12 Things To Do This Week in Cornwall
I have a particularly full and fabulous What’s On Guide for you this week, complete with flowers, fashion and feasting. And remember, Cornwall’s best foodie nights sell out fast, so book right now to avoid disappointment. Race you!
See the Magnolias in The Great Gardens of Cornwall
‘The moment Cornish magnolias flower, spring has arrived in England,’ (declared this year on the 28 Feb). Spring seems to reach Cornwall a little earlier than the rest of the country (no don’t look outside, just trust me!) and the magnolias are the very first sign. Champion trees at Trebah, Trewidden, Caerhays, Heligan, Trgothnan and Trewithan burst into flower within days of each other and you must get out and see this beautiful spectacle while you can. You may need to bring your waterproofs but it’ll be well worth the effort! The release of a new book by Tim Hubbard, coincides with the occasion, telling the story of the Great Gardens, the people and their plants.
Woodburner Session with Hollie Rogers, Lusty Glaze, Fri 10 Mar
Is it me or do all the coolest things seem to come from Penzance these days? Case in point is alt-folk singer Hollie Rogers (PZ is her hometown), a songwriter and guitarist, with an incredibly powerful voice that’s been compared to Joni Mitchell and Carole King. The rising star has had plenty airplay on BBC introducing radio and has supported Susanne Vega and Paolo Nutino. See her at Lusty Glaze this Friday in one of the last Woodburner Sessions of the year. Entry is free but it’s a good idea to get your table booked if you want to eat.
Wild Cornwall Wine Supper, The Gurnard’s Head , Fri 10 Mar
Forager Caroline Davey, of the Wild Cookery School Fat Hen and Cornish-born, Bordeaux-based winemaker Mark Hellyar of Chateau Civrac are joining the team at The Gurnard’s Head for a Wild Cornwall Wine Supper. Caroline will provide wild foraged ingredients that Gurnard’s head chef Max will include in four delicious courses and Mark will be picking out the perfect wines to match. The menu costs £60 per person, including an aperitif and coffee. A fantastic-sounding evening in one of my favourite-ever pubs.
To book, call 01736 796928
Mid-Century Vintage Fair, Bedruthan Hotel, Sat 11 – Sun12 March
One for all you design lovers! Don’t miss this awesome vintage fair in a spectacular Cornish setting. The Bedruthan Mid-Century & Vintage Fair is back for its fifth year, with 50 stalls split across three levels of the hotel by the beach at Mawgan Porth. Expect an eclectic mix of mid-century homewares, furniture, antiques, collectables, handmade and vintage-inspired treasures, fashion and beauty with top dealers from across the UK. There will also be a pop-up vintage tearoom for when you need a little break from browsing.
Caroline Pedler Exhibition — An-ti-dote, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Sat 11 Mar – Sat 1 Apr
Drop into Penzance gallery Cornwall Contemporary from Saturday to see Caroline Pedler’s an-ti-dote exhibition. The Cornish artist and illustrator set herself the task of completing an image a day for 366 days – forcing her to create, regardless of mood, time or inclination and allowing her to explore her style, outside of her commercial children’s books. The project has led to a new body of work, a new website and many more followers of her work. Caroline has illustrated over 50 children’s books, including many bestsellers and teaches on the BA and MA illustration courses at Plymouth College of Art.
Silent Disco Yoga, Eden Project, Sat 11 Mar
Newquay-based studio Oceanflow Yoga is holding its next Silent Disco Yoga event in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project this Saturday. A magical place to strike a few poses, surrounded by lush plants and birds flying around overhead. The class will be starts at 5pm, so you’ll need to leave enough time to arrive, park and walk to the biome (it is further than you think!) No need to pay for entry to Eden, just £12 for the class. For Silent Yoga Disco newbies – these events are super fun trust us – expect an all levels vinyasa flow class choreographed to a carefully selected playlist.
Lost Stories of Heligan Supper, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat Mar 11
The second in a series of long table feasts, catered by Ben Quinn’s Woodfired Canteen at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. This one is all about celebrating magnolia season – the beginning of the Cornish spring – and guests will be treated to a menu inspired by these colourful Cornish blooms, using produce from the gardens and surrounding farms. Stories will be shared and there will be a creative choice of drinks, which also incorporate local Heligan produce.
Nancarrow Farm Feast, Sat 11 Mar
Join the team at beautiful Nancarrow Farm for one of their special feast nights this Saturday. The evening is hosted in and around the barns and begins with drinks, music and mingling and a wander round the farm if you fancy, followed by a fresh and flavoursome meal that makes the most of the amazing food harvested from from the farm’s fields, kitchen garden, hedgerows and larder. Feast tickets cost £38 and last time I looked there were just 5 tickets left – so snap ‘em up quick!
Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings, Kota Kai, Porthleven, Wed 15 Mar
Porthleven restaurant Kota Kai is hosting a wine and food matching evening this week. Chef Jude Kereama (who you may remember from the Great British Menu) will be creating six dishes, inspired by his Chinese Malay/New Zealand based upbringing and Martin Carrington of Waimea Estate in Nelson New Zealand will present wines to match. Tickets for this event cost £65 and places are very limited, so get booking quick.
Call 01326 574411 to book your table
Vegan Feast Night, The Front Room, Penzance, Sat 11 Mar
One of our favourite Cornish cafes, The Front Room on Penzance’s Market Jew Street, has joined forces with vegan caterers Vood, for a night of vegan feasting. With more and more people in the UK adopting the vegan diet, café owners Katie and Tristan are keen to offer more vegan options for their customers. Guests on the night will be greeted with cocktail punch, breads and dips, followed by vegetable skewers and satay sauce. The menu will also include BBQ jackfruit burger, sweet potato fries, potato and coconut curry, rice, fresh salad and baked treats, served with vegan ice cream. This is also the most affordable of all our foodie events this week at £21.50 for three courses and cocktails.
Babe – The Sheep Pig, Hall for Cornwall, Mon 13 – Wed 15 March
The book was called The Sheep-Pig, the film was called Babe and now the stage show is Babe – The Sheep Pig. When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep-dog Fly and discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, our polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day? The show combines people, puppetry and original music. Tickets cost from £16.
Roo’s Beach Fashion Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Thurs 16 March
Strictly speaking this should be in next week’s Muddy guide but I wanted to give you time to get some tickets organised! Porth boutique Roo’s beach has teamed up with the Bedruthan Hotel for a night of fashion, cocktails and feasting. The evening, which costs £37.50, includes bubbles and nibbles on arrival, the fashion show – previewing Roo’s gorgeous new spring/summer collection, followed by a Mediterranean banquet and live music. We’ve been promised flamingos, leopard print and rainbow brights as well as a cheeky gin cocktail created especially for the occasion.