Fal River Festival’s Green Highlights
Taking place from Friday 24 May until Sunday 2 June, this year’s Greenbank Fal River Festival promises to be bigger than ever with events taking place all over the river during the 10 days.
Now in it’s 14th year, the festival celebrates life on and around the Fal River, embracing places, people, history and culture in a programme that really showcases this amazing part of Cornwall.
Alongside music, theatre, arts and heritage, the festival offers plenty of opportunity to get outdoors and get involved in environmental activities.
Those who don’t mind getting a bit wet can help clean up the river by canoe at the Creek Clean on 2nd June. All gear and equipment is provided by Canoe Cornwall in exchange for your volunteer efforts. There are only 10 places available and booking is essential so register early to snap up your free place.
See what weird and wonderful creatures you can find under the night sky using UV torches at the Night Time Rock Pooling event at Gyllyngvase Beach on Wednesday 29th May. The experienced enthusiasts from Fal Marine Conservation will help you to Improve your identification skills give you a true insight into the ecology of rock pools at this great free event.
From real life creatures to those of folklore, The Fish Factory Art Space in Penryn will be putting on a variety of events for all ages, around the theme of Morgawr - the mythical sea monster rumoured to inhabit the Fal River. Check out their art exhibition, workshops, storytelling and supper evenings during the festival.
You can also get familiar with the world of wild seaweed and edible plants at one of a whole host of foraging events taking place all over the river from St Mawes to Pendennis. There is even a Wild Ale pop-up event happening on 1st June, where forager Stuart Woodsman will be showcasing his fantastic selection of seasonal beers featuring foraged and wild ingredients from around the Fal. Other guided walks on offer during the festival include a history walk exploring the Packet Era in Flushing and a Nordic Walk around St Anthony Head with Walk Kernow. The latter is a full-day adventure with ferry rides included.
Admire some local artwork whilst doing your bit for the planet by taking a trip on the King Harry Ferry and seeing the floating exhibition by Matt Johnson. Matt is an illustrator from Falmouth, best known for his design work for fashion company Seasalt Cornwall. Each year the King Harry Ferry saves 5 million car miles, by allowing passengers to avoid the alternative 27 mile route through Truro & Tresillian.
The King Harry Ferry will also be hosting there popular Film on the Ferry evenings. This years Blockbuster line-up of films including Bohemian Rhapsody (SOLD OUT), and Churchill: The Untold Story of D-Day, an appt choice to coincide with this years 75th Anniversary Commemorations.
With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations There's so much more to discover, so make sure you check out the FULL programme online. FREE copies of the programme can also be found in shops and venues all over the Fal River.
Leave the car behind and take full advantage of all the events and wonderful scenery with a Fal Mussel Card - giving you hop-on, hop-off travel on a network of classic wooden ferries, local buses and trains that connect the Fal River!
Check out the Fal River Festival programme for full details of what’s on over the 10 days.