Weddings in Falmouth, Cornwall
Based around a thriving harbour, Falmouth is the gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty.
The town is famous for its creative buzz with many art galleries displaying contemporary works and venues showcasing independent films and live bands.
Some of the many reasons to visit Falmouth include, the fascinating maritime heritage, the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers – perfect for walking and family days out, watersports, boat trips running from the pier and quay and plenty of family friendly attractions.
Falmouth is surrounded by several fantastic beaches and is known for its year round events calendar.
Falmouth’s maritime legacy and coastal culture is a huge part of its charm, boasting world class watersports on its sheltered waters including gig rowing, kayaking, diving and regularly hosting sailing events such as Falmouth Regatta and the Pendennis Cup.
The multi award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall houses a huge collection of boats, stories of intrepid explorers and provides an observation window where you can see what’s happening underwater in the harbour.
The award winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry) is one of the leading galleries in the South West; it has changing displays of some of the best British art, with a regular programme of special exhibitions complementing works by luminaries such as Henry Scott-Tuke and Sir Alfred Munnings
Exotic sub-tropical plants thrive in Falmouth’s mild maritime climate and at the Kimberly Park Municipal Garden, you can sit amongst the immaculate oasis of ornamental trees and formal flower beds, enjoying a pic nic.
Other gardens include the internationally renowned Trebah Garden, with a dramatic coastal setting on the Helford River and at Gyllyngdune Gardens, a restored heritage garden by the sea.
Falmouth’s host of beaches offer surfing, snorkelling, sailing and plenty of lounging around in the sun, everyone can enjoy the area’s varied seaside activities. Spend a family day on the beach at Gyllyngvase, just fifteen minutes from the town centre, where it’s great for rock pooling at low tide, and has plenty of facilities close by including a café/restaurant. Falmouth’s beaches include Castle beach, Gyllyngvase beach, Swanpool beach and Maenporth beach.
Explore the Fal estuary on the ferries that criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro. The ferry runs all year round
Falmouth is a foodie paradise, tuck into freshly caught seafood from the delicious delis, food festivals, waterside restaurants, traditional pubs and the famous Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips.
Another popular attraction is Pendennis Castle, one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII. Explore the restored Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells and head to the Discovery Centre where hands-on activities allows visitors of all ages to really get to grips with history.
Pendennis Castle is also a licensed venue for weddings and other private events.
One of the more popular areas to hold wedding ceremonies is the Castle Keep or Lower Gun Room.
Crossing a stone bridge, you enter the Castle Keep through an ancient arched doorway complete with its original Tudor Portcullis and topped by the Royal Coat of Arms. The Lower Gun Room is an enchanting place to exchange your vows, steeped in nearly five hundred years of history.
Traditional wooden benches are set on each side of the aisle, lined with gunpowder barrels positioned to create an enchanting entrance. Tapestry hangings, flowers and candlelight can complete the picture.
Just a step or two away and surrounding the Castle Keep is a grassy ‘Chemise’ within a circular stone wall. This outdoor secluded space is ideal for an exclusive drinks reception following your wedding ceremony.
For centuries the Chemise was an external gun platform, now it is a popular focal point for photography.
Just a short walk beyond the Tudor Keep stands the Royal Artillery Barracks, built in 1901 to house the Royal Garrison Artillery. It is now converted into a smart banqueting suite and provides a choice of three contemporary rooms licensed to hold Civil Wedding Ceremonies.