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All dates below are correct as of April 2018, but sometimes things change, so do check first. If you have an event you’d like us to include, please email office@railholiday.co.uk. There will be plenty going on that is not detailed.

We've tried to pick out our favourite events in and around St Germans and Hayle. Plymouth has a plethora of mini festivals, so it is worth visiting the Visit Plymouth site before you come. For further comprehensive listings of events happening in and around Cornwall we recommend the following links:

Carn to Cove - Our rural touring events organisation.
Visit Plymouth - A search engine to find all the latest about what's going on in Plymouth, which is a twenty minute train ride from the carriages in St Germans.
Visit Cornwall - A search engine to find all the latest on what's going on in Cornwall.
Pirate FMs What's On Guide - A guide to charity events throughout Cornwall.
Cornwall 365 - More countywide events.
101 things to do in Cornwall on a rainy day - lists of museums etc, just in case there is a little precipitation...

In Cornwall and Devon you are never far from a festival. The links above will give you county wide events, but we'd like to focus here on our favourite local ones. These can all be reached by public transport, unless otherwise indicated. Event listings for St Germans are at the top of the page, scroll down to find events near Hayle

What’s on near St Germans - blue, Hayle - green

Pubs that have regular music

There are lots of places that have live music in the South East Cornwall and Hayle area. Here is our round up of our favourite music pubs, many of which are traditional, drinking pubs

Both our local St Germans venues, The Eliot Arms and Scholars, have music, albeit on an irregular basis. Scholars also holds wine and cheese tasting on the last Thursday of the month, which is always very popular.
The Rod and Line, Tideford, tel:01752 851323 - live music most Fridays and Saturdays. Mike’s reputation for food is legendary, and this extrardinary spit and sawdust pub attracts people for miles for its scallops, game stew and chilli crab claws. Mike is also very discerning when it comes to music, and as a regular stall holder at Glastonbury festival has built up a very good network of highly respected musicians from all over the country. Children and dogs welcome.
The Barley Sheaf, Liskeard, tel:01579 342055 - Live music every Thursday and some weekends. Also have folk jam sessions - contact the pub for more.
The Union Inn Saltash - Tel: 01752 844770, Live music, friendly atmosphere and great selection of ales - just down the road from the train station, this pub does not serve food, but there are plenty of choices of places to eat on Fore Street and the proprieters are happy for takeaways to be taken into the pub. Jazz night on Tuesdays, open mic once a month on Wednesdays, music on Friday and rock and roll on Saturday and music most Thursdays.
The Minerva Inn, Plymouth, tel:01752 223 047 - a friendly traditional pub, serving real ales (no food) with music from Thursday to Sunday lunchtime every week.

Cornubia Inn, Copperhouse, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4DX, Tel: 01736 753351 is the place to see sports on a large TV. It is family friendly and affordable. Salt Bar, tel;01736.755862 - a modern continental style bar offering freshly cooked food and live music, with wi-fi.
The Smuggler’s Inn, St Erth Praze, Tel;01736 850280. Recommended by Lizzy’s parents who visit for regular jazz on Sunday afternoons. You can enjoy a delicious roast too!
The Union Hotel, Penzance, tel: 01736 362319 - another recommendation for a live jazz venue, with wi-fi.
Salt Bar - bands every Friday at 9pm

