Falmouth Spring Festival

13-30 March 2014

Falmouth Spring Festival 2013 was a great success so we're going to do it again!! This vibrant, colourful event celebrates Falmouth's open and green spaces through music, dance, community activities, sport and art. Loads of information to follow but this gives a taster so far:

THURS 13 - SAT 29 MAR EXHIBITION 'THEN & NOW'

Photographic history of the Falmouth Spring Flower Show ‘ Then & Now’, from the first show in 1910 opened by Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Christian at Gyllyngdune Gardens. Includes rare show schedules from before and after the two world wars, fresh Spring floral displays and a collection of gardening books from the Falmouth Library. Free admission. Venue- foyer of Falmouth Town Hall on The Moor. For a taster follow Facebook - Falmouth Flower Show. Tel: 01326/313658/314055. (Image credit: ‘Poly RCPS’)

THURS 13 MARCH 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.

SPRING FESTIVAL GUIDED WALKS

We'll have loads of different walks covering topics such as foraging for food, astronomy, nordic walking, beach-combing, wildlife and history. Different grades and duration mean there will be something for everybody! Details on timings and dates to follow.

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FRI 14 & SAT 15 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 such as Tregoniggie Woods, Dell Station, Cliff Rd, Gyllyngdune Beach areas and many more, 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 16 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 Price: Pre Registration – Affiliated Runners £15, Non Affiliated Runners £17. Entry: 01726 66868 or via online link.

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SAT 22- SUN 23 MAR GAMES ON THE MOOR

New for 2014! Games on The Moor event will run from 10am until 4pm and is free. So if you and the family enjoy dodging a swing ball, fancy having a go at giant snakes and ladders, connect 4 or quiots, then head on down!

SAT 22 MAR FITNESS ON THE MOOR

Join Helen and her team from The Core Fitness as she leads a fun fitness session for all ages! Venue: The Moor. Time: 1pm. Price: TBC Contact: 01326 310760 and more details to follow

22 & 23 MAR CIDER & FOLK FAYRE

Proved extremely popular last year so we'll be doing it again! A great range of bands throughout the two days, all washed down with a range of over 20 scrumptious ciders from across the West Country. Events Square will also host a marquee full of food and craft stalls and children’s activities. Check out www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk for full Cider & Folk Fayre schedule very soon. Venue: Events Square from 10am till late.

SAT 29 MAR WALKING ON SUNSHINE

A lovely charity walk organised by Mabe School, from the Helford passage to Prince of Wales Pier Falmouth. Anyone can take part with the option of doing the shorter 1.5 mile route or the full 10 miles.

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29 & 30 MARCH 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.

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MARITIME MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

SMUGGLING 3 FEB-6 JUL. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the heyday of smuggling in the 18th to early 19th century. This multi-sensory exhibition places rare and exquisite smuggling artefacts centrestage, from an opium concealment loaned from the Border Force National Museum, to a tea chest from the mythical Cornish smuggling haunt, Jamaica Inn. LANDSCAPES OF FISHING VINCE BEVAN 29 MAR-18 MAY. A powerful photographic installation by internationally renowned photo-journalist Vince Bevan, which captures the harsh reality of life as a fisherman and the beauty of Europe’s stunning coastal landscape.

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