What’s on guide Thurs 28 Apr – Weds 4 May
Cheese and wine pairing, The Art of Wine, Truro Thurs 28 Apr
Like cheese? Like wine? Then tomorrow is your lucky day! Roland and Enora are hosting a cheese and wine pairing night at The Art of Wine in Truro.
I stumbled across these guys a few weeks back – if you’ve not been yet, this is your chance. Not just a wine shop, not just a lounge bar and not just a gallery – it’s all three. This place is a big hit with the pre-theatre dinner crowd. On Thursday, they’re offering you 5 delicious cheeses with 5 perfectly matched wines. The event is strictly limited to 10 – tickets available from the shop.
All cheese and wines will be available for purchase on the night at a special discounted rate – yummers.
£25 6:30pm The Art of Wine, 7 Nalder’s Court, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2XH 01872270032
Peter Blake’s Hope and Glory, Drang Gallery, Padstow Fri 29 Apr
Sir Peter Blake needs no introduction – a contemporary of David Hockney and an Royal Academian since the 60’s, he’s probably our best known home grown pop artist. In collaboration with The Drang Gallery, his new Exhibition Hope & Glory is a collection of rare and new works that celebrate British culture, heritage and wildlife.
Here’s the best bit – Proceeds from sales of the three exclusive ‘lobster’ pieces Sir Peter Blake has created (a silkscreen, a lithograph and an etching) will be donated to the National Lobster Hatchery, supporting their tireless marine conservation efforts.
Until 20th May 2016
The Drang Gallery, Strand House the Drang, 3 S Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL T: 01841 533114
The Riviera Run, Newquay View Resort, Newquay Fri 29 – Sat 30 Apr
Now in its 11th year the exciting Mini festival is back and bigger than ever! Hosted at the Newquay View Resort the weekend promises to be one to remember – filled with great food, music, entertainment – plus an assortment of Mini themed shows.
The Riviera Run is a two-day weekend festival, held at Newquay View Resort nestled into the hills of Porth Valley and on the outskirts of Newquay in Cornwall, all dedicated to the infamous Mini.
There are a variety of activities held across the weekend such as a Mini Cruise, Mini Show, live entertainment and an impressive show of Minis throughout the decades. But remember, you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off
Cousin Jacks at Lerryn Boathouse pop up, Lerryn Fri 29 – Sun 1 May
Bacon sarnies with a view, LJK world famous 3 cheese toastie, sausages and stepping stones (depending on the tide) this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the summer) at Cousin Jack’s pop up at Lerryn Boathouse. Join Mick (him off of Lazy Jacks Kitchen), Cider Bill (maybe) and Jasmin the pimped classic VW 1976 double cab on the green at Lerryn.
ScubaFest Cornwall, Pentewan Sands Fri 29 Apr – Mon 2 May
If you’re an experienced diver, there’s shore diving, freediving and apnea workshops, RHIB diving and hard boat diving this weekend in St Austell/ Mevagissey, but if you’ve never dived before this is a great opportunity to discover scuba diving with an organised pool dive. Over the weekend, local BSAC club Mid Cornwall Divers will be offering free indoor pool try dives. They have the kit and the instructors – all you need is your swimsuit and be prepared to have some serious scuba fun. If you’re not ready for the full on Jacques Cousteau, then dip your toe in with the BSAC Beachcomber and snorkelling workshops for all. You can even camp – book your pitch via Pentewan Sands Resort, then register online with ScubaFest Cornwall.
ScubaFest Cornwall, Pentewan Sands Resort, St Austell, PL26 6BT T: 01726 843 485
Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge Sat 30 Apr – Sun 1 May
The Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show is the county’s leading home and garden events brand which specialises brings together the best of the regions home, garden and lifestyle products and services all under one roof for public and trade visitors. From interiors and garden to architecture and renewable energy suppliers, along with letting agents, automotive brands and lifestyle products and services, there’s loads to see this weekend. Meet the expert slots, food drink and a home wares and interiors market (ooh goodie!) Pre book, and there’s no entrance fee.
£3 on the door Sat 10- 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE
Bluebell Festival and Art Exhibition, Enys Garden Penryn Sat 30 Apr – Mon 2 May
Enys Gardens is an old historic garden with old pathways, ancient woodlands and most famous for its bluebells. Within the 30 acre gardens lie the 17th century open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breath taking. Have a good wander from Saturday onwards.
During the first 3 days of the Bluebell Festival there will be an art exhibition in Enys House on the ground and first floor featuring 15 talented local artists. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy a diverse selection of the work of some of Cornwall’s established and emerging artists in the focal point of these amazing grounds, and snap up some fabulous art.
Catch the Bluebells until sun 8 may.
£5 11am – 5pm Enys Garden, St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB T: 01326 259885
English National Surfing Championships, Watergate Bay, Sat 30 Apr to Mon 2 May
Bring on the waves and the action. The UK’s top surfers will gather at Watergate Bay on the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday to Monday to compete for national titles. If you’re not a competitor, it’ll be a great weekend to ‘take a beach day’ and watch the action from some of the countries top surfers, many local to Cornwall.
