Falmouth Week is kicking off in full tonight with the marching carnival starting a week of events.

Also coming up this week will be fleet racing for yachts and day-boats, an aerial performance by the Red Arrows on Wednesday and a jam-packed schedule of shore-side events.

They will include Cornwall Film Festivals Movie in the Park, a stunt bike display in church street car park, as well as the RNLI's fun day activities and Dragon Boat racing.

Although the fun began yesterday with a Victorian carousel and LED screen on The Moor throughout the day, tonight marks the first of the evening events with Falmouth Carnival.

A marching parade led by Falmouth Marine Band, who traditionally use the occasion to unveil their new outfits for the coming year, the carnival is due to leave Falmouth Rugby Club at 6.30pm and make its way through Falmouth town centre to Events Square. 

Taking place from the August 6 until August 15, Falmouth Week has grown into one of the largest sailing regattas in the South West, with seven full days of racing being complemented by musical performances, activities and more.

Having made a few alterations to the events lineup in order to keep in line with safe operating procedures, the organisers have been keen to stress that the vast majority of the week's daytime events and activities remain unchanged.

Tim Vigus of South West Bars and Events who operates the evening entertainment for Falmouth Week says: "We are all gutted to have to make these evening event cancellations, however, working in collaboration with Cornwall Council, Public Health and the Falmouth Town Team, weather permitting, we are delighted to have maintained the finale weekend of events.

"We are all working extremely hard against the ongoing challenges of the pandemic including the track and trace self-isolation rules and the current shortage of staff.

"Instead of cancelling the entire schedule, we are grateful to be able to run our cut down version, with our new open-air stage on August 13, 14 and 15 at The Waterfront, Church Street Car Park."

The second weekend of evening concerts – namely 80s vs 90s night next Friday, August 13 with Liberty X and Ultrabeat, Queen by The Bohemians vs Fleetwood Bac on the Saturday, August 14 and Russell Howard and friends on Sunday, August 15 – are all still going ahead with the new open-air stage setting designed to maximise personal safety and reassurance for everyone attending.

Sadly having to be cancelled were The Wurzels, Reef, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and the Ska Night with Bad Manners.

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Ticket holders for these cancelled events can either:

• Gain a refund by contacting: seetickets.com/customerservice

• Swap their tickets for one of the remaining shows via seetickets.com/customerservice

• Keep their tickets and reuse them for one of the shows in Falmouth Week 2022.

Key dates for the event are as follows:

6-15 August - Victorian Carousel on The Moor

6-15 August - LED Screen on The Moor

8-10 August - Music on The Moor

Saturday 7 August - Falmouth Marching Carnival

Tuesday 10 August - Evening cinema screening in Kimberley Park, seating from 7.30pm, film from 8pm 

Wednesday 11 August - Action Sports Tour, 12pm to 4pm

Wednesday 11 August - Red Arrows, 6.15pm on the seafront

Wednesday 11 August - RNLI Fun Day on the Quay, all day and evening

Wednesday 11 August - Street Science, by University of Exeter, 10am to 4pm on Arwenack Street

Thursday 12 August - Market on The Moor

Friday 13 August - Epic 80s v 90s Extravaganza from 7pm

Friday 13 August - Falmouth Week Firework Display, 10pm

Saturday 14 August - Queen by The Bohemians vs Fleetwood Bac, 7.30pm

Sunday 15 August - Russell Howard Comedy Night, 4pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 15 August - Dragonboat racing at the Greenbank Hotel from 9.30am

Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager and Falmouth Week Shoreside Chairman, said: "Our Falmouth Week safety plans are progressing in the lead up to the event this year and we are all working extremely hard to support Tim Vigus and his team to ensure that part of the evening entertainment programme can still happen.

"Falmouth Week is one of the few major events still occurring this summer and we are all working closely with Public Health and Cornwall Council teams, to provide reassurance and support to the public, our sponsors and our suppliers to ensure a fun and entertaining week in every possible way."

For tickets and further information on shore-side events and sailing activities, visit falmouthweek.co.uk