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March 2019 in Cornwall


This month’s fun includes world champion pasties, family plays, St Piran’s Day, gin festivals, gigs and fashion.

Sarah McQuaid, The Poly, Falmouth, Sat 2 Mar

With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally. She’s delighted to be making her third visit to The Poly this month.£12 pp.

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 2 Mar

Celebrate the Cornish pasty at the Pasty Champs where amateur and professional bakers from around the world battle it out to create the ultimate baked delicacy. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local bands and comedians.

Kids ‘I Can Cook – Delicious Danish Pastries’, Truro School Cookery School, Sat 2 Mar

Weekend cookery workshop for kids at the gorgeous new cookery school at Truro School. Kids ‘I can bake…’ the ultimate Sunday morning treat; delicious Danish pastries! Only available for ages 11 to 13.

Into The Marvellous – A Night with Martin Shaw, The Acorn, Penzance, Sun 3 Mar

Martin Shaw is one of the country’s best-loved storytellers and the leading teacher of myth of his generation. In troubled times it can be easy to fall into either despair or numbness, and it was a traditional role of the storyteller to rouse both beauty and vocation in such moments. To attend to the grace. In this electrifying evening, Shaw will bring myths that remind us of love, grief and the mysteries. He will also be talking about his new book, The Night Wages, a rumination on the vitality of ancient stories in modern times.

St Piran’s Parade, Perranporth, Sun 3 Mar

This year’s St Piran’s Parade across the dunes to the oratory and old church starts at 1.30. St Austell Brewery will be handing out ‘samples’. Leading the way will be St Piran accompanied by his animals…..Plus Falmouth Marine Band, Stamp and go with the Perraners. The Grand Bard will greet you at the oratory with good news about its future… After, please join us in Sand Bay bar/restaurant where The Two Bards will entertain with music and wit.

Shextreme Film Festival, The Poly, Falmouth, Weds 6 Mar 

The world’s first film festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure. Building on the growth of, last year’s sell-out film festival success and film tour around the French Alps, we are returning again this year to offer you an opportunity to become part of our empowering film community that proudly promotes equality in extreme sports and adventure.

Wellbeing Taster Evenings, Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Weds 6 Mar

A mini-retreat evening where you can learn some Ayurveda inspired tips on how to introduce a daily self-care routine which encourages radiant health and wellbeing. After the workshop, you can allow your mind to switch off as you melt away tension in the Spa. Warm up in the outdoor barrel cedar wood sauna then take a dip in the reed filtered pool and connect with nature; or swim in the heated pool, enliven mind and body in the eucalyptus steam room and enjoy time out in the ocean view relaxation room.

An Audience with Arthur Smith, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Weds 6 Mar

Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution Arthur Smith and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties. Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs (at least 1 from Leonard Cohen) and readings from his memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics.

Andy Griffiths for World Book Day, The Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance, Thurs 7 Mar

To celebrate World Book Day The Edge of the World Bookshop has children’s author Andy Griffiths visiting for an after-school signing. The Australian author wrote the hilarious Treehouse books, which has grown into an amazing series of eight books. The treehouse now has 104-storeys including a never-ending staircase, a burp bank, and even a mighty fortress. Bring your book tokens and get a signed book. You might even have some ideas for more storeys for the future.

Twilight Sensory Spa Garden & Fondue, Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, Thurs 7 & Fri 8 Mar

Treat yourself to an evening Sensory Spa Garden where you’ll adventure through seven stages of hot and cold therapy, the contrast is invigorating whilst deeply relaxing. Enjoy the starlight in the deep-seated hot tubs, the warmth and aroma of cedarwood sauna and two beautiful scrubs. Make your way to our Wild Cafe where you’ll enjoy a delicious classic fondue made with Gruyere and Comte cheese, flavoured with sherry and kirsch, served with a selection of cured Cornish meats and salamis, green salad, sautéed potatoes, homemade sourdough and pickles. The Twilight Spa Garden & Fondue is perfect for couples and small groups of friends looking for an after-work spa retreat this winter.

Tapas Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 8 Mar

As winter moves into spring, enjoy some warming classic Spanish tapas dishes. The menu features authentic recipes using local produce and a great selection to try, with tapas dishes will be served to your table. A good vegetarian selection is on offer but unfortunately due to the menu for this feast other special dietary requirements cannot be catered for on this occasion. Let the team know on booking if you are a vegetarian. £22.95pp

Roo’s Beach Fashion Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel. Thurs 14 Mar

Enjoy a unique evening out with cocktails, feasting, chatter and laughter along with music, beautiful fashion pieces and accessories. In our sea view venue, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink from Tarquin’s Gin upon arrival before tucking into a delicious sharing feast. Then settle down and preview some exclusive pieces brought to life by Roo’s Beach.

Roots Reggae Roast, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Sun 17 Feb

Head to the newly renamed and reopened Cabana Kitchen & Cafe at Mount Pleasant Ecological Park this Sunday for a warming Reggae Roast. They serve up the best, most delicious veggie/vegan roast with all the trimmings (even vegan Yorkshire puds). Fill your bellies to the tropical sounds of Reggae and Dub vinyl, thoughtfully chosen by special guest DJs. Booking essential!