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Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Plymouth is excellently provided for with theatrical venues - the Theatre Royal Tel: 01752 267222, is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. It often catches shows before they hit London and is on the touring circuit for Rambert, Glynbourne, Kneehigh, the RSC and many other fine companies. It has two theatres - the largest showing mainstream shows and musicals, the smaller, the Drum, is an arts venue showcasing the cutting edge of theatre. Check your showtime end times, as the last train leaves Plymouth at 10.35pm on Monday to Friday (earlier at weekends). It is about a fifteen minute walk to the station, but it is easy to catch a taxi from the theatre.
The Barbican Theatre Tel:(01752) 267131 - this small theatre showcases the talents of young people through dance and theatre. Some performance gems. "We seek to challenge what traditional notions of theatre and dance are and liberate the imagination of young people to create fresh and exciting work that comes from new and unusual voices.
The Reel Cinema Tel:01752 225553 bookings;01509 22 11 55 (07) - we like the Reel a lot. It's scruffy and rather grimy around the edges, but it is authentic, friendly, good value for money, in the centre of Plymouth and will usually be our cinema of choice. There are three screens, two of which are huge and one small. The children's club is very good value on weekends and holidays.
Plymouth Arts Center - has a small cinema and regular off the wall art displays.
Plymouth Pavillions - big name bands.
The Vue Cinema Tel:08712 240 240 - massive chain cinema with lots of screens. About half an hour’s walk from the station. You'll get all the latest films in a rather impersonal, efficient and clean venue that will cost you double the price of the Reel.
The Liskerrett, Liskeard, Tel:01579 340 307 - a super community run venue with the best Vegetarian/Vegan cafe that we know of (open Monday-Thurs 9am-2pm). The Liskerrett runs regular events, from film nights to bands, and during the summer has lunchtime music in the garden every other Wednesday. The last train runs from Liskeard at about 9.45 on weekdays, or a taxi will cost about £15.
Sterts Theatre - the theatre on the moor, it really is impossible to access Sterts theatre by public transport. However if you have access to a car then an evening’s performance in their semi-outdoor arena is worth a look. Sterts’ youth theatre productions are truly exceptional.
The cinema by the sea, Looe is a friendly film society offering films once a month on Wednesday, and occassional other events on different days.

Hall for Cornwall - Cornwall’s largest entertainment venue in Truro.
The Acorn, Penzance - Tel:01736 363545, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU - the far west’s premier arts venue, offering live music, theatre and cinema.
The Minack Theatre - Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6JU, Box Office; +44(0)1736 810181 - a legendary open air theatre that is stupendous in its views and atmosphere. You can catch a bus from Penzance station, but will probably need a taxi back to Hayle if you see an evening show. The nearby Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is well worth a visit.
Royal Cinema, St Ives - Chapel Street, Royal Square, St Ives - 01736 796843
Savoy Cinema, Penzance - Causewayhead, Penzance - 01736 363330
Redruth Regal Cinema - 6 Fore St, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2AZ 01209 216278

Museums and Art Gallerys

Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery 01752 304774 - open Tuesday to Saturday. Plymouth Museum is a smashing place - great exhibitions, a really good place to take children and only ten minutes walk from Plymouth station. However Plymouth museum is currently closed and a series of small scale exhibitions are taking place in other locations around the centre. Follow the link to find more.
Plymouth Library Tel:01752 305900 - open Monday to Saturday, has now moved to Amarda way, which is only a short walk from Plymouth station.
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, River St, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ 01872 272205 - excellent museum with very interesting geological displays.
The Tate, St Ives - fine displays of modern art, with a focus on the St Ives School.
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden - lovely place to visit, with a garden filled with sculptures.

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Festivals and one off events. St Germans area events are marked blue, events near Hayle are green and events between are in brown. Events are accessible by public transport unless otherwise indicated.

Jan - April - Late Winter/Spring
We love this time of year - the bulbs are pushing up and by february the gardens are filled with crocuses, anemones, daffodils and hellebores. It’s a great time to visit windswept beaches and go for refreshing walks. The Luggage Van especially has a magical spring garden, bordered with camellias and covered in crocuses. Mount Edgecumbe, home to the national camellia collection, is at its most glorious and Cothele House holds regular daffodil walks and spring events. Ice skating at the Eden Project is on until the beginning of March.


Wassailing around the village takes place in early January - this is fairly ad hoc but let us know if you’d like to experience it and we can let you know when it will be in late December.
Jan 25th - Burn’s night celebrations at the Rod and Line, Tideford - catch a taxi from St Germans - Tideford is about two miles away, but the road isn't recommended for night walking.


St Ives Feast Day - the hurling of the silver ball traditional hurling celebration usually held on the first Monday after February 3rd.

14th Feb - Valentine’s Day will be marked by all the finest restaurants in the area. Please visit our Eating Out page for ideas.

Feb Half term fun at Cothele House - put on the wellies and get creative.

5th March - St Piran’s Day celebrations take place all around Cornwall, one of the best being St Piran's Day at Perranporth Tel: 01872 572121 - Cornwall's patrton saint is said to have landed on the beach at Perranporth, after being cast out of Ireland. On St Piran's Day, hundreds of people trak across the sands to visit the oratory he built, and to watch the St Piran play.

