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What’s on in April 2019

April 2019


Peter Jackson – A Retrospective & Kurt Jackson – Crabs and Lobsters, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, from Sat 30 Mar

Image: Peter Jackson, Norway 7

This is the first major retrospective of the paintings and sculptures of the late British artist, Peter Jackson (1930 – 2019). This exhibition aims to show the variety and diversity of this important artist with pieces representing the last 60 years of his work on canvas, paper and in sculpture. Also as the gallery this month, environmental visual artist Kurt Jackson celebrates the uniqueness of crustaceans – particularly crabs and lobsters – in a body of work that explores this group of creatures through the media of paint, line, print and sculpture.


Walk Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Wed 3 Apr- Sat 12 Apr

WolfRock - Scilly - July 2017 - Sunset Walk -Easter

11 days packed full of 37 guided walks across nine islands (four of them uninhabited), wildlife sea safaris, evening talks, music, fun and laughter! There’s no better way of exploring the islands’  scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage than Walk Scilly’s rambles, hikes and strolls, with expert local guides bringing the treasures and hidden gems of each island to life.


Newlyn Society of Artists present ‘Ex Libris’, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Weds 3 – Sun 21 April

Image: Lake Isle of Innis, Anne Wallace

This Easter at Tremenheere Gallery, the Newlyn Society of Artists present Ex Libris, an exhibition of selected works that each respond to a chosen piece of writing.  Contributing artists have been invited to submit artwork inspired by a variety of texts, from Shakespearean sonnets or the writings of Plato, to a much-loved poem or passage from a favourite novel. Similarly, artworks may respond to a simple shopping list, text or tweet, or extend to political writings, from new government legislation to controversial newsprint or a pernicious piece of propaganda. A variety of works including drawings, paintings, sculptures and video installations will be displayed beside the artist’s chosen text.


Spring Gathering Weekend, Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, Fri 5 -Sun 7 April

Photo by Ross Talling

A weekend of family fun and feasting at Nanacarrow Farm! When the farm will be transformed with craft stalls and demonstrations, wild walks and children’s trails, street food from the courtyard kitchen, live music and lots more. Or grab evening tickets for a Spring feast in the oak barn. Daytime tickets for the Spring Gathering are £5 per adult and £3 per child. Evening Feast tickets are priced at £40 per person, including a drink on arrival, canapés, and a three-course dinner.


Newlyn Film Festival, International Short Film Festival, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Fri 5 – Sun 7 Apr

The Newlyn International Film Festival is a three-day festival, featuring international and national short films, with a special category for Cornish Films and Directors. In its second year, the festival will be held at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance with two large screens showing short films that have been submitted from around the world. To open the event Henry Irving-Scott will be showcasing his film, Tales From Tin Pan Alley – a documentary about the legendary music scene in London’s Denmark Street, which won the Portabello Film Festival Documentary Award 2018. Annabel Aguirre will be showing her community film, St Agnes Heroes along with Luke Bradford who will be introducing his fiction film Risk, winner of the Portabello Film Festival.


National Trust & Cadburys Egg Hunts, Trelissick, Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Godolphin & more, from Sat 6 Apr

Once again this Easter, the National Trust has teamed up with Cadburys for egg hunts in gardens and historic houses all over the UK. It’s a perfect excuse to drag the kids round the NT properties you’ve been meaning to visit, with treats to keep you all going.


Cornwall Garden Society 2019 Spring Flower Show, The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sat 6 – Sun 7 Apr

With a new venue that is tailor-made for delivering prestigious events, the Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) 2019 celebration of spring – sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management – will combine familiar features with innovative ideas. Feast your eyes on dazzling displays of daffodils, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, and floral art and photography exhibits in the competitive classes; learn from horticultural experts; and purchase plants and garden ware from more than 130 specialist nurseries and traders in The Plant Pavilion and Horticultural Heaven. £10pp


Easter at Eden, Down on the farm, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 6 – Thurs 25 Apr

It’s spring time at Eden and there’s lots of new indoor and outdoor games and activities for the whole family to try out at its farm-themed Easter event. Join the Eden Farmers to help round up their animals, and learn what makes crops grow. Play a-mooo-sing games and eggciting activities. Collect stamps to fill up your card and eggschange them for cracking prizes!


Easter at Heligan, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Sat 6 – Thurs 25 Apr

This Easter, you’re invited to The Lost Gardens of Heligan to welcome some very special new arrivals. 29 rare breed ewes are pregnant and set to give birth from 1st April heralding the beginning of Spring on Home Farm. Pop into The Barn and you may witness the miracle of birth and meet some very small new friends. While you’re here there’s a whole host of Easter activities to enjoy. Explore the gardens of our ‘Grow Your Own’ Trail! On your journey you’ll find everything that you need to grow your very own runner bean plant at home.


Tate Create: Forest of Figures, Tate St Ives, from Sat 6 – 22 Apr

Get messy and hands-on this Easter holiday and create art inspired by our Anna Boghiguian exhibition at Tate St Ives. Explore the exhibition together and then create a crazy creature or paper person and add it to our ever growing Forest of Figures in our beautiful Clore Sky Studio. For families with children under 12.


