What’s On: August Bank Holiday in Cornwall
FRI 25 - MON 28 AUG
It’s the big one! Let’s see out summer in style shall we? Join a massive gang of pirates, party on the cliff tops and swill plenty of Cornish ale…
Hansel & Gretel by Cscape Dance Company, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tues 22 Aug – Sat 2 Sept
The last of the summer shows, presented as part of A Pinch of SALT dance festival, is Hansel and Gretel – a promenade performance at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Taking in the winding pathways, Cornwall’s leading landscape dance and theatre company invites you to enjoy some of the light, dark and sweetness of this classic fairytale in their brand new show.
Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, Thurs 24 – Mon 28 Aug
The bank holiday weekend is all about folk music in Wadebridge, with four nights & three days of concerts, sessions, folk clubs, dancing, workshops, craft fairs & children’s events in the beautiful market town. This year’s line-up includes local and international stars including Cara Dillon, Dougie Maclean and Dosca.
SkyBar, St Agnes, Thurs 24 – Sun 27 Aug
After a couple of events in Devon last month, Skybar is back in Cornwall to see out the summer. The pop-up, après-sea party – with its bar, eats and beats – was be in Polzeath last weekend in the grounds of The Point . The its comes home to St Agnes, where Skybar began,for the bank holiday, with four nights of great food, drinks and music planned.
Wild Woodland Summer Ball, Tehidy Woods Weds 23 Aug – Sun 3 Sept
Known for their immersive theatre adventures, multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre will bringing their new summer show home to Tehidy Woods, from Weds 23 Aug with lots of performances over the bank holiday. Rogue’s shows are billed as suitable for families, adults and children of all ages who hear the call of the wild. From experience, there is lots that will go over little heads but the music, costumes and magic still manage to hold them entranced.
Tag Rugby Tournament, Lusty Glaze Beach, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug
The annual tag rugby tournament at Lusty Glaze has been going for over ten years now. The event is really family friendly and has a great atmosphere. There will be a one-day tournament on Friday, followed by a two-day tournament Saturday and Sunday. Following the finals on Sunday evening there will be a trophy presentation, live music and a Firework display.
St Ives Beer & Cider Festival, Guildhall, St Ives, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug
St Ives Brewery’s annual beer festival is returning to the Guildhall, St Ives this bank holiday weekend, with a huge range of brews from Cornwall and further afield. The festival will feature a full live music programme and food and is family friendly. It opens Friday evening, from 5pm to 11pm, then noon to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. £5 entry for the full weekend.
Cote de Boeuf Feast, The Old Market, Chacewater, Fri 25 Aug
Join the team at The Old Market in Chacewater this Friday for a feast of Cornish dry aged Cote de boeuf (from Warren’s) cooked medium rare over oak flames and served up with pomp dauphinoise, oven roasted tomato, horseradish cream and seasonal green salad. Feasts are served in the pretty sheltered courtyard and there will be a choice of well matched wines on offer. Guests are asked to bring their own glasses, plates and cutlery though, plus a blanket or two in case it gets chilly. £28pp
Bowgie Ale & Cider Festival, Bowgie Inn, Crantock, Fri 25 – Mon 28 Aug
If you’ve braved the bank holiday traffic and left the house, or even more impressive, travelled to Cornwall from up country – you’ll need a beer this bank holiday. And what a perfect spot! The Bowgie Inn overlooks Crantock Beach near Newquay and at this annual event, there’ll be over 60 ales and ciders to guzzle. There will also be live music, food and family entertainment. It’s all in support of Cornwall Hospice Care, so you can feel doubly good as you enjoy a pint or two in the sunshine.
James Turrell’s Skyspace at Dusk, Tremenheere, Gulval, Fri 25 Aug
The second opportunity this summer to experience American artist, James Turrell’s Skyspace at dusk, at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Background illumination will under light the ceiling of the space and provide a telling contrast with the sky. The shifting balance between the interior and exterior light will provide a contemplative and hypnotic transition. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens before hand or pop into to the fab Tremenheere Kitchen, open for dinner from 6pm. £10 per person. Numbers are limited, advanced booking is essential.
