Cornish Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2023

Choosing your wedding date is one of the first steps in your wedding planning. In one of the most popular posts on my blog, "Wedding dates to avoid in 2022, 2023 & 2024", I go over the events and holidays happening all over the UK and highlight some of the dates you might not want to choose for your wedding day. If you aren't from the area or don't keep up to date with what's happening, this list is for you.

Being aware of large gatherings ahead of time can help you plan for additional travel time between wedding locations or consider scheduling guest arrival 30 minutes earlier to ensure everyone arrives on time. It's essential to double-check the dates to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Three Reasons To Avoid Booking On The Same Day As A Local Event

Traffic: Cornish roads can be challenging, especially during major events when thousands of people flock to small villages. Travel time between your ceremony and reception may vary greatly due to traffic, so it's advisable to factor in extra time for your schedule. Some couples choose to inform their guests of this potential issue by mentioning it on the RSVP or wedding website, suggesting they leave a bit earlier.

Accommodation: Accommodation prices can increase significantly and become fully booked well in advance during major events in Cornwall, such as the Fowey Regatta, especially if you're planning to elope or have many guests travelling from different parts of the country. It's best to book early to secure a place to stay, as available options may be overpriced closer to the event dates.

Guests: Let's say you and your friends are big Cider drinkers, booking your wedding on the same date as Rattler Fest at Healeys Cyder Farm might mean some of your guests have to change their plans to be able to make it.

Wedding Dates To Avoid In Cornwall In 2023:

  • St Piran’s Day 2023, Perranporth Beach (5th March 2023)
  • Spring Flower Show, Royal Cornwall Showground (1st–2nd April 2023)
  • Bude Food Festival, Bude (10th April 2023)
  • Porthleven Food Festival, Porthleven (21st–23rd April 2023)
  • Rattler Fest, Healey's Cyder Farm, Truro (21st-22nd April 2023)
  • Cornwall Comic Con, Royal Cornwall Events Centre (22nd April 2023)
  • Trevithick Day 2023, Camborne (29th April 2023)
  • St Agnes Bolster Festival, St Agnes (30th April 2023)
  • Obby Oss / May Day, Padstow (1st May 2023)
  • Helston Flora Day 2023, Helston (5th May 2023)
  • Bolster Weekend, St Agnes (8th-9th May 2023)
  • Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 2023 (Daphne du Maurier Festival), Fowey (12th-20th May 2023)
  • St Ives Food Festival, St Ives (12th–14th May 2023)
  • World Pilot Gig Championships, The Isles of Scilly (28th-30th May 2023)
  • Fal River Festival (TBC - Usually Last Week of May)
  • The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier (2nd–4th June 2023)
  • Royal Cornwall Show, Royal Cornwall Showground (8th-10th June 2023)
  • Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth (16th–18th June 2023)
  • Golowan Festival, Penzance (16th-25th June 2023)
  • Murdoch Day, Redruth (17th June 2023)
  • St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally, St Merryn (24th–25th June 2023)
  • Mevagissey Feast Week (25th June – 1st July 2023)
  • Bodmin Heritage Riding Festival, Bodmin (1st–3rd July 2023)
  • Panda Fest, Lanivet (7th-8th July 2023)
  • Lusty Glaze Sundowner Sessions, Lusty Glaze (14th–15th July 2023)
  • Leopallooza, Week St Mary (21st–23rd July 2023)
  • Looe Carnival Week, Looe (24th–29th July 2023)
  • Rock Oyster Festival, Dinham House, Rock (27th-30th July 2023)
  • Charlestown Regatta Week (29th July - 4th August 2023)
  • Cornwall Pride 2023, Newquay (TBC - August 2023)
  • Falmouth Sailing Week Regatta, Falmouth (4th–13th August 2023)
  • Boardmasters, Newquay (9th–13th August 2023)
  • Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey (13th–19th August 2023)
  • Global Tall Ships Race, Fal River (15th-18th August 2023)
  • Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge (25th–28th August 2023)
  • Lusty Glaze Beach Tag Rugby Tournament, Lusty Glaze Beach (25th–27th August 2023)
  • Portscatho Regatta 2023, Portscatho (26th August 2023)
  • The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival, Penhallow (8th-10th September 2023)
  • St Ives September Festival, St Ives (9th–23th September 2023)
  • The St Ives September Festival, St Ives (10th–24th September 2023)
  • Lands End 100 Cycling Race 2023, Folly Field, Marazion (16th September 2023)
  • Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth (14th October 2023)
  • Callington Honey Street Fair, Callington (5th October 2023)
  • Montol Festival 2023, Penzance (21st December 2023)

The key with these dates is to choose one that has significance to you and confirm that it’s free of any other festivities. Best of luck!

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