Your Muddy Guide To June In Cornwall
Phew! There’s a lot of good stuff going down this month in Cornwall – in fact there’s so much, I’ve chopped this guide up into: Food & Drink, Music & Festivals, Art & Theatre and Community – I hope that makes this mammoth round-up more digestible.
And, if I’ve missed an event you’re running or one of your favourites isn’t listed, please email me at email@example.com, with ‘Cornwall June’ in the subject line – there’s always room for more!
FOOD & DRINK
Hidden Hut Feast Nights, Porthcurnick Beach, Sat 3, Wed 14, Tues 20 & Fri 30 June
The Hidden Huts legendary feast nights sell out fast, so note the ‘on sale’ date for tickets and link below. This unique beachside café hosts the most laidback (and affordable) feast nights in Cornwall. Held outdoors whatever the weather, guests bring their own plates, cutlery and wine – the Hidden Hut provides the food and fire. One dish is served on each night, which in June includes Lobster and Chips, Woodfired Gerrans Bay Mackerel, Headland Beef Asado and Sticky Smokey Ribs.
Berber & Q Weekender with Woodfired Canteen, Hubbox, Truro, Sat 3 and Sun 4 June
A super exciting, foodie team-up is hitting Truro on Sat 3 and Sun 4 June, so grab some tickets quick. The team from hip London grill house Berber & Q is heading west to join Woodfired Canteen for two days of live fire cooking and music at Hubbox. As well as an amazing ‘Ottolenghi on a BBQ’ style cook up, there will be music from the resident Hubbox DJ and the folk from Berber & Q. Tickets are £30 and it’s worth knowing, this is an 18+ event – which has its charm at the end of half term.
SkyBar, Falmouth 8-10 June & Harlyn Bay 16-17 June
SkyBar first popped up on St Agnes Head in 2014 and this year it’s back with Apres-Sea parties in more gorgeous locations. On arrival to SkyBar’s stretch marquees, you can enjoy street food al fresco or dine in the Food Marquee, where our DJs will get the evening going with some chilled, sunset sessions. Sumptuous surroundings and luxury furnishing will get you settled in nicely, while sponsor bars, from the Tanqueray Gin Bar to the Ca Bolani Prosecco Bar, will keep guests imaginatively refreshed. Tickets for these events are restricted to 500 per evening, so get booking.
Midsummer Feasts, Nancarrow Farm, nr Truro, Wed 14 and Wed 21 June
Dates have been announced for Nancarrow’s summer series of farm feasts, with menus starring the organic lamb and beef reared on the farm. Resident chefs Darren Broom and Jack Bristow have developed mouthwatering menus which will be prepared in the farm’s wood-fired courtyard kitchen. The 14 June feast will centre around Argentinean style asado-roasted ribs of Ruby Red beef and on 21 June, Nancarrow’s ‘new season’ organic lamb is the star of the show.The evenings begins with canapés and cocktails, then three delectable courses are served at long tables. Tickets are £35, including a welcome.
Revolver Rum Night, Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay, Thurs 15 June
Move over gin – all signs point to rum being the spirit of the moment. This bar event at Fifteen Cornwall welcomes Revolver Rum experts, Paola and Stuart who will be joining the Fifteen team behind the bar to shake and stir some classic rum-based cocktails and lead you to discover delicious new combinations. Drinks will be served around the bar, such as Rum Old Fashioned and Hemingway Daiquiri alongside small plates from the kitchen. Limited tickets are available priced at £35 per person.
Sunset, Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, 16 June
With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a really unique dining experience, including sharing platters and cocktails in Bedruthan’s beautiful private dining room, with direct access into the sea-view garden for post-dinner marshmallow roasting. These long table feasts are served from an open kitchen and each feast night has a different themed menu. June is all about Mussels and Polgoon Cider. At £17.50pp, this is one of the more affordable feast nights on offer this month.
The Lost Stories of Heligan with Woodfired Canteen, Wed 21 June
The next in a series of sell-out, long-table feast nights. Woodfired Canteen explores the lost stories of Heligan through their renowned woodfired cooking. This event, on Wednesday 21 June, marks the summer solstice, the longest day. More than a plate of food, this supper is inspired by the stories of the gardens using produce grown here and in the surrounding farms, showcasing heritage vegetables, rare breed and productive gardening techniques. The evening costs £35 and guests are encouraged to dress for any weather as part of the evening will be spent outdoors.
