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Activities and Events Around Falmouth

Whether you are interested in sailing, surfing, horticulture, scenery or just lapping up the sun in one of the many secluded coves, you will find it all within easy reach of Tregenna Guest House. Why not stay with us for the Falmouth Oyster Festival or Falmouth Week Regatta and visit the National Maritime Museum. One of the highlights of the 2024 events season is the Falmouth Classics sailing regatta. Set in the finest sailing waters in the South of England it is three days of racing featuring classic sailing craft and other traditional vessels with the added bonus of free access to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, which takes place in the town at the same time. It is a magnificent opportunity to view these classic vessels against the beautiful backdrop of the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Harbour.

Alternatively, we make a good base for visiting Cornwall's many beautiful and historic gardens such as Heligan, Glendurgan, Trebah and the Eden Project. Newquay with its famous Fistral surfing beach is an easy 35 minutes drive away and hosts many surfing competitions and events throughout the summer and winter months. Other surfing beaches include Porthtowan (9 miles away), Sennen (Lands End) and Hawks Point (Hayle). Pendennis Castle built by Henry VIII is within strolling distance of the Tregenna Guest House and we are right on the spectacular South West Coast Path.

Here are just a few of the many ways in which you can make the most out of your stay with us at Tregenna Guest House, Falmouth.

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Attractions Around Falmouth

Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth is located on the harbour waterfront just a 10 minute walk from Tregenna Guest House. It is the centrepiece of an international leisure / tourism complex, which wraps around a new waterside piazza holding up to 4,000 people, created for concerts, exhibitions and major events and includes restaurants, shops and cafes. Opened in 2002, the National Maritime Museum building has been custom-designed to bring to life the stories of boats, maritime themes and Cornwall's heritage, with an array galleries, shops and restaurants.
Pendennis Castle Falmouth
Constructed between 1540 and 1545, Pendennis Castle and its sister St Mawes Castle form the Cornish end of the chain of coastal castles built by Henry VIII to counter a threat from France and Spain. Thereafter Pendennis was frequently adapted to face new enemies over 400 years, right through until World War II. There are a wide range of attractions at the castle including an interactive exhibition and cafe. The views are also absolutely stunning.
Falmouth Boat Hire
Falmouth Boat Hire have a fleet of self drive 17.5ft cabin boats which are very stable and easy to manage. Hiring a boat provides you with the opportunity to explore both Falmouth Harbour and all the surrounding creeks and estuaries. All hire boats are surveyed, licensed, insured and have all relevant safety equipment on board. The boats are licensed to take 6 people and can be hired by the hour, half day, or full day.
Princess Pavilion
Located just a few minutes walk from Tregenna Guest House, the Princess Pavilion is Falmouth's entertainment centre featuring top names and top shows. The Pavilion provides a year round programme of music for all musical tastes plus drama, variety and festivals. There is a cafe and a fully licensed bar together a lovely, traditional bandstand.

Parks and Gardens

Gyllyngdune Gardens
Located just a few minutes walk from Tregenna Guest House, Gyllyngdune Gardens features many exotic and sub-tropical plants from as far afield as China and Australasia. From 1688 to 1852, Packet Ships sailed from Falmouth carrying mail and goods to the Mediterranean and the Americas. Many plants were brought back, and they thrived in the regions subtropical climate. These world wide voyages led to the creation of many unique gardens, including Gyllyngdune, a garden with a history rich in people, places and plants.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is an exciting attraction where you can explore your relationship with nature, learn new things and get inspiration about the world around you. See stunning floral displays, crops of tea and hops and huge outdoor sculptures. Visit our exotic allotments. Or explore the secret corners of Eden's Cornish garden.
National Trust Gardens
The National Trust have several spectacular gardens in Cornwall including Glendurgan, Trelissick, Trerice and Cotehele. Glendurgan is located above the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River. Cotehele is a Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles. Trerice is an intimate Elizabethan manor. Trelissick is located in a beautiful setting on the River Fal.
Trebah Gardens
Trebah Garden is a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop leading down on to a beach on the scenic Helford River. Trebah offers the visitor a year round experience. In Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter there is a spectacular array of plants including Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Giant Gunnera and Hydrangeas.

