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May 2018 Muddy Guide

MAY

What’s not to love about May in Cornwall?  Two bank holidays, half term and more cultural happenings, foodie events and local festivals than you can shake a stick at. Plus, the sun’s out! Enjoy…

 

Padstow Obby Oss & St Ives May Day, Mon 1 May

If you fancy seeing some traditional May Day celebrations over the bank holiday weekend, Padstow and St Ives will be making merry the old fashioned way. Some particularly keen revellers in Padstow can be seen singing in the streets from midnight on 30 Apr but the main Obby Oss celebrations begin the next morning with local people parading and dancing with their Obby Oss’ (hobby horses). St Ives’ May Day celebrations were revived relatively recently but involve choirs, brass brands, dancing round the may pole and the crowning of a May Queen and King.

The Cause: An Overture of Rebellion and Revolt, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Thurs 3 May

As featured on BBC Breakfast, The Cause considers the impact of a lifetime of political campaigning on an individual and marks the centenary year of the first votes for women in 1918.  1913 – revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet in secret.  Their actions have divided them.  Divided a nation.  Split their cause in two. What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett?

Sundowner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 4, 11, 18, 24, 31 May

Catch brilliant live music every Friday through summer at Lusty Glaze’s famous Sundowner Sessions. This month, Adam Parfitt, Daisy Clark, Bache, Alex Hart and Suzie Mac will be entertaining diners at this special beach venue.

Ale and Pie Festival, Smugglers Den, Cubert, Fri 4 – Mon 7 May

The Smugglers Ale and Pie Festival is back again for its 19th year. The festival that take place over the first May bank holiday promises a massive selection of ales and ciders, a selection of hand-held pies and burgers from Wild Food Kitchen as well as a full programme of live music. Acts lined up include Daisy Clarke, Backbeat Sound System, Winter Mountain and more…

Heligan Feast Night, Pentewan, Fri 4 May

The Heligan Gardeners and Chefs have united to grow and create some truly unique Heligan dishes which will travel just 157 yards from soil to plate. The second in series of feasts at The Lost Gardens, starring Heligan-reared lamb, vegetables and herbs. £25pp

Silent Disco Yoga, The Eden Project, Fri 4 May

Silent Disco Yoga nestled in the lush undergrowth of the Mediterranean Biome at Eden. Imagine a dynamic yoga class in one of the most memorable locations you could think of, with inquisitive birds hopping around and the smell of plants filling the air…and not having to rely on the great Cornish weather! 300 people all practicing yoga together really brings about a unique and special energy that will leave you feeling uplifted and connected with yourself and everyone around you. £18pp

World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships, Isles of Scilly, Fri 4 – Sun 6 May

It’s the 29th year of theWorld Pilot Gig Championships and each year it gets bigger, with more crews attending, from as far afield as Holland and the USA. The majority of participants, however, come from the South West where the wooden pilot gigs are still built locally and raced regularly. The “champs”, have become an island spectacle with a carnival atmosphere. The veteran’s race kicks off the proceedings on Friday night, followed by men’s and women’s races on Saturday and Sunday.

Steve McQueen Exhibition Opening, CAST, Helston, Sat 5 May

12 Years A Slave Director, Steve McQueen’s film ‘Gravesend’ is concerned with the mining of coltan, a dull black mineral used in capacitors, which are vital components in mobile phones, laptops, and other electronics. Juxtaposing an animated fly-by of the Congo River with footage of workers sifting through dark earth and robots processing the procured material in a pristine, brightly lit laboratory, the film’s disjunctions allegorise the very real economic, social and physical distance this material traverses as it moves from the third to the first world. Part of Groundwork – a series of exhibitions and events bringing internationally celebrated art and artists to Cornwall.

Fisherman’s Shelter Exhibitions, Harbour Gallery, Portscatho, Sat 5 – Mon 7 and Sat 26 – Mon 28 May

Over the two May bank holidays, The Harbour Gallery will be hosting special exhibitions at the Fisherman’s Shelter in Portscatho. The first showcases the vibrant landscapes of gallery favourite Joe Armstrong and the second is dedicated to Julian Mason’s atmospheric vistas of Cornwall.