Feast Nights at Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 16 & Fri 30 June
Another popular spot on the Cornish feast-night circuit is Knightor winery. Each evening has a particular theme or ingredient from one of the fantastic local producers they work with. The evening kicks off with drinks and nibbles outside, before moving into the threshing barn to eat. This month, you can choose from The Cornish Moonshine feast featuring unaged white whiskey and an American style BBQ menu or a Brazilian BBQ feast with beef as the star of the show, cooked over fire and eaten outside in our gorgeous courtyard. 3 courses and a cocktail cost £20 per person.
Cornwall Gin Festival, Truro Piazza, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June
Did you know that this wonderful county produces six amazing gins? This ticketed festival in Truro celebrates our fine Cornish distilleries with super gin cocktails, gin tasting with the experts, Cocktail demos, talks and presentations, live music, shops and food stalls. If you’re serious about your gin and this event is for you then make sure you buy your tickets early. Doors open at 12pm with entertainment kicking off from 2pm.
MUSIC & FESTIVALS
Trebah Live Music Festival, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Mon 29 May – Sat 3 June
Trebah is one of my favourite Cornish gardens and their lovely amphitheatre comes alive over the summer months with gigs and plays performed beneath the trees. Kicking off the season is Trebah Live Music Festival, with star turns from Kerrier Male Choir, Suzie Mac and Fisherman’s Friends. If you prefer making your own music, you’re welcome to join the Wild Singing workshops on Thurs 1 June, where you will learn simple melodies and harmonies of beautiful songs in a friendly group atmosphere.
The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier House, Redruth, Fri 2 – Sun 4 June
I’ll be there with bells on and I think you should come along too! The Great Estate is Cornwall’s newest festival, held in the beautiful and extensive grounds of Scorrier House near Redruth. Headline acts include English rock heroes Echo and the Bunnymen; YouTube cover star and Cornish gal Daisy Clark (you’ve seen this right?); DJ Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show; The Showhawk Duo and Electric Swing Circus. Festival-goers should also expect the unexpected – we’re promised sword-swallowers, burlesque, cabaret, a silent forest disco and a secret gin garden.
Hackney Colliery Band, Hall for Cornwall, Tues 6 June
Get a shot of East London cool here in Cornwall courtesy of Hackney Colliery Band. Their music reinvents the brass band for the 21st century and this major UK tour supports the release of their first live album. The band has had a phenomenal few years, from playing at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics to sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards and we couldn’t be more excited that they’re coming to Cornwall this month. Expect a New Orleans-style line up of trumpets, trombones, saxes and sousaphone, with a sprinkling of electronics. They’re also coming to Lusty Glaze in August, if you miss out this month.
Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Thurs 15, Thurs 22 & Fri 23 June
What a place to watch live music! And what’s more, the Eden Sessions line-up is better than ever this year. Dropping by this month will be Bastille (15 June), Royal Blood (22 June) and Blondie (23 June), there’s also a Madness gig on 16 June but it’s already sold out – soz! There’s more great gigs in July and early booking is advised, head to the Eden Sessions website if you fancy fancy seeing Van Morrison, Bryan Adams or Foals in Cornwall this summer.
Electric Beach Festival, Fri 16 & Sat 17 June
This popular Newquay festival has shifted beaches this year and can be found for the first time on the golden sands of Great Western Beach. Headliners include Badly Drawn Boy, Cuban Brothers and Backbeat Sounds System and on the Saturday afternoon, the festival welcomes the offical Dick Pearce & Friends Bellyboard Bash. Festivalgoers can also enjoy SUP yoga classes, fire shows, a surf simulator, Tarquin’s gin bar and fab local food stalls.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Jun
One of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe. All over Falmouth you’ll find hours of free shanty performances, along with a special ticketed gala concert at Princess Pavilions, with all proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and community spirit. The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is held at multiple venues throughout the town but you’ll find the main stages on Custom House Quay (The Seasalt Stage), on Events Square (The Skinners Stage) and on The Moor (Seven Stars Stage).
