Falmouth Beer Festival 2018

Falmouth Beer Festival is Moving to Events Square Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3XA

Falmouth Beer Festival is moving to Falmouth’s Events Square at Discovery Quay on the 4th, 5th and 6th October 2018.

Opening times: Thursday 20.00 – 23.00; Friday and Saturday 11.00 – 23.00.

The festival will be housed in two large marquees that will cover the whole of events square and overlook the River Fal. Events square is located on the Quay at the busy area of Falmouth waterfront where there are a mix of shops, restaurants and the National Maritime Museum. Events square helps to host Falmouth Week, Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth Spring Festival and Falmouth Oyster Festival and now the Annual Kernow CAMRA Beer Festival. It is within easy reach of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation with three nearby campsites. Falmouth Town Railway Station is less than five minutes away and situated at the Port end of the town.

The CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Festival will feature more than 240 fantastic Real Ales from local & national breweries & microbreweries with more than 60 Real Ciders & Perries and a range of Bottled Beers, Continental bottled Beers & Wines. Festival themed glasses offer measures of a pint, 1/2 pint & 1/3 pint. Hot & cold food will be available alongside live local entertainment and tutored beer tastings on Friday & Saturday. There is wheelchair access & disabled facilities.

£10 Entry Package includes admission, £4.95 of beer tokens, festival glass and festival programme. CAMRA members will receive an additional £1.65 of beer tokens. £3 Entrance fee for non-drinkers with canned soft drinks and bottled water available for purchase. Pre-festival tickets will be available online shortly.

A £1.00 refund is available on return of each undamaged festival glass. Additional beer tokens can be purchased at designated points throughout festival venue. All unused tokens can be redeemed for full face value. You will be able to join as a CAMRA member on the day to help protect and promote real ale, cider and perry when you will receive 2 complementary festival pints alongside the regular festival entry discounts and lots more.

For more details Contact Sonia Bunce ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@reciffosserP

Do you fancy joining the Falmouth Beer Festival Team? Come and celebrate Cornish Beer and Cider with us! We welcome volunteers from throughout the country. Application forms will be available to download from the website www.cornwall.camra.org.uk shortly or contact our volunteer coordinator Ann Burnett on ku.gro.armac.llawnroc@ceslaicos

Getting to Falmouth

By Train into Cornwall

Great Western Rail operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services from London Paddington. Cross Country Trains (Arriva Trains) operate services into Cornwall from the Midlands, the North and Scotland. For further information contact National Rail Enquiries for train times/fare information on 08457 48 49 50.

The First Group co-ordinate rail and bus services from stations. When arriving by train, change at Truro and take the Maritime Line, a twice hourly rail service between Truro and Falmouth. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes.


The 366 & 367 ‘Falmouth Shuttle Bus’ services, run by OTS, serve the town centre on a 20 minute loop, linking the town and coast. Please see the download link at the bottom of the page for timetables and further information. The bus stops outside events square.

First Kernow

First Kernow operate public bus services in and around Cornwall. https://www.firstgroup.com/cornwall

By Coach

National Express serves Falmouth from destinations throughout the UK. Connecting services to Cornwall are available from Bristol, Birmingham and London. To book call 08705 80 80 80.

By Road

The M4, M5 and M6 motorways have made travel to Cornwall simple and straightforward, while within Cornwall itself, the A30 and A38 continue to improve with fast dual carriageways. Follow the M5 to Exeter, and join the A30 to Truro, then follow the signs to Falmouth.

For up-to-date traffic information listen to local radio stations and plan your journey using the AA Route Planner for a tailor made travel plan with timings and mileage. For information on any possible delays or roadwork’s throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews

By Air

Newquay Cornwall Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK linking Cornwall to major cities across the country as well as internationally. Car hire is available at Newquay Cornwall Airport through Europcar and Hertz who have offices at the terminal.

By Ferry

Taking the ferry to England has never been easier. There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK from mainland Europe and Ireland and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall.

These include: Stena Line, P&O Ferries, Irish ferries and DFDS Seaways. Travelling across the Channel from France to the UK can take as little time as 35 minutes on the Eurotunnel.

Plymouth is the closest port to Cornwall being just across the River Tamar. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff and Santander into Plymouth.

Falmouth Town History

Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend Carrick Roads in 1540. The main town of the district was then at Penryn. Sir John Killigrew created the town of Falmouth shortly after 1613.

In the late 16th century, under threat from the Spanish Armada, the defences at Pendennis were strengthened by the building of angled ramparts. During the Civil War, Pendennis Castle was the second to last fort to surrender to the Parliamentary Army.

After the Civil War, Sir Peter Killigrew received royal patronage when he gave land for the building of the Church of King Charles the Martyr, dedicated to Charles I, "the Martyr".

The Falmouth Packet Service operated out of Falmouth for over 160 years between 1689 and 1851. Its purpose was to carry mail to and from Britain's growing empire. As the most south-westerly good harbour in Great Britain, Falmouth was often the first port for returning Royal Navy ships.

In 1805 news of Britain's victory and Admiral Nelson's death at Trafalgar was landed here from the schooner Pickle and taken to London by stagecoach. On 2 October 1836 HMS Beagle anchored at Falmouth at the end of her noted survey voyage around the world. That evening, Charles Darwin left the ship and took the Mail coach to his family home in Shrewsbury. Darwin's shipmate Sulivan later made his home in the nearby waterside village of Flushing, then home to many naval officers.

In 1839 Falmouth was the scene of a gold dust robbery when £47,600 worth of gold dust from Brazil was stolen on arrival at the port.

The Falmouth Docks were developed from 1858 and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) opened Falmouth Lifeboat Station nearby in 1867. The present building dates from 1993 and also houses Her Majesty's Coastguard.

The Cornwall Railway reached Falmouth on 24 August 1863. The railway brought new prosperity to Falmouth, it made it easy for tourists to reach the town. The town now has three railway stations Falmouth Docks railway station, Falmouth Town railway station and Penmere railway station.

The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee tour came to Falmouth on 1st May 2002 when Her Majesty launched the brand new Falmouth lifeboat, the RNLI Richard Cox Scott on the National Maritime Museum pontoons.

The National Maritime Museum was opened on 14th March 2003 by the Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew. Many notable sailing achievements have taken place in Falmouth waters, with perhaps the two most well-known being Robin Knox-Johnston’s, who became the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world in 1969 and Ellen Macarthur’s who did it in 2007, becoming the fastest person in the process, to do so.

Falmouth has its own university, the Falmouth University; with two campuses. They offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses mainly in the fields of Art, Design and Media.