Social Life

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Falmouth and Penryn are vibrant towns with an amazing cultural and social scene.

Throughout Falmouth and Penryn you’ll find boutique shopping, gourmet hotspots, cocktail bars, craft beer courtyards and beachside bistros. Not to mention galleries, music venues, cinema screenings and poetry slams. So, whether you seek solitude on a coastal walk or revel in one of the many events Falmouth is known for, there’ll be something for you all year round.

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Cafes and restaurants

Falmouth and Penryn abound with independent cafes and coffee houses serving up delicious food and brews within unique surroundings. Head to Espressini for speciality coffee to kick start your day, find a bench with a reservoir view for brunch at Wild Vibes or step into Bango Kitchen for a pan-Asian inspired lunch.

We’re also lucky to have a plethora of restaurants to pick from. Whether you want fresh local seafood, delicious vegan options, international flavours or local farm produce, Falmouth has something for you.

Bars, pubs and clubs

Throughout Falmouth town, bands play and open mic nights take place regularly. Check out bookshop-cum-pub Beerwolf Books, Chintz, Jacob’s Ladder, Gylly Beach Cafe and The Front, where there’s a mix of upcoming bands, folk sessions and acoustic beats to keep you going.

Head to the Cornish Bank in Falmouth for an eclectic blend of live music. Further afield discover what’s on at the Old Bakery Studios in Truro, the Acorn in Penzance and the Eden Sessions.

If you’re looking for somewhere to dance, check out Toast, Mangos or Club I for a rich mix of commercial tunes and underground DJs to keep you moving ‘til late.

Students' Union events

From the freshers' ball to outdoor cinema screenings, themed nights at the Stannary to graduation, the Students' Union hosts a jam-packed programme of events throughout the year.

View our upcoming welcome events and discover more about the Students' Union.

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