Spring Fair, Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, Sat 23 – Sun 24 Mar

Enjoy a weekend of inspiration at the Bedruthan Spring Fair. Browse three floors showcasing products for you, your home and your garden from unique designs by contemporary makers to reworked pieces from classic curators. Try a new skill that will help you transform your own home, drop into a demo for garden ideas, discover foods for a healthy lifestyle or take part in a pop up pamper session. With 50 stalls including furniture and lighting, decorative items and soft furnishings, outdoor living and plants, fashion, accessories and more.

Jazz Lounge – a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat 23 Mar

Join us for another incredible evening, with The Simon Latarche Quartet. Sylvia McEwen and special guests “A Jazz Affair” and their tribute to the awesome talent of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. This is a seated event, classic speak easy club layout, bistro tables, inspired by the infamous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.

Gin & Cornish Drinks Festival, The Alverton Hotel, Cornwall, Sat 23 Mar

Talland Bay Hotel Gin

The very first Alverton Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival is a celebration of Cornish producers. Grab a free souvenir glass as the first drink is free. Meet the makers and sample the very best in Cornish drinks. Enjoy live demonstrations where you’ll pick up handy hints and tips to create your own top-notch tipples at home. Makers include Trevethan, Tarquin’s and Curio, Knightor, Polgoon and Sharp’s.

The Great Escape: 75th Anniversary Gala Screening, Newlyn Film House, Sun 24 Mar (live from Hammersmith Apollo)

On the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape, Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening featuring The D-Day Darlings and special guests, culminating with a gala screening of the remastered 1963 cult movie, starring Steve McQueen. Audiences will discover how Squadron Leader Roger Bushell’s ingenious plan inspired one of the most famous war movies of all time. The Triumph TR6 motorcycle, ridden by Steve McQueen in the dramatic fence-jump scene, will make a rare appearance on stage. The live show will feature Britain’s Got Talent finalists, performing classics such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and a specially created arrangement of the iconic theme tune.

The South, The Acorn, Penzance, Sat 24 Mar

The South are an impressive 9 piece band who feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles.  Since Dave Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band.

Foraging Walk & Feast, Potager Garden, Constantine, Tues 26 Mar

Emma Gunn is an expert forager who’s enthusiasm for plants is infectious. The session will start with Emma talking about the principles of foraging and then will take you on a tour around the gardens like you’ve never had before, discovering all the edible plants within the garden and through the surrounding hedgerows, experiencing flavours you never realised were right on your doorstep.  After the walk we will head to the café to have a delicious three course foraged lunch, tailored to suit the season, created by Emma and Daisy. All food is vegetarian and seasonal. £45pp

Wind in the Willows, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Fri 29 Mar

Kenneth Grahame’s classic story brought to vivid, anarchic life on the stage! Look out for chaos as we re-create animals, battles lost and won and a considerable slice of comic fun! Directed by Andy Blake who directed last season’s The Riot and designed by Jackie Moule, The Wind in the Willows is a treat for all the family, a much-loved classic tale populated by all our old friends! Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Albert the horse as they do battle with the Weasel gang! If you like your fun wild, furry and wet …. you’ll love Wind in the willows! Tickets: Adults £8 Concs £6 Child £5 Fam

Daffodil Weekend, Trelissick, Feock, Sat 30 – Sun 31 Mar

An array of daffodils are showcased from some of Cornwall’s finest breeders and growers in Trelissick’s annual Daffodil weekend. Admission charges apply, free to National Trust members.
Peter Jackson – A Retrospective, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, various dates from Sat 30 Mar – Sat 27 Apr
This is the first major retrospective of the paintings and sculptures the late British artist, Peter Jackson (1930 – 2019). Jackson was one of the last survivors from that generation of artists that studied at Corsham Court Art College in the 1950s, taught by a celebrated roll call of tutors including Peter Lanyon, Adrian Heath and Terry Frost. He was mainly interested in the abstract but also with varying degrees of engagement with the figure, landscape, prehistoric art and sculpture.

Reginald D Hunter, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Sat 30 Mar

Reginald has been in the UK for over two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs. £25pp

Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Songs of Sandy Denny, Sat 30 Mar

The Julie July Band has built a substantial reputation on re-interpretations of Sandy Denny’s songs and play a heartfelt tribute to the great singer-songwriter. From dreamy acoustic melodies to driving progressive folk-rock, she was one of the UK’s singer songwriters of the British Folk-Rock movement.
In her brief career, she left a legacy of beautiful, haunting original and traditional compositions.

Free Entry for Mums and Grans, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sun 31 Mar

Bring your mum or gran into Eden for free on Mother’s Day. You can take them on a spectacular floral tour of the world through our gardens indoors and out. The Med Terrace restaurant is open in the Mediterranean Biome on the day between 12 and 3pm – no need to book, simply turn up. There are a range of lunch options available across site as well. Last entry 2.30pm.

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