Plans for Fal Walking Festival announced

1 January — 1 December 2011

The organisers of one of Cornwall’s largest festivals are drawing up plans to host a new event which they hope will boost tourism in autumn.

The team behind the annual Fal River Festival, which attracts 60,000 people to take part in over 150 events, have unveiled plans to hold the Fal Walking Festival in autumn 2011.

Planned to take place in September or October the week-long event will give walkers of all abilities the chance to get out and enjoy the surroundings of the river Fal.

Fal River Festival director, Toby Budd, said: "'The area around the river is just stunning in the autumn and we wanted to develop an event that promotes the fantastic walks in the area, as well as links in with ferries, local pubs, attractions and gardens'."

As well as encouraging people to get out and walk, it is hoped the festival will increase the visitor footfall to the area.

Barbra Sadler, from the award-winning Roundhouse Barns, said ''A key part of this event is going to be local accommodation providers around the river promoting packages for the walking festival.

"We feel it will provide a great boost for the tourism industry in the area and we're excited about the potential of the event and look forward to getting the first one off the ground'."

A key part of the event will be the Fal Mussel Card, a local visitor card that gives unlimited us of the Fal River Links network of ferries, buses and trains around the river.

The card also allows entry to all the gardens and attractions on the river.

Jon O'Donoghue, who works for the National Trust at Trelissick Gardens, said: ''This event very much falls in line with what we are trying to achieve here at Trelissick.

"The area around the Fal is absolutely stunning in autumn and we feel that more people should get out and see it all."

For more information please contact Toby Budd on 01872 861913.