WHAT’S ON: Thur 26 Jan – Wed 1 Feb
As ever, this week’s great mix of art, theatre and foodie events showcases the very best of Cornish creativity. Take your pick…
Foodie Nights – guest chefs and exciting tasting menus
Kicking off the foodie fun this week is Rosewarne Manor. Their fine dining restaurant holds 2 AA Rosettes and is hosting its monthly, tasting menu evening on Fri 27 Jan — 7-8 courses for £45 per person. Then on Saturday, guest chefs Adrian Oliver and Russell Brown join Ben at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen for a six-course feast night (offering up two courses a piece); £45 per person, plus £25 for the accompanying wine flight. And finally on Monday, it’s the next of Falmouth restaurant, Oliver’s #12Chefs12Nights charity evenings, this week Guy Owen of the Idle Rocks takes charge.
Rose Hilton & Friends 50 Years in Cornwall Exhibition, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Sat 28 Jan – 26 Feb
This is the first exhibition to be held in the new gallery space at Tremenheere. Rose Hilton is a much-admired artist living in West Cornwall for the past 50 years. On the upper floor you’ll find Rose’s paintings, including some of her signature nudes, interior studies and marine landscapes, while downstairs will be an exhibition of work selected by Hilton – by artists who inspire her and by her friends.
Get all the details at tremenheere.co.uk
The Healing Light Festival, Heartlands, Pool, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Jan
Is your energy all out of whack? Then Heartlands has the festival for you. This weekend, they welcome a whole host of reiki practioners, reflexologists, complementary therapists, crystal and sound healers, herbalists and homeopaths as well as aura and tarot readers for the more mystical among us. There’ll be plenty of talks and workshops and crafts and face painting for kids too. Your little folk can also blow off steam at Heartlands’ brilliant adventure playground and we recommend a lunch stop at the award-winning Red River Café.
Entry £2. For more information visit thehealinglightfestival.com
Feel Good Saturday, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 28 Jan
Head to Penzance’s iconic contemporary gallery this weekend – not for the art (the gallery’s closed until 11 Feb) but for yoga, a healthy lunch and (since you’ve been so good) a cheeky Bloody Mary. The event costs £10 per person and kicks off at 11am with a 45-minute yoga class, followed by a nutrient-packed, healthy salad plate. Numbers are limited so do book ahead!
Find all the details on their Facebook page
Trelissick Night Run, Sat 28 Jan
The National Trust and Cotswold Outdoors have teamed up on a string of Night Runs at their properties across the country. In Cornwall, the event is being held at Trelissick, near Feock, where there will be 3k and 6.75k routes to choose from. You will need a torch to light your way on these multi-terrain runs, along woodland tracks and garden trails. Perhaps in the dark nobody will notice me turn a fetching shade of beetroot.
Find out more at nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick-night-run
Ghost – The Musical, Hall for Cornwall, Mon 23 – Sat 28 Jan
A brilliant musical production based on the Oscar-winning movie, Ghost The Musical has finally made it to Cornwall. The Bill Kenwright production stars musical theatre favourite Carolyn Maitland as Molly, alongside Andy Moss’ Sam. As a reminder, the story begins when Sam is murdered, walking back to their apartment late one night, leaving Molly in despair. But with the help of a phony local psychic, Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly to warn her of the danger ahead.
WOW! Science Weekends, The Eden Project, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Jan
In the last of The Eden Project’s WOW! Science Weekends, Nick Arnold — bestselling author of Horrible Science — will present his Super-Funny Microbes Show. Based on his popular books, there will be scary stories, queasy quizzes and evil experiments. Elsewhere at Eden, kids can enjoy science-themed story telling and arts and crafts. (Recommended for children age 7 and up. All activities are included in the normal Eden admission price.)
Find out more at edenproject.com
And at cinemas this week…
Our pick of the flicks this week includes two major Oscars contenders and a ‘90s throwback. Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, tells the true story of a man trying to trace his birth family in India, after being lost on a train as a small boy and adopted by an Australian couple. Another heart-wrencher, Manchester by the Sea, with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, follows Boston Janitor Lee, who finds himself having to take care of his nephew when his brother dies. And finally, Danny Boyle’s original cast is reunited 20 years on for Trainspotting 2. This may also be a bit depressing but it’s got to be done!