Falmouth Week 2017
It’s so annoying when one bangs on about how great their town is but “our town really is great”. Falmouth Week is in full swing and it really is bloomin’ great. Last night we enjoyed the 80s&90s night featuring Blue and wow was it a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Blue was huge when I was working for B magazine some 20 years since at Attic Futura Publishing who also published Sugar, the biggest selling teenage girls magazine. Needless to say we didn’t spend a day at work without discussing Blue at least 3 times. From split covers (a different band member per cover over 4 covers with Duncan selling the most) to an exclusive access feature on one of their many tour dates, to DIY quizzes on which of the band members the readers should marry. It was very strange to see these 4, 30 something men looking pretty much the same as they did nearly 20 years prior but in a whole new lifestage. It was kinda nice to drift back to the early days of my working life but also nice to know I’m here in Falmouth with a business of my own and lovely family – and a dog, pony, cat and 2 guinea pigs. Anyway, I will leave my feelings of a life once lived and instead sell you this brilliant event. I would hate for you to miss it next year so here’s my digest of the main events but….there is so much more besides.
Falmouth Week is first and foremost a sailing regatta which has been successfully drawing hardcore sailors to Falmouth since 1837. That’s not ‘alf bad. Now, Falmouth Week Regatta features up to seven days of racing for yachts and dayboats around Falmouth Bay and through the Carrick Roads. Fleets of boats race each day from Sunday to the following Saturday. The offshore regatta is complemented by a comprehensive diary of shore side events for everyone. When I say everyone, I mean everyone.
The Pink Wig parade through town and the party in Events Square on Friday night marks the beginning of the offshore events. It’s a chance for women to not only dress head to little toe in pink but to raise money for The Breast Care Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro and the national campaign for Breast Cancer. There’s a huge Ferris wheel on the Prince of Wales Pier and creative workshops on The Moore all week. Events Square hosts a range of live music each night including The Boss UK, a Bruce Springsteen tribute act, a salsa evening, a funk and soul night featuring Craig Charles, a ska night featuring The South West Ska Giants, 80s & 90s fancy dress extravaganza featuring Blue and finally The Counterfeit Stones: The most famous Stones tribute act in the UK.
The highlight every year is the extravagant and all round banging firework display over the Fal and of course, the ever outstanding Red Arrows over The Bay. It’s pretty cool that all this is literally within a five minute walk of Highcliffe B&B so even if the weather gives our guests it’s worst – we know they will have a great time regardless.
Falmouth Week is a huge event which includes the above and much, much more and never ceases to be a truly professional and well executed event for all tastes and genres. If you missed it in 2017, bookmark the official Falmouth Week page www.falmouthweek.co.uk and grab your tickets as soon as they are released. Highcliffe B&B offers 10% off a 7 nights stay in any of our rooms so you will be so close to the action you won’t need your car, a taxi or a boat to enjoy the vast and varied entertainment in store for Falmouth Week 2018. It’s one NOT to miss.