Our favourite places to go for music in Cornwall


There are lots of ways to enjoy festivals in Cornwall, we are always celebrating something from cheese to oysters and like to enjoy food, drink and music alongside everything.

The  Looe Festival is 23 – 25 September and is a fab venue to see Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music on the Saturday night, and/or Fun Lovin’ Criminals on Sunday night.   Day tickets are available if you don’t fancy the whole camping thing.

If you’re thinking further ahead to next year, the Port Elliot Festival is usually the last weekend of July and is a beautiful venue in the woodland gardens and park of an ancient stately home and mediaeval monastery in south east Cornwall.

You will find local brass bands, with all ages playing in their smart blazers on harbours, in town halls, churches, chapels and carnivals in celebration of all sorts of events all year round.  Likewise Fishermans Choirs will be doing the same and sometimes they play and sing together.  I can promise that this beautiful combination will make your hair stand on end.  www.whatsoncornwall.co.uk is a good place to find out dates and venues.  Likewise you will find out more about the local pub scene with bands playing, which thankfully remains big in Cornwall, where many people grow up playing an instrument and is a big element of holding communities together, whether playing in the brass band or jamming in a village hall or pub.

Music is frequently on the schedule at The Minack, as well as theatre.  You’ll probably have heard  about it already.  It’s an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea.  How cool is that?  Their website has webcams so you can see the view.  They have a huge variety of day and evening performances.  Take a blanket and picnic.  It’s 4 miles from Land’s End and next to the beautiful Porthcurno beach and the Telegraph Museum (there you go – a complete day out planned).

At Carnglaze Caverns, all kinds of music is hosted in 3 man-made caverns in what was originally a slate quarry. Part of Cornwall’s mining heritage in the Loveny Valley, near the village of St Neot, Liskeard.  The natural amphitheatre makes it unique, atmospheric and particularly memorable.  The gardens and woodland are great for a full afternoon walk too.

The Eden Project Sessions host many of the main bands on the big festival circuits each year and draw people from all over.  Get tickets early though!

Hall for Cornwall hosts lots of music, of all types, all year round.

The Princess Pavilion at Falmouth is a charming and beautiful venue, with gigs and concerts all year round.  It’s not too big and it’s not too small, it’s perfect!

 This list is just for starters!  This website is very helpful for music events www.whatsoncornwall.co.uk.

Lower Barns, being in mid, south Cornwall is well placed to visit all these places and you can come back for a soak in the hot tub, curl up in a super comfy bed and wait to have your breakfast served to you in the morning!

If you want to know more, or to book please call on 01726 844881 or email on janie@lowerbarns.co.uk.

Love Janie x

Watching Elbow play at the Eden Sessions, Cornwall