Things to do in February 2019
Oh February, you’ve been a long time coming. I’m well and truly done being virtuous and ready for all the fun, including feast nights, intimate gigs, comedy, dance and theatre.
Origin x The Beautiful Feast – ‘The Ground Up – A Seasonal Feast’, Origins Coffee, The Warhouse, Penryn, Fri 1 Feb
A delicious seasonal feast hosted at Origin’s Penryn waterside location, The Warehouse. A collaboration with supremely talented Cornwall based caterers, Beautiful and the Feast. ‘The Ground Up’ showcases a delicious feast, celebrating the best of Cornish produce, transformed into unique and honest dishes. Menu options during the evening are inspired by seasonality and reflect quality and provenance. £25 pp
Independent Venue Week Indie Night with BBC Music Introducing, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat 2 Feb
Sarah Gosling & BBC Introducing Cornwall & Devon will be broadcasting live from The Old Bakery on Feb 2nd as The Velvet Hands, the Rezner, The Eyelids and Milo Gore prove that music is very much alive and kicking in Cornwall. The Velvet Hands debut album “Party’s Over” was a Radio 1 Album of the week.
Middle Eastern Feast, Temple, Bude, Fri 1 – Sat 2 Feb
Craig Treggonning works his flavour magic with a Vegetarian Feast inspired by flavours from the Middle East. £30pp.
Cheap Date Dance Company: Dirty Words, AMATA, Penyn, Fri 1 Feb
A music and dance duet with dancer, Grace Clayton (Grace Clayton Dance, Cheap Date) and multi-instrumentalist, Seamas Carey (Kneehigh, Wildworks). A crash landing of self expression, communication, action and reaction through live music, dance, theatre, and digital media. This visual monologue questions the physical, verbal, facial, tonal, nuanced way we talk to the world.
Jumping Out Jazz Duo, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 1 Feb
After they were one of the stand out highlights from last year’s Father’s Day Food & Drink Festival, Lusty Glaze welcomes back Jumping Out Jazz boys for a session in the cosy surroundings of their winter restaurant. Enjoy some playful jazz and modern covers of classics you know and love, from a couple of the most lovable characters in Cornwall!
A Evening of Raw Food, Archie Browns, Truro, Fri 1 Feb
Don’t miss out on this exciting evening with Jay Halford, book your ticket to avoid disappointment! Plunge yourself into the world of Raw Food, let us tantalise your tastebuds with a mouth watering 10 course plant based & nutrient rich taster menu
Storytelling and Dinner with Gary Cordingley, Potager Garden, Constantine, Fri 1 Feb
As part of the 19th National Storytelling Week celebrations, illustrator and storyteller Gary Cordingley is coming to Potager to blend the delicate flavours of the Middle East with a touch of the Mythological Underworld and the sweet taste of West Africa in an evening that combines delicious food and fabulous stories. Daisy, Potager’s Head Chef, has devised a three course vegetarian menu that will reflect the themes of Gary’s stories, including Palestinian cauliflower and cumin fritters and Sumac and lemon roasted winter vegetables. £30pp
Silent Disco Yoga, Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay, Sat 2 Feb
The first double Silent Disco Yoga date of the new year. Begin with the Uplift session – vinyasa flow yoga building energy through movement and the sound of deep house music beats.This will be immediately followed by the Meditation session.
Winter Game & Whiskey Masterclass, The Alverton Hotel, Truro, Sat 2 Feb
It’s 46BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ – to be erased from history. Whilst noble Gladiators and infamous Emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be scratched out and forgotten forever. But with the help from some mischievous muses, she decides to rebel against the Republic. Join Leta’s determined journey to reclaim her place in the history books, from crashing the Colosseum to bargaining with Brutus, she will go to the ends of the empire to make her mark. A feast for the eyes and the ears with physical comedy, clowning and original music, WOMANS is a raucous tale of the first female resistance.
