Your April Muddy Guide
Your lovingly curated guide to best events this month in Cornwall. Ready, steady, socialise!
Jessica Cooper exhibition, Tremenheere Gardens, Penzance, Thur 29 Mar – Sun 29 Apr
This spring, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens present an exhibition of drawing, painting and textiles by Jessica Cooper. Central to this exhibition are a limited edition of wool rugs, handmade to Jessica’s designs using dyes from South American plants, by a specialist weaver Neil befriended on a botanical research trip to rural Mexico. As well as a series of new paintings and framed drawings, alongside the sketches which inspired this collaborative collection of handmade rugs.
Rogue Theatre ‘Wild Spring Hare’, Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs, Fri 30 Mar- Mon 9 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.
The Man Engine, Resurrection Tour, from Sat 31 Mar
The Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, built to celebrate the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site’s tenth anniversary. After a sellout tour in 2016 – here’s your chance to see him on the streets of Cornwall again. On Sat 31 Mar, The Man Engine will begin his journey at Geevor Tin Mine, appear at Heartlands on Sat 1 April and Royal Cornwall Showground on Sun 2 April, before heading off to dates in Devon.
Roots Reggae Roast, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sun 1, 15 and 29 April
There will be three opportunities to enjoy a Roots Reggae Roast in association with Keep Cornwall Fed at Mount Pleasant Eco Park this month. Enjoy a delicious vegan/veggie roast, local ales and cider from the Eco Park Barn, while you listen to tropical tunes that will transport you from the rolling fields of Cornwall to the Jamaican coast. 3 delicious main course choices will be served (one will always be Vegan) alongside seasonal veg, roasties, Yorkshire pud and your choice of Rich Veg or our Special Jerk Gravy. Adults portion £10 / Kids portion £5.50 . For every meal sold, Keep Cornwall Fed will donate a healthy hot meal to someone living in food poverty.
St Moritz Easter Sweatshirt Workshop with Uzma Bozai (for adults & kids), St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Mon 2 April
Fancy getting creative by the coast? Personalise, monogram or design your Easter themed jumper at the St Moritz Hotel this Easter Monday. The team behind Cornwall-based fashion line Uzma Bozai (stocked at Harvey Nics and Anthropologie) are sharing a sweatshirt workshop, where you will customise your own cool creation. Adults £50/ kids (3+) £35 – incl sweatshirt and all materials.
The Railway Children, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Tue 3 Apr- Sat 14 Apr
A play for the whole family! The Railway Children is a heart-warming tale of an Edwardian family whose lives are turned upside down following the mysterious disappearance of their father. The Railway Children’s cast includes a host of Cornish acting talent alongside members of the Minack Youth Theatre.
Walk Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Wed 4 Apr- Sat 14 Apr
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.
Cornwall Vegan Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 7 Apr
Come and celebrate all things Vegan at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park, after being a huge success last year it is back with lots to do on offer. With free entry you can take part in workshops, listen to talks and there will be an assortment of Vegan food.
Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, Sat 7- Sun 8 Apr
Boconnoc in the Spring brings you trade stands, show gardens, gardening experts, and gorgeous blossoms. Enjoy a stroll in the vast grounds as well as admiring the flower show.
Lee Skeet Supper Clubs, St Ives Skatepark Fundraiser, The Kitchen Table, St Ives, Sun 8 April
Feel good about stuffing your face! Chef Lee Skeet is supporting the local St Ives community with a six course tasting menu at The Kitchen Table in St Ives harbour. All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the St Ives Skatepark Project, a local initiative we’ve been working closely with to try and raise money to build our kids a new skatepark.
Blood Brothers, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, 9 – 14 Apr
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Wine Tasting, Knightor Winery, St Austell, Fri 13 Apr and Fri 27 Apr
There is no better way then beginning your weekend with a glass of wine and in the company of friends. On Fri 13 Knightor Winery are offering a night of Pinot Noir wine tasting and on Fri 27 will be a favourite for most, an insight in to the production of red wine.
Spring Gathering, Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, Truro, Fri 13- Sat 14 Apr
It is time to day goodbye to Winter and enjoy two days of relaxing and feasting with the family. Visit Nancarrow Farm and enjoy exploring the craft stalls, whilst eating delicious food and meeting the animals. Expect lots of activities for children and plenty for adults to do as well.
The Full Bronte, Callington Town Hall, Sat 14 April
This affectionate tribute proudly reclaims the Brontes for the SW, homages Charlotte, Emily and Anne through storytelling, music, audience games and sketches and is all brought to you by hosts Monika(glamour puss, academic, thespian) and her assistant Brannie (dogsbody, ensemble cast, backstage crew), create wuthering delights in a show that is the anarchic love child of French and Saunders and Hinge and Bracket.
Walking Week, Boscastle, Sat 15 Apr- Fri 20 Apr
Visit the North of Cornwall this Spring with this intimate event run by the locals. Whether you are new to walking or returning, this event is based in one of Cornwall’s most picturesque villages.
The Play That Goes Wrong, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, 17 – 21 April
Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning smash hit comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, now enjoying its 4th year in the West End. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue.
Aspire Visual Arts Workshops, The Poly, Falmouth, Tues 17, Weds 18 & Thurs 19 April, Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Tues 24 & Weds 25 April
Jane Chetwynd & Sarah Hayes have worked for a leading Arts University and have extensive experience in arts education. They’re passionate about delivering workshops that support you to explore new and exciting ways of working. The courses are suitable for individuals and groups, held in great locations and for everyone regardless of previous experience. The first dates at The Poly are all about ‘learning to see’ while later in the month at Kestle Barton, the theme will be ‘drawings from the land’.
