I feel very self-indulgent; let me set the scene for you, any parent, especially those with toddlers will know alone time is rare! One day a week my mother in law has Anna whilst the bigger two are at school. So here I am, child free, dishes done, warm tea in hand with radio in the back ground, typing away…bliss! It has been a busy week in the Clemo house as Richard and the older two children prepare for the Polgooth Pantomime! The Panto is on over half term so we are in the final week of rehearsals. Coupled with rehearsals the skies have been blue so Anna and I have had some time down on the beach…some much needed ‘Vitamin Sea’.
It has, however, been a quiet week at Little Winnick, it very much feels like the calm before the season ahead. This week sees work on new gates and fencing get underway, and later in the month we will plan the latest tranche of planting. Next week sees the arrival of the tree surgeon. Managing the trees is a funny one, we have to manage them to make sure the site is safe, but once they have had their annual haircut, they always look a bit naked until they come into leaf again.
With all this work underway my thoughts turn to the summer. When I first started visiting Richard in our early ‘courting days’ many, many moons ago, I was swept away by the magical passion and community spirit that still engulfs Cornwall. It still gets me and stops me in my tracks when I hear sea shanties, or see groups of unlikely souls forged together for the various community events that the Cornish are so utterly brilliant at organising and fiercely passionate about.
So, before I let you know what is on throughout the season, perhaps I should begin by explaining a strangely Cornish term. A lot of the ‘Fetes’ as you and I will know them, are called ‘Feasts’ in Cornwall…why is this? Now I can find no definitive answer as to why, however a lot of the celebrations are based around fishing and mining, so the link is celebrating the season’s harvest that has given many a ‘fete’ their name.
If you are visiting whilst a Feast or Festival is on then I highly recommend you head along, you will be swept along in a wonderful hustle and bustle of laughter, singing and all things Cornish.
2 March: World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project – I may even enter again!!
27 April: Camborne Trevithick Day
1 May: Padstow May Day
19 May: LostFest, Lostwithiel
24 May – 2 June: Fal River Festival
6 – 8 June: Royal Cornwall Show
14 – 16 June: Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
15 – 22 June: Polperro Festival
22 June – 23 June: St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally
23 – 29 June: Mevagissey Feast WeekA brilliant week of festivies, right on our doorstep.
5 – 7 July: Bodmin Riding & Heritage Weekend
15 July: Stithians Agricultural Show
20 – 21 July: Sticker Country Fayre & Vintage Rally
27 July – 2 August: Charlestown Regatta
10 August: Pent-Fest A beer and cider festival within walking distance from the campsite…awesome!!!
18 August: St Ewe Country Fair
18 – 24 August: Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week
22 -26 August: 47th Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
26 August: Newlyn Fish Festival.