Falmouth and Penryn are vibrant towns with an amazing cultural and social scene.
Throughout the towns 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 the town is known for, there’ll be something for you all year round.
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 the Origin Warehouse for a wholesome 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 & clubs
Throughout Falmouth town, bands play and open mic nights take place regularly. Check out bookshop-cum-pub Berrwolf, The Chintz (a bar where Alice in Wonderland meets boho-chic), Jacob’s Ladder, Finn M’Coul’s, 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 AMATA on the Penryn Campus for sundown sessions, acoustic performances and much more. Further afield discover what’s on at the Old Bakery Studios in Truro, the Acorn in Penzance, the Eden Sessions and keep an ear to the ground for upcoming Sofar Sounds Falmouth events – where musicians play in intimate venues, from living rooms to barber shops.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dance, check out Toast, Mangos, Club I or the Rugby Club 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.
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Why did you choose Falmouth?
Falmouth is a very beautiful and safe area. The living costs here are a lot lower compared to living in a bigger city and that’s very important when it comes to budgeting.There are multiple types of transport between Cornwall and London, such as trains and coaches. There is also an airport close by, in Newquay, which offers direct flights to London and other places.
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Game Development BA(Hons) 2018 graduate
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