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There are events which take place every year in Lostwithiel - some have been running for many years while others are newer, but they are all firm favourites in the town's calendar.
March - Lostwithiel Beer Festival
The Rotary Club of Lostwithiel has held a Beer Festival in Lostwithiel since 2004.
Although the festival helps to raise money for both local and overseas charities (around £15,000 in the first five years), the organisers still aim to offer exceptional value for money, with good ale throughout the day, international rugby on the big screen in the afternoon and great music and lively dancing in the evening.
May - LostFest
LostFest is the Lostwithiel festival of arts, crafts, antiques, music and dance for all the family held during May, at the end of the Du Maurier festival of Arts and Literature.
The festival is a one day event which takes place at venues all over town from 10am to 10pm. There are hundreds of arts, crafts and antique stalls, musicians and entertainers plus activities, workshops and demonstrations for all ages.
July - Lostwithiel Carnival week
Running from Sunday to Saturday for week in mid-July with a different event happens on each night, the Lostwithiel Carnival is organised by the Rotary Club of Lostwithiel.
It comprises a Charity Fayre, Cricket competition, Rounders competiton, Five-A-Side Football competition, a Street Party with the ever popular Duck Race, the hugely anticipated Pram Race and culminating with a Parade and fireworks.
For more information please see the Rotary Club website.
August - Trewether Farm Charity Fayre
Each year Trewether Farm hold a Charity Fayre on the last Saturday of August in their farm on the outskirts of Lostwithiel. Hundreds of people attend and thousands of pounds are raised for local charitie. Games, stalls, activities and entertainment is provided, including performances by Lostwithiel Town Band.
September - Annual Produce Show
The Lostwithiel Annual Produce Show is run by the Lostwithiel Garden Society in conjunction with the Lostwithiel Women's Institute, the Lostwithiel & District Floral Art Group and the Friends of the Garden Society. It is held at the start of September and opened each year by a distinguished guest. There are classes for vegetable, fruit, flower, cookery, preserves, brewing, handicraft, photography, floral art, pets and school's classes, and in recent years new classes for compost and for scarecrow.
October - Lostwithiel Food Festival
Foodie businesses through town participate in the Lostwithiel Food Festival, which spans a week in October and encompasses a huge range of events from wine and beer tastings, themed evenings, promotions and menus packed with locally sourced produce and Cornish delicacies. Special events in previous festivals have included the Lostwithiel Cider Festival, The Great Cornish Pasty Challenge and Asian Food Day with Thai, Korean, Nepalese, Indian and Japanese food.
October - Cornish Cider Festival
The Cornish Cider Festival held in Lostwithiel is an all-day celebration of cider and apple juice, with live music, talks and discussions about Cornwall’s cider making and apple heritage, and a free fruit press for people to use to produce juice from their own apples. The event is sponsored by Sharp's Brewery and Cornish Orchard.
December - Dickensian Night
On Dickensian Night you'll find an old fashioned Victorian Style evening in Lostwithiel's Christmas Tree lined streets. All the local shops are open and the shopkeepers dress up in period costume. There's entertainment from the town band, choirs singing carols, bell ringers, buskers, street entertainers and an old fashioned childrens roundabout. Some of the town's historic buildings are open to the public and the Town Mayor is in attendance.
There's plenty of food available including a Soup Kitchen, Christmas Sausages with the trimmings, Turkey and cranberry pasties, hot chestnuts and other festive foods and drinks. You'll also find stalls indoor and out selling antiques, books and christmas crafts, many of which are run by local charities so you can feel good about buying those extra stocking fillers.
December - Christmas Pageant
This annual colourful event was introduced to the town of Lostwithiel back in the early 1980's by Cornish Bard Rachel John.
Taking place during the second Saturday in December, up to thirty local residents dress up as various nativity characters and Cornish saints to form the pageant tableau.
December - Advent Window Trail
During the Advent period, homes and businesses around the town with windows overlooking the road set up special window displays with a numbered window, which are illuminated each evening like an Advent calendar.
The windows light up consecutively each evening from 1st to 24th of December; by Christmas Eve there are 24 different windows to see and enjoy as you walk through the town - a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
The Advent Window Trail has become an instrisic part of Christmas in Lostwithiel, enjoyed by both towns people and visitors.
December - New Years Eve Giants
On New Year's Eve a buzzing carnival parade takes place in the streets of Lostiwthiel to see in the New Year.
Starting at around 11.30pm outside the Kings Arms, the parade of Giants, drummers, pipers, carnival dancers and revellers makes its way down Fore Street, across the Medieval bridge and up Grenville Road to arrive at the Earl of Chatham around midnight. The parade then returns along the same route to finish with more music and dancing at the top of Fore Street.