A perfect holiday destination
We encourage you to make the most of your time here, be it a weekend getaway or a week-long break. Our secluded spot by the sea means we are perfectly positioned to offer you the very best of culture, history and entertainment in Cornwall.
We are an explorer's paradise, for adventures on foot, by bicycle, by water on horseback or even by classic car, we are the perfect base to see the best of what Cornwall has to offer. From surfing on the north coast to sailing on the south, visiting the Eden Project to watching a show at the Minack Theatre, we have it all.
We make the most of our in-depth knowledge of the area and are happy to offer recommendations of our favourite places to discover, and exciting activities to try. Although you could easily be in the South of France you are close to the best that Cornwall has to offer.
A central location
No more than 45 minutes to the best that Cornwall has to offer
From our secluded spot in St Agnes, Cornwall we have put together a selection of our tried and tested, favourite and much recommended activities to inspire you and help you plan your stay with us at Rose in Vale. From walks in the countryside to full days out in our neighbouring coastal villages, we have thought of what might make you tick.
Upcoming Events around Cornwall
St Ives Music and Arts Festival
St Ives September Festival
10th to 24th September 2016
St Ives will come alive once again as one of Cornwall’s richest cultural experiences delivers a full spectrum of arts from classical to world music, folk and jazz to flamenco, from poetry to theatre, talks and art exhibitions.
Royal Cornwall Show
Royal Cornwall Show
8,9,10 June 2017
For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending.
This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 and as you’d expect from a county show, a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent decked out with wonderful displays from individuals and local nurseries. The main ring offers a full three days of entertainment featuring different headline acts each year, plus show jumping and a fast and furious inter-hunt relay. There is also a full programme of entertainment and demonstrations in the countryside area, alongside Cornish heritage and Cornish wrestling. You’ll find busy marquees dedicated to goats and rare breeds, cage birds and poultry, bees and rabbits, there’s a major dog show, a traditional steam fair, the Cornwall Festival of Dance, forestry and if that’s not enough then there’s the motor fair, agricultural machinery, crafts, health and beauty ... in fact, something for all the family.
Azores and Back Yacht Race
Red Ensign AZAB 2019
Over 70 yachts set off from Falmouth to race to the Azores in the largest ocean-going race to leave Britain in 2015. Designated the Red Ensign AZAB, the race was established in 1975 by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. The race from Falmouth to the Azores and back is a distance of some 2,500 miles and competitors meet challenging conditions at every stage of the race.
Visitors to Falmouth will be able to view preparations by competitors at Pendennis Marina adjacent to the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth from 4 - 5 June. The race will start from Black Rock, Carrick Roads and viewed from either Pendennis Castle or Pendennis Head on 6 June.
Falmouth Classics Regetta
16 June – 18 June 2017
Falmouth Classics Regatta
The camaraderie of the best Classic Boat Rallies comes to Falmouth. The three day event, Falmouth Classics, brings the competitors together in one area in close proximity to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.
Classic boats from many parts of the country, the continent and the local area take part in this Classics event, with boats built as long ago as 1882 and lovingly restored taking their place alongside many more launched before the Second World War and other more modern versions of the classic designs.
The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail and Power. The boats will Parade out of the inner harbour and into Carrick Roads, and will include the larger boats, making the magnificent spectacle of Pilot Cutters, Working Boats and other traditional craft under full sail. The parade will be headed by the Falmouth sail training ship, Hardiesse, and the Gaff Yawl, Germaine, built in 1882 and sailed over from Douarnenez for the event.
The parade can be seen to best advantage from Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive and Trefusis Point. The Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Body and Mrs Body, will take the salute from a Fal River Launch moored off the castle.
As part of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, running over the same weekend, there will be a shanty group, the “Wareham Whalers,” singing at the castle and a commentary about the parade on VHF Channel 69 for the local yachtsmen. Representatives of Falmouth Classics will be on hand in Pendennis Point car park and at the castle to explain to the general public as the boats progress past. With Radio Cornwall running their Saturday morning programme from the castle and the shanty singers at full strength, this promises to be an event worth watching.
Culdrose Air Day
Culdrose Air Day 27th July 2017
Come and meet the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy’s flying force, at the 2017 Culdrose Air Day.
Air Day is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station.
Famed for heroic rescues, and with frontline helicopter Squadrons supporting the Navy across the globe, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is home to a variety of military aircraft including Merlin and Sea King helicopters, Hawk Jets, and the King Air 350 Avengers.
You will be blown away by awesome flying displays, be able to meet the heroic Aircrew who fly our helicopters around the world, get up close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy.
Blue Hills Motor Trails
For all motoring enthusiasts, this is a fantastic spectator event at Blue Hills Tin in St Agnes. Watch the spectacular climb for those participating in the Motor Cycling Club Lands’ End Trials. See motors attempt the steep climb, and see the ones that can’t quite make it get towed to the top of the cliff. As most of the action takes place on the Saturday afternoon of the Easter weekend, there is always a huge crowd and a wonderful atmosphere.
The Bolster Festival is a celebration of the triumph of St Agnes, who gave her name to the village. The annual festival sets the scene on the dramatic cliffs of Chapel Porth Beach each May Bank Holiday weekend. It tells the tale of the Giant Bolster who, having ravaged the locality and terrified the locals is finally brought his comeuppance by a fair village maiden. On the Saturday evening a lantern procession leaves Churchtown at the centre of the village, heading for the highest point in the locality, The Beacon, where a bonfire is lit to fire clay houses that local children have made.
St Agnes Carnival
The St. Agnes Carnival tradition dates back well over a hundred years, to the time when the village streets would have been lined with miners and fishermen, bal-maidens and fishwives. A highlight of the Cornish village calendar the magical carnival is full of fun and merriment during the first week in August. Expect fancy dress, local bands and fabulous floats; great ingenuity, even dance routines, all led by the famous Giant Bolster.
World Belly-Boarding Championships
The World Belly Boarding Championship first began in 2002 at Chapel Porth by Martyn Ward and Chris Ryan as a memorial contest to the late Arthur Traveller, a Londoner who was a regular visitor with his wooden board at Chapel Porth. From humble beginnings with only a handful of competitors it has now grown into the World Championships we see today with over 300 surfers. The competition is fierce and friendly. Watch the day’s entertainment or grab a board and give it a go! Expect no wetsuits, no leashes and no swim fins. A bit of wood and a swimsuit is all you need.