The Cornish Cider Festival celebrates the best in local cider making.
Offering an extensive range of Cornish and regional ciders, as well as apple pressing, music, a cider maker’s competition and wood fired pizza, all in the beautiful ancient town of Lostwithiel, situated at the entrance of Cornwall’s Fowey valley.
Now in its glorious eighth year, the festival is a permanent fixture in the Southwest’s food and drink calendar, enjoyed by hundreds of cider and music lovers every autumn. Here, we hope to tell you more about the festival, what it has to offer and why you should come long to this great little event.
What to expect on the day
The festival starts at 11am, when the bar will be open. If you are entering the amateur cider maker’s competition, please bring your entries in early before the judging begins around 1pm. The cider press will also start around this time, where you will be able to press your own apples or ones purchased at the festival.
Kernoforno’s pizza will be firing up in the car park and will be open all day. At 4pm the apple pressing will end and the music will start, gently at first with some traditional Cornish country dancing and then cranking up the volume with garage punk funsters Weazeldust from 8.30pm until closing at 11pm.
Sat 5th October 2019
11am ~ 11pm
Lostwithiel Community Centre Pleyber Christ Way
Lostwithiel PL22 0HA
Essential festival details
The Cornish Cider Festival 2017 is held at the Lostwithiel Community Centre on Saturday 28 October from 11am to 11pm. Entrance on the door costs £8.00 on the day and includes a souvenir glass and your first half of draught cider.
Advance tickets for a discounted price of £6.50 are available from selected outlets in Lostwithiel.
Getting there by car
Entering Lostwithiel from the west (St Austell direction) on the A390.
Once you enter the town, you will drive through a set of traffic lights, after the lights the Community Centre is the third turning on the right and is sign posted.
Entering Lostwithiel from the east (Liskeard/Plymouth direction) on the A390.
You will pass the industrial estate entrance on your left, Community Centre is the next left hand turning.
Parking is limited at the Community Centre but you should be able to find on-street parking reasonably easily in the town. The best bet is to travel by train!
Getting there By train
The Community Centre is only about 4 minutes walk from Lostwithiel railway station, which is on the mainline from London to Penzance. There are regular trains from Plymouth and Truro stopping throughout the day; please check Great Western Railway website for details.
Places to stay
Lostwithiel has a good selection of B&Bs, hotels and pubs to choose from, including many places on Airbnb. Please check out Lostwithiel town website for details www.lostwithiel.org.uk/where-to-stay
Ciders at this years show include
Sponsors & Thank you
And thanks to…
The Cornish Cider Festival would not exist without the support of the local community and volunteers helping out (paid in cider), particularly on the day itself. Special thanks goes to Andrew ‘Dr of apples’ Ormerod, whose help and advice has been invaluable over the years, Tim Hughes for general carpentry and tasting skills, John Pegg and Alfie Treloar for manning the press every year and Lee’s wife Sian who generally gets things done. Not forgetting Dan for his most excellent guitar and apple related song book.
If you would like to do a shift behind the bar, help set up or clear up afterwards in exchange for free entry and cider, please get in touch.
Tan Ha Dowr
The Gumbo Flyers
Starting of the mid-afternoon festivities - Tan Ha Dowr - a young Cornish music and dance group
The group was started up in by young people who were interested in Cornish music and dance, but wanted to do something more exciting and experimental with it, to make it more up to date and relevant for them. The group has expanded and developed throughout the years, but the main reason for its existence has stayed the same; to meet up with friends, to try out Cornish dancing/music, to experiment with these traditions, to have a go at other people's traditional music/dance, to be creative and to have fun!
Described by London’s Time Out as “the best urban zydeco band in Europe,’’ the Gumbo Flyers have performed their infectious stomps from the swamps of the Fowey River delta to enthusiastic audiences from Newquay to Norway.
The cajun and zydeco aces have perfected the sounds of rural Louisiana and given the music their own unique stamp and never fail to impress with their hot and sweaty, high energy grooves.
With a heady mix of soaring accordion, manic rubboard and pulsating rhythms, these seasoned and well oiled professional musicians based in Cornwall never fail to excite wherever they play.
Weazeldust are a garage rock and roll band with glam, punk, rockabilly and blues influences. Comprising of Trevor Kemp (vocals & guitar) Rob Bryant (bass) Emma Sampson (sax & backing vox) Sam Bridgeland (drums). Based in South West of UK. Formed in 2009.