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It’s April! So what’s on in Cornwall?

The social calendar's full and celebrating spring! From world-class exhibitions to fun theatre, heritage sites out of hibernation, and lovely foodie festivals, here's what's on.

EXHIBITION: Shackleton’s Legacy and the Power of Early Antarctic Photography, The Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, 9 April – 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 9April and is included with entry.

THEATRE: Rogue Theatre ‘Wild Awake’, Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs, 13 – 23 April

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The most gorgeous way to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Cornwall! Join the brilliant and Muddy award winning Rogue Theatre for their first show of the year, Wild Spring Hare in Tehidy Woods. Wild Awake is an immersive performance of magical stories – including new ones for 2022. The Wild Spring Hare has emerged with a brand-new adventure; pass through the bluebell woodland; into a story world of wonder as the wild awakes. Rogue returns to Tehidy Woods in spring (for the first time in 2 years) with a re-imagined version of Wild Spring Hare!

EXHIBITION: North Coast Collective Exhibition, Rock Institute, 13 – 23 April

Local makers gather at the gallery in Rock for their Spring Exhibition – including Muddy fave Sam Isaacs, aka Reworked, who makes beautiful an intricate upcycled lighting designs.

FOODIE: Porthleven Food Festival, Porthleven, 22 – 24 April

The Porthleven Food Festival brings people together to enjoy eats and beats around the stunning harbour of Porthleven with a national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music by day and night and entertainment for all.

MUSIC: Abrasive Trees, The Fish Factory Art Space, Penryn, 22 April

Abrasive Trees have been described as ’stunning’ (BBC Introducing), as well as a “transcendent experience of euphoric dissonance and perfectly evocative”, and they are heading to play for one night at Penryn’s Fish Factory. Devon-based, they describe themselves as a post-punk quintet.

FESTIVAL: The Roseland Festival, 23 Apr – 7 May

Folk and jazz, history and art, films and photography, choirs and quartets, walks and talks – The Roseland Festival offers a diverse programme of events with something for everyone. This year’s highlights include Will Keating and Special Guests, Fal River boat trip, the Tresillian Singers, a vineyard tour at Knightor Winery and much more over the week of events.

MUSIC: Wadebridge Choral Society Spring Concert, 23 April

Held not in Wadebridge but up the road in St Endellion, near Port Isaac, conductor Nicholas Danks returns from his duties in Cambridge to conduct this beautiful sounding concert – including Mozart and Salieri’s Coronation Te Deum. £12.50 on the door or from The Wadebridge Bookshop.

EVENT: Pedn Billy Open Garden, Mawnan Smith, 24 April

Pedn Billy is An incredible garden with wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees and terraced borders. In April it is prime blooming season so expect to see the garden bursting in colour. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodland with paths winding down to Port Navas Creek and Helford to a private beach – and it’s only open once a year for a Cornwall Wildlife Trust fundraiser. Tickets £5 on the gate – cash only.

CULTURAL: Trevithick Day, Camborne, 30 April

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Trevithick day is part of Cornwall’s rich heritage and is day that the whole family will enjoy. The day celebrates Camborne town’s renowned industrial history. Join the town in their festivities admiring the magnificent steam engines, based on the life of local engineer Richard Trevithick who invented steam engines for the local and international mining industry. There will be dancing in the streets, a variety of music, an abundance of stalls and a fairground to entertain you throughout the day.

ART EXHIBITION: Thao Nguyen Phan, The Tate St Ives, ends 2 May 2022

Thao Nguyen Phan’s most extensive UK exhibition to date is now open at The Tate St Ives. Internationally renowned for her poetic, multi-layered artworks Phan explores the historical and ecological issues facing her homeland Vietnam, while speaking to broader ideas around tradition, ideology, ritual and environmental change. Through storytelling, and the mixing of official and unofficial histories, her work often amplifies narratives that are less well documented, or in some cases obscured. This exhibition will bring together a selection of Phan’s videos, paintings and sculptures from the past five years, alongside new work exhibited for the first time. This includes First Rain, Brise Soleil, a major new multi-channel film commission, and an accompanying series of paintings.

KIDS: Little STEAM play sessions, Cognition Learning @ The Parkhouse Centre, Bude, Tuesdays 9.30am – 10.30am

Messy play, visual science, introductory coding, mark making, listening skills, arts and crafts for 1 – 4 year olds.

