Camo Clave, performing at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan. The new band, born from Bristol’s thriving Afro Latin scene, is influenced by rumba and reggae with hints of dub and electro. Groovy (23 Nov).
If you’re looking for jazz head to The Acorn, Penzance, for Jazz & Blues guitarist Remi Harris above. Remi has played at several prominent venues including Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall and in his live shows plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards and new arrangements of popular songs (22 Nov).
There’s also the annual St Ives Shanty Shout which is back for its fourth year. The festival name comes from the Cornish tradition of singing sessions in Pubs with groups performing across the town in venues such as Castle Inn, Golden Lion, The Queens Hotel and more (22 – 23 Nov).
ART & CULTURE
The U Studio Festival, hosted at Tate St Ives gets underway this week. The festival of art and artists is created by and for young people (although everyone is welcome!) and has pop-up performances, films, talks, in-house DJ and more in the galleries (23 Nov).
If you’re Plymouth way, there are more fantastic moves from Matthew Bourne’s Olivier-award adaptation of Red Shoes, above, at Theatre Royal Plymouth (18 – 23 Nov).
Community Tree Care Day, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, 24 Nov
Fancy bumping up your eco creds this month? Mount Pleasant Eco Park will be planting hundreds of trees to link up existing wooded areas in Porthtowan. It’s totally free to participate with soup and bread served afterwards.
Crazy for sausages?! Don’t miss the final Sausage Saturday of the year at the Lost Gardens of Heligan where the kitchens are cooking up sizzling sausage dishes for your delectation. Yum! (23 Nov)
CHRISTMAS MARKETS & SHOPPING
Healey’s Christmas Market at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm in Newquay will have arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder with the markets are set against the beautiful backdrop of a working farm. A family experience with cobbled courtyards lit with magical lights, freshly cut Christmas trees, choirs, carols singers, farm animals, tractor rides, Sunday roasts and mulled cyder (from 16 Nov).
Bedruthan Hotel’s annual Christmas Fair is on 23/24 Nov this year. Get the free park and ride from Mawgan Porth beach car park and enjoy a host of seasonal workshops and browse stalls from the most talented craftspeople and artisan makers from around the South West. Christmas shopping and self-gifting opportunities galore! (23 & 24 Nov)
If you’re up Bude way, this one sounds awesome. The first Secondhand Social at Juke Boxx in Bude gets underway, where you can buy all sorts of retro goodies including vinyl, books, jewellery, clothing, music/art/surf/skate memorabilia – that kind of shizzle. (If you’ve something to sell you can also get involved, with tables available for £10).
Charlestown Christmas Market is split across two venues – the main one is Penrice Academy, where there is also free parking. Find some 100 traders including food and drink. There will also be plenty to see in the grounds of The Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown. Their advertising optimistically includes snow, which we can’t guarantee.