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This Week

Mon 24 Feb - Sun 1 March 2020

Short on ideas but want some darn good fun this week? Read on for Muddy’s curated guide to What’s On in Cornwall.


Waves for Change, Finisterre, Falmouth (24 Feb)

South African NPO, Waves For Change, will be in-store at Cornish surf brand Finisterre in their Falmouth shop, exploring their global efforts of removing coastal barriers and engaging local at-risk children in a mental health intervention through surf therapy.

St Columb Hurling (25 Feb)

Not sure what pancakes have to do with men tussling over a ball, but this historic tradition dates back to the 16th century. Now one of only two games to survive, the hurling at St Columb Major takes place on Shrove Tuesday with another game on the second Saturday following. It has been compared to rugby but it’s much more wide-ranging, it’s played between two teams, the Townsmen and Countrymen. The aim of the game is to place the ball in respective goals that are set about two miles (3 km) apart, or take it across the Parish boundary – it’s a rough hour/hour and a half with the shops in the town barricading their windows, and the game continuing through hedges and across fields.

It starts at 4.30pm in the Market Square and ends when the ‘winner of the ball’ carries the ball over the boundary before everyone heads to the pub at 8pm.

Food and Drink

Cornish Pasty Week (23 – 29 Feb)
The Cornish Pasty Association, yes, that is a thing, have an entire week dedicated to the humble pasty, alongside the hashtag #pastysmile (you can even download a pasty smile to use here – pictured above).
Events throughout the week include fastest crimper and culminate with the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on 29 Feb. Amateur and professional bakers from around the world battle it out to create the ultimate baked delicacy. The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local talent.

It’s Shrove Tuesday on 25 Feb – want to eat pancakes out? Some of the best in the county can be found at Emily’s in Truro who have a special pancake menu until the 25th, the Blue Tomato Cafe in Rock, Olive & Co in Liskeard and Cafe Mylor in Falmouth. Otherwise head over to our non-trad pancake recipe to make yours at home, courtesy of chef Rupert Cooper of Philleigh Way Cookery School.

Limited Edition Charity Lunches, Restaurants Nathan Outlaw (6 – 29 Feb)

It’s the last week of charity lunches at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in aid of The Fishermen’s Mission. Each lunch includes a framed and signed Nathan Outlaw limited edition print as well as lunch for 2 (drinks not included). £100 from each of the £395 ticket will be donated in an effort to raise £10,000 to provide support for Fishermen and their families.

Music & Theatre

The Rat Affair present RAT, Mount Pleasant Eco Park (26 Feb) The Acorn, Penzance (27 Feb) St Petrocs Church, Bodmin (28 Feb)

The Pied Piper of Hamelin reimagined through live music and shadow puppetry.

Amidst a musical score that shifts between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reflective piano works, RAT tells the tale of a curious man who offers to rid a corrupt town in crisis by driving its vermin infestation away. Suitable for ages 10+


The Coastguard, Old Bakery Studios, Truro (26 Feb) and St Gluvias Hall in Penryn (29th Feb)

A storm is brewing in this one-man show set on the Cornish cliffs. Plagued by loneliness, algorithms and redundancy Peter protects his life, beloved coastline and home from the encroaching weather, and societal change. This play has thought-provoking humour, a lightness of foot and a song in its heart.

Bodmin Film Challenge Premiere, Bodmin The Old Library (27 Feb)

The first-ever Bodmin in Motion 48 Hour Film Challenge was held earlier in the month and this is the premiere of the series of three-minute long films created for the Bodmin in Motion 48 Hour Film Challenge. All the films were planned, filmed and edited in just three days, in this incredibly exciting show of skill, nerve and creativity.

The Electic Swing Circus, The Acorn, Penzance (28 Feb)

The ESC’s sound is an exciting combination of vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums, dirty synths and electro beats. Fronted by a powerful female double-act, with an extensive variety of vocal styles, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.

Truro Cathedral Choir Spring Concert, Truro (28 Feb)

The programme for Truro Cathedral Choir’s Spring concert is built around the deeply personal Requiem by Herbert Howells. The six short movements will be split into three groups of two and interspersed with much-loved choral works that can be heard afresh in the light of Howells’s poignant music: Bairstow’s Blessed city, Harris’ Strengthen ye the weak hands, Bainton’s And I saw a new heaven and Walton’s Jubilate.

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