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What’s on November

Thought November was going to be boring? Think again! Over 20 brilliant things to do this month from theatre and music to walks, exhibitions and more.

LAST CHANCE! THEATRE: Six Wives of Henry VIII, Minack Theatre (until 1 Nov)

The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic and with live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you’ll never forget.

LAST CHANCE! Lowender Peran Festival (online) (until 1 Nov)

The annual Cornish music and dance festival in Newquay with a series of events celebrating Cornwalls Celtic roots has gone online this year.

DOGS: Dog Day 2020, Jubilee Pool, Penzance (1 Nov)

Dog Day will be taking place on Sunday 1st November, the final day the main pool will be open until 2021. Doggy Dip Sessions will follow the hourly slot timetable with limited capacity per session and dogs must be kept on leads and under control at all times when on site unless they are in the pool. Tickets for humans and doggos available online and booking is essential.

LAST CHANCE! HARVEST: Heligan Harvest, Lost Gardens of Heligan (until 1 Nov)

Celebrate the fruition of The Heligan Garden & Estate year with an exciting array of displays, demonstrations and autumn inspired menus.

LAST CHANCE! ART EXHIBITION: Newlyn Society of Artists: Edge of Dark, Tremenheere Gallery (until 1 Nov)

Untitled by Mike Thorpe 2016

The Newlyn Society of Artists presents ‘Edge of Dark’, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations which explore ideas of light and dark, curated by respected artist Jesse Leroy Smith.

For this exhibition, NSA members have been invited to consider themes around ‘Edge of Dark’ in any way they choose. Some have produced work which is abstract in nature, exploring line, colour, shape, light and shade. Some have looked at edges and tone in landscape, natural forms or figurative work, while others have created works which consider the issues facing our society in these challenging times. 

Tremenheere Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

LAST CHANCE! ART EXHIBITION: Kitty Hillier, Under The Surface, Grays Wharf Gallery, Penryn (until 1 Nov)

Grays Wharf continues the Gallery Residency programme with artist Kitty Hillier who will show and make work in the gallery over ten days in October and November 2020.

This is the first time Kitty Hillier has brought together her large-scale paintings and sculptural clay objects with film, performance and wall drawings. The exhibition will grow, move and evolve over the ten days she is working in the space, so that the room almost becomes one large painting. You are invited to view the work through the street window or enter the gallery to be fully immersed in the world created.

FIREWORKS: Drive in Fireworks, Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (1 Nov)

Cornwall’s first ever drive-in fireworks event (sold out).

WALK: Tin Coast Walking Tours (6 & 13 November)

Tin Coast Walking Tours offer fun, unique and creative guided circular walks around West Penwith and the Tinners Way, visiting many fascinating and rare Cornish antiquities (each walk approximately 8 kilometres / 5 miles). Musician, Ben Sutcliffe from ‘The People’s String Foundation’ has teamed up with actor/storyteller Mary Woodvine to tell local myths and fables along the way.

Starting at St. Just’s famous medieval performance space, the Plen-an-Gwary, this circular 7.1K guided walk with Ben and Mary heads to the Tin Coast via the Bronze Age tomb of Ballowall Barrow. Experience spectacular sea views from Cape Cornwall just along the coast path and a visit to the ruins of the medieval chapel of St. Helen’s Oratory, the site of which has been used since Roman times. Booking essential.

MUSIC: The Alverton Winter Session: Our Atlantic Roots, The Alverton, Truro (6 Nov)

The Alverton launches their first Winter Session, welcoming back Cornish duo Our Atlantic Roots to perform in the beautiful Great Hall with two for £10 cocktails.

THEATRE: Seussical The Musical, Caradon Youth Theatre, Sterts Theatre (6-7 Nov)

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this brilliant family show has an amazing up-beat score with a heart-warming and thought-provoking story making it a blockbuster of a musical. In this explosion of the imagination, Horton the elephant tries to save the tiny world of Who, the quirky residents of the Jungle of Nool try to stop him, Gertrude McFuzz goes on a quest for love (and a bigger tail) and JoJo dreams of a better world. You’ll need to hold on to your hat as our MC ’The Cat in the Hat’ takes us on this extraordinary adventure where ’the thinks that you think’ run wild and anything’s possible! 

