Mon 10 - Sun 16 Feb 2020
Searching for fun this week? You’ve come to the right place – here’s my Muddy guide to what’s on in Cornwall this week.
St Ives Feast and Hurling (10 Feb)
The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition celebrating the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD and is celebrated by St Ives with several traditions, including the St Ives Well procession and one of three remaining games of hurling (a sort of ancient game of rugby) a silver ball. The winner is the person that returns the ball to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall on the stroke of midday and receives a silver coin for their efforts. Find a spot in the town to watch the festivities which can include people diving into the water to retain the silver ball as well as traditional Cornish guisers dancing from pub to pub.
Incidentally, hurling inspired artist Allard van Hoorn last summer in an intriguing piece of performance art in which a 2m-high silver ball – based on the traditional St Ives Feast Day hurling ball – was rolled through the streets before taking its place on display outside the museum (pictured below).
Botelet Breakfast Club (14 Feb)
Simple, seasonal and soulful, take your seat by the crackling open fire at the farmhouse table and enjoy a deliciously fresh set menu breakfast with a seasonal twist. Delicious, nourishing for both body and mind, and always someone interesting to chat to – booking is essential.
Rick Stein’s Charity Lunches, Padstow, Falmouth and Porthleven (until 13 Feb)
Support The Fishermen’s Mission (Porthleven), Shelterbox (Falmouth) those affected by Australian bushfires (St Petrocs) and Cornwall Air Ambulance (the Seafood Restaurant) by choosing from a special 3-course menu, packed with Rick’s classic dishes, at Rick Stein’s restaurants – prices and deals vary from restaurant to restaurant so check before booking.
Limited Edition Charity Lunches, Restaurants Nathan Outlaw (6 – 29 Feb)
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Plymouth with a season of exhilarating Shakespeare, direct from Stratford-Upon-Avon with As You Like It (13 – 20 Feb), Taming of the Shrew (18 – 22 Feb) and Measure for Measure (12 – 22 Feb).
Ties that Bind, The Acorn, Penzance (13 Feb)
Ties That Bind cuts through the familiar facade of everyday female bonds – be it familial, romantic or societal. It can take a lifetime to create these bonds and a second to destroy them. Performed by Untold Dance Theatre.
Beach Cleans, various (14-21 Feb)
Get outside and do something for the environment at the same time – it’s win/win.
What started as Love Your Beach Day has now turned into Love Your Beach Week with beach cleans happening all across Cornwall, kicking off on Valentine’s Day and ending on Friday 21st February. Look on Facebook for events listed locally to you, including Newquay, Looe, Falmouth, Perranporth, Polzeath and many more. If you can’t join an organised event, head to your nearest beach, do your own mini beach clean and upload what you collect to social media – don’t forget to use #LoveYourBeach in your posts.
Ice Skating at Eden, The Eden Project, Bodelva (Until 23 Feb 2020)
Eden’s glittering ice rink – the only indoor rink in Cornwall – is open until 23 Feb. Choose from family fun sessions, hire penguins and snowmen to assist with skating and warm up with a rink-side hot choc afterward.
Pottery classes, Leach Pottery, St Ives (13 Feb)
Pottery is so hot at the moment, it’s the craft du jour, so get your hands thoroughly filthy at the world-famous Leach Pottery in St Ives. Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel in the inspirational setting of Bernard Leach’s Studio. The class includes clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders, all taught by a professional potter.