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  • Exhibitions, festivals and fairs, live music and carnivals

North Cornwall has long been the inspiration for writers, artists, and musicians. Its cultural calendar is filled with exhibitions, festivals and fairs, live music and carnivals.

The Cornwall Folk Festival at Wadebridge, the annual Jazz Festival at Bude, brass bands on the quayside in Padstow and Port Isaac, classical concerts at St. Endellion Music Festivals, the annual Food, Arts & Crafts Festival at Boscastle, Shakespeare performances at Pencarrow. The list goes on and on. Not forgetting the Royal Cornwall Show, offering the best of the county, which happens in June.

The Blue Wing Gallery at Padstow exhibits fine art and covetable contemporary silver jewellery. Wadebridge town offers excellent arts and crafts galleries and shops. Literary landmarks include Jamaica Inn, the coaching inn immortalised by Daphne du Maurier, and the poet John Betjeman, whose work is remembered in recitals by the Camhayle Theatre Players, is buried at St. Enodoc church.

For drama on the water, Rock stages races for catamarans, shrimpers and dinghies; traditional gig racing takes place at Boscastle and the RNLI Lifeboat Day at Padstow, Port Isaac and Bude is worth watching out for.

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