Summer Sounds in The Orchard, Trengwainton Gardens, Fri 30 June
This is a brand new music event for Cornwall in the beautiful walled orchard at The National Trust’s Trengwainton Gardens. A bit more low-key than Cornwall’s big summer festivals (and very affordable too), this is a relaxed event showcasing some fab local bands. The line-up includes: Flats and Sharps (5 young men writing and performing blistering bluegrass, folk, country & pop), Stone Roots (4-piece funk-pop band) and Gwelhellin (acoustic jazz). There will be a bar and BBQ for refreshments and tickets are just £7 in advance or £9 on the door.
Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth Beach, Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July
Now in its third year, Tunes in the Dunes is back at the end of the month, with four stages and an awesome line-up. Dance on the sand to Primal Scream, Xavier Rudd, John Newman, KT Tunstall, Billy Ocean, Example, The Levellers, Izzy Bizu and loads more. You can also expect lots of cool, beach festival happenings – a kids area, yoga, a beach waterslide, a rum bar, a gin bar and a secret beach party. The world swell board championships will also be in town for the weekend, so there’ll be loads to keep you entertained on the sand and in the sea.
Ale & Anchor, The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July
A real highlight of the year at The Old Coastguard. This is a glorious garden party with a backdrop to die for. Formally known as Sea, Salts & Ales, the OC’s biannual festival was so successful last year they’ve decided to bring it back every year and have changed the name to fit. At Ale & Anchor this year you can expect the same laid-back vibe; a great line up of bands and delicious in-house BBQ.
ART & THEATRE
Cornwall Open Studios, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
There are many galleries large and small across Cornwall, where you can see the work of local artists but during this special event, almost 300 Cornish-based artists will open their studios to visitors. Some of these artists may not show in Cornwall at all, giving a unique chance to see their work in their workspace and to meet and talk with working artists around the county. Many artists are also offering workshops throughout the week and if you are looking to buy a piece of art, this is a great opportunity to see a range of work or possibly commission something. Participating studios will display an orange ‘O’ outside, so you know you are welcome to pop in and say hi, though opening times vary, so check the catalogue before making a special visit.
A Certain Kind of Light, The Exchange Summer Exhibition, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, until 23 Sept 2017
Get down to Penzance this weekend to see the major new exhibition opening at The Exchange. A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades explores how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. See paintings, sculpture, photography and installation, created from the 1960s to the present day, by fourteen leading artists. As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman has updated Lightwave, the dramatic lighting display illuminating the glass façade of the building that he first created when the Gallery opened in 2007.
The Third Policeman, venues across Cornwall, Thurs 15 – Fri 30 June
This big summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy in the second half of the month. 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. Sounds delightfully bonkers to me and even better to catch it at a unique and unexpected Cornish venue, like Bedruthan Hotel’s cliff top theatre, The Woods Café at Cardinham Woods or The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Late at Tate St Ives, Fri 16 June
Discover dance, film, performance and comedy and experience the exhibitions at night. Programmed with artist Naomi Frears, the night will be kicked off by Radio 4’s Dr David Bramwell. He’s not a real doctor, but will examine the absurd and obsessive relationship we have with hands and feet. Tate St Ives also welcomes dancer and choreographer Kuldip Singh-Barmi for the evening, accompanied by Oak Matthias on the cello. There will be short films and surrealist animation and artist Chloe Cooper, will be performing Feeling Feelings in the new rooftop Clore Sky Studio.
The Addams Family, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Tues 20 – Sat 24 June
Everyone’s favourite kooky family are on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy, from the writers of hit musical Jersey Boys. Samantha Womack (Eastenders Ronnie Mitchell), Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell, in ITV’s Coronation Street) and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will star as Morticia, Fester and Wednesday Addams, who is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Muddy Northhants loved it, check out her review to get the lowdown.
Shows at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, throughout June
Three brilliant local theatre companies will be bringing shows to the Minack this month. First up, Kneehigh Theatre presents the legendary tale of Tristan & Yseult (5-9 June). The most successful and beloved of all of Kneehigh’s shows, it blends comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths in an irresistible night of love. Then Ilyria is bringing Pride and Prejudice (12-21 June) and The Emperor’s New Clothes (13-23 June) to the outdoor theatre. And finally, Miracle Theatre is coming to Porthcurno with its surreal comic adventure, The Third Policeman (26-30 June) – more dates and venues below.