13: The Musical, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 5 – 7 May

The British Theatre Academy brings their West End Smash Hit production of 13: The Musical to Minack, featuring talented young performers from the West End’s, Matilda, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot and The Sound Of Music. Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Bluebell Festival and Art Exhibition, Enys Gardens, Sat 5 – Sun 13 May

Enys Gardens Bluebell Festival

The historic Enys Gardens are famous for their incredible display of bluebells. During the annual Bluebell Festival, the gardens are open every day, from 11am-5pm.Within the 30 acre gardens lies an open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breathtaking. Once again this year there will also be an art exhibition during the festival from 5-7 of May and a craft fair, from 12-13 May.

Tall Ship Weekends, sailing from Fowey, 5, 11, 18, 25 May

Experience life aboard an authentic Tall Ship and explore the Cornish coast as you’ve never seen it before. VentureSail holidays offers short breaks on the Johanna Lucretia (pictured) departing on several dates this May. Ideal for couples or solo travellers, we Muddy tried it out last year and you can see the review here.

Fox Fest Garden Party, The Fox’s Revenge, Summercourt, Sun 6 May

The second ever FoxFest Party hosted in a marquee in the grounds of the The Fox’s Revenge. Sip cocktails from the gin bar, sample lush street food or take high tea! The soundtrack will be provided by South West DJ Pete Isaac, aka Jelly Jazz rolling into a Silent Disco till the early hours! £12.50pp

Bluebell Sunday, 10 Acre Wood, Wadebridge, Sun 6 May

Come and walk in a British Bluebell Woodland and fill your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of spring. This delightful Ancient woodland, nestled in a beautiful valley in North Cornwall, is privately owned and managed for conservation and education. 10 Acre Wood will be open to the public on Sunday 6 May, with a £2 entry fee going to support the woodland habitat and Forest School. Children under 16 free. Dogs must be kept on leads. Tea and cake available in The Glade.

Breakfast Club, Botelet, nr Lostwithiel, Mon 7, 14, 21, 28 May

Gather around the farmhouse and help yourself to home made muesli and granola, fruit compote, yogurt, bread straight from the oven and home made jams along with teas and espresso coffee.  Botelet breakfasts are deliciously fresh, made with ingredients sourced from the garden and hedgerows along with local and fairtrade produce, each week with a seasonal twist.

Flora Day, Helston, Tues 8 May

The people of Helston have been celebrating the ancient tradition of Flora Day for hundreds of years. It is a spring festival to mark the end of winter and arrival, vitality and fertility of spring. The shops and houses are decked out with bluebells, laurels, gorse and other greenery and the dancing begins from seven in the morning, continuing all day. Eighty couples dance through the streets – as well as several shops and houses – to drive out the darkness of winter and usher in the light of spring.

What The Ladybird Heard, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 8 – Weds 9 May

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs. Age 3+

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Weds 9 – Thurs 10 May

Six awkward but ultimately lovable spellers learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the world since 2005 with its effortless wit and humour. Featuring a wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this Bee is one unforgettable experience which will leave you with a real buzzzzzzzzzzz!

Hidden Hut Feast Nights, Porthcurnick Beach, Weds 9 & 23 May

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 May includes ‘Headland Beef Grill’ and ‘Wind Chime Mackerel’.

Grown & Gathered, Mount Haven, Thurs 10 May

Mount Haven Chef, Ross Sloan has created a six-course vegan and vegetarian tasting menu for this special dining event. Each course will be paired with wines from local suppliers Enotria & Coe and expert Katie Rosser will be on hand to talk through the provenance of each wine. Highlights of the menu include, green and white asparagus, three cornered leek and hazelnut tart, aubergine & Miso, potato glass and salted black olives and butternut squash gnocchi, heritage carrots, fresh nettle cheese & malt (veggie and vegan options available). £45pp and a 5 glass wine flight at £25.

BBC Concert Orchestra and Truro Cathedral Choir with Cellist Natalie Clein, Truro Cathedral, Fri 11 May

A unique chance to hear all three in one special concert.  The theme for the concert is ‘nature’ and it will feature independent pieces by the choir and the orchestra, before they come together with children from Richard Lander School, Truro School, Truro High School for Girls and Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir, to perform the premiere of a new work by Dobrinka Tabakova, written especially for the occasion.  A rare opportunity to hear the BBC Concert Orchestra in the cathedral’s magical acoustic, with the full cathedral choir, lots of gifted students from local schools. The spectacular line-up will be further enhanced by world acclaimed cellist, Natalie Clein.

