Your January 2017 Muddy Guide
As tempting as it may be to pull up the blanket and remain rooted to the sofa this month, don’t do it! Have a gander at the first Muddy Guide of the year. There’s no sign of January blues in this neck of the woods.
Wellbeing Day, The Wellbeing Studios, Miners & Mechanics Institute, St Agnes, Sat 6 Aug
A whole day and a bit of yoga, pilates, massage and wholesome vegan food at my fave local studio. Kick start your healthy New Year with a day of Wellbeing at the Miners and Mechanics Institute in St Agnes. Try a variety of yoga classes with Amy, including a Mama’s Mini Retreat, Pilates with Marina, Living Sea Therapy taster treatments with Morvoren Beauty, buddha bowls in the Cuckoo Cafe and more.
Degol Stul – Twelfth Night, Heartlands, Pool, Sat 6 Aug
Degol Stul is a Twelfth Night celebration of Cornish, Celtic music and dance! There will be music sessions in the cafe and drop-in workshops around the Heartlands site: try out a bit of Cornish dancing or make a mask or costume ready for the evening events. There will also be a chance to learn a traditional Twelfth Night song to be sung round the bonfire later. Enjoy a tea-time concert in the Red River Café, where a Twelfth Night cake will be cut and a King & Queen for the night will be chosen! Look out for the procession as it gathers everyone for the ‘Fire in the Heart’ celebration. The revelries continue at the Chi an Bobel for a Nos Lowen (Cornish dance night) with a great line-up of bands! This unique event is supported by Arts Council England, Cornwall Council and Feast Cornwall.
It’s January and many of us our dragging our sorry selves out of hibernation to get active. and you know what they say – ‘misery loves company’. Ha! No I don’t mean that but there’s no need to struggle along the coast path alone! Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. In Cornwall, you can join parkruns at Lanhydrock, Mount Edgcumbe, The Eden Project, Trelissick and Penrose – a great way to see some beautiful parkland and historic Cornish sites for free, while frying those Christmas calories.
Spitfire Sisters, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Wed 10 Jan
The Spitfire Sisters, Louisa Revolta, Anna Harding and Hannah Castleman, started in 2011 as a 1940s three-part harmony cover group singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell Sisters. They have since become internationally acclaimed vintage music makers in their own right. They perform an eclectic mix of songs including original tunes from their self-penned album Put Your Phone Away, classic repertoire from the 1940s and modern songs with an old fashioned twist.
Bessie Smith ‘Empress of the Blues’, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Thurs 11 Jan
Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her band (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on guitar and Richard Sadler on upright bass plus a horn section) perform to a narrated show featuring music and songs of the period as well as a large proportion of Bessie‘s work. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death. Tickets £15.
Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 12, 19 and 26 Jan
Every Friday night through autumn and winter, Newquay beach venue Lusty Glaze will be hosting its chilled out Woodburner Sessions. This month, catch local talent Adam ‘guitar’ Parfitt, folk songstress Ezmay Grace and Scottish duo The Sinking of the Good Ship Rosa. Book a table for food and a night of good music.
This Is The Kit, St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin, Fri 12 Jan
The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s second largest church, , which dates from the 15th Century. This Is The Kit are playing the St Petroc’s Sessions as the second date of an international tour. The playful indie folk band led by Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables – has earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. In the last year, This is the Kit have performed live in session on BBC 6music and at festivals including Glastonbury. £15
Faeries, Fables and Folklore, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 13 and Sun 14 Jan
The Eden Project is holding two family-focussed weekends this month. On the first weekend, you can catch Squashbox Theatre’s brilliant Skillywidden. This fantastic performance celebrates the wildlife and faerie myths of Cornwall with crazy characters, silly slapstick, puppets, songs and storytelling. There will also be traditional Cornish music with a twist from The Countrymen. With a vast repertoire of folk rock and a cappella pieces, this lively lot will get the whole family’s toes tapping.
Paint a Wooden Bowl with Amy Isles Freeman, Potager Garden, Constantine, Sat 13 Jan
A local artist with one of the most sigh-inducing Instagram feeds I’ve seen, Amy Isles Freeman’s beautiful hand-painted wooden bowls are something really special. And here’s your chance to create your own. In this 4 hour workshop, Amy will enable you to explore your ideas, using guided drawing exercises, visual research and group discussion. Amy will gently and enthusiastically take you through the process of translating your concepts from thoughts to images. And every student will make a completely unique bowl to take home, entirely painted with their own design. Tea, coffee and cake will be served, followed by Prosecco. Price includes all materials and refreshments. £85. 2-6pm
Giselle & Swan Lake, St Petersburg Classic Ballet, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Wed 17 – Sat 20 Jan
Under the direction of Marina Medvetskaya, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet has won plaudits across Russia, Scandinavia, the United States and now, the UK. This acclaimed company returns to Hall for Cornwall after delighting audiences on previous visits. Combining classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s performances have an air of magic, complemented by a full orchestra and outstanding soloists who will take your breath away!
Ben & Tom Waters, The Acorn, Penzance, Fri 19 Jan
Renowned boogie woogie piano player Ben Waters is joined by his son, saxophonist Tom for a night of amazing music in Penzance. Ben and his band have worked and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Jools Holland and many others and their album “Boogie for Stu” has topped blues and rock ‘n roll charts worldwide. Tickets: Advance £13/ £15 on the door.
Extreme Eden with Matti Hemmings, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 20 – Sun 21 Jan
For the second Family Fun Weekend in January, The Eden Project will welcome three times Guinness World Record Holder and professional BMX rider Matti Hemmings. Matti and his team will show off their BMXing, beatboxing and breakdancing skills in a breathtaking and interactive display. The weekend is ideal for families. Afterwards, you can get creative in our drawing workshops to design your own extreme bike.
