Here at Merchant House Hotel our location is perfect to use as a base for exploring the picturesque places Cornwall has to offer.
We are a 7- 10 minute walk to the City Centre of Truro, where you will find the Hall for Cornwall, lots of great shops and fabulous restaurants as well as some enjoyable events all listed below!
Here are some of our recommendations of places to visit and great days out, as well as what’s on in and around Truro and Cornwall over the next couple of months.
Falmouth River Festival
Falmouth, Cornwall’s most popular visitor destination continues it’s annual River Festival until the 3rd June. Now in its 13th year, this celebration promises to be a fantastic day out with over 150 events set to take place including: live music, swimming, rockpool rambles, the arts and music and drama. Just a 20-minute drive, this is a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this Cornish river. If you don’t fancy the drive, why not arrive in style by taking a 30-minute boat from Truro Harbour right into the centre of Falmouth?
The Royal Cornwall Show
The Royal Cornwall Show returns once again between 1st and 3rd June as the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town bustling with life. Great food, entertainment and traditional trade are assured. Expect to see livestock judging, wonderful flower displays, show-jumping, a major dog show and even traditional Cornish wrestling! Just a 35-minute drive away, this is one of the biggest events in the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people expected to attend. There can be major traffic queues entering the main car parks so we advise getting there early!
Tunes in the Dunes
The Tunes in the Dunes music festival is back on the 8th June for another three days of live music and dancing. With a combination of big, headline acts such as UB40, Jake Bugg and Pixie Lott alongside unique acts such as The Wurzels there is sure to be something for everybody here. Secure your tickets now and look forward to seeing great acts in the most picturesque backdrop of Perranporth Beach, just a 25-minute drive away.
The Minack Theatre in July
The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is surely one of the most unique venues throughout the whole of the UK. Sit down to watch a play and take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as the sun sets in front of you. There are a number of famous plays on show throughout June including: “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark”, “Dr Dolittle” and Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”. An unforgettable experience and a great way to spend an evening while visiting Cornwall. Click here for more information on show times and to purchase tickets.
Flambards Theme Park
Perhaps you’re looking for a way to occupy your kids this month? Head over to Flambards Theme Park, a 35-minute drive away, for a day of excitement and laughter with your little ones. Open 7 days a week, Flambards is a great way to spend a day in Cornwall, whatever the weather! There is something for everybody at Flambards from go-karting and rollercoasters to its Exploratorium and famous ‘Britain in the Blitz’ exhibition.
David Briggs concert at Truro Cathedral
On the 6th June, Truro Cathedral, just a short walk down the hill, opens its doors to all for an enthralling concert performance. Internationally renowned David Briggs, a former organist at the cathedral, is returning for a performance that looks set to excite and engage audiences of all ages. Please follow this link for information on this show and the rest of this month’s events.
Mevagissey Feast Week
Are you keen to try some traditional Cornish cuisine? From 24th to 30th June, Mevagissey invites people from all over the county to join them for Mevagissey Feast week. Just a 30-minute drive away, this weeklong event features Cornish exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and of course, plenty of fish dishes to eat!
Falmouth Classics Regatta
Falmouth Classics Regatta takes place this month between 22nd and 24th June. This popular regatta continues to grow with 212 boats taking part in 2017. Races will last approximately 2 hours with the best places to watch the racing being Pendennis Point, Trefusis Point, Castle Drive, St Anthony’s Lighthouse and St Mawes Castle. Falmouth is just a 20-minute car journey away however if you don’t fancy the drive, why not arrive in style by taking a 30-minute boat from Truro Harbour right into the centre of Falmouth?
The Plaza Cinema
Not sure how to spend an evening? Take a short stroll down the hill to the Plaza Cinema for a night in front of the big screen. This independent cinema features a full range of movies, from the latest blockbusters to a one-night-only screening of Swan Lake – Royal Ballet Live on June 12th.
On the 9th and 10th June, Saltash plays host one of Cornwall’s most colourful and popular regattas. Saltash is about an hour’s drive away however it will definitely be worth it as on the river you’ll find gig racing, sailing, canoeing, swimming and even a cardboard boat race! However, this event is not just about watersports, you’ll also find great food, free live music and plenty of fun and games. Click here for more information.
100: UnEarth at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
About 30 minutes away by car, 100: UnEarth is an outdoor promenade performance taking place at the Lost Gardens of Heligan between 3rd and 22nd July. It looks at the devastating aftermath of conflict, telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and live through war. With a love story at its heart, WildWorks will weave their way through The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in this exploration of grief and tragedy with a deeply moving ending. Follow this link for more information.
Rock Oyster Festival
On the 6th and 7th July, Rock Oyster Festival, north Cornwall’s favourite festival, takes place at Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge, located right on the famous camel trail. About a 50-minute drive away, it is predominantly a music festival however as the name suggests food is a major draw for the people of Cornwall! Gorge yourself on locally-sourced mussels, oysters and clams and wash it all down with a delicious Cornish pale ale.