The Gurnard’s Head welcomes acclaimed local poets and storytellers Angela Stoner and Katrina Naomi for Poetry Around The Fire. Angela loves telling stories. She’s been running creative writing workshops, courses and retreats since moving to Cornwall in 1998. Her published books include Once in a Blue Moon, Weight and Flight and Mazemaker’s Daughters and she won the Poetry Society’s Stanza Award and the first ever Poetry Out Loud competition held in Cornwall. Katrina Naomi’s latest collection is The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016). Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and the BBC recently commissioned her to write a poem for National Poetry Day.
Fisherman’s Friends, St Fimbarrus Church, Fowey, Sat 9 Feb
A fantastic opportunity to see the wonderful Fisherman’s Friends in concert in Fowey. Together for the last 25 years, they have played at Glastonbury, BBC Proms in the Park and for HM the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee. Their album “Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends” went Gold and they were the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album.
Women-Wise, The Acorn, Penzance, Fri 15 Feb
Untold Dance Theatre is an intergenerational all-female dance company based in Bristol. Untold’s age range span from 23 to 73. Vicki Hearne, Untold’s artistic director, creates dance theatre work based on true stories surrounding women’s mental health. Raising awareness of women’s mental health through dance theatre has been a long-standing passion of Vicki’s and she is determined to contribute to the ever-expanding debate and research on the subject.
Origin Coffee Roasters – Latte Art Throwdown, Origins Coffee, The Warhouse, Penryn, Fri 15 Feb
This knockout competition offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about latte art, with music, beer and pizza on offer throughout the evening. Spectators are very welcome, with a competitor fee of £5 per entry – winner takes all. Competitors please RSVP to email@example.com.
Jason Donovan & his amazing mid-life crisis tour, Regal Theatre, Redruth, Fri 15 Feb
This is a tour with a twist! These intimate evenings will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before! Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much more. Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love.
Passport to the World, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
Ever fancied visiting far-flung continents to try your hand at new and exotic challenges? Head to Eden in February half-term for the adventure of a lifetime, visiting five continents in one day. Explore an Arctic winterscape, where you’ll come face to face with our magnificent polar bear friend. Go tropical with a journey through the clouds on our wobbly Rainforest Bridge. Dust off your dancing shoes with flamenco workshops and carnival inspired fun. Hone your jungle survival skills by learning to shoot a blow pipe. You may even come face to face with a digeridoo player! Plus music, crafts and fantastical story telling. All free with Eden admission.
Gäa: Holistic Science And Wisdom Tradition,The Exchange, Penzance from Sat 16 Feb
After a brief winter closure, The Exchange reopens with an exhibition that draws on ancient traditions from the Amazon rainforest and European alternatives to mainstream science. Featuring work by Gemma Anderson, Serena Korda, Delfina Muñoz de Toro and Abel Rodriguez. Abel Rodriguez, an elder from the Nonuya community in the Colombian Amazon, paints intricate landscapes to convey his ancestral understanding of the indigenous plants and lifecycles of the rainforest. Gemma Anderson’s drawings emerge from her collaborations with a cell biologist and a philosopher of science. Delfina Muñoz de Toro’s visionary paintings and songs are informed by her experiences living with communities in the Amazon.
Kel Assouf, Desert Blues, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 16 Feb
Psychedelic desert blues from Niger via Brussels and on to the Eco Park stage! In 2006, Anana Harouna arrived in Brussels after a long exile and created a new band: Kel Assouf. Since then he explored various styles and formulas gathering musicians from African and European countries. With one foot in the desert and the other in Europe, Anana Harouna sings about Sahara, Niger and Brussels. The melodies and rhythms are directly inspired by Berber music. £12.60pp
Love Nature, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
Connect with the wonderful world of nature this half term at The Lost Gardens in this uplifting event, designed to inspire your creativity and enjoyment of the natural world. Join Robin Redbreast on his search for his lost nest! ‘Get twitching’ in the Hide and enjoy some close up views of Heligan’s birdlife, before stopping at the Steward’s House to make some tasty treats for your feathered friends. In the Barn, marvel at the creativity of Falmouth University students as they reveal their ‘Natural History Photographic Exhibition’, inspired by the Gardens. Finally, delve into colour and texture as you take part in a large scale artwork, inspired by nature.
Banff Mountain Film Festival, Regal Theatre, Redruth, Weds 20 – Fri 22 Feb
The Banff Mountain Film Festival features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.