Summer is fast approaching and with it, the promise of an incredible self-catered holiday in Carbis Bay. The thought of buckets and spades, paddling in warm waves, enjoying traditional seaside food and building incredible memories is enough to send anyone slipping into a pair of shorts and sprinting for the car, but there’s so much more to a Cornish holiday than that.

Yes, more than a mere coastal holiday, Carbis Bay and the wider Cornish area boasts an incredible schedule of events, designed to entertain, inform and delight all age groups throughout the summer.

So, what’s on near Carbis Bay this summer? Here’s our selected highlights.


June signals the start of summer and with it, the start of a raft of incredible events. It begins with Open Studios Cornwall, a free art event now in its 13th year.

During the first week of June, Open Studios Cornwall will give a record 260 local artists, designers and makers’ the opportunity to showcase their talents to the public. Peek behind the curtain and discover amazing art spaces, unique works and so much more. Studio tours are available all over Cornwall, including St Ives and Carbis Bay.

Just a 40-minute drive up the coast is the incredible Electric Beach Festival, running from the 16th to the 17th of June, and tickets from just £27.50 (excl. booking fees), you can enjoy a great blend of music, comedy and family events. Musicians include Badly Drawn Boy, The Cuban Brothers, Backbeat Sound System, Wolf Club and many more.

Of course, that’s not all. If you’ve got a taste for the rural, St Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally on the 24th and 25th is a wonderful trip, as is the Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair from the 30th of June until the 31st of July.


July sees summer truly take hold, basking Cornwall in beautiful warm sunshine and bringing out the best we have to offer, especially when it comes to music. There are no fewer than four tremendous festivals. They include Tunes in the Dunes, located close in Perranporth with acts like Clean Bandit, John Newman, KT Tunstall and Billy Ocean. It kicks off from the 30th of June and runs to the 2nd of July, and thanks to its close proximity to our holiday lets.

Elsewhere, you can enjoy incredible classical music at St Endellion Summer Music Festival (25th of July to the 4th of August) or take in a more indie/folk flavour at the Rock Oyster music and food festival, running from the 7th to the 8th of July.


With the sun at its highest, there’s no shortage of events to partake in and around St Ives and Carbis Bay. They include Bude Carnival (19th of August) and Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show (24th of August).

If you’re in the mood for a little open air theatre, it’s hard to look past the hilarious show The Third Policeman by Miracle Theatre. Striking a balance somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, it’s a great laugh for the whole family and is playing across Cornwall all summer.

Should you not be tired of music festivals (who could be?), August is home to plenty of north coast music festivals, including the free Christian music festival Creation Fest running from the 5th to the 11th of August in Wadebridge. You can also check out the classical stylings of Symphony By the Sea on the 4th of August on Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay.

By: Tony Townsend On:15th May 2017

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