LAST CHANCE! ART EXHIBITION: A Prehistoric Cornwall, Kurt Jackson, Jackson Foundation, St Just (until 7 Nov)

This autumn sees the launch of ‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’, the latest exhibition from Kurt Jackson, arguably one of Britain’s most celebrated living landscape painters. This body of work sees Jackson visit the relics of prehistoric Cornwall and captures the county’s extraordinary range of ancient monuments with a new series of paintings and sculpture. The landscape is full of these monuments, some are obvious and picturesque – a stone circle-while others are incongruous; hidden and overlooked despite their size and historical significance, cut-off and smothered by dual-carriageways, roundabouts and car dealerships.

MUSIC: The Fleetwood Mac Songbook, The Acorn, Penzance (7 Nov)

Performing sellout shows all over the UK since 2018, ‘The Fleetwood Mac Songbook’ pride themselves on their faithful recreation of Fleetwood Mac’s stellar back catalogue, drawing on all eras of the band’s 50+ year history in a lively and engaging two-hour show that is suitable for all ages. Limited tickets, booking essential.

THEATRE: Hellish, Jam First Theatre, Various locations inc Prim-Raf Theatre, Callington (7 Nov) Launceston (14 Nov) and Bodmin (21 Nov)

Jago Clemo is out of luck… and the Devil knows it! Down at his local pub, furloughed and frustrated, Jago will bet on any game going …unfortunately…so will the Devil!A rip roaring, irreverent and wickedly funny show that takes you from Heaven to Hell and back again, in time for scones and cream.

Your soul won’t be safe, but your health will! Socially distanced in your own 2 metre halo. Face masks must be worn throughout the performance. Settle back for a power hour of theatre. Facilities on site. Created by West End actors Laurence Pears and Darren Seed. Two Cornishmen with an impressive range of West End, Broadway and TV shows between them, including Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Poldark.

TICKETS ON SALE: Cornish Cinema Club Christmas Drive In (various Dec dates)

Christmas family films a-plenty including Home Alone, Elf, Jack Frost, Frozen and many more at the drive-in cinema at Truro Cattle Market. On sale now.

ART EXHIBITION: Landscapes, North Coast Asylum, Newquay (until 11 Nov)

Forever by David Hardy

North Coast Asylum, Newquay’s newest art gallery situated in a grade II listed Gothic Church Hall which has been renovated into a brand new Art Gallery & event space continues with the exhibition ‘Landscapes’ – they have chosedn a purposely broad title to allow space for their artist’s practices, which includes work by David Hardy, Maxine Clements & Sarah Woods.

Open Mon – Sat 10:30 – 4:30pm.

WINE TASTING: Italian wine and cheese night, The Alverton, Truro (12 Nov)

The Alverton wine supplier and expert Carl Burdett will be talking all things Italian, pouring six glasses of vino from Italy to match six delicious cheeses hand-selected by James Greet from The Greet Cheese. Booking essential.

SHOPPING: Makers Cornwall Christmas Fair, online (13 – 15 Nov) 

Replacing their usual Etsy Made Local Cornwall Christmas event this group of contemporary designers and makers have moved online for 2020, hosting Facebook Live Shopping experiences on their own Facebook pages on Saturday 14th November morning from 11am to 1pm. Each maker has donated 25% of their ‘stall’ fee to help homeless and vulnerable people in Cornwall via Daisy Duke’s CIC in St Austell. Also don’t miss their Instagram cocktail chat on Friday 13th November at @etsymakerscornwall.

FILM FESTIVAL: CFF Regional Shorts, The Poly, Falmouth (14 Nov)

Pass the popcorn… to a member of your bubble for this showcase of the best South West filmmaking talent, bringing worthy filmmakers to national attention. This selection represents the most innovative and adventurous work from filmmakers who display a stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché. 

KIDS: The Sea Show, Minack Theatre (15 Nov)

Storytelling with puppets and songs for families with young children at the stunning, world-famous Minack Theatre. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

DRIVE IN CINEMA, The Greatest Showman, Sunset Drive In Cinema, St Austell (15 Nov)

The drive-in cinema continues in St Austell with family favourite, the 2017 The Greatest Showman. Booking essential.

