Oh February, you’ve been a long time coming and this year there’s even more of you with the lesser spotted Saturday 29th, which only happens every 28 years. I’m well and truly done being virtuous and ready for all the fun, including charity lunches, intimate gigs, comedy, dance and theatre.
Food and drink
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.
Winter Gin Festival, The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth (8 Feb)
Get your gin fix visiting the suppliers at the festival before finishing the night in The Riverbank, to live music and, you guessed it, more gin! Tickets include a keepsake branded gin glass to hold all your favourite future tipples, samples from all the distilleries, music, masterclasses, and a G&T on arrival.
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)
World Pasty Championships, Eden Project (29 Feb)
Celebrate the Cornish pasty with us at the World Championships, where amateur and professional bakers from around the world battle it out to create the ultimate baked delicacy. The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local talent.
Art, exhibitions and workshops
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives
Make, play, explore and design as a family in the studio and visit the Drawing Station in the galleries. Each session has a different creative theme. Every Sunday in term time, under 18s free, no booking required.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner. The statement declared that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age.
Drawing primarily on the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, it will focus on key themes in his work. Check out our Muddy review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (25 Jan – 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.
Music, Theatre & Performance
The Festival of Curious Puppetry (27th Jan – 14 March)
Offering 8 unique puppetry performances, 6 inspirational evenings of talks and an exhibition showcasing puppets from around the world, come and experience the magical world of puppetry. Expect a riot of exciting shows and events to inspire and engage people of all ages in puppetry in all its forms and fancies. From clothes peg to carved exquisiteness puppets tell us their stories and open worlds of visual possibility.
National Story Telling Week (1 – 8 Feb)
A nationwide extravaganza of storytelling, rekindling the lost art of oral tales. Look out for events that include local storyteller Gary Cordingley in Falmouth town centre. The retelling of Tristan & Iseult, one of the great love stories, spanning the lands and seas of Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany by highly acclaimed storyteller Katy Cawkwell picks a clear, brilliant path through this many-layered legend, touching her listeners with the excitement, beauty and tragedy of this timeless tale at The Poly on Saturday 8th to bring things to close.
Falmouth Soul Sensation Benefit Concert, The Acorn, Penzance (1 Feb)
Falmouth Soul Sensation return for the seventh year running for their annual benefit gig which this year is in aid of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. The Falmouth Soul Sensation are Cornwall’s own 12-piece dance band, who have been playing the best of classic 60’s soul music for more than a decade.
Wassail, Haywood Cider Farm, Bodmin (1 Feb)
The annual Wassail at Haywood Cider Farm takes place this Saturday where you can listen to Brother Sea, Lyonesse and Catseye Morris for a wonder-filled evening of song, dance, food and cider in Haywood’s infamous Cider barn with the wassail ceremony taking place around the oldest Apple tree in the orchard.
Six seasoned musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some original material – we’re told there is no mistaking that they love their county with a passion.
Title and Deed – A Play by Will Eno, The Acorn, Penzance (6 Feb)
Laugh out loud funny one minute, powerfully poignant the next. “Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us” Robert Burns. A stranger who is “not from here” wanders on stage and speaks directly to us, talking about what divides and unites us. His monologue weaves a treasure trove of insights and inventions, leaving us – the audience – the knotty task of disentangling one from the other. Those same threads bind us to this character in a shared sense of jeopardy. We are not him, but is he, in some mirror-like way, us? A play about belonging and difference, timely for our fractured society. Expect an evening in the theatre like no other.
Performed by Philip Robinson, directed by Polly Whitfield. Catch him before this stranger “falls to earth” elsewhere in the UK, Scandinavia and North America.
RSC | 2020 Season (12 – 22 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.
The Electic Swing Circus, The Acorn, Penzance (28 Feb)
The ESC’s sound is an exciting combination of vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums, dirty synths and electro beats. Fronted by a powerful female double-act, with an extensive variety of vocal styles, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.
Imbolc Open Day, St Nectan’s Glen, Trethevy, Tintagel (2 Feb)
St Nectan’s Glen is an area of woodland stretching for around one mile along both banks of the Trevillet River however locally most people think of it as St Nectan’s Kieve, a spectacular sixty-foot waterfall. St Nectan’s Glen is holding a free open day on Sunday for Imbolc, a traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
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.
Cardinham Woods Winter Series (10k 9 Feb) (1o miles 8 March)
Winter Series, 3 different timed trail events on 3 different routes over 3 months, getting progressively more difficult, starting with a 5k and culminating in a 10 miler.
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.