Fal River Festival has announced its full line-up, revealing a ten-day programme packed with diverse events celebrating the area's cultural and natural riches.

The festival will be launched with the annual Beer Fleet on Friday, May 25.

Amy Brocklehurst, the festival's co-ordinator, said: “The Fal River area is not only spectacularly beautiful, it also buzzes with cultural and artistic activity and the festival is our way of celebrating all of that.”

“There are some remarkable events taking place along the length and breadth of the river during the 10 days, and we hope locals and visitors alike will come out in force to enjoy them.”

A flotilla of boats packed with festival-goers will make their grand entrance into Falmouth’s Custom House Quay- a spectacular sight not to be missed.

The opening ceremony will continue at Events Square with an evening of street food, craft ales and free live music, with I Love Amp getting the party in full swing at 8.30pm.

The subsequent days will be packed full of popular longstanding events, alongside a range of exciting new ones, including a mix of festivities suitable for all ages to enjoy, in and around the river.

An undisputed highlight of this years festival will be Cornwall’s first ever Gin Cruises, setting sail on June 1 and 2.

Gin-loving seafarers will enjoy a two-hour journey around the river aboard a classic wooden ferry, sampling a selection of Cornish G&Ts exclusively designed for the festival.

Falmouth Art Gallery is offering a host of family-fun sea-themed creative workshops during the festival including printmaking, painting and collage.

There’s also a feast of creative pop-up events taking place across the river in Flushing during the festival.

Another major local attraction taking part this year is Trebah Garden, who will host a vibrant programme of theatre from Pirates to Dickens in their sub-tropical amphitheatre.

Another theatrical contribution comes from The Story Republicans, who will present An Evening of Stories, Song and Poetry inspired by Cornish writers on Thursday, May 31 at the Tresanton Chapel in St Mawes.

Alongside theatre and arts, there is plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore. This year welcomes back Cornwall Fishing Adventures who are offering a taste of sea fishing with a free have-a-go session on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28, off the Greenbank Hotel Quay.

There are guided walks on offer taking in spectacular scenery as well as some of Cornwall's most beautiful boat trips.

There’s also opportunity to get confident identifying, harvesting and cooking with the area's wild edibles on foraging walks which will be taking place along the banks of the Helford, Pendower and St Just In Roseland.

Cornwall’s first Parkour and Freerunning Gym based in Penryn Control Movement will be taking part in the celebrations this year, offering free sessions with the experts on both Sundays during the festival.

For the more adventurous, there is the Fal River Wipeout - a race around the slippery floating assault course at Kernow Adventure Park, or head for Pendennis Castle and witness an all-action battle as four teams of knights fight for victory armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill on May 30 and 31.

St Mawes is the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday, with annual favourite Jazz on the Quay returning from 3-5.15pm, raising funds for Children's Hospice South West.

The jazz theme continues at St Mawes Hotels’ Hidden Cinema later that evening, who will be hosting a special screening of the multi-award winning La La Land.

Film on the Ferry will also return to the King Harry Ferry on Tuesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 31; films to be aired aboard the floating open air cinema this year including Oscar award-winning war film Dunkirk and the classic tale of survival, Castaway.

To find out more about the festival, visit www.falriverfestival.co.uk or follow the festival on the Facebook page /falriverfestival or Instagram /falriverfest