Every year, hundreds of events take place across Cornwall - ranging from concerts and festivals to carnivals and fun-runs - and they all have one thing in common.....they all rely on volunteers in order to take place.

Event volunteering can be a great way to give your time - it offers all the fun of regular volunteering but often condensed into one or two days. Roles can include marshalling & stewarding, collecting monies, giving out flyers or freebies, providing advice and assistance to visitors or sometimes can involve more unusual requests like dressing up or getting stuck in to the fun and games!

There are as many different roles as there are events. This page will list all of the events we are aware of together with details of how to volunteer. Please note that as Volunteer Cornwall is not involved in running any of these events directly, we are not responsible for the recruitment process or the experience on the day but we do work closely with many of the major events around the county to ensure that their expectations of volunteers is realistic and that volunteers get the recognition they deserve.

So why not give it a go? It can be great as a one-off experience alone or with friends and family and who knows...you might get a taste for it :-)

Please note these events are listed in date order of the event so if you are visiting this page regularly you will need to scroll through to see any new opportunities.

Events Looking for Volunteers:


Free Ticket to Port Eliot Festival plus a Donation to Your Chosen Charity for a Few Hours Volunteering! - 27th-30th July

My Cause UK need volunteers to help run the production gate at Port Eliot festival for a few shifts next weekend, 27th-30th July. In return for your time, My Cause UK will make a £20 donation to any charity you choose on your behalf, without it costing you a penny! You also get free entry into the festival for all the time you're not helping on the gate, plus VIP perks such as access to showers, phone charging and as much tea and coffee as you can drink! If you want to volunteer as a group we can arrange shifts together and even if you’re on your own you’ll be volunteering alongside others raising funds for a cause they believe in.
Interested? Contact Sinead Gavin sinead@mycauseuk.com


Event volunteers - various opportunities! - Mackerel Sky Events

Mackerel Sky is an award winning events agency based in Cornwall. We work on a huge variety of events throughout the South West, many of which of community events. We love to work with volunteers and indeed many of our events rely on them to make it happen. Come and be part of something different, learn something and be part of a team. Briefing and training provided where necessary. Volunteers to help with a variety of roles, depending on the event - Including marketing/PR support, ticket sales, traffic management, site support, artist liaison, stewarding etc.
No experience necessary but a willingness to muck in where required and be a team player is essential. Roles can often require working on feet outside for long periods. Opportunities and more info here: http://www.mackerelskyevents.co.uk/volunteering

Name: Laura Carus
Telephone: 07775866367
Email: laura@mackerelskyevents.co.uk


Invasive Species Control: Himalayan Balsam Pulling - 27th March – July 31st

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non native plant which mainly resides on river banks. This plant is spread through explosive seed pods and can cause erosion and overshadow native plants which can in turn affect the fauna as less native plants can grow. Pulling this plant is easy due to the shallow rooting and therefore this event will allow people to pull the balsam and control the species. Event won't commence until Balsam plants are growing (April/May). To get to the proposed site, a walk across a field is required and therefore people will need to be fit enough to walk to the site. Terrain can be difficult however easier sites can be found for those unable to climb banks.  

Westland Countryside Stewards  Teagen Hill   07817602436   01288 321114    teagen@westlandcs.co.uk


The Wave Project are looking for Fundraising Event Volunteers - June to October

The Wave Project are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking team of volunteers, to help out at our fundraising events. If you love chatting to people, are bursting with energy and want to help spread the word about the wonderful work we are doing then get in touch!
They are looking for a team of volunteers who will be available to work at events from June - October on behalf of the Wave Project. The right candidates must be confident speaking to the public, happy to work hard and be hands on throughout the day.
The events will be across Cornwall so transport will be requires. Most events will take place from Friday - Sunday (will not be expected to work all days) however week availability is a must. The volunteers must feel confident engaging with members of the public and discussing the charity. Set up and pack down at events will also be required.

Contact Corinne Jones on 01637 820840 or e-mail corinne@waveproject.co.uk


Trust10 event at Godolphin - National Trust - Starting 25th June then 4th Sundays

Trust10 event at Godolphin needs volunteers, on Sunday 25 June.  We’ll need volunteers for this on the 4th Sunday of every month. The Trust 10 is a free, 10K run on the 4th Sunday of every month, encouraging people to be more active and enjoy the outdoors.

Alice Barker

Outdoor Activities Development Officer

Heart of Cornwall, Lizard & Penrose and West Cornwall

Tel. 07766 422 166  E-mail alice.barker@nationaltrust.org.uk


Playfest 2017 - 2 day event in Truro - 2nd and 3rd August

Playfest are looking for approx. 20 volunteers each day. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Alex Ollivier on 01326 377008 or email info@play-fest.co.uk

PlayFest is Cornwall’s largest children’s festival and it is held annually at the start of August in the beautiful Boscawen Park in Truro in conjunction with National Play Day. The event is run by Kernow Live a Community Interest Company.

PlayFest is run as a non-profit making event. The festival is fully supported by Truro City Council who help run areas of the event.  PlayFest is held over two days and this year will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of August.

PlayFest has been run successfully for 10 years and is continuing to grow in popularity year on year with visitor figures in 2012 being 5,000, 2013 being 5,000 and 2016 jumping to 10,000. The event has become a firm favourite ‘not to miss event’ with families across Cornwall as well as visiting families to the region and is an exciting opportunity for businesses to market themselves directly with this demographic as well as in turn help support a worthwhile community event.


Oxjam 3rd - 6th August


Downs Syndrome Association are looking for Marshals @ Glow In The Park, Cornwall - 11th November

20 volunteers required to help us marshal the event Glow In The Park, Cornwall which is being held at Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel, on 11th November. Downs Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International are the official charity partners for this event.

We are looking for anyone who can stand outside for a few hours with a smile on their faces and bags of enthusiasm. If we achieve more than 2- volunteers the race event team will allow our volunteers to also run round the course. This will be a super fun, evening activity with lots of colour and a party atmosphere. Our volunteers will either be required to stand on the course and/or to help run our charity stand.

Transport to and from the event is desirable, however we may be able to help, so please do contact us if you do not have access to transport. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 16

Name: Becky Penrose

Telephone: 01392 357554

Mobile: 07403956621

Email: becky.penrose@downs-syndrome.org.uk

6.30pm race start time, marshals may be required from 6pm to 8pm (at the outside) - many for shorter periods. They will be briefed and equipped, with refreshments provided.

To register your interest, please contact event organiser Calvin Lovelock on 07525 411 773 or calvin.lovelock@unitedresponse.org.uk