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The Fal River Festival 2017

Join in the celebrations with The Fal River Festival 2017.


The 2017 festival will take place in Cornwall's most popular visitor destination from Friday, May 26th to Sunday, June 4th.

This fantastic 10 day festival is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.

The festival was established in 2006 and will be running for its 12th year in 2017. It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.

With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.

Each year more than 100,000 people attend a range of different events helping raise a whopping £75,000 for charity while enjoying 3,000 pints of ale, lager and cider!

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Falmouth University to Sponsor the Annual Fal River Festival

Falmouth University to Sponsor the Annual Fal River Festival

From 18 February

Falmouth University has been announced as the official sponsor for the 11th annual Fal River Festival; set to be one of biggest cultural celebrations the area has ever seen.

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18 Feb
Star-Studded Line-Up Announced for Fal River Festival

Star-Studded Line-Up Announced for Fal River Festival

From 16 April 2015

The 10th annual Falmouth University Fal River Festival has announced its full line-up, revealing a 10-day programme packed with diverse and entertaining events in celebration of the area's cultural and natural riches.

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16 Apr
Falmouth University to Sponsor a Bumper Fal River Festival

Falmouth University to Sponsor a Bumper Fal River Festival

From 5 March 2015

Falmouth University has been announced as the official sponsor for the 10th annual Fal River Festival; set to be one of biggest cultural celebrations Cornwall has ever seen.

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05 Mar
Fal River Festival Set to Make Waves with New Creative Director

Fal River Festival Set to Make Waves with New Creative Director

From 22 January 2015

The Fal River Festival, an annual celebration of the cultural and natural riches of this vibrant part of Cornwall, has announced the appointment of a new Creative Director.

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22 Jan
Countdown Is On For The Falmouth University Fal River Festival 2014

Countdown Is On For The Falmouth University Fal River Festival 2014

From 13 May 2014

A line-up of over 150 events has been announced for the annual 10-day Falmouth University Fal River Festival this month, with a variety of arts, music and drama events taking place around the Fal River.

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13 May
Events Announced For The Falmouth University Fal River Festival 2014

Events Announced For The Falmouth University Fal River Festival 2014

From 24 March 2014

The preparations for the annual Fal River Festival in Cornwall, are well under way with the line-up of the 10-day event in May beginning to take shape.

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24 Mar
Fal River Festival Announce 2014 Title Sponsor

Fal River Festival Announce 2014 Title Sponsor

From 25 February 2014

The annual Fal River Festival has announced Falmouth University as their 2014 title sponsor.

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25 Feb
Festival establishes itself as family favourite

Festival establishes itself as family favourite

From 3 June 2013

2013 Truro & Penwith Fal River Festival is being described as one of the best ever thanks to great weather and even better events.

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03 Jun
2013 RNLI Castle to Castle Swim Pictures

2013 RNLI Castle to Castle Swim Pictures

From 2 June 2013

Hundreds of photos now online of the 2013 RNLI Castle to Castle Swim which took place on the last day of the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival.

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02 Jun
Crowds flock to opening weekend of Fal River Festival

Crowds flock to opening weekend of Fal River Festival

From 30 May 2013

Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival draws more people than ever in its eighth year.

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30 May
Fal River Festival | The excitement is building!

Fal River Festival | The excitement is building!

From 23 May 2013

With only a day to go before this year's festival excitement is building in Fal River HQ.

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23 May
Best Fal River Festival yet promise organisers

Best Fal River Festival yet promise organisers

From 21 May 2013

The 2013 Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival will be the best one yet according to organisers.

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21 May
Like, share and win two places on this year's Fal River Festival launch

Like, share and win two places on this year's Fal River Festival launch

From 21 May 2013

Win two tickets for the Beer Fleet launch of the Fal River Festival launch on Facebook.

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21 May
Event specialist set to build on success of Fal River Festival

Event specialist set to build on success of Fal River Festival

From 29 April 2013

The continued success of the popular Fal River Festival has been secured thanks to the appointment of one of Cornwall’s leading arts development co-ordinators.

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29 Apr
Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2013

Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2013

From 29 April 2013

The dates for this 2013 Fal River Festival have been announced with organisers promising the biggest and best event yet.

