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Falmouth festival starts with a Splash
11:16am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Cornwall
Some may have thought that launching a festival on Friday the 13th could have been a risky decision, but it has not proved unlucky for Falmouth Splash.
The second annual festival of literature, performance art and exhibitions opened at venues across town on Friday evening and continued throughout the weekend with events for all ages and tastes.
There have already been talks by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and celebrity chef Rick Stein, and former politician and Strictly Come Dancing competitor Ann Widdecombe will be at The Poly tonight, Wednesday, and will be followed by the likes of Charlie Carroll and Stuart Maconie.
A popular event with youngsters was the Great Junior British Bake-Off which took place at Dolly’s Tea Room and attracted a host of young chefs all keen to showcase their talents in the kitchen.
The winner of the bake-off was Tegan Underwood, aged 9, who created a Bruce Bogtrotter Chocolate Cake. Her prize is to spend some time behind the scenes at Dolly’s baking with Holly Hall, the creator of the “soon to be world famous” Lavender Treacle Tart.
The standard of entry was exceptionally high and the judges, Lucas Hollweg, Holly Hall and Emma Campbell, had a very tough job deciding who would win out of the 26 entries – but on the plus side they got to try every single cake.
Elsewhere in town, children were also busy at Falmouth Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon where they were tasked with making “clay heads.” Using air-drying clay, the children and their parents/carers were invited to create an image of themselves or a friend which they could take away with them.
Shoppers in town were also treated to a number of performances from the likes of The Story Republic, Glyn Winchester’s Talwyn’s Tales and the striking Les Oiseaux (two birds) who roamed the streets.
The festival runs until Sunday and there is still plenty to enjoy – from further talks and street performances to the pop-up art trail which runs from one end of the town centre to the other.
For full details of what is still to come visit www.falmouth.co.uk.
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