Family Festival Entertainment

Cornish and Traditional folk music

Fishy fun for kids!

Dozens of arts and craft stalls

Children can follow the Fishy Trail organised kindly organised by Newlyn School and sponsored by Stevensons of Newlyn. Pick up a form at the Newlyn School stall and see if your little ones can match all the fish hidden (not so well) all round the festival site – there is a lucky dip prize for all contestants so every child wins a prize!

Each year Sanjsy Prosenjit Kumar and children from Newlyn School create a culinary delight together. Sanjay is a community chef and has worked in kitchens around the globe from the Al Riyadh Palace for King Fahd to Falmouth’s Greenbank Hotel. 

The Fish Tales tent on Mary Williams Pier will again provide free children’s entertainment throughout the day in the form of storytelling, theatre, poetry, art and crafts. John Brolly, locally renowned children’s performer is a regular attraction on festival day and we look forward to seeing him again this year performing the fabulous Tempest in a Teacup.

The Learning Zone which is generally located in the fishmarket will need to be relocated to elsewhere in the festival site this year due to the anticipated market redevelopment plan.  Each year Matt Slater from Cornwall Wildlife Trust wows the children with his crabs and critter stories and educational activities.  A must see for the children. 

Childrens’ rides and other children’s entertainment sites are dotted around the site. Details will be available online closer to the event and also in the event programme. 

Traditional fishing skills like rope making and knot tying and lobster-pot making will be demonstrated. Modern materials are now used for 99% of lobster pots so seeing these craftsmen using their bare hands to create the pots from birch and willow is a chance to see such skills before they die out altogether.

The fish Festival is not just about celebrating all things fishy – there’s music on two stages with the kind of diversity expected in this part of Cornwall. The main stage, sponsored by Consols Oils has live music filling festival square from 10am in the morning until 5pm in the afternoon. There are lots of seats in front of the stage to take a rest and be entertained.  The stage also plays host to the Trawler Race and Gig Race prize giving in the afternoon.

The Busker’s Corner stage is located on Mary Williams Pier and hosts an eclectic folk-based / traditional line-up often including lots of fiddles, Appalachian Clogging and Cornish dance.  Again there are lots of seats and tables there to sit and enjoy the position in the centre of the harbour perhaps with a feast from one of our food vendors. 

Be sure not to miss the second Auction of Promises in the early afternoon. Tthere will be some amazing auction items to win. Last year included a full day at Rick Stein’s Cookery School for two people,  a two day art course of your choice at the famous Newlyn School of Art and so many other fabulous lots.  We can’t spare too much time on the stage for the auction so the lots tend to be well worth winning.  Pledges are already being promised. Watch this space!

Around the site you will find a huge range of arts, crafts, food and drink stalls in Festival Square and running the best part of the length of the North and Mary Williams Piers.

There are plenty of food and drink sellers throughout the site ready to titillate your tastebuds with a wide array of feasts – if the weather has been good in the run up to the festival and the boats have been out you’ll be able to enjoy the freshest hake and Cornish sardines money can buy grilled on a BBQ!  

We don’t want to tell you everything we have up our sleeves yet because it will spoil the surprise!


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