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29 Apr
Set sail for a colourful Fal River Festival

Set sail for a colourful Fal River Festival

From 29 April 2013

In the weeks leading up to the Festival, Falmouth University is working with 6 local schools, decorating dis-used sails that have been kindly donated by King Harry Ferry and Sailtech.

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29 Apr
Eastender signs up for Castle to Castle Swim

Eastender signs up for Castle to Castle Swim

From 28 February 2013

Easteneders star Steve McFadden has signed up for the 2013 Castle to Castle Swim in aid of the RNLI and part of the Fal River Festival.

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28 Feb
Betty Stogs takes a leap of faith for charity

Betty Stogs takes a leap of faith for charity

From 6 June 2012

Cornwall's fairest maid, Betty Stogs, abseils down the Maritime Museum in Falmouth for BF Adventure.

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06 Jun
Greenbank Fal Fish Festival a Falmouth feast

Greenbank Fal Fish Festival a Falmouth feast

From 6 June 2012

The Greenbank Fal Fish Festival in Falmouth hits the culinary heights and delights the crowds.

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06 Jun
Crowds flock to opening weekend of Festival

Crowds flock to opening weekend of Festival

From 6 June 2012

A beer fleet, a performance showcase, a fish festival, a tower abseil and a castle to castle swim...what a weekend!

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06 Jun
Castle to Castle Swim Video

Castle to Castle Swim Video

From 4 June 2012

Watch this amazing video of the 2012 Castle to Castle Swim, part of the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival.

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04 Jun
Castle to Castle Swim photos online

Castle to Castle Swim photos online

From 4 June 2012

Photos from the RNLI's Castle to Castle Swim, part of the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Fest, are now online.

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04 Jun
Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival launches in style

Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival launches in style

From 2 June 2012

Beer Fleet sails the Fal River to the sounds of samba the Opening Ceremony of the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival.

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02 Jun
Film on the Fal returns for Festival

Film on the Fal returns for Festival

From 29 May 2012

Film like you've never experienced it before on the King Harry Ferry for the Fal River Festival.

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29 May
Live music forms key part of Fal River Festival

Live music forms key part of Fal River Festival

From 29 May 2012

Festival full of music starts this Thursday with Finley Quaye in Falmouth.

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29 May
Fal River Festival opening with St Mawes Water Taxi

Fal River Festival opening with St Mawes Water Taxi

28 May — 2 June 2012

Enjoy the Opening Ceremony of the Fal River Festival with St Mawes Kayaks, Mini-Cruises and Water Taxi.

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28 May +5 Days
Barrels of Support for the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival 2012

Barrels of Support for the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival 2012

From 10 May 2012

Cornish businesses go the extra mile to support this year's Festival.

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10 May
Chance to abseil Maritime Museum tower for charity

Chance to abseil Maritime Museum tower for charity

From 30 April 2012

Betty set to brave it for charity as part of the Truro & Penwith College Fal River Festival.

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30 Apr
All aboard for Fal River Festival

All aboard for Fal River Festival

From 26 April 2012

Support for festival picks up pace as the clock counts down to launch day.

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26 Apr
Day Sponsors Get On Board

Day Sponsors Get On Board

From 28 February 2012

Fal River Festival fleet bolstered by big names.

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28 Feb
Title sponsor announced for Fal River Festival 2012

Title sponsor announced for Fal River Festival 2012

From 9 February 2012

Truro and Penwith College announced as the title sponsor for the 2012 Fal River Festival

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09 Feb
Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2012

Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2012

From 26 January 2012

Fal River Festival 2012 will run for ten days from June 1 to June 10.

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26 Jan
Castle to Castle Swim a massive success

Castle to Castle Swim a massive success

29 May — 29 November 2011

The course record at the RNLI’s open water swim across the River Fal has been smashed today (Sunday 29 May) by a Fire Fighter from Plymouth.

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29 May +184 Days
Charities, clubs, children and choirs...

Charities, clubs, children and choirs...

28 May 2011

The first Saturday of the festival bizarrely bought with it all events beginning with the letter C.