CHARITY EVENT: Virtual Eden Sleep Out (19 Nov)

For the last six years the Eden Project has hosted an annual Sleep Out outside the Biomes and the events have raised thousands of pounds for two charities, St Petrocs and the Amber Foundation.

Government guidance due to the pandemic means that the mass Sleep Out cannot take place at Eden this year.  Instead, people are being invited to join in remotely on the night, sleeping outside in your garden if you have one, otherwise on the floor at home. All the details here, £25 requested donation.

GIN TASTING: The Great Hall Gin Club: An Evening with Tarquin’s Club, The Alverton, Truro (20 Nov)

Tarquin’s Gin will be in residence with cocktail demos, talks, G&Ts and nibbles. Booking essential.

XMAS: Charlestown Christmas Market (21 Nov)

The annual Charlestown Christmas Market is outside this year, and everyone must book a ticket – you’ll find some 100 traders including food and drink. Wrap up warm although we probably won’t get snow!

FOODIE: Festive Afternoon Tea Party, The Alverton (22 Nov)

Get an early preview of the famous Alverton festive afternoon tea with a special twist. In the beautiful setting of The Great Hall, pianist Roger Miners will be setting the mood with all favourite carols and festive renditions. Tickets can be purchased from the reception team on 01872 276633, booking is essential.

OPEN STUDIOS: Krowji Christmas Open Studios, Redruth (27 -29 Nov)

The event is a rare opportunity to inside the studios at Krowji, meet the makers and buy work direct from artists.

THEATRE: Great Expectations, The Poly, Falmouth (27 Nov)

David Mynne, veteran Cornish actor and a founder member of Kneehigh, in a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Using Dickens’ original text (well, mostly!) this skilful, one-man performance is deft, daft, delightful …and definitely Dickens! Be prepared to be scared and amazed, to cry and laugh!

EVENT: City of Lights Parade, Truro (TBC)

Obviously the usual lantern parade won’t be going ahead, but as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the first event in Truro, we understand something special is still planned to brighten up the end of November. We’ll update with more details once they’re announced.

ART EXHIBITION:The Vanity of Small Differences – Grayson Perry, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (until 2 Jan 2021)

Grayson Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, tackling subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality, religion. 

Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress six tapestries, each measuring 2m x 4m, chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells, and The Cotswolds for the television series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. 

In the series Perry goes on ‘a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain’, to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

ICE-SKATING: Eden Project (until 21 Feb 2021)

Cornwall’s biggest outdoor ice-rink has returned to the grounds of the Eden Project – and due to Covid restrictions you’ll have even more space on the ice-rink itself this year, so plenty of space to practice your axels and spins. The cafe is serving up sweet treats too, just don’t forget your face covering to wear rink side. Pre-booking online is essential, and you’ll need a locals pass or to pay to access Eden itself too.

ART EXHIBITION: Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors, The Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2021) 

The largest UK exhibition to date by South Korean artist Haegue Yang opened at The Tate St Ives at the end of last month, the first exhibition to take place across both the award-winning top-lit gallery in the new building and the spectacular sea-facing gallery in the original building. The exhibition brings together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting. Haegue Yang is renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials and are certainly a conversation starter – check out our review here.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Mining Memories: Stories from South Crofty and Wheal Jane, Royal Cornwall Museum

In 1998, the last operating tin mine in Cornwall, South Crofty and the Wheal Jane processing mill, were closed.  For Cornwall, this marked the end of an era.

This on-line exhibition explores those last days of tin mining in Cornwall, in the words of some of the miners of South Crofty and Wheal Jane.

ONLINE: London Jazz Festival Online, Fri 13 – 22 Nov

Despite the many, and various, stunning things to do in our wonderful county just occasionally there may be a little pang of envy for some of the fascinating stuff that ends up in our capital? So to turn that Zoom-frown upside down virtually pop along to London to enjoy one of the numerous very diverse and jazz acts performing for you online.

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