Arts & culture

Cornwall is a region at the heart of art!

Cornwall is a region at the heart of art!

Immerse yourself in a county that’s crammed with art and culture from the coast to the countryside.

Arts Alive Festival

Arts Alive Festival

Arts Alive Festival is free three day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape, With over 60 performances of theatre, spoken word, dance and music for all tastes including jazz, classical, folk and fiddle.

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barbara Hepworth Museum

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden.

Beerwolf Books

Beerwolf Books

Beerwolf Books is a freehouse, bookshop and meeting place. By day, it’s the perfect place to linger over a book with a refreshing drink and as the evening progresses it fills up with just about every type of character.

Beside The Wave

Beside The Wave

Established in 1989, Beside The Wave is one of Cornwall’s best known and well established contemporary art galleries with an international following of collectors. Art works are predominantly rooted in the landscape.

Blue Hills Cornish Tin

Blue Hills Cornish Tin

At the Blue Hills Cornish Tin site you can meet the people who extract it, dress it, refine it and make it into the end product. Follow the working process on a gentle walk around the site, or visit to buy giftware and jewellery.

Boardmasters

Boardmasters

Boardmasters returns year after year to deliver you the ultimate festival lifestyle everyone loves. Providing a tailored music offering across eight stages on arguably the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

Carla Regler Photography Workshops

Carla Regler Photography Workshops

Whether visiting or lucky enough to call Cornwall home, there’ll be moments you want to cherish forever. And with award-winning photographer Carla Regler’s help, you can improve your photography skills and get those perfect shots.

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

The Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre forms the basis of one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public. There are countless items from a bygone age as well as artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.

Churchtown Arts

Churchtown Arts

Churchtown Arts is a family-run gallery situated in one of the oldest buildings in St.Agnes. Definitely an inspiring place to be, this is reflected in the choice of unusual and ordinary, eclectic and unforgettable collection.

Circle Contemporary

Circle Contemporary

Circle Contemporary is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Cornwall that represents a core group of artists. It delivers an evolving programme of multi-media exhibitions including demonstrations and film nights.

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is a fantastic day out for all in the family to experience the excitement of aviation. CAHC celebrates Britain’s aviation heritage from the age when it proudly lead the world.

Cotehele

Cotehele

Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture.

Ebenezer Gallery

Ebenezer Gallery

The Ebenezer Gallery exhibits work from members of the East Cornwall Society of Artists. Set in the beautiful and historic fishing village of Polperro, the gallery is unique in its origins and in its display of the artwork.

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery is leading family friendly art gallery, the town’s art collection features works by major artists including Frank Brangwyn, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Napier Hemy, Alfred Munnings and Henry Scott Tuke.

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood. Providing four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music and food and craft stalls.

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature

Taking place in various locations in the town of Fowey, Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature is Cornwall’s premier literary festival that features a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists.

Great Cornish Food Festival

Great Cornish Food Festival

Truro’s Lemon Quay will transform into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the Great Cornish Food Festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall.

Gribbin Gallery

Gribbin Gallery

Gribbin Gallery was the inspiration of the late Emma Rashleigh who led a fascinating and filled life. It is a place for all to enjoy the artists’ creative responses to the surrounding Cornish landscape which has inspired them.

Hall for Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall is a rurally-located theatre which delivers a wide-ranging arts programme that includes theatre, music, dance and comedy. It is the county’s largest venue, playing to audiences of 180,000 annually.

Hawksfield

Hawksfield

Hawksfield is a creative and dynamic hot spot for eating, shopping, art, events and more located on the Atlantic Highway. Here you will find inspiring modern art, stylish home-wares and interiors and an eclectic vintage emporium.

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens too, and enjoy their year-round colour.

Launceston Steam Railway

Launceston Steam Railway

You can spend the whole day at Launceston Steam Railway – use the train to travel to Newmills and its popular farm park, enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treat in the cafe and browse the fascinating exhibits in the museum.

Lighthouse Gallery

Lighthouse Gallery

The Lighthouse Gallery offers clean lines and a simple layout to provide a fresh, bright space in which to appreciate the work of some of Cornwall’s leading and talented emerging artists. The promise of a friendly welcome awaits you.

Little Feathers Gallery

Little Feathers Gallery

The Little Feathers Gallery is home to owners Maria and Gary. Maria is a silversmith who produces and sells work within the shop and Gary is an artist producing landscapes and pet portraits that are also on sale in the gallery.

