Location & Date

Harbour Head, Porthleven,
Nr Helston,
TR13 9JA

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April 2019

Do I need a ticket?

Entry to the main event is free and no ticket is required, but you will need a ticket for our After Dark Parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Or choose our Weekend Gourmet ticket for full weekend access, including priority access to the Chef’s Theatre.

You can exchange your ticket for a wristband when you arrive either at our Info Stand on the Harbour Head during the day or at the Shipyard Stage Box Office in the evenings. See our map for locations. 

We have a camping field where you’ll need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to pitch up your own tent, park your campervan, motorhome or Winnebago. We also offer glamping in Bell Tent and Shire Huts.

Opening Times?

Festival Trading hours

10am – 7pm – Friday 26th April 2019
10am – 7pm – Saturday 27th April 2019
10am – 7pm – Sunday 28th April 2019

Certain areas of the festival will be operating later than others. Please contact roxy@arclive.co.uk for further details on trading and hours.


The Campsite is open from Friday until Monday all tickets are weekend camping only. You can access from 10am on the date of your booking. Dogs are not allowed.

Address: Festival Campsite, Methleigh Bottoms/ Mill Lane Porthleven, Helston TR13 9LQ (please note that some campervans will be on a separate site – please follow signs or ask if you are unsure).

You’ll need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to pitch up or park. In theory you can pay on the door but only if there’s space left so we would recommend pre-booking, especially for vehicles.

We also offer glamping in Bell Tent and Shire Huts which are charged separately. See our Accommodation page for more info.

Travel & Parking

Portheven will be closed to non-residents and businesses from 7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Different options on getting here are laid out below. Please consider leaving your car at home and using an alternative method to reach us or liftshare if you can.

The event postcode is TR13 9JA. Please access Porthleven via Methleigh Bottoms B3304 for the easiest access to our main event car parks rather than coming through Helston.

Catch the Bus

The regular bus service into Porthleven will take you to a temporary bus stop near the Post Office at the top of Fore Street and departs from The Football Club. Buses depart hourly. More details at: https://www.firstgroup.com/cornwall/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/porthleven-festival-days-shuttle


Make a day of it and start with a relaxing and beautiful 40-minute stroll through the Penrose Estate from the FREE Helston Car Park, opposite Coronation boating lake.

Car Parks

The festival operates two car park sites within Porthleven. The B3304 from the A394 Penzance Road is the quickest route to the Football Club Car Park, which has 750 spaces available and Methleigh Farm Car Parks. Day parking is £5 and a FREE shuttle bus then operates from the Methleigh Farm site (or it’s a ten minute downhill walk).

Using our car parks is essential for Traffic Management. Police kindly request that you park in the designated car parks and don’t leave your car sprawled on the main roads.

Helston Park & Ride

The festival also operates a shuttle bus service on all three days from Helston. You can leave your car for free in the car park opposite Coronation Boating Lake in Helston and hop in the shuttle bus service. Buy your ticket (£2 each way; £1 for children) when you board. Timetable and more info at: https://www.firstgroup.com/cornwall/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/porthleven-festival-days-shuttle

You’ll be dropped by The Post Office in Porthleven, just a two-minute walk from all the action around the harbour.

Residents’ Parking Scheme

To minimise parking and access issues for local residents, the Festival has been closely liaising with Porthleven Town Council and our traffic management company JPS. Please visit our news page for more information.

Festival Info


Limited spaces at the heart of the Festival. Ask a steward in a yellow jacket if you need to use these spaces.


Here you can ask questions and find lost property. You’ll find the Info stall close to the Harbour Head.


An ambulance with a team of trained paramedics will be located in the Ship Yard. Ask a steward for directions.


Dogs are welcome at the festival, however bear in mind that it does get very busy so they need to be ok with crowds. The Fireworks will be at 9pm on Saturday night. Dogs are not permitted on the festival campsite.