With many festivals tending to lock you up and rattle your last pennies out of you…. 🙂

We at The Ball like to think we’ve always been a little different. So, if you’re coming down for the weekend we think you should be able to pitch your tent or check in to one of our glamping upgrades and enjoy the festival and our village as much as we do.

Here’s 10 great things to do in and around Porthleven whilst at The Ball…

1) Have a pint (or two) in one of the many legendary Porthleven pubs. 

There are a number of great boozers in Porthleven all within walking distance of the site. No visit to The Ball would be complete without a visit to the closest pub, and our team’s local, ‘The Ship Inn’. A riotous legendary place captained by our mate (and ball builder) ‘Gay Tom’. It’s a real gem of a pub, not just for Porthleven but for the whole of Cornwall. Making the top 10 in The Coolest places to be seen in Cornwall too. Pull up a bar stool, order a pint of ‘Porthleven’ and watch the carnage unfold. Every. Single. Night

If you fancy a more relaxing vibe and a top flight pint of Guinness try The Atlantic Inn which has stunning views over the ocean and some pretty nifty gin specials – an unbeatable Sundowner spot. And lest we forget The Blue Anchor in Helston home of the infamous pint of Spingo, brewed on the premises for centuries.

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2) Hang out at the beach

There are a wealth of stunning beaches within a few miles of The Ball –  Porthleven beach is great for relaxing and maybe a BBQ. Give our mate Budgie the fisherman a ring at Fish on Wheels and ee’ will sort ee ‘reet ooot’ with some freshly caught maaaa’ckerel 07863 639285. Praa Sands is perfect for bit of surfing or swimming, and, off the beaten track, try Rinsey which is overlooked by an old tin mine….(Please take heed of The Atlantic ocean and its dangers. Porthleven is particularly dangerous for swimming/surfing so head to Praa Sands for lifeguard cover).

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3) Eat some top nosh at an award winning restaurant.

Looking to fill up pre-ball in style? There are so many great restaurants dotted around the harbour in Porthleven it’s tough to choose.  Steins, Amelies, Kota all selling fresh seafood and global menus. A few of them headed up by celebrity chefs. We can recommend an amazing burger at Kota Kai….and let’s not forget the ‘Paaasty’.  Our mate Ferg from Ann’s Pasties has a shop in the village and his are ‘right on!’

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4) Try surfing.

Of course with great beaches sometimes comes great surf. Our friend Dan ‘Mole’ Joel has his own surf school at Poldhu beach, not far from The Ball. Or if you have your own kit Praa Sands is just a few miles down the coast and also has great waves for surfing. Nothing like a surf to cure that hangover and get you stoked for the evening ahead.

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5)  Go to the theatre…

Why not take your Ball date here for added wow factor. Yep, just a 30 min drive down the coast is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. The legendary Minack Open Air Theatre is in one of the most beautiful settings anywhere in the world.  There doesn’t even need to be a show on to make this a worthwhile trip. Mind-blowing stuff.

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6)  Try SUP’n (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

If you take a wander down to the harbour, look up our friends at Vertical Blue run a paddleboard school. The guys offer lessons within the harbour (where it’s always calm) or you can hire the boards and have a crack yourselves. It looks pretty hard but is actually very relaxing.

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7) Check out some local arts and crafts

Many Ballers complain that they can’t remember much after the ball 🙂 so why not take home a keep sake that may jog your memory in the future? Porthleven has wealth of fine local Cornish art and crafts. There are workshops and galleries where work is still produced on the premises and you may even see crafts being created. Check out Waves Gallery, Custom House Gallery, The Salt Cellar workshops and Four Crows for a start…

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8) Walk off the night before at Penrose Woods and Loe Pool

Grab your gang and head to this amazing National Trust owned estate near Porthleven which has a number of excellent walking trails around a large coastal lake. Scare the local joggers with tales of all night fun and debauchery. As with all good walks this one conveniently ends at a pub  – The Atlantic Inn… and then it’s just a short walk to The Ship 🙂

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9) Get your post ball Sunday hair do at You Beauty or a trim at Brunos

Want to sort your barnet out? Head down to see Katrina and the girls who do great hair and fantastic mask-inspired make-up. Man Ballers head to our mate Bruno who runs the hip ‘Porthleven Barber Shop’ in Fore St for a quick trim and tidy. Beards welcome.

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10) Watch an epic Porthleven sunset (or sunrise…)

If you’re still balling around 6am you’ll be able to watch the sunrise over The Ball…or watch it set around quarter to nine. If you’re chilling out in the village head to The Atlantic Inn for a great Sundowner.



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First Wave of Artists Announced




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