Knightor Winery Feast Night, Fri 25 Aug
Fancy a taste of the sunshine we’ve been missing? The last of this month’s themed feast night at Knightor Winery is a Revolver Rum Caribbean Supper, with jerk pork, goat stew and Dark & Stormies on the menu. At £25 for three courses and a pre-dinner drink, these are some of the more affordable feast nights around. If the weather is good they will be held outside in the courtyard and guests can arrive early for a pre-dinner winemaker’s tour for a little extra cost.
The Third Policeman, Enys Gardens, Penryn, Fri 25 and Sat 26 Aug
Last chance to see this fun summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre. The production, written by Flann O’Brien, ventures into a world somewhere between Alice and Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage shaped and night is actually and accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety life, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. I saw this quirky show earlier on in the summer at Mount Pleasant Eco Park and can highly recommend it!
Experimental Photography Workshops, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 26 Aug
There have been loads of great workshops running at Newlyn Gallery this summer as part of their Craftschool exhibition. Over at sister gallery The Exchange this Saturday it’s all about experimental photography, with two sessions led by Peter Lower. No need to book, just turn up! £2 donation towards materials, please wear old clothes. On Sunday back at Newlyn Gallery you can watch a master craftsman at work, demonstrating the art of stone lettering.
Cornwall Pride, Newquay, Sat 26 Aug
A Celebration of Diversity in Cornwall and the Southwest. This fun and inclusive event includes an opening parade from Towan Beach at 12pm, followed by the Rainbow Fest picnic at Killacourt from 1pm, with local entertainment, food, a bar and stalls, then a ticketed evening event, Moonbow Party from 8pm at Tall Trees.
Silent Disco Yoga, Fistral Beach, Sat 26 and Sun 27 Aug
The brilliant (and Muddy award-winning) team at Oceanflow Yoga have two special Silent Disco Yoga events planned for the bank holiday. The Saturday Sunset session will be timed with the beautiful Newquay sunset – practice Vinyasa yoga to Balearic beats whilst watching the sun drop down into the ocean. The Sunday Chillout session will be pure indulgence – chilled beach yoga in the sunshine, breathing in the fresh sea air whilst listening to great music. £12 for one session or £20 for two.
Penzance Pirates on the Prom, Sun 27 Aug
Where could you possibly find 15,000 pirates in this day and age? Well, head to PZ on Sun 27 Aug and you may find even more, as the town attempts to hold onto its record for the largest gathering of pirates. A noble pursuit and quite a spectacle for everyone else! If you want to join in, you’ll find rules for pirate attire on the website. It costs £2 per person to join and all proceeds will go to the RNLI.
Squashbox Theatre: Tales From The Trees, Penlee Park, Penzance, Sun 27 Aug
Trees are awesome! They shelter and protect us, enchant us with their mystery and beauty, provide us with food, fuel and wood and produce oxygen for us to breathe. Let Squashbox Theatre be your guide to the tremendous world of Trees! Learn how to identify different trees, discover the wonder of photosynthesis, gasp at deadly carnivorous plants and watch flowers growing before your very eyes. ‘Tales from the Trees’ is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. The show is 50 minutes long and suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.
Newlyn Fish Festival, Newlyn Harbour, Mon 28 Aug
The UK’s biggest fish festival is back for its 28th year on the 28th! Guests will be treated to cookery demonstrations, fish displays, crab picking demonstrations, two music stages, luggers in the harbour, trawlers racing, gigs sprinting, children’s rides, entertainment and education, lots of fabulous food to enjoy plus art and craft stalls to explore. The Newlyn Fish Festival is organised in aid of The Fishermen’s Mission, which provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families.
And there’s still time to catch…
I just wanted to remind you about two brilliant family days out – both of which we loved last week.
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of years of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space, offering a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
The Lost Summer, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 22 July – Sun 3 Sept
A return to outdoor play and summer adventure. This summer, The Lost Gardens of Heligan invite you to have fun in the great outdoors on the festival-like East Lawn, with den building, assault courses, bush craft, wild art and more. There are also piglets and calves in the Heligan farm to coo over, regular Callestick ice cream stalls, a fruit stall and summer BBQ hut. The Muddy clan LOVED it and will definitely going back next week before it closes for autumn.