Truro Farmers Market
Are you looking to try some local Cornish produce? Every Wednesday and Saturday, Lemon Quay hosts the Truro Farmers Market with traders from all over Cornwall, some whom are truly artisan, looking to sell their homemade local produce. There is a variety of food on offer from freshly-baked bread and locally-sourced smoked fish to homemade preserves in a rainbow of colours. Just a 5-minute walk down the hill and you can sample some of the best food our county has to offer.
Live in The Wyldes
Nestled within a tree-lined valley in North Cornwall, The Wyldes site lies just a few miles from the beach and moments from the scenic Atlantic Highway. Following a successful launch last summer, Live in The Wyldes, about a one-hour drive away, enters its second year with a series of one-day live music events at The Wyldes site near Bude. The festival runs from Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July with Brit Award-winning singer Palmoma Faith taking to the stage on Friday night.
Expedition Space at the Eden Project
Ever wondered what it would be like to go on holiday to Space? Take the trip of a lifetime at the Eden Project this summer from the 21st July onwards. Expedition Space is an all-new space adventure where you get to be a tourist in the farthest reaches of our galaxy and enjoy out of this world experiences. Maybe you’ll have some strange encounters with alien species? This special event is certainly a great day out and provides fun for all the family. It’s about 45-minutes away by car however should you reach the Eden Project by public transport, you will receive a reduced entry price so it’s worth looking into. Follow this link for travel information.
Charlestown Regatta Week
Charlestown, a 30-minute drive away, is one of Cornwall’s most photogenic villages due to the magnificent Georgian harbour which takes centre stage. From 21st – 27th July, Charlestown regatta week brings together the local community, residents and visitors alike to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races and flora dance procession. Much of the money raised during this week is poured back into the local community so it is all for a good cause.
Boconnoc Steam Fair
The Boconnoc Steam Fair is a three-day steam extravaganza taking place within the idyllic setting of the Boconnoc Estate. There will be over 50 steam exhibits, classic tractors, commercials, cars and military vehicles and much more. It takes place 27th-29th July and is about a 45-minute drive from us.
Paradise Park Dinosaur Quiz Trail
Looking for a way to occupy your kids this summer? Back by popular demand, Paradise Park’s Dinosaur Quiz Trail will be running throughout June and is a great day out for the whole family. Paradise park is located in Hayle, about a 30-minute drive away, however it is also accessible by train. You will be able to track down dinosaur eggs as well as enjoying all of the daily activities including: The Eagles of paradise display, carrot time in the fun farm, twice daily penguin feeding, the indoor jungle barn and much more.
Truro Walking Tours
The beauty of Truro is that it can easily be explored on foot! If you would like a guided tour, you can join one for £6 every Wednesday. Discover the unknown history behind the opes & cobbles of Truro, while learning facts and stories you would never think are true. The tour leaves from Visit Truro Information Centre, just a 5-10 minute walk down the hill, and lasts 90 minutes. Head to the Visit Truro website for more information or call 01872 274555 to book now.
The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is surely one of the most unique venues throughout the whole of the UK. There are a number of famous plays on show throughout August including: “Alice”, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Much Ado About Nothing”. While it may be an hour’s drive away from Truro, a night at the Minack is surely an unforgettable experience and a great way to spend an evening while visiting Cornwall. Click here for more information on show times and to purchase tickets.
National Maritime museum, Pirate School
Looking to entertain your kids this Summer? Join the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for Pirate School throughout the school holidays. Take part in a treasure map trail, craft your own pirate essentials and join in with lots of interactive learning activities. Falmouth is just a 25-minute drive away or if you fancy taking public transport you can take either the train or the U1 bus that leaves from directly outside the hotel.
Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the South West with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days alongside a lively programme of shore side events. Watch the exciting sailing on the water, explore Cornish crafts markets, watch firework displays and see a great line up of music acts. Falmouth is just a 25-minute drive away or if you fancy taking public transport you can take either the train or the U1 bus that leaves from directly outside the hotel. Follow this link for more information.
Cathedral City Markets
On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, Cathedral City Markets will be taking place on Lemon Quay, just a 10-minute walk down the hill. This is your chance to meet traditional Cornish tradespeople and purchase art, crafts, drink and gifts.
Cornish Steam and Country Fair
The Cornish Steam and Country Fair takes place 17th-19th August and features almost one hundred full size and miniature steam engines from all over the country. It takes place at Stithians Showground, just a 15-minute drive away, and has plenty to occupy the whole family including trade stands, horse demonstrations, dog agility shows and live music.
46th Cornwall Folk Festival
The 46th Cornwall Folk Festival takes place 23rd-27th August 2018 in Wadebridge, north Cornwall. A 40-minute drive away, this festival takes over various venues in Wadebridge to offer live music, instrument workshops, street entertainment, children’s games, face painting and much more! Click here for more information.
Boscawen Park Open Air Gigs
On Sunday 26th August, Boscawen Park in Truro is hosting an open air gig between 1:30 and 5pm. Just a 15-minute walk or 5-10 minute drive and with plenty of parking, you’ll have the chance to listen to Sing Truro mixed choir, Drums for fun and Acappella Sound. Follow this link for more information.