Thursday, 18 April 2013

Take the Plunge into West Country Life at Fal River Festival

Immerse yourself in Cornish culture with a Castle to Castle Swim. It’s just one of more than 150 events at the 10-day Fal River Festival. 

The celebration of the Fal River showcases every section of life that thrives from Cornish culture, music, arts, food, literature, drama, industry, gardens, sports and history.

Helpful Holidays sponsors a day at the festival, which runs from Friday, May 24 until Sunday, June 2. It is now one of the largest festivals in Cornwall despite it being just eight years old. Organisers promise this year’s festival will be the biggest and most vibrant yet.

Festival director, Dot Peryer, said: “The festival offers something for everyone and a chance to engage with life on the Fal River and discover some its history and heritage.

“The Fal River is Cornwall’s most popular visitor destination and the festival is a chance to really celebrate the places, people, history and culture that are connected by this very Cornish river.”

The festival opens with a Beer Fleet Launch. Visitors can explore the habitat on the Fal River Walk, plunge into the Fal for the Castle To Castle Swim, savour the local delicacies at the Fal Fish Festival and take in specially commissioned performances and events from Falmouth University.

During 2012 around 110,000 people attended events while enjoying over 3,500 pints of beer, lager and cider. 

Day sponsors signed up to support this year’s festival are A&P, Falmouth University, Helpful Holidays, Classic Sailing and Skinners Brewery.

Dot added: “I really want to thank the day sponsors for their commitment to and support of the festival.  We are delighted to have two new sponsors- Falmouth University and Classic Sailing, join our existing sponsors, A&P, Helpful Holidays and Skinners Brewery. 

For more information on the festival visit or search ‘Fal River Festival’ on Facebook, and ‘FalRiverFest’ on Twitter.

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