Knightor Feasts, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Wed 18 and Fri 27 April
This month’s foodie fiestas at Knightor Winery include a two-course Moroccan supper (£25pp) and a feast of spring favourites, celebrating the new season’s produce from around the county including crab, lamb, asparagus and rhubarb. £25 for 3 courses and welcome cocktail / £38 with pre-dinner winemakers tour at 5pm.
Havana Good Time, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 20 Apr
To celebrate the opening of The Lusty Glaze new pizza and rum bar they are hosting a Latino- themed night, serving Latino and South American inspired wood fired pizzas and special rum cocktails. Dance to live music headlined by a twenty piece band, Jazz Colossus, and support from Jelly Jazz.
Food Festival, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Fri 20- Sun 22 Apr
Do you love food and stunning harbour villages? Then Porthleven Food Festival was made for you. Attracting more then 30,000 people, Porthleven Food Festival has been running for more then ten years. Browse the food stalls and listen to the expert chefs. If lively music and a few drinks is what you fancy, then pitch up a tent and spend the night.
Emily Maguire, Acorn, Penzance, Sat 21 Apr
Singer-songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and mental health advocate, Emily Maguire is an artist like no other, her remarkable story of recovery is an inspiration for those who know her music.
Deep Space, STERTS Theatre, Liskeard, Sat 21 Apr
A collaboration of dance, music and film to bring you the sound and the look of the universe. Inspired by cosmic rays from distant galaxies, Deep Space is the culmination of exciting new collaborations between groundbreaking musical outfit Michelson Morley, dance artist Lois Taylor and eight professional dancers, costume designer Andrea Carr, and film & live visuals practitioner Joanna Mayes.
Gin and Prosecco Festival, St Ives, Sat 21 Apr
The garden party season is in full swing with St Ives Gin and Prosecco Festival happening this month. A garden party atmosphere, live music and a glass of prosecco or gin (or both) , sounds like the perfect Saturday.
Spring Fair, Bedruthan Hotel, Trenance, Newquay, Sat 21- Sun 22 Apr
A weekend that should bring all home lovers inspiration. Browse three floors showcasing designs by contemporary makers to reworked pieces from classic curator. Worried about the kids being bored? Free childcare sessions are also provided whilst you browse the fair.
Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening, Tresillian, Truro, Sat 21- Sun 22 Apr
The largest garden in Cornwall is opening its usually private gates to the public for one weekend. Visitors can experience Tregothnan’s diversity of trees, historic, botanical and rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the river Fal.
Roseland Festival, various locations, Sat 21 Apr- Sat 5 May
The Roseland Festival is full of entertainment and talks for everyone. There will be a performance from concert pianist Shelagh Sutherland, wine tasting with Louise Fitzpatrick, St Austell Brewery’s newly appointed wine buyer, and a talk by Christopher Riddle on the popular Royal Cornish Show. Check the schedule to purchase tickets as entertainment and talks are held on different days and in different locations.
Spring Spa and Wedding Fair, Headland Hotel, Newquay Sun 22 Apr
Join the spa team at The Headland alongside a wonderful network of wedding suppliers. Tour the facilities, learn about memberships and discuss your plans with the wedding coordinators. Mini spa treatments will be on offer as well as competitions with fab prizes up for grabs.
Leviathan, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Tues 24 Apr
Leviathan is the critically acclaimed work by award winning Cornish choreographer James Wilton. Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a story based on man versus nature. Also at The Tolmen Centre (Fri 27 Apr) and Crackington Haven Institute (Sat 28 Apr).
Charity Ladies Spa Evening, Camel Studio, Trenewth, Washaway, Thur 26 Apr
In support of the Cornish mental wellness charity, The Sea Sanctuary, The Camel Studio hosts a spa evening that includes a professional team of beauty and complimentary health therapists from across Cornwall providing 30-minute taster sessions introducing new techniques and products.
Sound of the Sirens, Acorn, Penzance, Thur 26 Apr
Rick Astley supporting act, Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, are here to bring energy, warmth and humour to the stage. They have received high praise on their album “For all Sins”, as well as performed on Clare Bolding’s Good Morning Sunday Show on BBC Radio2. They are sure to bring you an enlightening night.
Legend of the Bay 2018, Watergate Bay, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Apr
Do you love water sports or prefer to relax on the beach and watch? Then this is the event for the whole family at Watergate Bay. From surfing to kite surfing, this event will have you mesmerised by the competitors skills and may even inspire.
Vintage Jazz and Gin in the Park, Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll, Sat 28- Sun 29 Apr
Vintage shopping, drinking gin and listening to Jazz, sounds like the perfect weekend. Rummage through an array of vintage exhibitors whilst toe tapping to live jazz music. There is also access to the Edgcumbe house and you can explore the Earls garden.
Greek Fire and Feast Night, Bedruthan, Newquay, Fri 27 Apr
It is time to devour another delicious feast at Bedruthan, and this time it is Greek food that is on offer: think local mussels, Cornish lamb curry, fresh seafood. Feast with many like minded people, whilst sitting around an open fire, toasting marshmallows on the flames.
Trevithick Day, Camborne, Sat 28 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.
Comedy Cupboard, Old Bakery Studios, Sat 28 April
Need a belly laugh? Spend an evening at Old Bakery Studio’s Comedy Cupboard with resident host MC Claire Rowley and comedians extraordinaire Matt Price and Luke Honnoraty. Expect cabaret seating, live music and a well stocked bar
Orchard Spring Fayre, Newquay Orchard, Newquay, Sun 29 April
A celebration of all things Spring! Browse the farmer’s market and the mixture of craft stalls and games whilst listening to live music. Join in on a foraging walk with Emma Gunn, from Never Mind the Burdocks, starting in Newquay and ending at the Orchard.
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Sun 29 April
This critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita – delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances.
Words by: Katie McVey