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What's on - September 2009

Irrespective of the season, there's always something going on in Cornwall. 

We're desperately hoping that September will deliver consistent, warm sunny weather.....  Those lovely walks on the Coastal Path.... Simply relaxing on a beach in some of our lovely secluded coves on the Roseland Peninsula... what ever takes your fancy.  If you're a foodie, there's the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival AND the St Mawes Fish Festival all in the same month.  Both events showcase local produce and are great days out. 

The August peak in visitors has come and gone.  September is upon us and there are still plenty of things to see and do - see some of our ideas for great days out in the paragraphs below.  

There's also a very useful publication called Inside Cornwall that provides much more information and can be purchased in almost all newsagents in the County.  Two other good sources of information are King Harry's Cornwall and the Visit Cornwall websites.

1 September onwards - Orca Sea Safaris open for the autumn season.  Take a 2 hour wildlife boat safari out to sea.  Plenty of birdlife.  If you're lucky, you'll also see Seals and Dolphins.  Wet weather clothing provided.  A different way to see our wonderful coastline.  We've been on it and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Great for young and old alike.  Tickets also include entrance to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.  Pre-booking essential (01872 861910).  Alternatively, we have recently become a ticket retailer and guests can pre-buy their tickets at Roundhouse Barn Holidays.  Trips depart from Events Square, Discovery Quay, Falmouth. 

1 September onwards throughout autumn - Camel Valley Vineyard guided tours.  Running every Wednesday through the month, a new guided tour takes in both the vineyard and the winery.  See how the grapes are transformed into award wining wines and taste some of the wines at the end of your tour.  5.00pm Nanstallon, Bodmin.  Tel 01726 852436.  Tickets £7.50 per person including wine.

1 - 2 September - Jack's Cows.  See all the decorated cows together for the first time.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro from 9am.

1 September - Wind in the Willows River Cruises from Fowey up the river Lerryn.  Enjoy a cream tea before returning to Fowey.  Accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, learn about Kenneth Graham and his association with Fowey.  Town Quay Fowey from 3pm.

3 - 5 September - Spirit of the Dance.  An explosive and powerful show combining breathtaking Irish dance with dance styles from around the world.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro from 7.30pm

3 September - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the pontoon aboard Softwing, a traditional 34ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise across Falmouth Bay.  12pm and 2pm Discovery Quay Falmouth.

3 September - Seasonal Garden Walk.  Join a member of the Glendurgan team on a leisurely walk around the garden.  Discover unusual and beautiful plants growing in Cornwall's maritime climate and pick up tips for your own garden.  Glendurgan Gardens, Falmouth from 2pm.

5 - 6 September - Food & Craft Fair.  An opportunity to sample and buy some of Cornwall's finest foods and crafts.  Trelissick Estate, Feock from 10.30am.

5 September - Cold War Bunker Tour.  A chance to see inside the Veryan Preserved Royal Observer Corps Post.  Free admission but donations welcome.  Gerrans Bay and Nare Head 11am.  

5 September - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the pontoon aboard Softwing, a traditional 34ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise across Falmouth Bay.  12pm and 2pm Discovery Quay Falmouth.

6 September - Jewish Celebrations.  An evening celebrating Jewish music, songs and dance with the Cornish Klezmer Band.  Trelissick Gardens, Feock from 6pm.

7 September - Life aboard the Windjammers.  Elvin Carter reveals the amazing story of Geoffrey Robertshaw's adventures aboard the last of the Windjammers.  National Maritime Museum, Discovery Quay, Falmouth from 12.30pm.

7 - 12 September - Web of Deceit.  Featuring a sparkling all-star cast, Agatha Christie spins a hilarious tale at the Hall for Cornwall.  Back Quay, Lemon Street, Truro from 7.30pm.

10 September - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the pontoon aboard Softwing, a traditional 34ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise across Falmouth Bay.  12pm and 2pm Discovery Quay Falmouth. 

12 September - St Mawes Fish Festival and Working Boats Harbour Race.  A great day out - see above.

12 September - Truro City Carnival.  An event packed with music, workshops, colour and excitement.  The Grand Procession leaves Hendra Park at 6pm, bringing glamour, colour and spectacle to the streets of Truro.  The day culminates in a Fireworks Festival in Lemon Quay.  

12 September - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the pontoon aboard Softwing, a traditional 34ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise across Falmouth Bay.  12pm and 2pm Discovery Quay Falmouth.

13 - 20 September - Music Truro. A week-long festival of varying music in and around Truro..  50 events, 28 venues.  A real must for music lovers young and old. 

15 September - Wind in the Willows River Cruises from Fowey up the river Lerryn.  Enjoy a cream tea before returning to Fowey.  Accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, learn about Kenneth Graham and his association with Fowey.  Town Quay Fowey from 3pm.

17 September - English Chamber Orchestra.  One of Britain's leading orchestras is joined by talented pianist Daniel de Borah for a concert featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart.  Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro form 8pm.  

18 September - Piano in Portscatho.  The Fujita Piano Trio return to Portscatho for a wonderful evening playing music from Haydn, Dvorak and Mozart.  Gerrans Parish Hall, Portscatho from 7pm.  

23 September - The Trebah Wine Challenge.  A fun and educational evening to test your tastebuds.  From 7.30pm, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith.  Booking essential.  

24 September - Sailing Cruises.  Set sail from the pontoon aboard Softwing, a traditional 34ft Truro River Oyster Dredger and enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise across Falmouth Bay.  12pm and 2pm Discovery Quay Falmouth.

24 - 26 September - Classic Motor Boat Rally.  A long weekend of beautiful classic motor boats cruising around the river, going through their paces and demonstrating their manoeuvrability.  From 10:00am each morning, Discovery Quay, Falmouth.  

25 - 27 September - Cornwall Food & Drink Festival.  Celebrate Cornwall's finest cuisine, sample local delights of top food and drink producers, watch Cornwall's finest chefs demonstrate inspiring recipes and relax in the new Croust Bar.  See website for more details and daily schedules.