Attractions Around Cornwall

The South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest National Trail, running from Minehead in Somerset to South Haven Point near Poole Dorset. The path includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The path is unique because it is based on a working footpath which was in use until comparatively modern times. Coastguards used to patrol the whole coast of the South West Peninsula on foot, every day, in the course of their duties. It was the essence of their job that the coastguards had literally to be able to see into every cove and inlet on the coast. This meant that their well-beaten path, usually with stone stiles, had to hug the cliff top, so providing the splendidly scenic coastal views we get today.
WD Luggage Transfers
Western Discoveries Luggage Transfers organize walking holidays. There is no need to worry about choosing and booking your accommodation, carrying heavy backpacks, selecting the best route or buying maps. WD take care of everything so that you can concentrate on enjoying what you came for, the beautiful Cornish landscapes. WD even offer transfers at the beginning and end of your walk, making this the best way to walk the Cornwall coast path.
Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is within easy driving distance of Tregenna Guest House and provides live cliff top performances day and night. This is a very special place and well worth booking up early as it is also very popular! An evening performance with the sun setting in the background is very spectacular. Bring your own food and drink as well as something to sit on as the seats are cut from the stone.
Tate Gallery St Ives
The small, picturesque town of St Ives has attracted painters for over a century including JMW Turner among many others. Many artists are associated with St Ives and West Cornwall, with its rich history and its vivid artistic life. Thus it is very appropriate that we have a branch of the world renowned Tate Gallery located here.
Rainy Days in Cornwall
This website provides a guide to wet weather activities in Cornwall for the very few days when the sun does not shine all day. There are a wide variety of options in Cornwall when it does rain and this site covers just about all of them. There is everything from historic houses and art galleries to steam railways and Cornish tin mines.
Flambards Helston
The Flambards Theme Park Experience is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall. Not only does the Theme Park host the best thrill rides in Cornwall, but also the Flambards Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz indoor tourist attractions. Flambards is also very proud of its beautiful garden setting and has won many awards over the years for trees, shrubs and flowers.
Seal Sanctuary Gweek
The National Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre, and also has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions, Goats, Ponies and Otters. Visitors can choose to adopt a seal and sponsor it on its road to eventual recovery and release back to the wild.
St Michaels Mount Penzance
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael's Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. You can walk the causeway at low water or enjoy a short motor boat trip when the tide is in. Climb the ancient, cobbled path to the inspiring medieval castle, gaze down at the beautiful gardens and enjoy magnificent views across the bay to Penzance.
Royal Cornwall Museum Truro
Cornwall's oldest and most prestigious museum, famed for its internationally important collections. See a myriad of minerals, view an unwrapped mummy and discover Cornwall's unique culture. There is a collection of Newlyn School paintings in the Fine and Decorative Arts gallery. The museum also presents an exciting range of changing exhibitions throughout the year together with an extensive educational programme for all the family.
Lands End
Lands End is one of the world's best loved landmarks. It's a place of almost mystical beauty where the might of the Atlantic meets the towering cliffs of Cornwall - a place where nature is still one of the big attractions. Discover a myriad of wild flowers, soaring seabirds or even seals coming out to play. There are also a wide range of other attractions including the Dr Who exhibition and the Lands End Shopping Village.
Dairy Land Farm Park
DairyLand Farm Park is an all weather attraction providing family entertainment for all ages rain or shine. There are a wide range of facilities including Animal Ark, Pat a Pet, Bottle feeding and Pony rides - Make some wonderful new friends! Stroke, feed cuddle and ride, a great hands on experience. The overall philosophy is to encourage visitors to the farm and promote a better understanding between town and country.

Falmouth Events 2024

The Richard Mille Cup - 2nd - 5th June
This event has been created out of a passion for classic yachts of beauty, great design and fine workmanship. At the heart of this race is a desire to create a challenging sporting event which pushes competitors across a range of coastal and offshore races. With all of the vessels built or designed before 1940, the Richard Mille Cup will recreate the spectacle, sporting values and elegance of the regatta circuits of the pre-war years.
Sea Shanty Festival - 14th - 16th June
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival is one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals in Europe! Over 65 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland, Spain, Canada and Ireland perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties at over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!
Falmouth Classics - 14th - 16th June
Falmouth Classics features three days of racing featuring a wide range of classic sailing vessels and a spectacular Parade of Classic Boats and the Small Classic Boat Parade. Since it began, in 1987, Falmouth Classics has steadily grown to be one of the largest Classic sailing events in the UK. Falmouth is recognised as having some of the best sailing waters in the world in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. There are many vantage points for spectators to view the events.
Falmouth Week - 9th - 18th August
Dating back to a local sailing regatta held in 1837, Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 200 yachts racing over eight days. There is also a lively programme of shoreside events taking place from the Moor to Events Square including the carnival, fireworks, air displays, daytime and evening entertainment bands/acts, children's activities and much more.
Falmouth Oyster Festival - October
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. Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall's hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce.
Pendennis Castle Events
Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Pendennis Castle has a range of events throughout the year including exhibitions, the Discovery Centre, historic tours and seasonal events including jousting.
Falmouth Art Gallery Events
Falmouth Art Gallery is family friendly and free. One of the leading art galleries in the South West, it has won or been nominated for 16 national awards. Falmouth Art Gallery runs a range of events throughout the year, including nationally recognised exhibitions and art fairs together with lectures and talks from artists and authors.
The Poly Events
Based in an iconic listed building in the heart of Falmouth The Poly is a thriving charity, promoting engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The Poly runs a range of events throughout the year including Exhibitions theatre, films, live music, comedy, dance, workshops and talks.

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