The Fal River Festival 2019 is Now On! Take a look at our favourite events...

The Fal River Festival 2019 is in full swing! So if you’re lucky enough to be local to our lovely St Mawes, or planning a trip to Cornwall before the 2nd June, you should most definitely stop by to see what fun this annual event has to offer.


With 150 events spanning 10 days, from the arts and heritage, music and drama and even a spot of swimming for those of you interested in taking the plunge, this 10-day not-for-profit celebration is the place to be! We couldn’t be more thrilled to have it right on our gallery doorstep.


Established in 2006, 2019 marks the 14th year of this festival just getting bigger and better, offering a chance for locals and tourists alike to get together in true community spirit and embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by the Fal River.

As you might imagine, the arty offerings are high on our list of priorities for our visit and we imagine that those of you visiting the St Mawes Gallery blog page might well feel the same way. Cornwall is a bit of a year-round art haven, but the Fal River Festival makes it even more so with a huge variety of exciting exhibitions to be found dotted around the locale. Many of the art programmes focus largely on the abundant nature and wildlife that can be found all over the Cornish coast. Artist Jen Southam is exploring the theme of walking in nature (one of our favourite things to do!) and St Ives’ very own Kate Nicholson will be displaying many of her own still life works, as well as that of her father Ben Nicolson.


If you fancy getting involved with all the creativity buzzing around, there are plenty of chances to, with a selection of arts and crafts workshops suited to every age range and ability. We love the ‘Sightings of Morgawr’ exhibition, showcasing entries in all materials inspired by Cornish folklore and mythical beings.

Fal River Festival

Art aside, there are many other activities to enjoy and get involved in – from yoga to survival techniques and talks. Food is of course another big draw, as always in Cornwall and you can really get to know the local area by taking an assisted foraging walk around St Mawes with Cornish Wild Food, who pride themselves on helping us all reconnect with nature, food and our forgotten larder.


Of course, the Fal River Festival makes good use of the water it is set on too with Canoeing, a Cornwall Gin Cruise and the highly anticipated annual pilot cutter review which brings likeminded people and boats together for a fun filled weekend of racing around the Carrick roads and Falmouth Bay. Fancy being a crew member of one of these boats? You can! Find out more and sign up here.