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Fri 11 – Sat 19 May

A nine-day literary festival based in Daphne du Maurier’s beautiful hometown of Fowey, Cornwall. Featuring a wide range of guest speakers with talks, panel debates, workshops and concerts. This year, the festival welcomes Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit, authors Jane Corry and Sarah Winman, musicians Wildwood Kin and Al Marconi and famous faces, John Nettles and Charles Spencer.

St Ives Food & Drink Festival, Fri 11 – Sun 13 May

Prepare for a weekend of culinary treats on the sands of beautiful Porthminster Beach. There’s a great line-up of local and national chefs putting on demonstrations, including Tom Brown, Jane Devonshire, Simon Hulstone, Jude Kereama, Lee Skeet and Bens, Ambridge, Prior, Quinn and Tunnicliffe! In the week leading up to the festival there will also be the annual Food Trail in St Ives, for visitors to enjoy discounts with various local traders and businesses.

Sam Fender, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat 12 May

One of the UK’s most hotly tipped artists, the incredible Sam Fender, will be heading to the South West in 2018 to play his first two headline shows in the region. Firstly, at a freshly relaunched B-Side presents night at the Old Bakery in Truro!

Art Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Sat 12 – Sat 19 May

Art Scilly is a week long event, offering a chance to meet the local artists who are inspired by the light and scenery of Scilly and get stuck in yoursefl, with a variety of classes, workshops and activities.  From heat transfer fabric printing & silk scarf painting to linocut printing and stained glass – there’s something for everyone across the islands.

Brunch Club, Canteen, St Agnes, Sun 13 May

If you haven’t heard – Canteen’s brunch club get togethers are legendary…they’ve have created some all time menus and brought heaps of flavour to many a Sunday stroll! Only throwing the doors open for one brunch a month means these events get booked up super quick.  So,  grab your seats, order some sunshine and walk, run, bike to Canteen to enjoy a great feed to fuel your Sunday. Email hello@canteencornwall.com to book.

Eden Classic Sportive 2017, Eden Project, Sun 13 May

Now in its third year, The Eden Classic Sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles. Riders will pedal the length of Eden as they begin, then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along stunning coastal roads and finishing back at Eden. Family and friends of riders can enjoy free entry to Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (one of the stops) on the day. Limited on-the-day entries.

Sewing Workshop (Dungaree Dress) with Olde Velvet Gypsies, Falmouth, Mon 14 May

Ever dreamed of making your own dungaree dress? Well this workshop is just for you, come and join us and learn how to make a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dungaree dress in this 6-hour workshop in Falmouth. It’s the perfect addition to any wardrobe, and trust us, once you’ve made one, you won’t be able to stop. No experience necessary. £58

BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Weds 16 May

Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz® are back with four brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. For the new works in the first half of Fourteen Days, choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces – playing with the concept of balance and imbalance. Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by Russell Maliphant and set to a powerful score by French film composer Armand Amar.

Summer Feast, Nancarrow Farm, nr Truro, Weds 16 May

Nancarrow Farm’s May feast will be brimming with home reared meaty delights – Tandoori Lamb Loin nibbles, Pigs Cheek Bacon & a Prime Beef main course. A really special dining experience if you’ve never been before – expect a scenic rural setting, communal long tables and delectable food to remember.

Scott Matthews, The Great Untold Tour, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Thurs 17 May

Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews’ new record, The Great Untold, is a career-defining masterpiece – a masterclass in honesty, instinct and reflection. A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ new record features sparse production with echoes of Paul Simon, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn and ranks alongside work by some of the world’s great singer-songwriters.

Champagne Masterclass, Art of Wine, Truro, Thurs 17 May

Explore the world of Champagne through this guided tasting session at Truro Wine Merchants, Art of Wine. There will be eight different Champagnes for you  to try, from some of the best estates in the region.

Gin & Jazz, Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Fri 18 May

Join us for a summer evening of cocktail demonstrations, delicious food and the very best of Cornish Jazz. Featuring the soulful sounds of Swingology and Licence to Swing. Booking Required. £12pp

Curry & Chat, Canteen, St Agnes, Fri 18 May

Canteen is all about connection and energy – bringing people together, creating a sense of community and making an impact. This month, they will be hosting an evening in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, alongside Chris, friend and founder of Mind Clear, to create an evening for local businesses to enjoy informal conversation about tackling stress in the workplace.  With a short talk by Chris, followed by Ben’s kitchen notes and conversation over a flavoursome feed, as well as resources to take away. £25 pp BYO drinks. Email hello@canteencornwall.com to book.

