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:

  • 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

  • ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ are organising Community Beach cleans during April.

    You can just turn up and join in. Please follow each link for specific information.

    • Sunday 9th April – Hayle – in front of Hayle Canoe Club, East Quay at 10am
    • Sunday 9th April – Gwithian – at the Rockpool Café at 10.30 am

  • Exciting volunteer opportunities at the ThunderCat Racing Championships! - 22nd & 23rd April 2017

 The ThunderCat Racing is a one of the world's most exhilarating powerboat watersports, they are purpose built 4m inflatable catamarans coupled with a 50hp motor. A driver and co driver work together to compete in 3 challenging disciplines, with National European and World titles up for grabs! The UK Championship consists of 6 events, starting in Cornwall, at Fistral in Newquay. The races will take place on the 22nd & 23rd April 2017. The teams then travel to other counties and return for the final event in Perranporth over the weekend 29th & 30th September 2017.

They are seeking any volunteers who are willing, and will welcome them on Friday 21st April to help with setting up the event and others who can assist throughout the weekend. There are several practical tasks on the Friday, including pitching tents, setting up areas of security fencing and placing banners and flags etc.

Over the weekend, the racing teams are looking for volunteers to assist them with launching and retrieving their boats. They also require marshals on the beach and shoreline and assistants to make light refreshments for their support teams.

To apply and be part of this adrenaline filled weekend please contact Tracey Armstrong on 07748152684

  • Event assistants - Art 8 Newquay festival - 27th April to 1st May

We require some lovely assistants for an amazing Arts festival in Newquay from 27th April to 1st May. Jobs will involve handing out programmes and giving any information about the events to the public. You will also be helping to collect any donations. Overall youll be representing Art8 Festival at our wonderful events.
We are looking for people who will enjoy being a part of a wonderful weekend that brings together the community of Newquay in a celebration of the fantastic art and culture that is going on in Newquay. We mainly need volunteers to help with our fun day and artisan fair and makery on Sunday 30th April. If you would like to help with the whole weekend that would be appreciated, but not essential.
Clare Cooney   07947084317   clarelouisecooney@hotmail.com

  • INTOTRI are looking for Marshalls at the Cornish Triathlon Series  - 1st May to 2nd July

Help kids & seniors FROM ZERO INTO TRI HERO

Love swimming, cycling or running and want to give something back? Help us give novices from 8yrs a chance to go FROM ZERO TO TRIATHLON HERO at the Cornish Tri Series. We promise a great atmosphere, friendly faces and a lot of fun.
Enthusiasm and a smile on your face is all we are looking for. No prior experience needed.
We are running senior events at 8am, juniors at 2pm and will employ volunteers in two shifts from 6:30am-12pm, 12pm-6pm. All volunteers will receive a volunteering pack describing their role and a briefing at the start of their shift. Dates: 01-May Bodmin, 14-May Helston, 04-Jun Wadebridge, 02-Jul Liskeard. Volunteer registration is based at the leisure centres

If interested please contact 

Michael Burkert on 07941389404 or Email: intotri.team@gmail.com

  • Long-Term Festival Volunteer - Falmouth Town Council - 16th to 18th June

This is an exciting opportunity to see how your skills and ideas can enhance this amazing festival long-term.
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival has been running for 14 years, and it all began thanks to our volunteers! Back in 2004 a group of sea shanty enthusiasts came together and formed this extra special music festival, which has grown year on year.
The festival will be running from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2017, and will see 60 groups from across Europe perform in 23 locations around the town. With so many elements to the three days, we're looking for volunteers with a range of skills who can help the festival in both the short term and the long term in a number of different ways.
If you're looking to get involved with a festival with an incredible, unique atmosphere, look no further. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Sarah Walker   01326 313553   sarah@falmouth.co.uk