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What’s on guide Thurs 18 – Wed 24 Feb

Trengwainton Garden, Madron Thurs 18 – Sun 21 Feb

seed planting

Pick a crop, grow a crop! Little ones can try ‘GYO’ during half term with free seed planting in the bookshop garden. One of my fave NT properties, they also have a great plant centre, second hand bookshop and gallery. PS the magnolias are in bloom – what more proof of spring could you need?

Trengwainton Garden, Madron, TR20 8RZ


Joanne Chadwick closed bid/open studio, Heligan Fri 19 Feb


Talented local artist Joanne Chadwick is holding an open studio auction all day Friday. Come along and check out her paintings and prints, along with lots of tea, coffee, and homemade yummy things (I can vouch for her pancakes!). She’s also hosting a closed bid auction on three paintings: “Heligan pigs on Georgian Ride”; “Helena Bonham Carter, portrait”; and “Pentewan, view west”; and the mounted print of “Heligan Turban Squash”. Highest bid wins.

You’ll find her studio tucked in the old estate at Heligan, down the left hand side drive next to the Lost Gardens car park.

Joanne Chadwick, Old Farm Cottage, Heligan Near St Ewe PL26 6EN @artyelk


Spring foraging with Rachel Lambert, Mawnan Smith Sat 20 Feb


Spring edibles are popping up before the rest of the UK countryside has woken up from Winter’s slumber. Foraging expert Rachel Lambert who runs Wild Food Foraging is holding a spring foraging event this Saturday at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. Join her for a leisurely 2 mile walk, with lots of stopping breaks, tasty wild snacks (pre-made tasters for you to eat or take away) and fantastic recipes. Free food? What’s not to like.

10am, £30pp Wild Food Foraging, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, TR11 5EP


Musical Youth, Perranporth Sat 20 Feb


Ahh the 80’s! This generation rules the nation (just about). On Saturday, come relive your youth and pass the dutchie at The Watering Hole, Perranporth – the UK’s only bar on the beach. The ‘yoof have played at the Watering Hole in the past and are back by popular demand. Sounds to really make you rub and scrub!

The Watering Hole, 19 St Pirans Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BH


Metamorph, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro from Mon 22 Feb

booSo excited that Boo Beaumont’s groundbreaking film ‘Metamorph’ will be shown for the first time in a gallery setting, at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. I am a huge fan of Boo’s XRay work, that, along with her other works can be found in many prestigious public and private collections worldwide. Metamorph uses X-Ray and CT technology to create an exquisite projection of plants and flowers, accompanied by a specially-composed soundtrack by Orlando Kimber.

Royal Cornwall Museum, River St, Truro TR1 2SJ


Riverford Field Kitchen Supper Club, Buckfastleigh Wed 24 Feb

secretJust over the border, on Wednesday veg nerd and chef Guy Watson, is offering a selection of vegetarian sharing plates followed by the the famous Field Kitchen desserts – which don’t have to be shared (that’s the sound of my hold it in pants creaking!) The ticket price includes a welcome drink and vegetarian feasting menu. The Riverford Supper Clubs showcase the seasonal organic produce found in Riverford veg boxes. These evenings demonstrate how simple cooking can produce amazing meals when you use the freshest ingredients and apply a little veggie know-how.Sold? Me too. I am a huge fan of their veg boxes (review and pics of my poor attempts at recipe following to follow).

Arrivals from 7pm for dinner at 7.30pm. £27.50 Riverford Field Kitchen Supper Club, Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JU


Last call for:

ROUGHCUT 50 Second Film Challenge (deadline 3 Mar)


Fancy yourself as the Cornish Boyle (that’s Danny, not Susan)? The rules of the competition are simple; make a film no longer than 50 seconds, including credits and uploaded it to the roughcut website. The film can be any style or genre as long as it fits the BBFC’s classification for a 12A audience and relates in some way to the chosen theme – the number 50. There is a fantastic range of prizes including £500 for the best film, £250 for the runner up, a young persons award of £500 to the winning film makers school, college or film club for best young persons film and £250 for the audience award, which will be voted on by the audience at the final screening event at The Plaza Cinema in Truro on the 17th of March.

Book now for:

Supper with Pol Roger at the St Tudy Inn (11 Mar)

pol rog

The St Tudy Inn are hosting an exclusive supper with Pol Roger and Emily Scott. Drinks and canapés on arrival, followed by a seasonal 5 course menu (with Champagne Pol Roger). This one will sell out fast.

From 7pm £75, St Tudy Inn, St Tudy, Bodmin, PL30 3NN

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