1940’s weekend, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin Sat 30 Apr – Mon 2 May
Savour the feeling of the forties with this fantastic event, showcasing a number of period displays, re-enactors, military vehicles, field kitchen, parades, live music. Come in vintage dress.
Famous faces will include… Winston Churchill and General Bradley. And watch out for their Military Police escorts, who will also be patrolling the trains and checking passenger’s tickets 🙂
Other entertainment over the weekend will include ‘Ice ana Slice’ (Andrews sisters type singers), ‘Sgt Andy Youngs’ – Crooner and ‘Dickey and Dolly lines’ Fare includes a journey on the steam train, and a meal aboard.
£19.50 adults, £10 children From 10:30am booking essential Bodmin and Wenman Railway, General Station, Bodmin, PL31 1AQ T: 01208 73666
Bocconoc Gardens open day, Lostwithiel, Sun 1 May
If you feel like a peaceful stroll amongst ancient trees which could tell a thousand stories, to hear the uninterrupted sound of bird song or to sit and relax in the gardens or by the lake then a visit to Boconnoc is a must. All welcome, especially families with children given all the space there is for them to run around. Dogs are welcome on leads too. Expect to see exotic spring flowering shrubs, woodland plants, with newly-planted magnolias and a fine collection of hydrangeas.
£4.50 2-5pm Bocconoc, Lostwithiel, PL22 0RG T: 01208 872507
Looe Festival of the Sea, Looe Sun 1 May
Wowsers – there is soooo much going on at the festival of the sea in Looe on Sunday – the RNLI air sea rescue display, boat trips to Looe Island, sea spotting (practically guaranteed – I’ve seen one!), meet the expert (Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust), an under water litter pick with divers from Fathoms Free and an underwater robot demo, revealing the National Marine Aquarium CSI project. You’ll be famished after all that activity, but local Looe chefs from the Old Sail Loft, Squid Ink and Pengelly’s will be joined by Cornish Sardines chef Sanjay Kumar, rustling up tasty seafood and fish prep demos.
For the muddies, there’s crabbing, rockpooling and a beach clean, then to add to the festive atmosphere, musicians and bands lined up by Looe Music Festival will perform in the Quayside Centre, West Looe.
various prices 9am – 8pm Looe Festival of the Sea, Looe Harbour, Looe, PL13 1DX
Chicago The Musical, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Mon 2 – Sat 7 May
‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts’… So begins the international award-winning musical, Chicago, Which comes to Hall For Cornwall for one week only on Monday
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920’s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.
From £15.50 various times Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL
Nick Malcolm Quartet, St Ives Jazz Club, St Ives Tues 3 May
Like jazz? Well cats, you can enjoy a night of improv trumpet Jazz with Nick Malcom and his quartet, who bring to St Ives Club a standard repertoire of favourites. If you’re part of the St Ives massive and you haven’t sampled the music and the atmosphere, or just passing through, the place to go on Tuesday is St Ives Jazz Club – the last jazz club before New York. Be warned though – the website (link below) is pants to navigate! The link to the events page (and others) is via the three red lines next to ‘Welcome to St Ives Jazz Club’
£12 7:30pm St Ives Jazz Club, The Western Hotel, Royal Square, St Ives TR26 2ND T: 01736 796082
Racing Extinction, The Poly, Falmouth Weds 4 May
Racing Extinction is a documentary following undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.
A serious message but kept lively and entertaining by a series of eco-activist stunts (for example covertly filming a restaurant that illegally serves whale meat) and some gorgeous cinematography, especially the underwater sequences. A film that is both alarming and oddly reassuring. Part of the 2016 Green Film Festival
£10 7:30pm The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG
Muddy Stilettos Cornwall Awards, Nominations open, Weds 4 May
This just might be the event of the week! I jest! Do you have a favourite hair salon or pub that you can’t go a week without visiting? Do you love the county we live in and want to help your local business communities? Then move in a little closer while I tell you more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016!
Designed to support, encourage and celebrate the very best lifestyle businesses in the county, absolutely everyone can get involved, including you.
The Awards are FREE to enter and all winners receive a unique Muddy Stilettos Awards window rosette, certificate, exposure on Muddy Stilettos Cornwall and assistance in achieving coverage in regional media
Best… Art Gallery; Bakery; Bar; Beauty Salon; Bookshop; Boutique Hotel; Café; Casual Dining; Children’s Shop; Complementary Therapy Centre; Day Spa; Deli; Destination Pub; Emporium; Family Attraction; Fitness Instructor; Florist; Large Hotel; Local Producer (food); Local Producer (non-food); Gift Shop; Hair Salon; Interiors; Jewellery Store; Independent Wine Shop; Mens’ Boutique; Restaurant; Theatre; Women’s Boutique; Yoga/Pilates Studio.
These awards will support, encourage and celebrate the very best lifestyle businesses in the county, and all you have to do is visit the site from 4 May and cast your vote! If you’re a business who wants to be nominated, then tell all of your customers to vote. The more you get, the more chance you have of making the finals, eek!!!