1: Fal Fish Fest
Part of the smorgasbord of events laid on over the 10-day Fal River Festival, the Fal Fish Festival will be the centrepiece of Events Square over the bank holiday weekend. Think cookery demos and mouth-watering seafood, alongside live music, market stalls and kids’ theatre.
2: National Maritime Museum Cornwall
If the sun goes in then a peek at NMMC’s Search & Rescue exhibition (you can climb inside a helicopter) is a no-brainer. But, even more exciting, over the Jubilee weekend, the museum is sporting a charity abseil down its iconic lookout tower (so let’s hope it doesn’t rain) and taking visitors back to the Bronze Age with hands-on history sessions where you can cast axe heads from chocolate.
3: Jubilee Garden Party at Trelissick
Trelissick Garden is a special time to visit at any time of year, with its wonderful woodland walks and waterside meadows tumbling to the banks of the Fal. And this weekend there’s even more reason for to visit for the Children’s Garden Party. Arrive by boat, don a wacky hat, join in all sorts of fun activities and scoff great Cornish fare.
4: Film on the Fal: The Perfect Storm
Yet another brilliant event from the scores of stuff going on over the Fal River Fest: Part of Skylight Cinema’s outdoor film season, the King Harry Ferry will be turned into a floating cinema for one night on 6 June. Passengers are picked up from either side of the Fal and The Perfect Storm will be played on a huge screen in the middle of the river.
5: The Sound of Music at the Minack
If the fine weather stays until next week, head down the Minack Theatre to watch The Sound of Music, presented by the award-winning St Ives youth theatre company, Kidz R Us. You’ll no doubt end up singing along to ‘The hills are alive…’ in this spectacular amphitheatre with an ocean backdrop.
6: Run to The Sun
While there’s an awful lot of noise and hype around the dance floors of this bank holiday festival, you don’t have to get swept into the hardcore raving crowds. The best part of the festival – in my opinion – is the ‘Show n Shine’ at Newquay Airport, where you get to gawp at thousands of classic VW’s that have made the journey to the coast.
7: Hop aboard the Jubilee Queen
Hop on the Jubilee Queen from Padstow and enjoy a cruise along the North Cornish coastline, spotting seals, dolphins and even basking sharks, if you’re lucky. The boat was built for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, so it makes a fitting place to celebrate her 60-year reign.
8: The Big Jubilee Lunch at Heartlands
The opening of Heartlands has already caused quite a celebration for local communities, with its 19 acres of ‘cultural candy’ transforming a derelict mining site. The Big Jubilee Lunch (3 June) will see families flocking here for a big picnic alongside live music, a bouncy castle, market stalls and all sorts of workshops including crown making.
9: Lemon Quay, Truro
Lemon Quay is buzzing on any Saturday morning, but on 2 June it will be even more lively and colourful, dressed up in bunting up for a big Jubilee street party. Pop into the farmer’s market, stop for high tea (Victoria sponge and cucumber sandwiches, no less) or sip a glass of Pimm’s and watch live entertainment.
10: Trereife Jubilee Festival
Arts, crafts and gourmet local food will be at the heart of Trereife’s Jubilee carnival, which runs from Saturday until Monday. There will be marquees on the lawn, food stalls, live music (from rhythm and blues to dance groups), woodland walks and picnics in the walled garden. And what better way to celebrate the Jubilee than with the regal backdrop of this stunning manor house?