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre provides interactive displays, historical artefacts and a gift shop. For over 250 years, the lighthouse has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Miracle Theatre

Miracle Theatre

Established in 1979, the Miracle Theatre is one of the south west’s key arts organisations. It produces a rich mix of touring theatre, always with a unique comic style, joyful use of language and an immediate visual appeal.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The collections at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall consist of a range of objects, boats, art, books and archives in support of its mission to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives.

Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery

The Newlyn Art Gallery exists because of a long history of contemporary art making in the far west of Cornwall and has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it more than 120 years.

Open Studios Cornwall

Open Studios Cornwall

Open Studios Cornwall is a free art event where designers showcase their extraordinary talents to the public. You’ll discover the inspiration, personality and processes behind these emerging and established artists.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Situated in the town of Marion, Out of the Blue is a unique and very welcoming little gallery. The gallery sells an eclectic array of collectables, locally-produced artworks including a range of ceramics and gifts.

Pencarrow House & Gardens

Pencarrow

Pencarrow House & Gardens lie at the foot of a sweeping valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. The largely Georgian mansion is still owned and occupied by descendants of the family who settled there in the 1500s.

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

Discover how Pendennis Castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House Gallery & Museum has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area’s unique cultural heritage.

Port Isaac Pottery

Port Isaac Pottery

All of the pieces at Port Isaac Pottery are hand-made to the highest standards. The bold and elegant forms complement the watercolour-style decoration, which are often inspired by the north Cornwall coastline.

Quay Art

Quay Art

Quay Art offer a wide range of original art work and limited edition fine art prints from local, national and international published artists. There are also innovative ceramics, stunning sculpture, glassware and unique gifts.

Rogue Theatre

Rogue Theatre

Rogue Theatre produces a range of projects including immersive adventures, late night cabaret shows, festival projects, music events, young people’s performance events/projects, and of course theatre.

St Ives September Festival

St Ives September Festival

Started in 1978, the St Ives September Festival lasts for 15 days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events from the region, they are held in locations throughout St Ives, attracting visitors from far and wide.

Tanglewood Wild Garden

Tanglewood Wild Garden

Tanglewood Wild Garden is nine acres of woodland and ponds, it is a 50/50 habitat. It’s not a formal garden, there are brambles and weeds which co-exist with many other plants, a quiet haven where you can recharge your batteries.

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Today that history continues to inspire its seasonal exhibitions of international contemporary art, presented within the dramatic spaces.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Connect the dots at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno and meet the pioneers of global communication. Be transported to another time and place through interactive exhibits, immersive displays and live talks.

The Exchange

The Exchange

The Exchange is a major contemporary art space in the centre of Penzance that opened in 2007. Its international reputation allows it to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall.

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre puts on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. It’s open all year round for you to explore this amazing place and its history.

The Poly

The Poly

Based in an iconic listed building in the heart of Falmouth, The Poly is a thriving charity, promoting engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

The Roundhouse & Capstan Gallery

The Roundhouse & Capstan Gallery

The Roundhouse & Capstan Gallery is one of the most iconic buildings in West Cornwall, this unique circular gallery located in the heart of Sennen Cove, has become a magnet for some of the best in Cornish art, jewellery and craft.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur makes it also one of the most famous.

Toe in the Water Gallery

Toe in the Water Gallery

Toe in the Water Gallery is the home of art and crafts inspired by the sea and coastline. All the artists are either local to the area or have close connections. Cornwall is often the inspiration when producing their wonderful work.

Trelissick

Trelissick

Trelissick is on its own peninsula, with panoramic views over the Fal estuary. Visitors can explore the meandering paths through the woodland garden, leading to exotic plants and herbaceous borders bursting with colour.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is set in a beautiful sheltered valley in west Cornwall. Surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic vista, it provides the perfect setting for this 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden.

Trengwainton Garden

Trengwainton Garden

At Trengwainton Garden, you can follow in the footsteps of the 1920s plant hunters to see plants that flowered in Britain for the first time. The walled gardens are crammed with tender exotic species from around the world.

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral is an active part of the community welcoming people from all over the world, rather than a ‘heritage tourist attraction’. Therefore it is important to the Cathedral that it ensures entry remains free.