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Festival-filled Fal River fun in store for October

From 5 October 2011

Four festivals and a half-term sees an event-ful October in store on the Fal River!

Four festivals, live music and a series of Halloween fright nights. All this and more are what lies in store on and around the Fal River this October.

October’s schedule of events is already in full swing, kicking off with Fal 350, a month of celebrations marking 350 years of Falmouth’s Royal Charter. The town is coming alive with street theatre, sea shanties and exhibitions to mark the occassion.

Falmouth is the place to be this month with the first festival, the Falmouth Oyster Festival, opening on Wednesday, October 13 with a gourmet dinner cooked up by Masterchef winner Tim Anderson who will also be on hand for the official opening the following day.

Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt.  

There will be cooking demonstrations, live music and even a sucking competition throughout the festival.

Festivals galore

Across the Carrick Roads the second festival of the month starts on October 15. The Roseland Festival, back for its sixth year, will feature more than 40 events across two weeks from 15th. The variety of events, with music, theatre and pub sing-a-longs, will be as diverse as ever so that everyone will find something of interest.

Falmouth’s second festival of the month is always one that’s eagerly anticipated right across the region. The Falmouth Beer Festival begins at the Princess Pavilion on Friday, October 21 and the organiser, CAMRA Kernow, say it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

October ends in spectacular fashion with the launch of the very first Fal River Autumn Walking Festival, sponsored by The Nare. The festival celebrates the beautiful diversity of walks around the Fal River and features guided and self-guided walks for all ages and abilities.

Festival Director, Toby Budd, says: ‘We’re entering a time that welcomes log fires, real ale, hearty suppers and wind-swept beaches. Autumn is the perfect opportunity for long cliff top walks, woodland strolls and Sunday afternoon wanders. This is what the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival is all about.’

Frightful fun

Half-term and Halloween mark October’s end with family fun on offer from some of the area’s top attractions. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall are hosting a series of events throughout half-term and their Spooky Sleepover is one not to be missed.

There’s even something for the adults with Pendennis Castle challenging the brave to take on one of their spooky special Halloween Ghost Tours.

Further information about all of these events and more are available from the re-opened Fal River Visitor Information Centre on the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth. If you have anything you’d like to share with us please drop us a line on info@falriver.co.uk.