Roots Culture Vegan Market, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 7 Apr

The Eco Park has decided to transform its first Summer market into a celebration of all things vegan. There will be lots of vegan food and lifestyle stalls for you to peruse. Held under the oak atrium, inside the timber framed barn and on the events lawn with geodome tent. Sample some delights from local food vendors specialising in Vegan street food. The new Cabana Kitchen & Cafe will be fuelling the crowds with delicious vegan meals, coffee and treats, while the Eco Barn will be serving local ale and ciders to cool you down on (hopefully) a warm Spring day.


Whistle Down The Wind, Helston Theatre Company, Epworth Hall, Helston, 9-13 Apr & Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 20-22 Apr

Helston Theatre Company is back with the hit musical Whistle Down The Wind. Based on the much loved 1960s film, this production of Jim Steinman (Meatloaf) and Andrew Lloyd Webber`s hit musical is an extraordinary and uplifting tale about the transforming power of love. It’s Christmas in late 1950s America. In a barn in the deep south, 15 year old Swallow discovers a mysterious man hiding. When she asks his identity the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ”. In a town where a miracle is long overdue, Swallow and the town’s children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside.


Rogue Theatre ‘Wild Spring Hare’, Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs, Fri 12 – Mon 22 Apr


The most gorgeous way to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Cornwall! Join the brilliant Rogue Theatre for their first show of the year, Wild Spring Hare in Tehidy Woods. Wild Spring Hare is a promenade performance of magical stories – including new ones for 2018. An Easter trail like no other, follow the stories and discover a new world of spring. The woodland king will be waiting in the heart of the woods with a chocolate treat for everyone.


Spring Seasonal Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Sat 13 Apr

Celebrate Spring flavours and the finest local produce with a feast full of seasonal favourites. Join the team at Knightor at 6:30pm for nibbles in the winery bar, before dining on a fantastic menu full of Cornish ingredients including local lamb, Knightor wine and ingredients from the herb garden. ​5 course feast £30 per person.


The UK’s Largest Garden Charity Open Weekend, Tregothnan, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr

The Telegraph Travel section recently voted Tregothnan number 1 of its top ways to spend a weekend in Britain. Home to the very first British tea plantations, the world’s largest Camellia maze, a majestic 100 acres of private botanical garden and a history of over 700 years as a working estate, there are hundreds of reasons to visit this unique environment. Open to the public for one weekend only, Tregothnan’s annual event is supporting iSight Cornwall in 2019.


The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps, The Acorn, Penzance, Fri 19 Apr

Celebrated poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young (BBC 6 Music, Radio 4, The Wright Stuff) is back to present his thrilling new family performance. In this brand new show, Murray mixes dark storytelling and poetry with a brilliant score, a healthy dose of physical theatre and a touch of panto in a long, tall dark and a twisted gothic tale which will make you shudder, laugh out loud and delight audiences of all ages.  Told and performed entirely in verse, Ghosts, Faeries and Witches are brought to life by Murray in this compelling tale outlining the frightening perils of inheritance. Age 7+


The Roseland Festival, Tues 23 Apr – Fri 3 May

Folk and jazz, history and art, films and photography, choirs and quartets, walks and talks – The Roseland Festival offers a diverse programme of events with something for everyone. This year enjoy performances from outstanding folk singer, song writer and raconteur, Edwina Hayes and Geoff Lakeman, a Cornishman who is a major figure on the West Country Folk scene who will be performing local songs as well as his own compositions. Kit Hillbillies are also returning after their resounding success last year, as well as the ever popular Tresillian Ladies Choir, joined this year by Rhos Keur.


Gin, Bubbles and Music Festival, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Sat 27 – Sun 28 Apr

Join Miss Ivy Events for an afternoon of Gin, Food and Entertainment in the picturesque surroundings of the Earls Garden at Mount Edgcumbe. As well as sampling exotic street food and gins from local distilleries, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment, play outdoor games, socialise in a stunning location and take part in a *gin masterclass sampling 5 local gins with Susy Atkins, the Sunday Telegraph’s drinks columnist (Extra charge for the masterclass, you will need to book the masterclass and entry ticket this is only available on Saturday) On arrival you will book into the slot you require the masterclasses will be 30 minutes.


Porthleven Food Festival, Fri 26 – Sun 28 Apr

Porthleven Food Festival, now in its eleventh year, is a well-established event on the festival calendar. The Festival brings around 40,000* people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.


Trevithick Day, Camborne, Sat 27 April


Trevithick day is part of Cornwall’s rich heritage and is day that the whole family will enjoy. The day celebrates Camborne town’s renowned industrial history. Join the town in their festivities admiring the magnificent steam engines, based on the life of local engineer Richard Trevithick who invented steam engines for the local and international mining industry. There will be dancing in the streets, a variety of music, an abundance of stalls and a fairground to entertain you throughout the day.

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