Shows at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, throughout June
Muddy award-winning Theatre Sterts is a favourite here at Muddy HQ. Their in-house shows are just as professional as the touring productions. It’s a natural amphitheatre in the grounds of an old pig farm but the bonus is, it’s covered by a giant tent. That means it’s practically all weather and you won’t get wet. However, it can get a bit chilly once the sun has gone down, so regulars come armed with blankets, coats and a cushion or two for added luxury. This month you can catch Into the Woods by Stagekids Theatre, a magical musical that intertwines the plots of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales; The Chorus of Choirs Festival, Midsummer Dance productions and Macbeth.
Shows at Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, throughout June
This historic outdoor theatre since 1948 seats about 300 people and is built on the site of the old Penlee House tennis courts, with a turfed area that acts as the stage and an enchanting fairy-lit entrance. The line-up for June, includes Untamed Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Vicar of Dibley from Seven Stones Theatre and music from Cornwall Concert Orchestra, Suzie Mac, The Changing Room with the Oggymen and Sarah McQuaid. Don’t forget to order a warming, pre-show curry and naan bread for evening performances.
Fal River Festival, around The Fal River, Fri 26 May – Sun 4 June
This 10-day long festival celebrates the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by the river Fal. Now in its 12th year, there are over 150 events from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more. It is a not-for-profit festival, which raises huge sums for charity and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors.
Looe Festival of the Sea, Sun 4 June
This historic fishing town celebrates everything nautical. Get your feet wet in the raft building competition, explore Looe’s history and maritime heritage, and discover sustainable Cornish seafood. A celebration of the rich nautical heritage of this picture-perfect Cornish town. Looe Festival of The Sea is a day for all the family to have fun with raft racing and crabbing competitions. You can learn about Looe’s history and marine heritage with talks, dance and exhibitions, explore the marine environment with fishing and seal spotting boat trips and discover a variety of sustainable Cornish seafood and learn how to prepare it with cooking demos.
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Thurs 8 – Sat 10 June
The Royal Cornwall Show is the county’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibits and activities, entertainment, competitions, shopping and the best in food and farming. This is the 223rd year of this leading agricultural show, which attracts increasing numbers of animals, entered into the hundreds of classes which are refined each year. There is also an impressive flower show and countryside area. Entertainment includes the traditional steam fair as well as live music, song and dance.
June Roots, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Sun 11 June
Local makers, artists, creators, inventors and repairers are at the heart of the Roots Culture Summer Markets taking place throughout the summer at the Eco Park. Browse stalls selling a gorgeous range of local, ethically produced, artisan crafts, art, food and gifts including jewellery, recycled crafts, pottery, clothing, skincare, plants, music and more. At every event, choice tunes from the Tropical Pressure Sound System, pop up performances, workshops will take place and a myriad of vegetarian and vegan delights will be served from the La Cantina Café. Also taking place at the Eco Park on this date – join the Tropical Pressure Family Maker Day – get stuck into screen printing, painting and up-cycled constructions with the team as we decorate the festival (free entry and activities between 11am-4pm).
Golowan Festival, Penzance, Fri 16 – Sun 25 June
For ten days the streets Penzance come alive with music, procession and street entertainment marking this traditional celebration of midsummer. The traditional festival was lost to Cornwall in the 18902 but revived by Penzance Town Council, Alverton School, Kneehigh Theatre and Penwith Peninsula College in 1991. Traditional festivities include the Feast of St John, The Mock Mayor Election, The Quay Fair and Seprpent Dances and many local businesses have cultural happenings to enjoy.
Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party, Sat 17th June
Rescheduled after rain stopped play in May, this quirky dog festival is held in the delightful grounds of Port Eliot. For dogs there will be some fun classes to enter, including an old favourite ‘dog who most looks like their owner’. Plus a highlight of the annual event is Roo and Lark’s Whippet Tea Party, where an invitation for lunch and canapés is extended to all whippet friends. For humans there will be an array of artisan food traders, plus cream teas and live music later on in the afternoon. The Dog Festival is once again being held in support of Children’s Hospice South West. Entry to the show is £4.00 per adult, Children under 11 free, and £1.00 per class entry in the dog show. All proceeds go to CHSW.
Caerhays Summer Fete, Caerhays Castle, Sun 18 June
Celebrate Father’s Day with a good old-fashioned fete at the beautiful Caerhays Estate. Last years Father’s Day charity fete was a great success, with over 3,500 people attending the event. Probably the largest public event at Caerhays since 1977, when Jeremy Brett and Joanna David opened a similar fete here following the filming of the BBC remake of Rececca at Caerhays.