Liskeard Summer Holiday Events 2023

Take a look at what’s happening in and around Liskeard during the school summer holidays……

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Summer at Liskeard & District Museum: 24th July – 2nd September, Mondays to Saturdays

There will be free trails, colouring and fun challenges in the museum this summer. Plus storytelling on Monday mornings and talks and workshops too – for more details click here

Open daily from 10 am- 4 pm and until 1 pm on Saturdays.

FREE entry. Dog Friendly

Scouts Fun Day: Saturday 12th August, 10am – 4pm, Castle Park, Liskeard.

1st Liskeard Scouts are having a Summer Funday. There will be music, inflatables, stalls, food, drinks and a dog show!

Pop down to Castle Park and have a fun filled day!

Liskeard Ploughman’s Festival: 19th August, 10am start, Liskeard Cricket Ground at Liskeard School and Community College (please use Coldstyle Road entrance)

There will be live music, family entertainment, local produce, a craft market, street food and a bar. The festival starts with the market and a special performance of the ‘Saturday Service’ from St Martins Church – so get down early and grab a hay bale!

Entrance is FREE but donations are welcome.

Smokefree Park Launch: 24th Jul, 11am-apm, Castle Park

On Monday 24th July there will be a free bouncy castle, treasure hunt, games and more in Castle Park.

This is part of the Stop Smoking/Vaping in Schools Pilot being run in collaboration with Liskeard School and Community College.

Princess and Prince Dance Workshop: Thursday 3rd August from 9am – 12pm in Liskeard.

This is set to be a fun filled morning of dance and crafts! You will learn Princess and Prince themed dances and make Princess and Prince themed crafts.  Open to all children between the ages of 4-7, not dance experience needed.

For more information please visit the SJS Dance Academy Facebook page 

Les Miserables School Edition : 25th August – 2 September, various times evening and matinee. Liskeard School and Community College.

Get ready to be transported to 19th-century France as Les Misérables comes to Cornwall! Witness the legendary tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption, featuring unforgettable songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own.” This timeless production has captured the hearts of audiences around the world for over three decades, and now it’s your turn to experience the magic.

A History of Cornwall – 21st August at 11am and 1pm at Liskerrett Community Centre

New family show for the summer holidays!

40 minute show from the Cornish Caretakers
Free new look library card and book for each child
And…loads of the new board game KERNOW! out to play.

Presence in the Park: Mondays, 2-4pm in Castle Park

On Mondays during the Summer Holidays the Youth Team from St Martin’s Church will be in Castle Park from 2-4pm.

Come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun and games…no need to sign up- just come and say hi!

Sterts Celebration Concert: 22nd July at 7pm at Liskeard Public Hall, 19th August at 7pm at Sterts and 26th August at 2pm at Liskeard Public Hall

Sterts performers are taking their talents on the road with a series of concerts showcasing the very best that Sterts has to offer.

With a programme packed full of musical theatre showstoppers, sketches, choral favourites and dance, Sterts on Tour marks a new chapter in the life of this unique theatre company.

FREE Time to Move Summer Holiday Camps:  Mondays, 10am – 3pm, 31st July – 21st August, Better Leisure Centre, Liskeard.

Free School Meal Children can attend this event for FREE with a hot lunch provided.

This Summer Holiday Camp is for children ages 5 – 11 years old.  It will include fun, themed action packed activities.

If your child does not qualify for free school meals, then this activity will cost £20 (including a hot lunch).

Summer Reading Challenge 23 Ready Set Read – Liskeard Library, open 9am – 5pm daily.

Get ready to read. Summer Reading Challenge 2023 starts tomorrow.
Come on in and see us from Saturday 8th July to register for this year’s challenge, ‘Ready, Set, Read!’
Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge here:

Blaze Holiday Club: 26th-29th July, 10am-12.30pm – St Martin’s Church

St Martin’s Church are hosting Blaze holiday club, running over 3 mornings from the 26th July.

Join us as we have fun learning more about God, playing games and making crafts!

Alpaca Farm Open Day: Saturday and Sunday from 29th July to 27th August, 10am-4pm – Alpaca Trekking

Moor View Alpacas will be opening their farm park from the 29th July, for 5 weekends!! Visit them to meet the ponies, guinea pigs and alpacas and sheep!! £4 per person, under 2s free. Alpaca trekking and meerkat experiences also available (additional charge)

Callington Free Films : 12 August, 2pm Callington Town Hall

There will be a free film showing of Disney’s Strange World at Callington Town Hall on Saturday 12th August.

Doors open at 2pm and the film starts at 2.30pm.

Refreshments will be made available to purchase.

Great Trethew Trekking Summer Holiday Club : 28th July, 4th, 11th,18th and 25th August and 1st September. Great Trethew Trekking, Horningtops

Fridays throughout the summer holidays, activities include:

  • Horse Riding
  • Care of Ponies/Horses
  • Walking Goats
  • Den Building/Arts
  • Outdoor Cooking Crafts

Sterts Romeo and Juliet : 4th August at 7pm, Strets Amphitheatre

The feud between the Montagues and Capulets has been reimagined as a rivalry between two family-run movie studios in the 1930s.