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28 May +0 Days
Calling all Cornish Clubs & Charities!

Calling all Cornish Clubs & Charities!

28 May 2011

Cornwall’s charities and clubs are being invited to take a pitch at C3, the community event at this year’s Greenbank Fal River Festival.

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28 May +0 Days
Smooth sailing for the Opening Ceremony of the festival!

Smooth sailing for the Opening Ceremony of the festival!

1 — 31 May 2011

The Greenbank Fal River Festival was officially opened last Friday with celebrations on and off the River.

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01 May +30 Days
Outstanding New Sponsor for Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

Outstanding New Sponsor for Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

31 March — 5 June 2011

The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is sponsoring a day of this year’s Greenbank Fal River Festival. It is the second year running that the organisation has supported this popular local event.

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31 Mar +66 Days
Barrels of Support for the Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

Barrels of Support for the Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

17 March — 17 June 2011

The Greenbank Fal River Festival has the refreshing and loyal support of Skinner’s Brewery for the fourth year running.

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17 Mar +91 Days
Regal Support for the Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

Regal Support for the Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

3 March — 30 June 2011

The Greenbank Fal River Festival is fit for a king with its new day sponsor - Tregenna Castle.

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03 Mar +118 Days
Ongoing Help for Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

Ongoing Help for Greenbank Fal River Festival 2011

21 February — 21 June 2011

A regular sponsor has once again proved very helpful to this year’s Greenbank Fal River Festival.

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21 Feb +119 Days
New corporate friends for Fal River Festival

New corporate friends for Fal River Festival

2 February — 2 August 2011

A popular annual festival has seen excellent local support with ten new Friends of Fal River Festival sponsoring the event.

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02 Feb +180 Days
Greenbank on BEST Fal River Festival ever!

Greenbank on BEST Fal River Festival ever!

1 February — 1 August 2011

The Greenbank Hotel has taken the opportunity to become the one and only title sponsor of this year’s popular event, which has now been renamed the “Greenbank Fal River Festival” for 2011.

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01 Feb +180 Days
First Sponsor for Fal River Festival 2011

First Sponsor for Fal River Festival 2011

9 December 2010 — 5 June 2011

A & P Group is the first sponsor to sign up for day sponsorship of next year’s Fal River Festival.

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09 Dec +177 Days
Fal River Festival seeking Friends

Fal River Festival seeking Friends

1 November 2010 — 31 May 2011

The Fal River Festival is delighted to announce next year’s media partner, longstanding supporter of the Festival - the West Briton.

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01 Nov +210 Days
Hugely successful Fal River Festival seeks Title Sponsor

Hugely successful Fal River Festival seeks Title Sponsor

1 October 2010 — 5 June 2011

Early preparations are already under way for the 2011 Fal River Festival following its huge success this year.

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01 Oct +247 Days
Fal River Festival & King Harry Ferry send two ShelterBoxes to Pakistan.

Fal River Festival & King Harry Ferry send two ShelterBoxes to Pakistan.

28 September — 31 October 2010

Two boxes have been dispatched to Pakistan assisting people affected by flooding in the region.

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28 Sep +33 Days
The Artist Market

The Artist Market

31 March — 5 April 2010

Lea Parry and Emma Gilkes are pleased to announce that the Artists Markets and the Moor Markets are joining forces to bring a special Easter Market to The Moor on Good Friday

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31 Mar +5 Days
Festival 2010 Dates set

Festival 2010 Dates set

From 25 March 2010

Celebrating life on and around the Fal over 150 events are being lined up for this year's festival which runs from Friday, May 28 though to Sunday, June 6, at various locations in the area.

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25 Mar
Stein's & the Greenbank back with a two-day fish festival

Stein's & the Greenbank back with a two-day fish festival

1 March — 31 May 2010

Stein's & the Greenbank back with a two-day fish festival, part of Fal River Festival 2010

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01 Mar +90 Days
2009 Festival a huge success

2009 Festival a huge success

2 June 2009

This year’s Fal River Festival ended in style and sunshine as crowds flocked to St Mawes for the final events and the closing ceremony.

