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 entrance 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!  Take completed entries to the Newlyn School stand at the beginning of the Mary Williams Pier. 

Each year Sanjsy Prosenjit Kumar and children from Newlyn School create a culinary delight together.  This year he and the children will visit Harveys Shellfish tanks to choose lobster to cook lobster rolls in the demonstration kitchen. 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 hearing his Tales of The Sea at 11:30am.

This year we will have a Performance Area in the middle of Mary Williams Pier where Story Republic, members of Swamp Circus and James Wilton Dance will perform.  

In the fishmarket Learning Zone you will find Dan The Fishman, The Shark Trust and University of Exeter stand focusing on the effects of climate change on fishing.  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, this year in front of the harbour offices.

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 will be demonstrated on Mary Williams Pier in The Fishermen’s Mission area at the start of Mary Williams Pier. 

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 One and All main music stage 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 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. 

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!