What’s On This Week: Mon 1 – Sun 7 May 2017
MON 1 – SUN 7 MAY 2017
Isn’t May the best? The sun shows it’s face now and then, the flowers are putting on a show and festival season is kicking off in earnest (starting with Fowey Lit Fest). There are also may poles to swing around, hills to cycle and bluebells to admire. Enjoy!
Bluebell Festival, Enys Gardens, Sat 29 Apr – Sun 7 May
The historic Enys Gardens are famous for their incredible display of bluebells, during the annual Bluebell Festival, the gardens are open every day, from 11am-5pm. This year they’re kicking off the festival with an art exhibition inside Enys House, showcasing the work of 14 local artists. The exhibition will be on from Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May from 11am-5pm every day.
Padstow Obby Oss & St Ives May Day, Mon 1 May
If you fancy seeing some traditional May Day celebrations over the bank holiday weekend, Padstow and St Ives will be making merry the old fashioned way. Some particularly keen revellers in Padstow can be seen singing in the streets from midnight on 30 Apr but the main Obby Oss celebrations begin the next morning with local people parading and dancing with their Obby Oss’ (hobby horses). St Ives’ May Day celebrations were revived relatively recently but involve choirs, brass brands, dancing round the may pole and the crowning of a May Queen and King.
Lou Label Floristry Workshops, Hubbox, Truro, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 and 17 May
St Agnes based florist Loulabel is known for its striking bohemian arrangements (check out the beautiful pics on Lou’s Instagram feed) and now you can learn to recreate them yourself, as Lou shares her skills in a series of workshops this month. They start at 6.30pm, at Hubbox Truro, making them a perfect after-work activity for spring, with topics including: plant hangers, concrete planters, flower crowns, kilner jar posies and terrariums.
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Seth Lakeman and Fisherman’s Friends, The Minack Theatre, Thurs 4, Fri 5 and Tues 16, Wed 17 May
If you’ve never been to The Minack Theatre, it’s a Cornish experience not to be missed and May is a great time to go, before the summer crowds descend but when the weather (fingers crossed) lends itself to evenings outside. There are various events on through may but my highlights are shows by West Country folk singer Seth Lakeman, who’ll be taking to the cliff top stage on 4 and 5 May and Port Issac’s Fisherman’s Friends on Tues 16 and Wed 17 May. Kernow King will be playing Trevithick on Sun 14 May if you fancy a little Cornish heritage and for a giggle, there is a stage performance of The Vicar of Dibley from 10 – 12 May.
St Moritz Fine Food and Wine Evening in partnership with Bibendum, St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Fri 5 May
The St Moritz Hotel, on Cornwall’s stunning north coast, is hosting a celebratory evening showcasing Head Chef David Williams’ exquisite cooking, alongside a selection of wines handpicked by the UK’s leading wine supplier Bibendum. Head Chef David Williams has a catalogue of Michelin-starred experience and boasts meticulously high technical standards, but it is his passion for home-cooked honest food that makes his food so exciting. The special menu put together for this event includes fresh lobster and local hogget, St Enodoc asparagus and Cornish cheese. Dining only is £95pp (including wine pairings) or £167.50pp to eat and stay.
Flora Day, Helston, Sat 6 May
An extremely well loved local festival, the people of Helston have been celebrating the ancient tradition of Flora Day for hundreds of years. It is a spring festival to mark the end of winter and arrival, vitality and fertility of spring. The shops and houses are decked out with bluebells, laurels, gorse and other greenery and the dancing begins from seven in the morning, continuing all day. Eighty couples dance through the streets – as well as several shops and houses – to drive out the darkness of winter and usher in the light of spring. It’s quite a sight if you’ve never seen it before.
Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Sat 6 – Sat 13 May
Celebrating its 21st festival, this year Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature is welcoming bestselling author Michael Morpurgo; musician and composer Sir Karl Jenkins; former war correspondent and politician Martin Bell and OBE and BBC broadcasting veteran Robin Lustig to debut authors, book launches, panel discussions, workshops and concerts. There is also an array of du Maurier based talks and discussions and the UK premier screening of Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca. New for this year is Gardeners Question Time, with experts from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Secret Gardens of Fowey, giving visitors a peek into some beautiful local gardens. There is also a festival Art Trail of local studios and galleries.
Trevithick, Starring Kernow King, Sat 6 May (St Gluvias Hall, Penryn), Tues 9 May (Hall for Cornwall), Sun 14 May (Minack Theatre), Sun 21 May (Sterts Theatre)
“Trevithick!” is the biographical comedy of Cornwall’s greatest son. It will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer. Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy. It was Trevithick’s his and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads – the first trains and cars in 1800s Great Britain. “Trevithick!” is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. This production is directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey and stars Kernow King and actress Mary Woodvine.
Eden Classic Sportive 2017, Eden Project, Sun 7 May
Now in its third year, The Eden Classic Sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles. Riders will pedal the length of Eden as they begin, then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along stunning coastal roads and finishing back at Eden. Family and friends of riders can enjoy free entry to Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (one of the stops) on the day. Pre-registration closes on May 1, for details of late registration, see the Eden website.