Mon 2- Sun 8 March
Short on ideas but want some darn good fun this week? Read on for Muddy’s curated guide to What’s On in Cornwall this week.
St Piran’s Day (Thursday 5 March)
St Piran’s Day, the national day of Cornwall, is celebrated each year across the county on 5 March. Saint Piran was the patron saint of tin miners. Traditional ways of celebrating included parades and processions, with almost every community marking the day in some way. Bude, Falmouth, Bodmin, Perranporth, Launceston, Penzance, St Ives and Truro are among the bigger parades – check locally where you are if you want to watch one.
Don’t miss the Trelawny Shout, an annual tradition where the county unites in harmony to recite the Cornish national anthem. Started by their chosen charity of the year, the Cornwall Community Foundation, this year the voice count is expected to exceed 20,000 at 9pm on St Piran’s Day – look out for gatherings in pubs across the county.
Cornish folk singer-songwriter and member of the popular group The Oggymen, Will Keating will be gathering some extra-special guests, including internationally renowned Cornish duo Davey & Dyer, and world-renowned Banjo player John Dowling, for an inspiring and uplifting ensemble of talented musicians all joining together to embrace the Kernow spirit.
The Alverton will also be taking part in the Trelawny Shout.
St Piran’s Night at the Cathedral, Truro Cathedral (Fri 6 March)
A St Piran themed fundraising evening for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) Charity and Butterfly Cornwall. Featuring a Silent Disco by DeluxX, and entertainment by Ferris Wheel Junkies (cover band), followed by jump jive band Company B, then Cornish sea shanty group Hit & Miss (including Cornwall My Home and Trelawny). There will be a ‘Skinners’ bar and Cornish pasties and saffron buns from Ann’s Pasties.
World Book Day (6 March)
The three words which fill parents with dread in March when a costume is suddenly required. Also a fun way to inspire reading.
Celebrate stories and visit over the weekend with a ‘Where are You Puffling’ themed trail, activity sheets and storytelling at Trerice, the National Trust house near Newquay, and Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, on 7 and 8 March.
International Women’s Day (8 March)
Garbo House – a progressive Women’s Wellbeing Centre in Penzance – is celebrating International Women’s Day with a week of free classes for new participants.
International Women’s Day Cabaret, The Acorn, Penzance (Sat 7 March)
Held in celebration of women everywhere – our struggles, strengths and achievements – proceeds this year will again support PLAN (educating girls globally) and other local charities supporting women and children.
This year’s fabulous line up features music from acoustic duo Campion, folk singer, Chris Symons, comedy chanteuse, Joan Oliver, and the brilliant Smith Family Trio, as well as dance performances by The Dinner Ladies and Fountains Ensemble. Other acts include: stand-up comedienne Julie Stone, Jane Pugh sharing her latest anecdotal wisdoms, Sarah Connors’ skit about being childfree, a brief history of Women’s Public Toilets, courtesy of Jak Stringer and Linda Camidge, aerialist Ruth Hawkley on hoop, a short film by Martha Dixon about Merryn’s Home – an orphanage in Kenya, the cabaret has supported previously – and much, much more.
The KVK, Driftwood Spas, St Agnes (7 March)
The ‘KVK’ Trail running race is a unique challenge; a Kilometre of Vert in Kernow! Two laps of a specifically designed route to reach the magic number of 1000m of ascent. 15-miles total distance of inland hills and coastal running with big climbs, and big downhills.
Art, exhibitions and workshops
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (8 March)
Make, play, explore and design as a family in the studio and visit the Drawing Station in the galleries. Each session has a different creative theme. Every Sunday in term time, under 18s free, no booking required.
Radical Botany, The Eden Project (until 17 May 2020)
Radical Botany explores the artist’s role in the collecting and recording of flora while uncovering stories about biodiversity, trade and extinction.
The current classification of plants, their taxonomy as we know it, is inherently linked to the acquisition of botanical collections. Artists travelling with scientists collecting evidence of newfound flora would record specimens on their travels and on their return.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner. The statement declared that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age.
Drawing primarily on the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, it will focus on key themes in his work. Check out our Muddy review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (until 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.
Music, Film & Theatre
Simon Evans, Launceston Town Hall (Weds 4 March)
The sharp-witted veteran himself Simon Evans is back on tour. Following on from Genius and Genius 2.0, he’ll be bamboozling venues up and down the country with his new show, The Work of the Devil. Evans is said to be one of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.
An Evening with My Darling Clementine, The Poly, Falmouth (Weds 4 March)
A labour of love on multiple levels, My Darling Clementine – the sobriquet of spouses Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish – began as a homage to classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s á la George & Tammy and Johnny & June. During the past seven years they have played over 600 shows, won numerous awards and have more than earned their own bona fides, with their wry yet heart-on-sleeve songcraft spotlighting the vagaries of romance and the human condition, and their match-made-in-heaven harmonies (pictured at top).
The Festival of Curious Puppetry, Falmouth (until 14 March)
Offering 8 unique puppetry performances, 6 inspirational evenings of talks and an exhibition showcasing puppets from around the world, come and experience the magical world of puppetry. Expect a riot of exciting shows and events to inspire and engage people of all ages in puppetry in all its forms and fancies. From clothes peg to carved exquisiteness puppets tell us their stories and open worlds of visual possibility.
Shextreme Film Festival, The Poly, Falmouth (Sat 7 Mar)
Leading the charge for gender equality in adventure filmmaking, Shextreme’s UK tour takes the best of the 2019 festival out on tour, electrifying audiences with an exciting and inspiring celebration of adventurous, active women.
There is no shortage of amazing women in adventure. However, there IS a shortage of filmmakers sharing their empowering stories on screen, and Shextreme addresses this through its action-packed programmes of active, adventurous women both on screen and behind the camera.
Shextreme’s UK film tour has assembled a selection of inspirational stories, encompassing mountaineering, biking, surfing, skiing, slacklining and more. Prepare to be inspired!
Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the four feisty forgotten females from the Great Train Robbery.