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02 Jun +0 Days
Pendennis Castle hosts Two Events for families

Pendennis Castle hosts Two Events for families

24 — 31 May 2009

Visit Pendennis castle over the Fal River festival and enjoy two exciting Events- excellent for a family day out.

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24 May +7 Days
Festival Build Up

Festival Build Up

17 May 2009

With only 5 days to go the big festival build up is well under way ...

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17 May +0 Days
A Massive week of family fun at the Maritime Museum

A Massive week of family fun at the Maritime Museum

15 — 31 May 2009

IT’S another massive week of free family fun at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall this May half-term.

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15 May +16 Days
Online Exhibition commemorates 40th Anniversary of Record Breaking Achievement

Online Exhibition commemorates 40th Anniversary of Record Breaking Achievement

16 — 30 April 2009

National Maritime Museum Cornwall have introduced a brand new online exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary on 22 April of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston achieving the first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

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16 Apr +14 Days
Special Festival Recipes created by the Head Chef at the Greenbank

Special Festival Recipes created by the Head Chef at the Greenbank

15 April — 31 May 2009

Try out these special recipes at the Greenbank...or try them at home!

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15 Apr +46 Days
Maritime Museum launches outdoor theatre the weather can't spoil!

Maritime Museum launches outdoor theatre the weather can't spoil!

14 April — 25 August 2009

If all the world’s a stage then why not the National Maritime Museum Cornwall? For summer 2009 the Maritime Museum is launching a fantastic new venture - outdoor theatre productions the weather can’t spoil.

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14 Apr +133 Days
Students get a pizza the action with the Maritime Museum

Students get a pizza the action with the Maritime Museum

14 April — 31 May 2009

Students from Flushing and Mylor Bridge primary schools got a pizza the action last week as they took part in a competition to create their own healthy pizza or a ‘sustainable’ pannini, run by National Maritime Museum Cornwall in partnership with Pizza Express.

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14 Apr +47 Days
New Cornish objects added to Titanic Exhibition

New Cornish objects added to Titanic Exhibition

14 April — 21 June 2009

NATIONAL Maritime Museum Cornwall has made another fascinating addition to their hugely successful Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition: a cheque from the RMS Titanic Relief Fund.

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14 Apr +68 Days
Deli launches celebration of octopus as part of Fal River Festival

Deli launches celebration of octopus as part of Fal River Festival

1 April — 31 May 2009

A deli in Falmouth will be hosting the town’s first celebration of octopus as part of this year’s Fal River Festival.

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01 Apr +60 Days
King Harry Ale returns for Fal River Festival

King Harry Ale returns for Fal River Festival

13 March — 30 December 2009

A commemorative beer created by Skinners Brewery will be making a welcome return for this year’s Fal River Festival.

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13 Mar +292 Days
Call for events in truro and the Roseland to join with this year's Fal River Festival

Call for events in truro and the Roseland to join with this year's Fal River Festival

8 — 31 March 2009

The organisers of this year’s Fal River Festival are looking to add more events to the bill as they aim to make this year’s festival the biggest yet.

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08 Mar +22 Days
Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2009

Dates announced for Fal River Festival 2009

17 February — 23 May 2009

The dates for this 2009’s Fal River Festival have been announced with organisers promising the biggest and best event yet.

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17 Feb +94 Days
Marine Education Packages announced for Festival

Marine Education Packages announced for Festival

11 February — 27 May 2009

Orca Sea Safaris and SciArt solutions have teamed up to offer fun and educational children's marine packages on two dates during the Fal River Festival.

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11 Feb +104 Days
Design a pizza Competition

Design a pizza Competition

9 February — 31 May 2009

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in partnership with Pizza express are inviting year 5 and 6 pupils to take part in this exciting competition

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09 Feb +110 Days
King Harry Charity Gig race anounced for opening ceremony

King Harry Charity Gig race anounced for opening ceremony

5 December 2008 — 15 January 2009

The Fal River Festival 09 opening ceremony will see gigs racing for charity on the River Fal

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05 Dec +41 Days
Fal River Festival 09 Dates Announced

Fal River Festival 09 Dates Announced

25 November 2008 — 30 January 2009

Three hour workshop planned for December

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25 Nov +66 Days