March 5th - St Piran’s night celebrations at the Rod and Line Tideford. A truly Cornish affair with a pasty tasting competition (usually judged by your hosts, considered experts on account of the weekly staff Friday pasty meal) and charity auction.


Easter falls on April 1st this year. Most of the National Trust properties in the area have family events planned.

Our favourites for St Germans include the Easter Egg hunt at Antony House, tel:01752 812191 home of Alice the Wonderland (spring events planned through the week leading up to Easter), and Mount Edgecumbe Tel: 01752 822236.

For Easter celebrations at National Trust Houses near Hayle we recommend St Michael’s Mount and Trengwainton Garden, both of which are just a short bus ride from Penzance station.

Also always popular are the Easter activities and wonderful bulb displays at The Eden Project

16th April until 15th July Port Eliot House and Gardens opens to the public from 2-6pm (last admission to the house at 5 pm). It is closed: 16th July to 15th August for the Port Eliot Festival (www.porteliotfestival.com) then reopens from 16th August to 30th September.

Saturday 28th April - Catch a train to Camborne for the county famous Trevithick Day when the streets of Camborne come alive with a spectacular day of free Steam, entertainment and much more.

May - August - Summer

Cornwall is a holiday place in the summer - it's hard not to relax with so many people on holiday, and there's always lots to see and do. The highlight in St Germans is undoubtedly Port Eliot Festival, but there are also plenty of carnivals and galas to enjoy. St Germans has its own regatta - date tba.


4th-5th May St Agnes Bolster Festival - a celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. A great day out for all the family. Catch a bus to St Agnes from Redruth station. Saturday and Sunday of the first May bank holiday weekend.

Sat 5th May - Saltash May Fair - the streets of Saltash are lined with stalls and live music.

May - dates tbc - the South East Cornwall Bach festival - based in the acoustically and visually stunning St Germans church.

1st May - St Ives May Day - fun and excitement for all the family

8th May - Helston Flora Day - one of the big events of the Cornish calendar, see the famous dance through the streets of Helston. Catch a bus from Redruth station. The event is held every year on May 8th unless that day falls on a Sunday or Monday, when it is held on the preceding Saturday.

12th-19th May St Ives Literature Festival - a full programme of literary events featuring writers and poets who descend on the town to share their love of words with locals and visitors alike.

25th-27th May - St Germans May Tree Fair - a weekend of partying, with the election of a mock mayor on the Saturday and street procession, bands, stalls and live music all Sunday from mid-day until late into the evening.

June 4th June - Looe Festival of the Sea - showcasing all that is great about the sea.
8th-10th June - The Royal Cornwall Show - a traditional county show with livestock, horses, fairground rides and music. Catch a bus to the showground from Bodmin Parkway.

16th-18th June - Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - providing a platform where the heritage of storytelling through song comes alive with live performances by dozens of groups from all over Cornwall, the UK, Holland and France.

17th June - Murdoch Day - Each year Redruth celebrates its most famous citizen, inventor William Murdoch (1754-1839) when the town is packed with events and entertainment throughout the day for the whole family.

10th-18th June - Polperro Music Festival - plenty of live music, an arts and crafts fair, a comedy night, the lighting of the solstice bonfire, the colourful village carnival and a unique mock mayor choosing ceremony with the winner being wheeled through the town, stopping at each inn before finally being dunked in the sea!

17th and 18th June - Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival - just at the bottom of the hill from the station, two fun days filled with boat races, stalls and live music.

16th-18th June - Falmouth Classic Boats Regatta - the best of the classic boats come to Falmouth.

24th-26th June - Golowan Maritime Festival - A traditional boat festival, running in tandem with the well-established and much loved Golowan Festival.

24th June - Armed Forces Day - on Plymouth Hoe. This will provide a unique opportunity to see the Armed Forces up-close and will feature displays from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, support agencies and charities.

25th June-1st July - Mevagissey Feast Week - This wonderful festival thought to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, owes its success to the blend of traditional and contemporary events which brings the whole community together and welcomes hundreds of visitors to share in its unique celebrations. Catch a bus from St Austell station.