Art 8: Newquay Art & Culture Festival, Fri 18 – Sun 20 May

From photography to theatre, pottery to film, puppetry to dance, poetry to craft – and everything in between – Art8 promises something for everyone this year. It’s a community festival that looks to involve residents, visitors, businesses and local organisations – to celebrate and showcase the cultural and artistic activity already taking place in and around Newquay, as well as bringing in artists and performers and commissioning new work.

Thai Supper Night with Potluck and Punk Thai, Truro, Fri 18 May

With just 12 seats and a mouthwatering menu of amazing Thai dishes washed down with Prosecco, this is one to book up fast. The fourth collaboration between Punk Thai and communal dining group, Potluck.

Oyster Shuck Supper Club, The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Fri 18 May

This spring supper club at The Old Coastguard is all about oysters. Expect an evening of award-winning Porthilly Oysters matched to wines from our wine list. A laid back affair, sharing wine and excellent food, on two long tables. £45pp

Whisky Tasting, Tinners Arms, Zennor, Fri 18 May

A tasting at the Tinner’s in Zennor that is perfect for newcomers and whisky connoisseurs alike. An entertaining and delicious evening hosted by Jon Keast from Scarlet Wines. £12.50pp

GUN, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 18 – Sat 19 May

Director Phil Croft (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Annie) returns to Sterts with this exciting critically acclaimed One-Person-Comedy-Wild-West-Adventure-Story GUN. GUN is an ambitious comedy that is currently touring festivals around the UK and is performed by William Hartley  (‘Tracey Breaks The News’ BBC1, ’The One Griff’ BBC1 alongside Griff Rhys Jones, BBC3’s ‘Otherworld’, and BAFTA-nominated sketch show ‘FIT’).

Vegetarian Feast, The Old Market, Chacewater, Fri 18 May 

Using the finest quality ingredients seasonal goodies and expert knowledge of flavour we have created a feast to celebrate spring. Your menu will include asparagus/ romesco sauce, roasted butternut squash and ginger tomatoes, mixed seasonal greens toasted flatbread and much much more. We are fully licensed and offer a great selection of carefully selected wines for you to buy on the night. So grab yourself a ticket and come and enjoy with family and friends. Don’t forget to bring a plate glass and knife and fork.

Royal Wedding Garden Party, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Sat 19 May

Knightor Winery is hosting a garden party in honour of the Royal Wedding. From 11am doors will open for a day of quintessentially British celebration. Watch the wedding coverage on screens in the courtyard and after the ‘I dos’, stay into the afternoon for live music, kids entertainment and a good feed, including a hog roast with stuffing, apple sauce and crackling, plus homemade salads and sides. There will also be a cake table of British bakes and the bar will be well stocked with Pimm’s, Cornish ales and cider and Knightor’s own wine. £20pp / Children £5

Royal Afternoon Tea, Headland Hotel, Newquay, Sat 19 May

We’ll all be watching – but here’s where I’d recommend! Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in true Headland style. Arrive on the red carpet, before watching the ceremony unfold on the large screen with a glass of bubbly to toast the happy couple. Then, make your way through to the restaurant as a band plays for an Afternoon Tea celebration fit for the queen. £24.50pp

Patrick Heron, Tate St Ives, 19 May – 30 Sept

Azalea Garden, May 1956, Patrick Heron 1920-1999

A major retrospective, celebrating one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists. The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings. Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.

Cornwall Open Studios, Sat 19 – Mon 28 May

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.

LostFest, Lostwithiel, Sun 20 May 

LostFest is a quirky one day free festival in Lostwithiel with something for everyone! LostFest is an eclectic mix – there will be music and dance all over town to keep everyone entertained, stalls selling arts, crafts, antiques and food to browse, plus live demonstrations and workshops to watch.