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EVENT: Cornwall Garden Society’s 2022 Spring Flower Show, Wadebridge, 2-3 April

Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show (c) Charles Francis

Anthophiles and gardeners alike will be pleased to hear that Cornwall Garden Society’s 2022 Spring Flower Show is back. Look out for Dramatic displays of spring flowers and shrubs; exquisite exhibits by leading nurseries and landscape artists; a spectacular spread of horticultural traders; a Floral Art marquee and botanical illustrations from the Eden Project’s Florilegium Society.

EVENT: Beach Clean, meet at The Sloop Inn, 2 April

Sharp’s Brewery and Surfers Against Sewage teams will facilitate a beach clean to celebrate the launch of a new campaign in defence of the rising tide of plastic pollution. The Sloop Inn will subsequently offer light refreshments and entertainment and of course, there will be a free pint of Atlantic Pale Ale (courtesy of Sharp’s Brewery) to all participants over the age of 18.

From Saturday 2nd April until Sunday 10th April, voluntary beach cleaners will be able to get a free pint of Atlantic Pale Ale as a reward for their eco efforts from 31 south west based Stonegate outlets.

EVENT: The KVK, Driftwood Spas, St Agnes, 3 April

The ‘KVK’ Trail running race is a unique challenge; a Kilometre of Vert in Kernow! Two laps of a specifically designed route to reach the magic number of 1000m of ascent. 15-miles total distance of inland hills and coastal running with big climbs, and big downhills.

{LAST CHANCE!} ART EXHIBITION, Tim Shaw ‘Fág an Bealach (Clear the Way)’ | Anima Mundi, St. Ives, ends 4 April

Last chance to catch this monumental solo exhibition of work by Royal Academician sculptor Tim Shaw in St Ives, bringing together seemingly disparate strands from a number of Shaw’s most recent multimedia sculptural and installation projects and presenting them together under one physical and metaphorical roof.

{LAST CHANCE!} KIDS: Bodminton, The Old Library, Bodmin, Sundays and Mondays until April 4th

Bodminton is an imaginative tiny town for young children. With scaled down shops and services to engage with, it provides a unique role play experience.

Great play is a powerful learning tool and we hope that while being heaps of fun, Bodminton helps children to develop their core communication, social, emotional and physical skills.

Bodminton includes a veterinary surgery, supermarket, construction site, post office and ice cream stand. All downsized, to be enjoyed by little ones.​

SPOKEN WORD: Hollie McNish: Slug (and other things I’ve been told to hate), SproutSpoken, Newquay, 6 April

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry as Hollie reads from and chats about her much anticipated new collection: Slug…and other things i’ve been told to hate.

KIDS: Lifeguard Maxi Tour, Polzeath Beach, 9 April

(c) Lifeguard Mazi Facebook

Trent Maxwell, better known as Bondi Rescue’s Lifeguard Maxi, from the hit show Bondi Rescue is visiting Polzeath Surf Lifesaving Club to host a sea safety day – find family beach fun from 1pm. Then meet Maxi himself at Little Avalon at 6pm.

MUSICAL: Wise Children’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, ends 9 April

A National Theatre, Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal co-production, this musical version of Wuthering Heights sounds ace. Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed. Shot through with music, dance, passion and hope, Emma Rice (Romantics AnonymousBrief Encounter) transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a powerful and uniquely theatrical experience.

EVENT: Walk Scilly, Isles of Scilly, 12- 18 April

Walk Scilly is back! Alongside much-loved established walks, a whole host of brand new walk guides and routes have been added to the schedule, offering the most varied selection of hiking, pottering, rambling and strolling to date. There’s no better way of exploring the islands’  scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage than Walk Scilly’s rambles, hikes and strolls, with expert local guides bringing the treasures and hidden gems of each island to life – old favourites will be alongside new options, including ‘Scilly Rockpool Safaris’ and the fabulous ‘3 Islands in a day’ walk, an adventure made possible by the Falcon jetboat which allows you ample time on Bryher, Tresco and St. Mary’s. The finale of the week is the much-loved Low-Tide event on the 18th April, between Tresco and Bryher. A truly unique experience, the sand bar revealed at low tide becomes the location for a short-term food and drink festival! For a 10% discount on travel to the islands for Walk Scilly Weekend, quote Walk2022 when booking.

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