Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sept
FESTIVAL: Little Orchard Cider Festival, Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow, 13 – 15 Sept
Summer may be coming to an end but the festival scene is still going strong (*crosses fingers for good weather*). First up is Little Orchard Cider Festival, Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow – a charming Cornish party with live music from The Zutons, Mad Dog Mcrea, Reef, as well as a silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping, Secret Cider Walks and cider tasting.
HERITAGE: Heritage Open Days Festival, various locations, 13 – 22 Sept
There’s heaps to explore across Cornwall at the Heritage Open Days Festival – a fantastic way to see our ‘hoods prettiest buildings and landmarks that are free to enter for the public, including tranquil wooded garden Trengwainton near Penzance, Elizabethan manor Trerice near Newquay (pictured above) and Tintagel’s medieval Old Post Office.
CULTURE: Eden Arts Festival, Eden Project, 14 – 15 & 21 – 22 Sept
Eden Arts Festival, at the Eden Project, returns for its third year with two weekenders packed with family fun, exhibitions, talks, performances and more. Be Inspired Weekend (14 – 15 Sept) takes inspiration from the Eden Project’s stunning gardens, whilst Music Makers Weekend (21 – 22 Sept) will have loads of musical workshops, as well as performances from the Orchestra for the Earth who’ll be showing their brand new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans.
FESTIVAL: St Ives September Festival, St Ives, 14 – 28 Sept
With the summer rush of holidaymakers over, St Ives draws down art and music lovers from all over the country for a whole host of exhibitions and cultural events.
EAT: Newquay Fish Fest, Newquay, 13 – 15 Sept
This annual foodie fest celebrates Cornwall’s huge fishing heritage and culture with stalls cooking demonstrations and music. I’ll be mainlining all the free fishy samples I can get my hands on.
EXHIBITION: Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960, Penlee House, Penzance, 14 – 16 Nov
For a bit of Cornish history head over to Penlee House for the new exhibition Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960, an examination of the tension between the St Ives Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Arts.
EAT: Restaurant Story, Carbis Bay Estate, Truro, until 14 Sept
It’s your last chance to catch the Michelin-starred Restaurant Story team at their residency at Carbis Bay Estate, Truro. The six week pop-up up has seen the group cook a unique menu inspired by the ocean, as well as working with ocean campaigners, Parley, to remove 50 metric tonnes of plastic from the oceans. Eco and tasty, just the way I like it.
EXHIBITION: Seaside:Photographed, Newlyn Gallery & Exchange, Newlyn, until 3 Oct
Image: Raymond C Lawson
Seaside:Photographed at cool contemporary gallery Newlyn Gallery & Exchange, Newlyn, explores the British seaside from the 1850s with works from Martin Parr, Raymond C Lawson, Susan Hiller and more.
EAT: Taste of Scilly, Isles of Scilly, 1 – 30 Sept
Foodies rejoice! There are a few food fests to dig into this month (literally). Kicking things off is Taste of Scilly, running throughout Sept, the festival celebrates the very best in local food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. New for 2019, there’ll be Distillery Tours and Gin Schools (oh hello!) at the brand new Spirit Scilly distillery on St Mary’s (1 – 30 Sept).
CULTURE: Groundwork, various locations, until 30 Sept
Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art organised by the Helston-based CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), launches the final month of its programme with new exhibitions throughout September across the county. The shows have an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance with new commissions and acclaimed works by internationally celebrated artists (until 30 Sept).
EXHIBITION: Kurt Jackson: Frenchman’s Creek, Jackson Foundation, St Just-in-Penwith, until 22 Feb
Over in St Just-in-Penwith at the Jackson Foundation there’s a collection of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson’s work titled Frenchman’s Creek, a collection of paintings of the Helford River that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel of the same name.
HabourQ, Charlestown Harbour, Fri 5 July – beginning of Oct
Charlestown’s newest foodie hot-spot opens on Friday 5th July – serving up the best local produce cooked over fire, with an unrivalled setting on the historic Georgian harbour. The Smokin’ Harbour BBQ, HarbourQ, is the latest development from the team behind the popular steak and seafood restaurant, The Longstore. Chef Ben Ambridge’s menu offers melt-in-your-mouth BBQ flavours, including slow-cooked meat, fish and veggie specials – all served with pickles, homemade sauces, potato salad and flatbreads – freshly cooked in a new purpose-built smoker and grill. A communal outdoor seating area has been purpose built on the harbour, with an undercover canopy to protect guests from summer showers.