7th-17th July - Ways With Words Tel: 01803 867373 - this prestigious ten-day literary festival takes place in the elegant setting of Dartington Hall, with talks and big-name writers and public figures on an eclectic range of subjects. Catch a bus from Totnes, or walk to Dartington along the river walk.

1st-15th July - Lafrowada Festival - traditional festival based in the village of St Just. Catch a bus from Penzance station

8th July - Liskeard Agricultural Show - a proper old fashioned show, with entertainment, stalls and animals.

5th-8th July - Penzance Literary Festival - an all inclusive festival celebrating the joy of words for all ages and walks of life.

15th July - Camborne Show - This annual agricultural show features a Horse Show, Heavy Horses, Cattle, a Dog Show, Goats, Cage Birds, Domestic and Horticultural Section, Alpacas, Pigeons, and Poultry. Trade stands, gun dog demonstration, refreshment stalls, side shows, and children's activities. Plus a full programme of entertainment including the likes of the Camborne Youth Band and the Cornish Wurzels

27th-30th July - Port Eliot Festival, the UK's most original, inspirational and downright decadent garden party, blending everything from slam poetry to rock 'n' roll, wild swimming to interactive art.

22nd-28th - Charlestown Regatta Week - The weeklong event in the picturesque Charlestown includes events such as the fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live music and colourful carnival. Catch a bus from St Austell station to Charlestown.


First week in August - Hayle Carnival - bi-annual week of celebrations and events, with a procession on the first Saturday of the month. Not sure whether its on this year as have been unable to find details...

First Saturday in August - St Germans annual flower and vegetable show - a proper old fashioned produce show, with flowers, vegetables, arts and craft.

18th-20th August Cornish Steam and Country Fair, Truro - a fabulous day out at Stithians showground. Catch a bus from Truro Lemon Quay.

9th-10th August - British Firework Championship Finals - Six top teams compete over two nights to provide the most spectacular firework displays over Plymouth Sound. The Hoe is the prime viewing spot, which also hosts entertainment, a funfair, stalls and refreshments, although we prefer to go to Mount Edgecumbe and view from a distance. The best vista is from a boat, so it may be worth searching the internet to see what is available.

14th-20th August - Fowey Royal Regatta - There are regular buses from St Austell station to Fowey (but a Cornwall bus and train rover ticket for the best value fares)and we'd recommend you spent the day enjoying Fowey. The highlight of the week is the Red Arrow's display, usually on the Thursday, which can also be enjoyed from Boddinick - catch a ferry from the harbour.

28th August - Newlyn Fish Festival - takes place each August bank holiday monday. Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Catch a bus or walk from Penzance station.


12th-26th September - St Ives September Festival - for two weeks in September St Ives comes alive with live music, poetry music and theatre.

October- December -Autumn/ Winter

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and in Cornwall the time for pre Christmas markets and harvest festivals.


3rd October - Callington Honey Fair - always takes place on the first Wednesday in October and is one of the largest street fairs in Cornwall, with hundreds of people visiting the town to enjoy the one day event. Buses leave half hourly from Saltash to Callington, the journey time is about 25 minutes.

11th October - Tavistock Goose Fair - This annual event on the second Wednesday of October dates back to 1105, when abbey tenants paid their tithes in geese. The town centre is filled with all manner of stalls and amusements. Half hourly buses leave from Gunnislake station to Tavistock


Garland making at Cothele House - takes place throughout the month of November, as the thousands of flowers picked and dried over the summer months are made into a giant garland to decorate the great Hall.

Early November - Cornwall Film Festival - the Festival takes place at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay in November and will include Screen Actions young person's film festival.


Various Christmas events take place in December, but the best is in Cothele House where there is live music and stalls most days and the hall is beautifully decorated. Also worth looking out for, dates tba, are the latern parades in Liskeard and Downderry.

16th December - 6th January - Mousehole Lights - these iconic lights are well worth the visit to Cornwall, particularly as Newlyn is also following suit, so the whole of the waterfront from Penzance to Mousehole is a spectacular display.Catch the train or bus to Penzance from Hayle and a bus goes directly to Mousehole

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