Cornwall – what’s going on in August and September?

This summer there really is something for everyone going on in our beautiful part of the world!  Love music, books, nature, food and fashion?  How about watching some great theatre under the giant umbrella that is Sterts Theatre, Cornwall’s unique amphitheatre, on the edge of Bodmin Moor?

It is the last chance to visit The Butterfly Count at Cotehele, until 5 August, to see how many varieties of butterfly you can spot.  Booking not needed – pick up your count sheet and explore the gardens and mill!  You will find an array of events taking place at Cotehele throughout August and September. – well worth a visit and so close to Ryelands!

The world famous British Firework Championships are also coming back to Plymouth’s waterfront on 8 and 9 August, bringing sparkle and drama to Plymouth Hoe –

Make the most of the hot British summer and grab your blanket and popcorn ready to watch a movie under the stars at Mount Edgcumbe (Torpoint, Cornwall) or Tinside Lido (Plymouth) or in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard.  A variety of film classics and family favourites can be enjoyed at the Open Air Cinema.  We at Ryelands saw ‘Dirty Dancing’ and it was spectacular on the big screen!  Check availability and book –

Make the most of the beautiful Cornish weather and enjoy one of Tamar Trail’s recommended walks that lead you through the woods to breathtaking views of the Tamar Valley and a landscape shaped by the area’s mining heritage.  A trail map can be downloaded on their website –

Looking for more activities to fill your beautiful long Cornish Summer days?  Why not pop over to the Visit Cornwall website to find out what else is happening close to Ryelands and the rest of the county!

June and July Events in and Around Saltash

Ryelands B&B is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders, explorers of Dartmoor with its miles of rugged moorland and magnificent granite tors or those just wishing to get away from it all and relax.  June and July are big months in Cornwall for outdoor events, thanks to the (mostly) glorious weather we are blessed with!

Plymouth is hosting Flavour Fest from 1st–3rd June 2018, which is the south west’s largest food and drink festival held at the city centre Piazza.

For those of you who love a good agricultural show, it’s the Royal Cornwall Show on 7th-9th June 2018! Held near Wadebridge every year, it’s a great day out for animal lovers, foodies and those looking for some retail therapy and well worth a look if you are in the area.

Enjoy a regatta? The Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival is happening on 9th and 10th June 2018. The 183rd Saltash Regatta held close to Ryelands B&B, is one of the most colourful events held in Cornwall and, certainly for South East Cornwall, and is the most popular annual regatta! 

If music is more your thing, why not head to the Polperro Music Festival from the 16th-18th June 2018 and enjoy their arts and crafts fair, village carnival and bonfire – as well as plenty of music, obviously!

An upcoming event that we can highly recommend is Mevagissey Feast Week which is being held from 24th-30th June 2018, which celebrates the feast of St. Peter (as it has done since 1754).  There are numerous events going on throughout Feast Week, including a carnival parade, fete, musical concerts, fireworks and a raft race. 

This summer, there really is something for everyone going on in our beautiful part of the world! Love music, books, nature, food and fashion? The Great British Summer Festival – a day of music and entertainment, food, workshops and shopping is happening at Mount Edgecumbe House and Barrow Centre on the 22nd July 2018.

And don’t forget that the Port Eliot festival (held on the private estate of the Earl of St Germans, near Saltash) is happening from the 26th to the 29th July 2018.

There’s always something to see down here in sunny Cornwall – don’t just take our word for it! Visit Cornwall have a great ‘what’s on’ page – find it here:

Ryelands Winter Special Offers

Take advantage of our Winter Special Offers and stay in the magical Cornish countryside this Christmas, at Ryelands B&B.  Our winter discounts are available on rooms throughout November, December and January and even better, we offer a 10% discount if you book directly with us via our website at

Christmas in Cornwall

Ryelands is located overlooking the Tamar Valley, on one side of the valley is Devon, the other Cornwall, and the valley extends north from the broad estuary at Plymouth to the intricate, deeply incised river that meanders just below Launceston and Tavistock. Ryelands B&B is positioned on the border of the two counties near to Saltash, known as the ‘Gateway to Cornwall’. The Tamar Valley borders Dartmoor National Park to the east and the Kit Hill area to the west. As many our guests state in their reviews, we really are in the perfect location!

Illuminate 2017

There’s plenty of Christmas cheer going on in and around us this winter; Mayflower 400 UK commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Plymouth to America, carrying the pilgrims who founded the modern United States. On Friday 24th November 2017, the run-up to this significant moment in history will be commemorated with Illuminate – a light festival for Plymouth.

Plymouth will see Royal William Yard illuminated by design, art and inspiration inspired by the values of Mayflower 400; freedom, humanity, imagination and future. This four day is worth attending if you’re staying with us at Ryelands.

Saltash Christmas Festival

On 2nd December 2017, the community of Saltash will be celebrating all things Christmas by transforming Fore Street into a pedestrian haven with snow in the air and stilt walkers on the ground.  Well worth a visit to pick up a range of locally made Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Saltash Waterside Christmas

Join our friendly local community for a great Christmas event in Saltash on 2nd December, with carols around the Christmas Tree and the Brunel Bridge all floodlit. Father Christmas will be in attendance and a spectacular of Fireworks at 6 pm!

Plymouth Christmas Market

Visit the Plymouth Christmas Market to sample an array of local produce from 30 November to 21 December. The beautiful log cabin style stalls will be selling unique hand-crafted gifts from the South West and further afield, will be festooned in fairy lights offering warming drinks, a Bavarian bar with heated seats, and festive food to keep visitors going – perfect for those chilly, late night shopping trips.

Take Advantage of our Winter Discounts

There’s a huge array of events, activities and festivities taking place in and around Cornwall this winter – it’s an opportunity, for a relaxing winter break, not to be missed!  Find out about more events and activities taking place in and around Saltash, on Visit Cornwall. We look forward to welcoming you to Ryelands B&B where you can be assured that you’ll be taken good care of.  Guests love to sit and enjoy our home-cooked breakfast on a lovely, crisp winter morning, with a hot cup of tea or coffee while overlooking an area of outstanding natural beauty.

View our website for availability and to book your Cornwall adventure.

Places to visit around Ryelands

The Tamar Biridge

Ryelands B&B is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders, explorers of Dartmoor with its miles of rugged moorland and magnificent granite tors or those just wishing to get away from it all and relax.

Lydford GorgeLopwell DamBuckland Abbey, the acclaimed Garden House at Buckland Monachorum and the historic market town of Tavistock, with its award winning Farmers Market ( and Pannier market, are among the many attractions in our local area.  The National Cycle Route 27 – The Granite Way ( – passes through North Brentnor.  Also Drakes Trail, a 21-mile walking and cycling route from Tavistock to Plymouth, offers scenic routes over Gem Bridge and through Grenofen Tunnel.  Visit Rame Head and its Medieval Chapel and experience the stunning views of the coastline ( Once two towns, Medieval Looe has something for everyone ( and an exploration of Polperro's narrow, winding streets and lanes is not to be missed (!

Other local attractions include:

This is just a small example of things to explore in our beautiful part of Cornwall and Devon.  Take a look at and for more information.

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