What’s on guide Half-term Feb 2016
Here is it. The first half term of the year, and the first Muddy Cornwall Guide: your one-stop shop for activities, culture, and everything in between. If you have kids, put the bottle down now, I’ve found some things to keep them occupied for the half-term holiday. For those who don’t have children (don’t gloat), or whose kids are old enough to
ignore them for weeks on end enjoy adult company, there’s stuff here for you too – at the bottom of the post.
If you try something out and love it and feel like letting the rest of us in on its brilliance, be my guest in the comment box at the bottom!
Love WildLife, The Lost Gardens of Heligan Sat 13- Sun 21 Feb
Birds, beetles or frogs? Butterflies, snakes or even a hedgehog! Get down to the Steward’s House Tearoom at my favourite garden Heligan and take part in one of their free workshops. All week between 10-4pm you can make a mini bug hotel, a tasty hanging bird treat, or create your very own seed bomb.
Lost Gardens of Heligans
Inside out, Film Launceston in the Community, Launceston Sat 13 Feb
Launceston’s Family friendly community cinema opens its doors on Saturday. Enjoy this ‘relaxed performance’ with your little ones with low lighting in the hall and doors open to allow children access to the play area should they need ‘time out’.
If you don’t know the story, young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Animation, rated PG.
Cornish Riviera Box Office
Lanhydrock park run, Lanhydrock Sat 13 Feb
Wakey wakey sporty pants– for the energetic among you, how a quick 5K run around Lanhydrock Park on saturday morning? It’s not a race, but a timed run, suitable for everybody and dogs on leads are welcome too. Might wear them out (a bit).
Lanhydrock House NT
The Magic Beanstalk, Light Theatre, Praa Sands Sat 13 Feb
Carn to Cove, bring you the Light Theatre’s quirky adaptation of an old favourite – perfect for littlies: Jack, his mum and their cow Daisy are in trouble. The phone’s cut off, there’s no food in the fridge – and they’ve got NITS!
Set in present day Cornwall, beautiful hand carved puppets and amazing experiments re-tell the classic story of Jack and the Giant who lives through the clouds and over the rainbow
Cornish Riviera Box Office
Mudfest, Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek Sat 13 – Sun 21 Feb
Be prepared to get muddy, Muddies! Grab your wellies and embrace the outdoors on Monday. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary have a host of evens lined up for you over half term. Try the piskie puddle trail, welly-wanging, or woodland crafts. And for your budding marine biologists, sign up for the seal hospital “Behind the Scenes Experience”. Explore behind the scenes at the heart of marine rescue in Cornwall’s only working Seal Hospital.
Pirates Quest – The Republic of Pirates, Newquay Sat 13 – Sun 21 Feb
Get ready to embark on a swashbucklin’ voyage through Cornwall’s pirating past at Pirate’s Quest – Come face to face with smugglers, sirens and shipwrecks! Be be pressganged into joining The Republic of Pirates.
The hour-long walk-through experience will allow pirate fans and their crew mates the chance to feel, hear, smell, and see Cornwall’s intriguing legends and exciting history.
Each performance is pitched for each individual group and with a number of ‘safe routes’ Pirate’s Quest an adventure the whole family can enjoy together.
They’ve got an offer on at the moment too – a free cutlass set for one child on a full price ticket. Click here for the voucher.
Mister Maker and The Shapes Live! Hall for Cornwall, Truro Sat 13 – Sun 14 Feb
If your muddy tot is a fan of arts and craft superhero Mister Maker, Saturday or Sunday you’ll want to catch his live theatre tour. Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, songs to join in with, and Mister Maker’s colourful all-dancing friends The Shapes. Warning – don’t think you can snooze through this performance. Expect to be up out of your seat dancing with the rest of them –Not for the faint-hearted. Or those prone to stage fright (same thing).
Hall for Cornwall
FOR KIDS: Medieval Beast Trail, Buckland Abbey Sat 13 Feb
Ok, ok so its just over the border, and they get the whole ‘jam first’ thing wrong, but the boundary’s not a prison right? March past a moldiwarpe, catch a coney and hunt for a herinacius. Come along to Buckland Abbey in Dartmoor on Saturday and track down the medieval beasts on their stunning estate walks. No need to book for this, just turn up.
Buckland Abbey NT
Keith Sparrow Manga workshop, Truro Tues 16 Feb
Experienced author/illustrator sensai Keith Sparrow is running a three-hour manga workshop on Tuesday at Truro Arts Company that older kids will love.
Learn to drawing manga characters, from constructing a head and figure, to action manga poses and devising a short graphic narrative sequence. Unleash your inner mangaka and be inspired by this incredibly popular Japanese comic form.
