Amazing August! 30+ things to do locally this month
New month, new marvellous Muddy guide to the best of Cornwall. Family festivals, lashings of outdoor theatre, fabulous foodie events, countryside antics and more. Get stuck in.
KIDS: Go Wild with Beano, Eden Project, until 4 Sept
There’s an action-packed summer programme at Eden – help Dennis and friends save Eden from the dreaded CO₂-Zilla! Loaded with mischief, mayhem and crazy comic fun, an epic adventure awaits at Eden this summer.
THEATRE: Wendy and Peter Pan, Sterts Theatre, 1 -3 Aug / 22 – 24 Aug
Journey with Sterts Theatre to Neverland, in this refreshingly clever retelling which puts Wendy at the heart of the much-loved Peter Pan story. First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, this wonderful adaptation by Ella Hickson loses none of the magic from the original and is as engaging for adults as it is for children. With the Croc’ ticking, can Wendy find her true self in time to rally the troupes and rescue Peter, the Lost Boys and her family from the machinations of the dastardly Captain Hook and her blood thirsty, if not a little stinky crew!
MUSIC: Una St Ives – Una Sessions – Live Acoustic Music, Sundays
Every Sunday in August, enjoy a delicious dish from the specially selected Woodfired Menu, expertly mixed cocktails and live acoustic music as the sun sets. Sunday lunch is served from 12pm-3pm, please book your table online. Live music starts at 2pm and guests can also make use of the spa too.
KIDS: Heligan Lost Summer Adventures, Lost Gardens of Heligan, ends 4 Sept
Explore your inquisitive, playful and adventurous sides as you step into an experience full of horticultural highlights, outdoor play, and summer adventures in the natural world: something we may feared may have been lost with Heligan’s Summer Adventures ‘and The Trail of the Wildflower Fairies’.
As you wander through the wildflower woodlands, vibrant meadows and abundant gardens, which Flower Fairies will you discover hiding within the magical summer garden? The Bold Cornflower, Bright Marigolds, Prominent Poppies, Scented Chamomile, or the Summer Buttercup to name but a few. Which Fairy will share their enchanting story with you?
EVENT: Polurrian on the Lizard Hotel – Woodfired Sessions, Sundays
Free live music at the woodfired sessions, with different acts each week. Lunch is also served from 12 – 4pm with music from 4pm and pizzas from 6pm.
NAUTICAL: Falmouth Week, Falmouth, 5 – 14 Aug
Falmouth Week is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins in a local sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, the Week has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the SW but also an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions in the town. Sadly last year’s parade of sail from the annual Tall Ships Race had to be cancelled, but expect fireworks and there’s usually a visit by the Red Arrows, too.
MUSIC: Falmouth Week at The Working Boat, Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, 5 – 14 Aug
The Working Boat is putting on an array of events to celebrate Falmouth Week, including Bristol based Horses on the Beach will be heading down to the Beer Tent stage for an evening of groovy tunes on the 5 Aug, classically Cornish sounds of Davey and Dyer and renowned Cornish band Falmouth Soul Sensation bring their tunes on the 12 Aug, and Cornish folk band Jonah’s Lift are playing on the 13 Aug.
THEATRE: I AM KEVIN, Wildworks, 6 – 20 August, Carlyon Beach, St Austell
Internationally renowned, Cornwall-based site-specific theatre company Wildworks head to Carlyon Beach, St Austell with ‘I AM KEVIN’. This is billed as a “bedtime story to set the world on fire…”, dark, humorous, fiery and honest… ‘I AM KEVIN’ is a provocation to rediscover the powernand possibility that lies beneath the surface of us all. Directed by Mydd Pharo and created with the communities of Cornwall. Suitable for ages 12+
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Boardmasters, Newquay, 10 – 14 Aug
Cornwall’s big one! Headliners for 2022 include George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon. The live music and pro surfing on the stunning Cornish coast is hosted across two beautiful locations, and while it’s a must on the teenage bucket list, don’t let that put you off. The festival site sits on the cliff top at Watergate Bay, home to arguably the world’s best festival view. Expect twelve stages, with a collection of acts ranging from local acoustic talent, to mind-bending visual performers, to international headliners. Oh and over at Fistral there’s one or two things too … pro surf comps, skating, BMX, live music, the Surf Village and much more.
BEACH CLEAN: Havaianas x Anns Cottage Beach Clean, Fistral Beach, 15 Aug
Join the Havaianas team and Free surfer Lucie Donlan for the Havaianas x Anns Cottage Beach Clean at Annes Cottage on Fistral Beach. Plus, don’t miss the now iconic flipflop shower!
MUSIC: Let the good times roll, Jazz at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, 19 Aug
Sit back in the gorgeous surrounds of the nursery gardens to listen to one of the finest Swing quartets in the West while eating a beautiful summer supper. Booking essential.
THEATRE: Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth, 23 July, 12 and 23 Aug
Pick your spot and get comfortable with cosy rugs and garden cushions laid out across the sea front meadow. Guests can make the most of the open-air experience with bespoke hampers available to purchase with tickets, promising a range of sweet and savoury treats. Little ones can look forward to August with well-known favourites such as Rapunzel (12 Aug) and Cinderella (23 Aug) taking the stage.
NAUTICAL: Fowey Royal Regatta, 14 – 20 Aug
In addition to the sailing there is a carnival, procession, fireworks and music on the quayside.
KIDS: The Great Steam Engine Rally, Stithians Showground 19 – 21 Aug
Family friendly weekend at Stithians to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the West of England Steam Engine Society. Expect, well, Steam Engines and plenty of vintage vehicles, plus fairground and rural animals including shire horses, plus a dog show.
