Location & Date

Harbour Head, Porthleven,
Nr Helston,
TR13 9JA

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd April 2018

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.

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

Opening Times?

Festival Trading hours

10am – 11pm – Friday 20th April 2018
10am – 12am – Saturday 21st April 2018
10am – 12am – Sunday 22nd April 2018

Certain areas of the festival are closed at different hours please see individual areas for further information.


The Campsite is open Friday until Monday.
Check in from 4pm Thursday.

You’ll need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to pitch up or park. We also offer glamping in Bell Tent and Shire Huts which are charged separately. See our Accommodation page for more info.

Travel & Parking

Rule number one: take it easy! More than 30,000 people visit Porthleven for the Festival. This can cause a lot of congestion on our small roads. The information below will help you find the best route for you.

The event postcode is TR13 9JA

Catch the Bus

The regular bus service into Porthleven will take you to a temporary bus stop near the Post Office and depart from The Football Club – closer than our Festival Car Parks. Buses depart hourly.


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

Car Parks

The festival operates two car park sites within Porthleven Please take the B3304 from the A394 Penzance Road. This 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 operates from the Methleigh Farm site.

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.

For those in the know: try Shrubberies Hill Car Park and walk in past the Atlantic Inn and the Clock Tower.

Helston Park & Ride?

The festival also operates a shuttle bus service 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 when you board. Running every 20/30 mins from 9.30am. Last bus from Porthleven Football Club at 5.30pm. You’ll be dropped by The Post Office in Porthleven, just a two-minute walk from all the action around the harbour. All return buses are from Porthleven Football Club site

Festival Info


Limited spaces, reserved for your use only, in the heart of the Festival. Ask a steward in a yellow jacket if you need to use these spaces.


Here you can ask questions from a friendly steward, and find lost property. You’ll find the 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.