Truro Arts Company
Bushcraft Cotehele House, Cotehele Tues 16 – Thurs 18 Feb
Outdoorsy kids? Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jack at Serious Outdoor Skills (SOS) is running a bushcraft event for the National Trust at the impressive Tudor Cotehele House. Build a shelter, light a fire and learn survival and wilderness skills – because you never know when the next zombie appocolyspe might happen. Bow making, traps and snares, learning how to track, foraging more. If eating bugs is not your thing, Cotehele has The Edgcumbe, a tea-room serving more refined snacks.
Cotehele House NT
Iceskating, Eden Project, Bolventor until Sun 28 Feb
Get your skates on Ha ha! Still time for you to look a complete fool (just me?) in front of your offspring half-term week. Manual wheelchairs are welcome too. The mudlets actually got a chance to go with school before Christmas and are desperate to drag me back for some humiliation. Rated as ‘good’ by teenagers [read: excellent], its also great for tinies – you can hire a cute penguin skating aid to help your small one gain confidence (as if they need it). They don’t do adult sizes tho (boo). Pre-booking hire is advisable.
Pottery Taster session, Bedruthan Spa, Mawgan Porth Fri 12 Feb
One of Muddy’s fave hotel-spa-art-galleries is hosting a pottery taster day on Friday. You don’t need to be a hotel guest. So if you’re bored of relaxing in the spa (yeah right), why not get messy and make something in Bedruthan’s beautiful sea-view pottery studio. They use clay sourced in Cornwall, explore textures made with found materials, and you’ll complete some pebble and pinch pots. You are encouraged to bring found natural objects/ beach junk/ sea glass for use on your pot. You get to fire your creation in their kiln and keep forever. Or give as a Christmas present. Whose mother-in-law doesn’t need more home-crafted pebble and pinch pots?
Bedruthan Spa Arts & Events
Spring Ball and Secret Art Auction, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn Sat 13 Feb
On Saturday, Enjoy music, drinks, dancing and food and do your bit to raise money for the continuing repairs to Penzance’s Jubilee Pool.
The Friends of Jubilee Pool Spring Ball features a secret art auction conducted by locals David Lay Auctioneers with works contributed by top local artists – we know who did the piece but you don’t! Bid what you think it’s worth and bag yourself masterpiece.
Listen to music from Boundless Brothers, Bicycle Thieves and Theo Black as you browse the auction gallery with a drink. Buy your supper from Penzance’s famous “Little Wonder” café and afterwards then get your bidding card ready for the auction.
Valentines Tandem Skywire Flight, Eden Project, Bolventor Sun 14 Feb
Adrenaline junkie types – feeling the pressure of arranging something spectacular this Valentines Day? Nothing says ‘je’t’aime’ like a tandem skywire flight. Flying side by side over the Eden Project at 60mph, on England’s longest Zip wire on the most romantic day of the year!
Hang Loose Adventure
Camel Valley Vineyard, Nanstallon, Bodmin Mon 15 – Fri 19 Feb
You’re going to thank me for this! Those civilized chaps at Camel Valley Vineyard have a refreshingly down to earth attitude to wine making. They are offering us mortals a tank tasting event Monday to Friday. Grown-ups only (obvs) they are asking for help in blending their 2015 vintage. No booking required, just turn up between 2-5pm for the chance to taste and give feedback on wine straight out of the tanks. Let me know what you think.
Camel Valley Vineyard
Falmouth School of Art Lectures: Graham Gussin, Falmouth Wed 17 Feb
Artist Graham Gussin will be giving a lecture at Falmouth School of Art on Wednesday. His work frequently appropriate and manipulate images and literary narratives taken from art history, popular culture and, above all, cinema. His deconstruction of cinematic materials reveals a special interest in film language. Not to be missed.
Falmouth School of Art, Woodland, Falmouth, TR11 4RF
LET IT BE, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Mon 15 – Sat 20 Feb
Mr MC is a not-so-closet Beatles fan. I’m a closet not Beatles fan, but atleast I know the words to this hit west end and Broadway smash hit celebrating the music of The Beatles coming Truro on Monday. The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Take your mum and dad – they’ll have a blast.
Hall for Cornwall
Room, The Poly, Falmouth Mon 15 – Wed 17 Feb
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, The Poly are showing Emma Donoghue’s award-winning 2010 novel, Room. Not just a simple tale of terror or a suspenseful saga of survival, although it has elements of each, the Room is a soul-searing celebration of the impenetrable bond that endures even under the most unbearable of circumstances between a parent and a child. Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for 5 year-old Jack, where they have both lived for Jack’s whole life. But when Ma decides they have to escape, she risks everything to give Jack the chance to make a thrilling discovery.
The Poly Falmouth