2 Michelin Chefs – One Memorable Meal, Ben at Sennen, Sennen Cove, Sat 20 Jan
This is a one-off opportunity to sample Michelin Star quality food in a stunning location. Two chefs from two different countries, two different cultures, expressing themselves over 6 courses. South West France meets South West England. Four hands delivering a unique experience in a unique venue. On the 20th January, Ben Tunnicliffe (Cornwall) meets Xavier Isabal (The Basque country) as they produce a 6 course lunch. £70, book by calling the restaurant: 01736 871191.
Champagne Dinner, The Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek, Wed 24 Jan
A Champagne dinner, hosted at the ever-popular Pandora Inn, with world-renowned champagne house, Joseph Perrier. The Pandora’s head chef, John Poole, has devised a delicious five-course menu and Martin Gamman, the UK representative for Joseph Perrier, will talk about the different Champagnes that will be served with each course.
This special evening costs £60 per person – which includes the five-course menu and five glasses of Champagne.
Burns Night in Cornwall, Thurs 25 Jan
We may be miles from Scotland but any excuse for a traditional Celtic knees up! Burns Night celebrations are planned at The Pandora Inn, on Retronguet Creek, where music and Scottish specials are planned or you could go all out at The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey, with a 7-course meal and whiskey pairing (£55pp). And Potluck Cornwall has a special celebration planned at Castaways East in Falmouth.
Awful Auntie, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 25 – Sun 28 Jan
From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! Age recommendation: 5+
Fish Whisperers and Scales, Ben at Sennen, Sennen Cove, Fri 26 Jan
Three poets and a musician celebrate birth, death and everything in between. Join Alan Bleakley, Mike Lay, Mike Adams and Frankie Davies on Friday 26th January 2018 from 6.30-10.30pm for a night of poetry, music and food in Sennen Cove. £20pp. Email to book: email@example.com
Plastic Ocean Screening, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Fri 26 Jan
If cutting down on your waste and joining in on a few more beach cleans featured in your resolutions, watch this film to steel your resolve. The problem of plastic pollution is growing exponentially every year; we are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic, half of this is designed for single use, and each year around 8 million tons of it ends up in our oceans. We can solve this problem and we can do it by educating and engaging everyone in a conversation to rethink plastic. Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’. £3 donation on the door, for St Agnes Marine Conservation Group.
New Exhibition: Cypher, Tremenheere Gallery, nr Gulval, Penzance, Sat 27 Jan – Wed 4 Feb
Cypher is an exhibition of artworks by thirteen visual artists graduating from the Newlyn School of Art’s 2017 Professional Practice course at Tremenheere Gallery. Revealing the vigorous way personal expressions are shaped, Cypher showcases new contemporary artworks as installation, projection, video, sound, drawing, painting, photography and collaborative works. A series of talks and discussions are also offered over the exhibition weekends.
Signs and Wonders Light Spectacular, Gwennap Pit, Sat 27 Jan
Signs and Wonders will be spinning the light fantastic and creating a wonderfully immersive evening of illuminations and projections. This time, Gwennap Pit is the location and inspiration. It is a relic of mining activities in the area, which later became a natural amphitheatre, used many times by Methodist preacher John Wesley. Centre stage will be a rotating light installation, casting dancing images in colourful light around the pit and it will be accompanied by a multitude of smaller rotating lanterns made by local schools. There will also be music and hot refreshments on offer. Free, online donations welcome.
The Healing Light Festival, Heartlands, Pool, Sat 27 and Sun 28 Jan
A winter warmer for mind, body and spirit. The Healing Light Festival is a showcase for Cornish-based complementary therapists and features workshops, talks, dancing, readings, mediums and crafts. There will also be music in the atrium and refreshment in the award-winning Red River cafe. £2pp, under 16s free.
Instagram & iPhone photography Workshop with Matt Inwood and Barefoot Media, Nanacarrow Farm, Tues 30 Jan
Cool course klaxon! For any businesses in Cornwall who want to up their Instagram game – check this out. PR and digital marketing agency Barefoot Media has invited art director and designer Matt Inwood to lead this Instagram and iPhone photography workshop at the beautiful Nancarrow Farm, near Truro. The event starts at 9.30am and ends at 3pm, with refreshments and two course lunch included. This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in using Instagram more effectively, especially as a business tool to self-promote. £100.48
Truro City of Lights, Truro, Wed 31 Jan
Postponed from November, when it was cancelled due to high winds, Truro City of Lights is now kicking off a year of fun and creativity in Cornwall, rather than just the festive season. The hugely popular annual event has been going for 20 years and sees the city light up with a dazzling parade of handmade lanterns, crafted by local artists, community groups and schools. There will also be street entertainment, including music and dance acts, let’s just cross our fingers for some good weather!
Ice Skating, Eden Project, Bodelva, until 18 Feb
The ice rink at Eden is the only indoor ice rink in Cornwall and it’s open all month (until 18 Feb). You need to book ahead and also pay for Eden admission if you don’t have a local’s pass already. There are push along penguins to help novice skaters find their confidence and special toddler (from 18 months) and junior sessions – so check times if you have little folk who’d like a go. Adults £7/ Children £6.
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Winter Feasts, Nancarrow Farm, Sat 3 Feb and Sat 10 Mar
Not far from Truro, in a stunning countryside setting, Nancarrow Farm throws hugely popular feast nights throughout the year as well as being one of Cornwall’s most sought-after wedding venues. If you’ve never been to one before, you can get an idea in my review right here but expect amazing, slow cooked meats, served from the centre of long communal tables and a friendly, laidback vibe. £38 pp. Quick – these sell out fast!