Last chance – ending soon
Eden Project, Gaia (until 5 Jan).
Gaia, this touring artwork by Luke Jerram provides an incredible opportunity to view Earth as it might be seen from space, floating in three dimensions.
The sculpture aims to create a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Muddy favourite Kurt Jackson’s Frenchman’s Creek is at the Jackson Foundation in St Just (2 – 4 Jan) before it closes until Feb half term. Jackson created these pieces around and sometimes in the Helford River (below). The place where the woodlands meet the tide famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek.
Over at the Tate St Ives it’s also last chance to see the Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work, From Where I Stand, which showcases the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (until 5 Jan).
Beach Guardian Christmas Tree ‘Planting’, Constantine Bay (11 Jan)
Once you have taken your real Christmas tree down and stored your decorations away to re-use again, why not put your tree to some good use – bring them along to help the Beach Guardian team use the trees to create ‘fences’ across the dunes as the marram grass has been reduced due to erosion.
Ewe Scanning, Lost Gardens of Heligan (19 Jan 11am)
Join The Lost Gardens of Heligan to see the first glimpse of new life, where they will be scanning their flock of pregnant ewes LIVE in front of visitors inside The Barn.
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.
Big Garden Birdwatch, Lost Gardens of Heligan (25- 27 Jan)
Join The Lost Gardens this January in the Heligan Wildlife Hide to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. Enjoy an hour with the birds whilst helping record numbers to give a great snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring.
Freedom Racing – Clowance Woods, Clowance Estate, Praze an Beeble, Camborne, TR14 0PT (5 Jan)
Run through ancient woodlands, across the lawns of a stately home, along a golf course and the shore of a lake! This is an approximately 4-mile race of two loops within the Clowance Estate, which is not normally open to the public. (No dogs).
Cardinham Woods Winter Series (5k 12 Jan) (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.
The Arc of Attrition (31 Jan)
Cornwall’s toughest footrace – an extreme winter 100-miler in challenging winter conditions.
The Arc is a point-to-point race from Coverack to Porthtowan taking in 100miles of stunning and dramatic Cornish Coastpath, and will complete an Arc around the entire southwest foot of Cornwall. The race has a strict 35 hour cut-off with additional checkpoint cut-offs on the route. With checkpoints approximately 20 miles apart, competitors will need the ability to be self-sufficient for long periods of time.
Ocean – An Exhibition for Change, Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn (10 Jan – 1 Feb)
A new exhibition raising awareness of the state of our ocean and providing positive solutions towards protecting our seas and marine wildlife opens at the Jupiter Gallery in Newlyn. Featuring stark images from Adam Hopkison-Hill and photographer Ben Lecomte’s Vortex Swim through the world’s largest concentration of ocean plastic alongside work from local marine plastic artists Dan Lewis & Mini Beach Cleaner.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (25 Jan – 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.
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.
Adrian Cox, The Acorn, Penzance (4 Jan)
World-renowned jazz clarinettist Adrian Cox and his quartet present music from their brand new album. Now Is Spring draws on Cox’s influences of New Orleans, blues and swing music.
Sing for your heart, sing for your soul, Mount Pleasant Eco Park (8 Jan)
Monthly soulful singing session in the Barn on the first Wednesday of every month. Experience the joy and exhilaration of singing in 3 or 4 part harmonies. Expect folk, gospel, Georgian, African and more.
Truro Cathedral ‘Cushion Concert’ (25 Jan)
Bring cushions and sit at the very front of the cathedral, where the cathedral choir’s boy choristers will introduce and sing a short programme of beautiful music. All welcome, aimed at children.
Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight, Plymouth Pavilions (27 Jan)
With over one million singles sold worldwide, Kaiser Chiefs are an impressive indie-rock band, orginally from Leeds. Supported by global favourite Razorlight, one of the most successful bands of the mid-2000’s post-punk revival.
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.
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 20 – Sat 25 Jan
The iconic West End show comes to Theatre Royal, starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe Mcfadden with enough sassiness, feathers and dance floor classics to last a lifetime.
FAMILY THEATRE: Gonzo Moose presents Once Upon A Time, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 21-25 Jan
The Brothers Grimm are about to finish their final volume of fairy tales when a shadow of the past kidnaps them both and their sister, Lotte, must save her beloved brothers. A fast paced comedy by Gonzo Moose promises slapstick, the bizarre and live music perfect for audiences of any age.
FILMS and FILM FESTIVALS
Film Screening at Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn (11 Jan)
Vitamin Sea – followed by a Q&A with Lawrence Smith & Heather Koldewey – is screened as part of the Ocean exhibition at Jupiter Gallery – tickets also include a bowl of soup. Vitamin Sea documents Cal Major’s world record stand up paddleboarding (SUP) expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Film Screening: Lucian Freud – Self Portraits, The Poly, Falmouth (25 Jan)
Exhibition on Screen is the ground-breaking series of award-winning films that brings the world’s greatest exhibitions, artists and galleries to cinemas around the world. This film from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the exhibition displays more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.
Waves Film Festival, The Poly, Falmouth (31 Jan)
Surfer, photographer and filmmaker Mike Lacey is bringing back the first installation of Waves Film Festival’s incredible ocean-themed short films after a sell out screening in November 2019.
Come along for a collection of short films full of creativity and adventure, including inspirational tales of surfing, marine life and much more.
Ocean Kids Plastic Workshop with artist Dan Lewis, Jupiter Gallery, Penzance (11 Jan)
Learn about what has washed up on our shore, whose plastic is it and who is responsible for cleaning it up. We’ll explore colours, tones and textures to create brightly coloured flat-lay images from coastal microplastics!
Circus of Horrors, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Weds 22 Jan
A rock n’ roll mix of a stage circus show, with scantily-clad fire-eating, trapeze, acrobatics and risqué acts. As seen on Britain’s Got Talent. Not for the kids, 18s and up only.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Alexandra Palace, Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan
Assuredly NOT a panto, this West End production (it showed at the Apollo Theatre in 2015 & 2016) comes to Ally Pally, promising a riotous spin on JM Berries’s classic tale. From the creators of award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. alexandrapalace.com
A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic, Sat 23 Nov – Sat 18 Jan
This production of festive classic A Christmas Carol staged by The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus had such great reviews that it’s returning for round three. It’s adapted by Jack Thorne, co-writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. oldvictheatre.com
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan
This is like fantasy panto casting. I mean, seriously, does it get better than this? Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and – well who cares about the rest, I’m sold. lwtheatres.co.uk
Cinderella, The Hexagon, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 5 Jan
Just over the Berks border in Reading, CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, returns to The Hexagon stage (he received raving reviews for Aladdin last year btw) to star in Cinderella. readingarts.com
Dick Whittington and his Cat, Hackney Empire, Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan
The unashamed home of Panto has chosen Dick Whittington and his Cat for this year’s festive offering. Olivier award-winner and panto dame extraordinaire Clive Rowe stars in his 13th panto for the theatre alongside Hamilton’s Tarinn Callender in the leading role. hackneyempire.co.uk
Sea Garden, RAMM museum, Exeter, until Sun 26 Jan
A vibrant, contemporary exhibition exploring the female-gendered relationship with the ocean and seaweed, featuring works from artists such as photographer Susan Derges, Dorothy Cross and Lucy Skaer.
Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020).
Another newbie is Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May).
Other exhibitions worth a snoop are Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane collection of work at the V&A (until 8 March); William Blake at Tate Britain, with the visionary painter and poets work blown up to enormous scale using digital technology (until 2 Feb 2020); Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s (until 19 Jan).