Mon 16 - Sun 22 Sept
THEATRE: Stones In His Pockets, Minack Theatre, Penzance, until 19 Sept
The in-house team at the stunning, world-famous Minack Theatre perform Stones In His Pockets, winner of a Best New Comedy Olivier Award in 2001. The play tells the story of a small Irish town that’s thrown into havoc when a Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location.
FESTIVAL: Looe Live!, Looe, 20 – 22 Sept
This three day fest in a magical setting on the Cornish coast will have performances from Newton Faulkner, The Shires and DJ Trevor Nelson.
CULTURE: Eden Arts Festival, Eden Project, 21 – 22 Sept
Eden Arts Festival, at the Eden Project, returns for its third year with Music Makers Weekend which 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.
SCREENING: Children of the Unquiet, Tate St Ives, 21 Sept – 5 Jan
Mikhail Karikis’s speculative film Children of the Unquiet explores the relationship between land, industry and community. Filmed with 45 children living in Devil’s Valley, Italy, the story sees the children take over an abandoned village.
FESTIVAL: Henry’s Little Big Gig, Henry’s Campsite, Lizard Village, 20 – 21 Sept
This family friendly festival returns for it’s ninth year with a celebration of Cornwall’s creative talent in music and, one for Mr M, beer making.
EXHIBITION: From Where I Stand, Tate St Ives, 21 Sept – 5 Jan
Over at the Tate St Ives (check out the chic Gallery restaurant with views for days) there’s the first UK exhibition of Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work. From Where I Stand will showcase the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate
MUSIC: Sunday Sessions, Mount Haven, Penzance, throughout Sept
Throughout September, the Mount Haven will be making the most of the late summer sunshine and their newly renovated outdoor space by hosting music on the terrace. Partnered with a few of their wonderful suppliers and local musicians, there will be Sunday Sessions all month.
HERITAGE: Heritage Open Days Festival, various locations, until 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: Kneehigh Asylum Weekender, several venues in Saint Austell, 20 – 22 Sept
This cultural weekender has a small but perfectly formed line up of eight events across several venues including The Bowie Lounge: Idiot Love, Vanessa Kisuule’s I Am An Octopus and Zoo Humans perfomed by parkour group Urban Playgound.
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.
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).
EXHIBITION: Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960, Penlee House, Penzance, 14 Sept – 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.
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.