8 Things To Do In Cornwall This Weekend
It’s all about food, food and more fabulous food this week in the Duchy. And if the tummy needs temporary respite, a stroll around one of the two glorious Cornish gardens holding charity events this weekend, will do you the world of good. So basically it’s stretchy trousers all round.
Porthleven Food & Music Festival, Fri 21- Sun 23 April
One of the highlights of Cornwall’s foodie calendar, the Porthleven Food Festival is back for its 9th year. We loved it last year (I’ve been trying to recreate a chocolate chilli dish I had ever since and my very game 3-year-old ate a beetle), so we’ll definitely drop by for a bite. The beautiful harbour village already punches above its weight food wise but this event is special, as local and national chefs are joined by street food stalls, musicians and entertainers for a weekend of fun. There’s even a camping option for the first time this year, for those who just can’t themselves roll home.
Spring Makers Craft Fair, Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Sat 22 – Sun 23 Apr
Bedruthan Hotel hosts several great fairs and arty events throughout the year and this week, you’ll find over 50 makers from Cornwall and beyond selling their wares at the Spring Craft Fair. Browse a unique range of art, illustration, textiles, wood, glass, ceramics, fashion, accessories, home wares, decorative items and food, with the chance to try your hand at some new skills in the creative workshops on offer. The event is spread over three floors with stunning sea views and there will be a pop-up tearoom providing cake and hot drinks, to keep the creativity flowing. Tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the door.
Feast Nights, Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Apr
This week’s back-to-back feast nights at beautiful Nancarrow pay homage to the farm’s organically reared South Devon beef. The forecast’s looking good and the menu’s looking even better, with ribs, sirloin and rump all starring. I’m so looking forward to joining the fun on Friday and will be sure to give you the lowdown next week, in case you fancy it next time.
Charity Garden Opening, Tregothnan Tea Estate, Sat 22 – Sun 23 Apr
You may have sipped their special British tea but have you visited Tregothnan’s usually private gardens? The estate is throwing open its gates for one weekend only, to raise money for charity (St Petroc’s Society for the homeless will be the main charity this year). The 100-acre garden is the largest historic botanical garden in Cornwall, with beautiful sweeping vistas and the biggest rhododendrons in the world. And not forgetting the snacks – the Tregothnan team will be putting some estate-reared meat on the barbie and laying on Cornish cream teas and ice cream for the occasion.
Cornwall Vegan Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Sat 22 Apr
Appropriately hosted at the beautiful Mount Pleasant Eco Park (where the veggie Sunday roasts are a thing of beauty), The Cornwall Vegan Festival falls on Earth Day this year. The veggie and vegan food scene in Cornwall is going from strength to strength and you’ll find lots of plant-based treats to try here – from Mount Pleasant’s own chefs at La Cantina to Vood Bar (a new must-stop on Penzance prom) – as well as sustainability workshops, talks, stalls and crafts.
Wildlife Celebrations, Trebah Garden, Sat 22 – Sun 23 Apr
The brilliant folk Cornwall Wildlife Trust will be in residence at gorgeous Trebah Garden this weekend for their biggest event of the year. Wildlife Celebrations is a two-day showcase of the great work the trust does to protect Cornish wildlife. There’ll be lots to see and do – like meeting the buzzards, mice and snakes from Feadon Wildlife Centre, rock pool rambles, guided nature and photography walks and the opportunity to build your own homes for wildlife in your garden. If you happen to have a copy of Spring Wild Cornwall mag – there’s a coupon for free entry on the back, otherwise normal garden entry applies.
Woodfired Cooking & Wine Matching Workshop, Scarlet Wines, Lelant, Sat 22 Apr
Scarlet Wines and Ben Quinn, of Woodfired Canteen are putting a laidback, Cornish spin on the traditional wine dinner this Saturday. Since it’s always good to learn something while you’re making merry, guests will be taught a range of woodfired techniques (just in time for BBQ season), as they prep a communal supper alongside Ben. While Scarlet’s wine guru Jon will bring the vino, with his on-the-hoof selections (chosen from Scarlet’s 300-strong collection of wines from around the world).
Silent Disco Yoga Double Class Special, Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay, Sun Apr 23
Led by the teachers from Newquay’s popular Oceanflow Studio, Silent Disco Yoga is growing quite a following in Cornwall. The classes are carefully choreographed to music, which you hear (along with instructions on poses) through a set of swanky headphones. This week’s sessions are being held in the marquee space at the Carnmarth Hotel, at Fistral Beach, Newquay and will include an ‘uplift’ and ‘chill’ class (personally I’d enjoy the two since you’ve got your leggings on). One class costs £10, or if you fancy a double bill — it’s £18.