There are lots of reasons to come down to Cornwall. You don’t need a special event or date in the diary to pack up your things and join us for a break. However, if you do fancy heading down this way for a last-minute escape, there are worse excuses than going to the Fowey Festival.
The Fowey Festival has been running every year since 1997. Inspired by famous author and local to Fowey, Daphne du Maurier, who was herself inspired by the surrounding landscape when writing her bestselling novel, Rebecca. It now attracts a lively selection of writers, performers and speakers, not to forget countless visitors from all over, each year.
Fowey Festival 2015 opens on 9th May, with the traditional du Maurier Lecture. This year, it will be delivered by Andrew Graham, son of author Winston, whose Poldark novels have reached a whole new audience since the recent adaptation on the BBC. There will also be a open debate session on the new Poldark TV series, with a panel including series writer and executive producer Debbie Horsfield.
This year’s Festival has an impressively diverse programme of talks, with Terry Waite, local resident Judy Finnigan, Penwith author, Patrick Gale and John Cleave from The Fisherman’s Friends, among the speakers. Events range from wild food foraging trips, to calligraphy workshops. The Art Trail is a great way to discover the town’s artists and galleries. Add music and events aimed at families, and the phrase “something for everyone” becomes less of a cliché and more of an accurate description.
Aside from the festival, Fowey is a wonderful place to explore. Just a short drive from The Cornwall, Fowey is a lovely little town at the mouth of the River Fowey, which thanks to its natural harbour manages to be both postcard-pretty and a commercially successful port. The first thing to know about Fowey is that its name is pronounced “Foy” (rhymes with “joy”). The second is that the car is best left at the car park at the top of the town (thankfully, there is a shuttle service), as picturesque narrow streets and twenty-first century motors do not mix…
Like many old Cornish towns, the best things to do are to wander, shop, eat and drink. There is a fine collection of galleries, clothes shops, bookshops (of course), and places to buy scrumptious local produce. From Cornish ice creams to hearty pub lunches to artisan bread, there’s a lot of choice for a food stop; and after lunch, take the ferry service across to pretty Polruan on the opposite bank. From here, there are lovely places to discover, such as the medieval church at Lanteglos.
So there you have it – yet another marvellous excuse to visit Cornwall this month. Other reasons to come here this May include the St Ives Food and Drink Festival and the Fal River Festival (we like our festivals, here in Cornwall!). Have a look at our accommodation offers and start packing…