Before I Wake, performances at Minack Theatre, Porthcurno & The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Mon 21 – Weds 30 May

In August 1914 a group of gardeners wrote their names on the wall of the Thunderbox, an outdoor toilet in the Heligan Estate. It was a last act of hope and camaraderie before marching off to fight in the first World War. Of the 13 men known to have enlisted, just four survived. The story of those men, their families, their friends and their community, is being brought vividly to life in a remarkable and heart-warming new play that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Hosted in two of Cornwall’s most iconic venues: the Minack Theatre and the Lost Gardens of Heligan itself, it is a story with great resonance for audiences of all ages

Janet Cardiff – 40 Part Motet, Richmond Chapel, Penzance, 25 May – 27 Aug

Janet Cardiff’s internationally acclaimed sound installation Forty Part Motet(2001) is at Richmond Chapel in Penzance, a former Wesleyan Chapel and Grade II listed building, usually closed to the public. Cardiff has reworked 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis’s choral masterpiece Spem in alium nunquam habui by recording 40 individual male voices from the Salisbury Cathedral Choir (bass, baritone, alto, tenor and child soprano) and playing each individual voice through its own speaker. The speakers are carefully positioned in eight groups of five. Each group forms a choir of five singers with different vocal ranges so that the visitor can move amongst the 40 speakers to listen to single voices, or be immersed in the overall complexity of the ensemble. A Groundwork exhibition presented by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.

The Masked Ball, Porthleven, Fri 25 – Sun 27 May

“A multi-layered wonderland of secret venues and twisted surprises, set to a scorching soundtrack.” The Masked Ball, an event that heralds the start of the great British festival season, is a bi annual event staged in West Cornwall, running since 2009. The Spring Ball is carved into the clifftops near Porthleven, overlooking stunning Mount’s Bay for one long weekend in May. Crazy costumes are encouraged and there’s the option of camping, which you’ll probably want to take, so you can dance till dawn.

Beauty and the Beast on Ice, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 24 – Sun 27 May

The incredibly talented Russian Ice Stars take us through the magical journey of Belle’s capture in the Beast’s castle. With romance, tragedy, and drama, Beauty falls in love and breaks the spell on the cursed Prince. As the classic tale comes to life on ice, this show combines music, ice dance and ballet, with heart stopping, high speed skating. Beautifully staged with breath-taking aerial feats, Beauty and the Beast on Ice will dazzle the whole family.

Isles of Scilly Folk Festival, Thurs 24 – Tues 29 May

A long weekend of music, song and dance on the beautiful Isles of Scilly, featuring some of the best folk performers from Scilly and beyond. Highlights this year include acclaimed four-piece band Kelly’s Heroes from the East Midlands, Totnes duo Harbottle and Jonas, a series of events on the off Islands and the infamous barn dance on 26 May.

Lamb Fire and Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Fri 25 May

Gather round sociable long tables for a feast overlooking the Cornish coast at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa. This month’s feast stars lamb which you’ll enjoy three ways – individual shepherd’s pie, stuffed and braised lamb belly and herb crusted rack of lamb. After dinner, guests wrap up and head out to the fire pit for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. £35pp

Gilmore and Roberts, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Fri 25 May

Contemporary folk/acoustic due Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, they have toured Canada and Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Bude Folk Festival, Bude, Fri 25 – Sun 28 May

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival is a friendly festival by the sea in Bude, North Cornwall with the emphasis on enjoying & sharing traditional acoustic music. £55pp for access to all events all weekend, children FREE.

Mexican Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 25 May

Tuck into a tantalising Mexican spread at this long table feast at Knightor Winery . Highlights form the menu include Elotes, Chicken Mole Poblano and of course, Churros with chocolate and cajeta. £25pp

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 25th to Sun 27 May

Started by former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, The Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival has gone from strength to strength, establishing a reputation as one of the best and friendliest around. Now in its seventh year, the line-up for 2018 runs from the newest voices on the block to some of the UK’s most established and respected figures, alongside a programme of traditional and more experimental workshops.

Surya Yoga Camp, Chyan Cultural Centre, Penryn, Fri 25 – Weds 30 May

Now in its tenth year, Surya Yoga Camp is about getting away, trying new forms of yoga and movement and finding harmony, within yourself and with those around you. It’s a small festival which takes place once a year and welcomes families and single visitors alike.

Invisible Worlds Exhibition Opening Week, Eden Project, Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

A major new exhibition at Eden. Come and discover amazing interactive exhibits, extraordinary artworks, hands-on experiments and exciting events, which bring the invisible into view, uncovering the interconnectedness of life and the Earth’s environments at every scale. Ministry of Science, Sciencedipity, Mutant Circus and the Eden Project storytellers will be bringing the exhibition to life during opening week, with activities, theatre, demonstrations and more.

Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Sat 26 May – 23 June 

Career-spanning exhibition of immersive large-scale paintings exploring themes from sewing bags with his mother to the world of London’s dub reggae clubs curated by Peter Doig and Matthew Higgs. Forrester is the Jackson Foundation’s first Invited Artist, chosen by the Jackson foundation because of the unique nature of their work – it being interesting, honest art that demands an audience.

Green Man Festival, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Sat 26 May

The Green Man is back for the 6th year, bringing the rebirth of the natural world with him. Created by artists and volunteers his massive figure will preside over this free family festival with live music, medieval knights in shining armour; archery; a celebration of British wildlife; circus acts; hog roasts and lots of entertainment for all the family. Free entry, all-day parking £5

Kurt Jackson: Seacrows, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Sat 26 May

A new body of work by Kurt Jackson made over the last few years, whilst looking at and watching the population of shags and Cormorants seen along our coast and rivers. This series of studies of these extraordinary birds includes paintings, drawings and two large new carborundum prints made with master printmaker, Simon Marsh.

Lobster Festival, The Kings Arms, Mevagissey, Sun 27 May – Sat 2 June

The third lobster festival at historic Mevagissey pub The Kings Arms will take place over the second May bank holiday, showcasing lots of lobster dishes, wine, music and general merriment.

Wild Wine Club celebrating English Wine Week, Boconnoc Estate, nr Lostwithiel, Mon 28 May

In celebration of English Wine Week, Wild Wine Club and Emerging Vines will be hosting a special event in the spectacular grounds of Boconnoc. Tom, Tommy and Josh have taken the UK wine scene by storm, uncovering and showcasing the amazing range of wines being produced in the UK.  Over the evening they’ll be sharing five of their favourites with a particular focus on South West producers. In keeping with the local theme they’ll be serving up a five-course feast championing produce from Devon and Cornwall designed around the five wines. Guests will also discover the beautiful grounds of the estate, with various dining settings to include the Bath House and Stable Yard. £65pp

Foraged Cornish Wild Curry CAMP-OUT, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Weds 30 May

You’re invited to CAMP-OUT with us at the Eco Park in Porthtowan this summer. Share delicious vegetarian campfire meals and music under the stars in this stunning location on the North Cornish coast.Forage for your food and see it transformed into a campfire feast by Megan from the Down to Earth Foundation. Followed by luxurious hot chocolate and marshmallows. Plus, music, moon-gazing and gathering around the campfire. £12 per person, £6 for 5 – 12 years, under 5’s go free + our standard camping pitch cost*

Dog-friendly Chat & Eat Night, Mevagissey, Weds 30 May

The first of its kind for communal dining group Potluck, you are invited to bring your pooch for diner at this dog-friendly chat and eat night. Hosted at the the brand new, vintage dog-loving ‘Teacup Tearoom’ in Mevagissey.

James Wilton Dance: Last Man Standing, Hall For Cornwall, Truro Weds 30 May

Last Man Standing is dance driven by unparalleled energy and athleticism, performed by world class dancers to a soundtrack of driving rock music. The international award winning work from rising star, James Wilton. Renown for exhilarating choreography that leaves you breathless, James’ work draws on martial arts, break dancing and capoeira to create ground breaking performance that leaves audiences on the edges of their seats, trans-fixed on the immense energy of the work.

Fairport Convention, The St Petroc’s Sessions, Bodmin, Thurs 31 May

A unique opportunity to see a legendary band in the most intimate and atmospheric of settings. It’s not often that a band can be credited with starting a new genre, but Fairport Convention did just that with its seminal record Liege & Lief. It’s widely acknowledged to be the first folk rock album. This show is part of a special tour that celebrates 50 years of the band. You can expect to hear all the hits, such as Who Knows Where the Time Goes? and Meet on the Ledge, alongside new songs from their Golden Anniversary album 50:50@50.

The Pirates of Trebah, Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Thurs 31 May – Sat 2 June

A children’s production for young scallywags and seadogs from the Gweek Players. A group of privateers are stranded. Without their ship they cannot sail.  Two brave and adventurous children, some 300 years ago, discover the marooned pirates and what happens you soon shall know. So gather your friends and family and join us on the Helford river, with a ‘Yo Ho Ho’ and a bottle on rum we’ll leave you all a quiver. Age 3+

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Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Cornwall