Record numbers flock to 2012 Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival

From 13 June 2012

Music, sports, art, theatre, walks, poetry, food and so much more make Fal River Festival one to remember.

Organisers of the Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival are hailing this year as the best ever after 110,000 people enjoyed the activities on offer.

Launched in 2006 the festival celebrates life on and around the river Fal and featured over 150 events over 10 days.

Highlights included the Fal Fish Festival, The RNLI’s Castle to Castle Swim, 3 Choirs and a Ferry, Finley Quaye’s first ever gig in Cornwall, the Beer Fleet and the Around Roseland Adventure Race.

Other activities included the Fal River Walk, the Bring a Bottle and a Poem boat trip and the annual abseil down the National Maritime Museum tower for BF Adventure.

Despite mixed weather, high winds and storms, which caused the postponement of the Film on the Fal evenings, organisers believe the festival benefitted from the double Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

Festival director, Toby Budd, said: 'What an amazing year this has been.

'During the opening weekend, which coincided with the Diamond Jubilee, Falmouth was packed and it was great to see many of those people get involved with the festival in some way.

'Over the last four years the festival has grown and is now established on the Cornish calendar.'

As well as celebrating life on the Fal River the festival also raises money for charity. Benefitting this year were ShelterBox, the RNLI, BF Adventure, Phoenix Stroke Appeal, Marie Curie Care and local Rotary charities.

Toby added: 'We’re still getting money in, but we hope we will beat last year’s figure of £75,000.'

The festival finished with Jenny Coverack’s portrayal of Kathleen Scott, wife of Capatin Scott, in ‘A Father for My Son’ at Smuggler’s Cottage.

Plans are now underway for the 2013 festival.

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