Things to do this weekend: Cornish fayres and seaside festivals

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
April 28 2017

Looking for things to do this weekend? Throw on your best outfit and go dancing in Cornwall, enjoy inner-city steam shows in Liverpool or head to a festival in Brighton, Derbyshire and beyond, suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Delve into culture in Cornwall


Kicking off this weekend is Fowey Arts & Literature Festival. Fowey, on the southern Cornish coast, will be abuzz with some of the most respected names in writing, music and more. There are workshops in calligraphy, a gallery trail from local artists, plus Fowey Secret Gardens later in the festival calendar. Events are individually ticketed. (6 -13 May)

Spend some time in Cornwall

2) Take aim for archery in Dorset

Throw yourself into an immersive experience at Dorset’s Corfe Castle. This event brings to life the impressive reality of archers from the feudal age of England.  Forget your romanticised view of warfare, see just how tricky it really it was. Entrance to the castle is £10.50 (6-7 May) 

Find more things to do in Dorset

3) Scoff all the treats in Yorkshire

Head to Harrogate for a food festival packed with delicious food and famous faces, as the BBC Good Food Show launches for this spring. With demonstrations from TV favourites such as Lorraine Pascale, Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr, even kitchen novices will be inspired to pick up a pan. Tickets start from £19. (5-7 May)

Discover North Yorkshire

4) Get your art on in Somerset

North Somerset Arts Week

Bring an eye for colour and a vision as you head south-west for North Somerset Arts Week. Bringing together creative mediums from all disciplines including jewellery, textile art and mosaics, the week celebrates over 250 artists across 50 venues in a huge arts trail. Entrance is free. (28 April – 7 May)

More things to do in Somerset

5) Lights, camera, Derby!

Derby’s Film Festival

Visit Derby’s Film Festival for great films you love, and some you may not know. This weekend is packed with special events, including a dedication to the late Sir John Hurt and a David Lynch inspired DJ Night (complete with “Damn Fine Coffee” and cherry pie). Each event is individually ticketed (28 April – 7 May)

Plan your trip to Derbyshire

6) All aboard in Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Forget steam rallies in the middle of the countryside, get yourself down to Albert Dock this weekend as the steam rally comes to the inner-city of Liverpool at Steam on the Dock. Complete with engines, trains and boats, there’s also stories from The Fat Controller and lots of activities to keep the family entertained. The event is free to attend. (6-7 May)

Set sail for Liverpool

7) Celebrate Flora Day in Cornwall

Flora Day © Philip Morris

Cornwall continues its busy spring period of traditional events, as the market town of Helston celebrates its annual Flora Day. Line the streets to see the spectacle of “Hal an Tow”, as 80 couples dance through the streets and some of the buildings of the town in their finest clothes to chase away winter. The event is free to watch (6 May)

Learn more about some of England’s oldest traditions

8) Go for a stroll in Manchester


If you’re in Manchester this weekend, skip the trams, get a comfy pair of shoes on and explore the region by foot. As Manchester’s Walking Festival kicks off, you can pick from over 300 routes from across the area to get out, get fit and find out more about the city and its surroundings. The walks are free to participate in. (1-31 May)

What’s happening around Manchester?

9) Spoil your (furry) companions in London

If you’re a fan of fluffy, feathery and fishy friends, then a visit to London will provide you with ample opportunity to treat them as The National Pet Show returns. Filled with shopping, demonstrations and celebrities like Noel Fitzpatrick the Super Vet, you can occupy yourself in all things animal related. Tickets start from £19.26 (6-7 May)

Even more things to do in London

10) Dive into Brighton’s festival season

Flaming Lips at Brighton Festival © Victor Frankowski

May is a busy month for the East Sussex city of Brighton, with loads of events and activities. The crowning jewel, however, is the annual Brighton Festival, celebrating poetry, dance, music, theatre and much more. In fact, it’s impossible to find a dull moment in the whole itinerary. Many of the activities are free of charge. (6-28 May)

Find more things to do in Brighton

Melissa Brobby

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