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Spring fever will spread from port to moor with a fresh bunch of events for its second year: Zumba Zestifal, Pop-Up Gardens, Run Falmouth, Get Arty! and a host more.

Spearheaded by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) and following on from the flourishing success of last year’s event, Falmouth will celebrate all things bright and beautiful with the return of ‘Spring Fest’ for 2012.  From Saturday 17th until Sunday 25th March, the town comes alive featuring everything from flower shows and fairs, to guided walks, guerrilla gardening, daily rockpooling sessions, art exhibitions, a fashion show and Gardeners’ Question Time. And this year, the festival has scattered its seeds to produce even more fruitful events, including a new Zumba Zestival, Pop-up Gardens, Foraging Walks and Tea Dances.

The Cornish festival, designed to celebrate Falmouth’s superb open spaces through art, music, dance, walks and community events, springs into action on the 17th March and the award-winning Falmouth Art Gallery will ‘Get Arty’ with free creative workshops for the whole family on The Moor. Outside, a spectacular Spring Fair featuring fresh local produce and arts, live music and cookery demos will brighten up Events Square over the first weekend. New for 2012, hundreds of locals and visitors will zing into motion at the Zumba Zestifal on 24th March as the open air dance extravaganza on The Moor is set to be one of the largest outdoor Zumba events ever held in Cornwall, raising hundreds of pounds for Type 1 Diabetes in the process.

Throughout the Festival, the work of Falmouth’s magical gardening gnomes (or University College Falmouth students) will be the talk of the town as areas in need of a little TLC  transform overnight into perfect ‘Pop-Up Gardens’. And in a bid to make Falmouth’s greens clean, the ‘Clean-up Crew’ will be on a guerrilla gardening mission to beat last year’s five tonne clearance of foliage and rubbish (which scooped a Cornwall in Bloom Community Award in the process), revamping numerous targeted areas.

Better than a box of chocolates for some, on Mothering Sunday, families can participate in Falmouth’s first half-marathon, Run Falmouth.  Whether striding the streets or giving moral support, the 13.1 miles scenic route which will take in three beaches (including the award winning Blue Flag designated Gyllyngvase Beach) and the famed Cornish coastline. The event is set to raise thousands of pounds as Falmouth BID teams up with Cornwall Hospice Care to make it all happen. Runners will be rewarded with a well deserved glass of bubbly and a Falmouth goody bag as they pass the finishing line! On the 21st March, there will also be a chance to get out into the wilds with a totally Cornish coastal ‘Foraging Walk’- perfect for any budding Ray Mears out there!

The 2012 Spring Fest will also be supporting the historic Spring Flower Show, which incredibly is celebrating its 101st year. Situated on the Princess Pavilion, from Saturday 24th to Sunday the 25th March, visitors will be able to enjoy a stunning array of perfect spring flowers, rare plants, bonsais, orchids and flower arrangements, talks, as well as a photography exhibition. Open between 10am-5pm, £3pp - under 16yrs free.

In addition, opening the day before the Festival on the 16th March 2012, the new blockbuster exhibition from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall will invite visitors to enter the world of the rescue services where ordinary people lead extraordinary lives, risking their life to save others. The new ‘Search & Rescue’ exhibition celebrates the work of the RNLI, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and HM Coastguard and will see a real 70 ft Sea King helicopter on display!

“Falmouth Spring Festival is the result of the strong community spirit that exists here in this special town” said Richard Wilcox, Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) Manager. “When I first raised the idea with businesses and groups, I was met with overwhelming support and enthusiasm that enabled us to organise a varied festival that appealed to all ages.”
Richard continues: 

“The Falmouth BID is therefore delighted to be organising and funding the second Spring Festival as the success of the inaugural event meant it quickly became viewed as a must have on the diverse Falmouth events calendar. Thousands of locals and visitors came to support it whilst at the same time, enjoy Falmouth’s great outdoors. With the new action-packed line-up, the Falmouth BID aims to attract even more people both from within and outside of Cornwall to experience all that the Falmouth area has to offer. We’ve worked hard to ensure the event has a strong community feel to it and visitors will again see community spring clean events and the Paint the Town Yellow Day sitting alongside the raft of other exciting events. We hope that this early year festival will prove to be a great boost at the start of the season for local businesses.”

For more information, images and a full event timetable plus news on special Spring Festival accommodation offers please visit www.falmouth.co.uk or check out the ‘Falmouth – Spirit of the sea’ Facebook page.

Issued by Excess Energy on behalf of Falmouth BID.   For more information and images, please contact Tom on tom@excess-energy.co.uk or Daniele on Daniele@excess-energy.co.uk : 01637 852130
Note to editors: Falmouth BID

The Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit company responsible for delivering a number of innovative projects that aim to improve the trading environment of Falmouth. It is business-led, with over 400 businesses being part of it, following extensive consultation, ballot and overwhelming ‘yes’ vote. Numerous initiatives have been delivered for the benefit of businesses and the area – destination marketing, new events and festivals, PR campaign, public realm improvements and business training programmes. The successful BID model has been adopted by more and more UK towns and cities with the number of BIDs standing at over 120.

Richard Wilcox drives forward the Falmouth BID programme, supported by a Board of Volunteer Directors. 
For more information about the Falmouth BID visit www.falmouth.co.uk/media.