, riots and the packet ships are matched to the sites of Falmouth. Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Saturday 26th March

Poldark’s Falmouth
The characters and storylines in Winston Graham’s 12 novels where the themes of early 19th century Falmouth, smuggling, shipwrecks, riots and the packet ships are matched to the sites of Falmouth. Booking essential.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 5pm Price: £5 /under 14 free
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA
Contact: Paul Simmons walkitcornwall on 0771 4084644/email info@walkitcornwall.co.uk

Sunday 27th March

Ghost Walk of Falmouth
Led by Ian Addicoat, author and expert on ghosts. Ian has appeared on such TV programmes as GMTV, Most Haunted & Discovery Channel. A guided walk to spooky Falmouth locations that are steeped in ghostly tales. Hear thought provoking stories from an entertaining guide.
Duration: 1.5hrs
Time: 8.30pm no need to book just turn up! Price: Adults £6 under 16’s/concs £4
Venue: Meet at the Maritime Museum, Events Square, Falmouth TR113XA

EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS

Then & Now, Cornwall’s Daffodil Families
Thurs 3rd – Mon 28th March
A photographic history of Cornwall’s daffodil growers from 150 years ago to the present day. Daffodil flower displays and a special collection of gardening books in the Falmouth Library.
Venue: Foyer of Falmouth Town Hall, The Moor
Time: 10 am – 5.30 pm Price: Free
Contact: 01326 314055

Show Stopping Town Gardeners
Mon 7th – Mon 21st March
Photographic history of the town council gardeners winning ways at the Falmouth Spring Flower Show at the Princess Pavilion, Gyllyngdune Gardens,  from 1940s to today.
Venue: Gyllyngdune Gardens
Time: 9am to early evening Price: Free
Contact: 01326 211222/01326 314055

The Jive Aces
Friday 11th March
The Jive Aces are the UK’s top Jive & Swing band and are probably best known for being the first live group to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Their award-winning viral video “Bring Me Sunshine”, is so uplifting it’s even been prescribed by a doctor!
Venue: The Poly
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £14-£16 + £1.00 Poly fund per ticket
Contact: 01326 319461 or via www.thepoly.org

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