Suitable for all ages, join us on a summer’s night for the world’s most famous love story, featuring live music, fights, humour, and tears, as we explore the love and conflict between friends, families, and couples, that still rings true today.

Light Work – Many Hands:  15th August at 2pm and 7pm – Sterts Theatre

Calling all families! Get ready to be amazed by the spectacular ‘Light Work’ circus theatre show, featuring jaw – dropping acrobatics and thrilling physical feats that showcase the incredible power of teamwork.

Sterts Stones and Bones Squash Box Theatre:  August 20th 10am – 4pm

​Stones And Bones is a marvellous mix of history and mystery!

There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

For children aged 5+ and their families.

To book tickets please visit the Sterts website.


Invisible Monkey – Kernow Chamber Players: 22nd August at 6.30pm – Sterts Studio

Delightful family fun, the Invisible Monkey, a comedy-in-rhyme with music and dance for three speaking actors and a dancer/acrobat.

In the story, lonely young Zach longs to have a pet of his own, but is forbidden by his cruel Aunt Hettie, is an invisible monkey the answer or will it cause him trouble?

The Sea Show – Squashbox Theatre: 29th August at 2pm – Sterts Studio

The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

Arthur’s Club Live – Stories from the Island: 31st August at 2pm – Sterts Theatre

Castles, crows, and rowing boats. Mermaids, dragons and tiny islands surrounded by the sea… Arthur’s Club, a place where everyone is welcome, a place where stories come alive.

Join Cornish performer and Makaton teacher Rebecca Hulbert for an inclusive children’s theatre show with key word signing woven throughout.

Crabbing Competition – National Marine Week – 31st July, 2.30pm – 4pm. Looe Harbour Heritage Centre
Join local marine biologists as we delve into the fascinating life of crabs in National Marine Week at the Looe Harbour Heritage Centre.
The event will consist of talks on the lives of crabs, the crabbing code and an opportunity to see a live lobster & a spider crab.
31 Jul Looe Carnival Week

Looe Carnival Week – Monday July 31st – Saturday August 5th, various times.

  •  Looe’s own Traditional Furry Dance
  • Annual Carnival Summer Run
  • Children’s Sand Modelling Competition
  • Dance show
  • 3 Legged Fancy Dress Race
  • Polperro Fisherman’s Choir
  • Grand Carnival Procession

Summer Rockpool Rambles: 4th August at 2pm and 1st September at 12.45pm at Hannafore Beach, West Looe

Join expert volunteers from the Looe Marine Conservation Group at Hannafore Beach for our ever-popular rockpool rambles! Discover how to find and identify some of the wonderful creatures and beautiful seaweeds that inhabit Looe’s amazing rockpools.

FREE events, but donations welcome.

Emergency Service Day: 5th August, 10am-4pm – Quayside Centre, West Looe

Please come along and support this fantastic event, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet our local emergency services and, especially for the children, to get up close & personal to the vehicles, boats & equipment used.

Family Summer Gala: 19th August, Millennium House Pensilva

Pony rides – Bouncy Castle – BBQ – Cake table – Games

Car boot – Sweet stall – Forest school activities – Ice cream Van

Tombola – Dog Show – Tarot card readings – Soft play – Fun football activities with Pensilva Youth Club

Trerulefoot Family Fun Day : Saturday 29th July, 10am-4pm at Dave’s Sheds, Trerulefoot PL12 5BL

Family Fun Day to raise some money for Cornwall air ambulance! This year we have The Boogie Woogie Mobile Disco rodeo bull ride, toddler fairground ride, lots of stalls, bouncy castles, bar and food! There is no entry fee, just come along and have a great time with your family

Right Royal Carnival and Duck Race: 29th July, 2-5pm at Parsons Meadow, Rilla Mill

  • Stalls
  • Fun Games
  • BBQ
  • Face painting
  • Music
  • Children’s raft race
  • Duck Race

Summer Revels: 28th August, 3pm-9pm at Linkinhorne Parish Hall in Upton Cross

There will be a bouncy castle (weather permitting), free crafts, family disco, Ice cream and games and prizes.

Fancy Dress and Judging to be held at 5.30pm

Pop Up Play Village: 31st August at 10am – Callington Scout Hut

We are looking forward to popping up with our SUNsational Summer Fun themed session.

We are a mobile role play village that is aimed at 0 – 8 year old children that is engaging, stimulating and most importantly fun.

Saltash Regatta : 29th and 30th July, Saltash

Boconnoc Steam Fair : 28th, 29th and 30th July, Boconnoc Estate

Located on the beautiful Boconnoc Estate near Liskeard, Cornwall, the Steam Fair is one of the largest events of its kind in the South West.

Tickets are available online on the Boconnoc Steam Fair website.

Great Trethew Vintage Rally – Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August.

Classic vehicles, tractors, motorcycles, steam and stationary engines, organised parades in the main show ring. Wild West re-enactment, working horses, traditional craft demonstrations, a live music stage & a dog show. Face painters, children’s entertainers and vintage fairground attractions.  Live music on Saturday & Sunday evening.