FOODIE: The BIG Summer Market, Truro, 19 – 20 August
Truro Farmers Market and The Cornwall Shop Small Market are once again joining forces for The BIG Summer Market on Truro’s Lemon Quay. Expect food and drink stalls showcasing summer produce on a grand scale; expect colourful fresh fruit and veg, fish and shellfish, locally reared meat, artisan cheeses and Cornwall’s best handcrafted drinks including wine, beer, cider and spirits. Also locally grown flowers and plants and discover beautiful home and lifestyle wares, vintage and salvage finds, ceramics and pottery, original paintings and photography, clothing and jewellery.
MUSIC: Loveny male voice choir Gala Concert, St Neot, 20 Aug
The award-winning Loveny male voice choir is marking its 50th anniversary milestone this year with a special gala celebration at St Neot Parish Church under the masterful direction of Marcus Alleyne and with various special guests. What started as six singers 50 years ago now is a full blown choir, with one of the founding members, Colin Arthur still very much active. In addition, founder, Alan’s son, Glyn and his son-in-law, Owain both passionately sing in the choir today. Booking essential, tickets £8.
MUSIC: Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, 26-29 Aug
The bank holiday weekend is all about folk music in Wadebridge, with four nights and three days of concerts, sessions, folk clubs, dancing, workshops, craft fairs and children’s events in the beautiful market town.
FESTIVAL: SkyBar, St Agnes, 26 – 28 August
SkyBar takes the best of the aprés ski vibe and turns up the heat to create the highlight of your summer. Building on the amazing sell-out successes of recent years, with excellent music and plenty of drinks to compliment the awesome sunsets, in some beautiful South West locations.
MUSIC: August Weekender, Tunes in the Park, Port Eliot, 28 – 29 August
Tunes in the Park is a new series of events bringing major international acts to Cornwall this summer. Taking place on the picturesque grounds of the Port Eliot Estate in St Germans, Cornwall; close to Saltash and the city of Plymouth. Catch Madness on Saturday and Elbow on Sunday.
ART EXHIBITION: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Jonathan Michael Ray, Tate St Ives
This new exhibition explores the works of two artists connected with West Cornwall. While separated by time, as well as the media and form their works take, both artists draw inspiration from the local landscape, exploring the idea that there is more to experience in nature than can be found on the surface.
ART EXHIBITION: Mermaids’ Tears, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, ends 13 August
Mermaids’ Tears charts Kurt Jackson’s campaigning work to address the blight of plastic in the ocean, and draws attention to the resin pellets or nurdles from plastic manufacturing (colloquially known as mermaids’ tears) that pollute the environment.
ART EXHIBITION: Ad Minoliti, Tate St Ives, until October
Artist Ad Minoliti draws on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America and presents alternative universes influenced by feminist and queer thought. The exhibition will also feature Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, transforming part of the gallery space into an active classroom. Booking recommended, free for members and locals pass holders.
ART EXHIBITION: Scene Change, LSG Rock, until October
The Lemon Street Gallery (previously Truro)’s exciting new space just outside Rock, on the Camel Estuary, is the perfect place to open their vibrant and eclectic new group exhibition, Scene Change, featuring work from both up and coming and established British artists.
EXHIBITION: Shackleton’s Legacy and the Power of Early Antarctic Photography, The Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, ends October 2022
The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown has teamed up with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to present an exhibition that celebrates a pioneer of polar exploration, Sir Ernest Shackleton. This year marks the centenary of Shackleton’s death in 1922 during the Quest expedition to Antarctica, and is super timely given that the wreck of his ship Endurance has been found 107 years after it became trapped in sea ice and sank off the coast of Antarctica. The explorer’s legacy, extraordinary expeditions and the power of early Antarctic photography will take centre stage at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum from 9 April and is included with entry.
JUST OVER THE BORDER…
FAMILY: Circus Berlin, Plymouth, Fri 5 – 30 Tues 30 Aug
No lions or parading elephants here, but a fantastic live display of daredevil acts, including Motorbikes inside the Globe of Death, which will have you on the edge of your seat.
FIREWORKS: Plymouth Firework Championships, Weds 17 – Thurs 18 Aug
Enjoy a sparkling evening of firework displays at the Plymouth Hoe. Both evening will feature three professional displays each lasting 10 minutes. As the displays are fired from The Mountbatten breakwater so either the Citadel or the Hoe are fabulous places to view the fireworks. Or how about this? Ocean View is offering a special five course menu and glass of champagne for £55 per person or £65 for a window seat to watch the spectacle.
GARDENS: RHS Flower Show, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, Fri 19 Aug
An absolute corker of a garden show with specialist nurseries and fabulous exhibitors, so many options to find answers to all of your gardening niggles. Plus, Devonshire flower clubs have created floral displays, this year’s theme being the great garden adventure and don’t miss the ever-fragrant floral designer Jonathan Moseley as he helps you to make your own perfect floral displays.
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MUSIC: St Endellion Summer Festival 2022, until 4 Aug
A wide variety of beautiful and inspiring chamber music will feature the extraordinary musicians and singers of the Festival community.
THEATRE: Peter Pan, Pentillie Castle, 5 Aug
Award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, bring their fabulous production of Peter Pan to The Old Tennis lawn at Pentillie Castle. Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom window 3 floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she agrees to fly away to the idyllic Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems… or will the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates capture Peter and rule all! Gardens open from 5.30pm, performance begins at 7pm. Running time (approx): 1hr 40mins (including 20 minute interval). Suitable for all ages 5+, Tickets in advance are strongly advised.