Fal River Festival Opening Ceremony


Join the Beer Fleet as we sail down the Fal River to launch the 2013 Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival.

The sailing of the Beer Fleet is the traditional start of the Fal River Festival.

Crafts of all shapes and sizes join our fleet of classic ferries as we mark the ceremonial passage of the beer from Truro to Falmouth to mark the start of the Fal River Festival.

The celebrations begin at 4.30pm from the King Harry Ferry where invited guests board the ferries at Trelissick Pontoon with the 'festival ale' from Skinner's Brewery, one of the Festival's Day Sponsors.

On board the ferries will be complimentary Skinner’s ale, soft drinks and pasties.

The first day of the Festival is sponsored by A&P Group and their tugs from Falmouth will join the flotilla as we sail down the river.

If you have your own boat or craft, we would love for you to join the Beer Fleet and escort the beer down the Fal River to Falmouth, landing at Custom House Quay.

The parade will move at 6-7 knots. and if your vessel could join us too then the more the merrier!

The grand entrance will be at approximately 5.30pm. As the Beer Fleet enters Falmouth harbour, the A&P Tugs open their water cannons for a spectacular entrance.

The fleet lands at Custom House Quay at approximately 6pm. On berthing at Custom House Quay, guests are asked to make their way to Events Square, along with anyone else that would like to join the parade, where the party will begin!

Party time

The Opening Speeches of the Festival take place at 6.30pm. When these draw to a close there will be a showcase of music from the Festival's Title Sponsor - Truo & Penwith College.

Make sure you bring your dancing shoes because these are some of the most talented youngsters in Cornwall.

The bar will be open until late so don't miss out on one of the top events in Falmouth's calendar. Come and join Skinner's Betty Stogs and dance the night away on Events Square.

We can't wait to see you and we promise you'll have a great time.