Robin Hood – Illyria: 25th July. Gardens open from 5.30pm, performance begins at 7pm. Pentillie Castle near St Mellion

Award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, bring their fabulous open-air production of ‘Robin Hood’ to The Old Tennis lawn at Pentillie Castle, this summer. Bring a picnic and enjoy this family friendly event.

Barn Dance featuring Freedom Fields Ceilidh Band :  3rd August at 6pm – 10pm, Millennium House in Pensilva.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth and the the Freedom Fields Ceilidh Band are holding a family friendly Barn Dance.

They are hitting the road for a dosey-doe-ing adventure & inviting you to join them for an evening of live music, dancing, delicious local beers, ciders & (of course) pasties. So dust off your dancing shoes, grab a partner, & join in for a family-friendly night out!

Tickets on sale now via the Theatre Royal Plymouth website 

Tunes in the Park: 25th – 27th August, Port Eliot Estate.

Port Eliot Estate are holding a ‘Tunes in the Park’ Festival for the summer bank holiday weekend from Friday 25th August – Sunday 27th August.

Acts include Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Sam Rider and the Cheeky Girls, plus many many more!!

For full details and to book tickets please visit the Tunes in the Park website.

Food and Music Festival: 22nd July, 12pm – 8pm. Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Join us for a day in foodie heaven! There’ll be plenty of opportunities to shop, celebrate local produce, taste, and treat yourself to all manner of delicious goodies. There’ll be activities for the children, some fun fairground rides, and great live music.

Lovely Bubbly Festival : 23rd July, 10.30am – 4pm Mount Edgcumbe Estate

The ultimate Festival for lovers of Bubbles and all things nice!

Fun family day out at Mount Edgcumbe Estate, Sunday 23rd July, 10.30am-4pm.

Bubble Shows & workshop, Bouncy castles, Circus workshops, Prosecco & Pimms bar, Street food, Live music and lots more….

Book your tickets and car parking online

Launceston Agricultural Show: 27th July

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to this years Launceston Agricultural Show. n the early days it was known as Launceston Horse Show and was a highly respected equestrian event. The show has grown in popularity and now encompasses livestock displays, arena events, trade stands and marquees, children’s entertainment and so much more.

Kennards House, Launceston Open 8.30 am- 6 pm

Deer Ranger for a Day: 12th August at 10am and 1pm – Boconnoc Estate

Join us for a super exciting Deer Safari with our expert ranger Ian Berry and become a Boconnoc Deer Ranger for the day!

Our ranger Ian will teach you about the important tasks of a deer ranger, from poo detecting to protecting the habitat of these magnificent creatures.

Afterwards families can take part in craft activities in our stable yard. Recommended for children under 12

British Fireworks Championships: 17th-18th August

The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth’s Waterfront on 16th and 17th August.

Look to the skies above Plymouth Sound as six top pyrotechnic companies showcase their very best work and battle to be crowned the champion, each putting on an extra special ten-minute display guaranteed to leave you awestruck.

Eden Summer of Play: All summer

Visit the Eden Project for a fun-filled programme which has creativity, imagination and outdoor play at its very heart. Their gardens and Biomes will provide a stunning backdrop for the whole family to get playful this summer. At the centre will be their new adventure playground area, Nature’s Playground, one of the biggest outdoor play areas in the South West!

For a guaranteed entry, please book ahead on the Eden Project website

Pondlife: 5th August, 10am-1pm – Cotehele Quay

Discover weird and wonderful creatures in the new pond at Cotehele Quay with drop-in, pond dipping sessions. Join us as we hunt for the creatures which live in (and on!) the pond. Watch the water closely, or have a go at pond dipping, and identify any insects, fish, or amphibians you may find.

Free event, no need to book but it is first come first served as limited space on the pond platform.

Really Wild Day Out: 8th August, 10am-4pm – Cotehele Quay

A fun-filled day, jam-packed with really wild activities. Learn all about the amazing wildlife on our estate. There will be activity stations where you can discover:

  • Pond dipping
  • Owl pellet dissecting and bird-ringing
  • Bug hunting
  • Butterfly walks

Summer of Play at Cotehele: every day from 22nd July to 3rd September at Cotehele Estate

What will you do first? Maybe you’ll challenge the family to a race around the orchard? Or perhaps you’ll get creative in our performance area? How about seeing who can build the tallest tower? Or who can throw the most bean bags at a game of corn hole? Before you get stuck in the fun, head to Visitor Reception to pick up your summer activities map.


Mark’s Ark: 22nd August, 1-3pm – Pencarrow House

Come and join us and meet Mark with his array of critters for you to get close to!

Mark and his animals will be in the courtyard from 1.00pm – 3.00pm for you to say hello. Free entry for kids, normal garden entry fee applies to adults

The Secret Garden: 24th August at 7.30pm – Pencarrow

This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in our beautiful Italian garden and performed by The Chapterhouse Theatre Company. So come along, bring a picnic and seating and sit back and enjoy an evening of entertainment.