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What’s on July

July, let's be having you! Check out your Muddy curated guide to the coolest things to do in your hood: local eats, beats, outdoor theatre and more!

CINEMA: Wavelength Drive-In Cinema, Watergate Bay (16 July – 5 Sept)

Back by popular demand, Cornwall’s surf mag hosted a summer of cult films including Cornish surf classic, Blue Juice, as well as other surf and classic movies, all on a clifftop looking over Watergate Bay.

EVENT: 2021 Festival of Archaeology, various locations 17 July – 1 August (Carn Euny, 31 July)

With over 300 live online and in person events to choose from there are plenty of opportunities to discover the archaeology and heritage of your local area. Cornish events include this walking tour exploring the history, folklore, and archaeology of the enigmatic settlement at Carn Euny and its atmospheric fogou, a monument unique to Cornwall.

MUSIC: Bands in the Sands, The Watering Hole, Perranporth (23 & 24 July)

Perranporth’s first music event of the year from the team behind Tunes in the Dunes (above, now in September) and everyone’s favourite beach bar, The Watering Hole. On the bill is Seasick Steve on Friday and Ibiza Carnival on Saturday (now sadly minus Morcheeba, after a member has to isolate) so expect party vibes and good music, even if it does rain as predicted on Saturday.

EXHIBITION: Light Codes, Lauren Baker, Drang Gallery, Padstow (ends 24 July)

Leading contemporary artist Lauren Baker’s exhibition in Padstow includes her poetic and thought-provoking signature neon typography works, celestial light art, canvas works including the Auric Field Series and a special neon scribble print release.

SHOPPING: Houseplant Extravaganza, People Plants HQ, Scorrier (24-25 July)

Join Emily Anderson and People Plants from 9-2pm when they are opening up the plant palace doors. If you want to see an indoor jungle, this is the weekend for you! Book your slot and expect 1000s of beautiful houseplants; from 12ft Fiddle Leaf Figs to rare Alocasias right down to tiny airplants.

EVENT: Cornwall Pride Tour (24 & 25 July) 

Postponed from June when it was intended to bring Pride Month to a close, Cornwall Pride are going on tour, visiting 20 different Cornish towns across two days, including St Austell, Bodmin and Bude.

SHOPPING: Market at Fowey Hall Hotel (25 July)

The first of these beautiful fortnightly community market launched in glorious sunshine in the grounds of Fowey Hall Hotel at the end of May and it was the hottest shopping location in the Duchy, attracting a host of famous faces enjoying possibly the nicest coastal view for a spot of feel good purchasing. Following the success of the pop up shop at the hotel last summer, journalist Fiona Golfar joined forces with former Port Eliot festival founder Cathy St Germans (remember her Farms to Feed Us enterprise in lockdown 1.0) and Harriet Baylis, founder of Marazul clothing, to set up a new community focused shopping experience. Top tip: park in the town car park at the top of the town, peruse the market and then head down into Fowey for lunch and a swim.

MUSIC/BAR: SkyBar, Watergate Bay (24 and 25 July)

SkyBar takes the best of the aprés ski vibe and turns up the heat to create an outside place to dance with friends.  Building on the amazing sell-out successes of recent years, with excellent music and plenty of drinks to compliment the awesome sunsets, SkyBar are pleased to now be back for summer 2021.

FESTIVAL: Rock Oyster Festival, Rock (30 July – 1 Aug)

Photo by Sean Gee Photography

Hosted by local chef Paul Ainsworth and friends, Rock Oyster Festival, held at Dinham House near Wadebridge, is a north coast favourite. Expect live music, circus acts, yoga and a chance to try some of the best oysters, mussels, and artisan produce around. This family-friendly event also offers lots of fun for kids and can be reached by bike – straight off the beautiful Camel Trail.

CINEMA: Skylight Outdoor Cinema, various locations and dates

Catch family films in iconic Cornish locations including the Jubilee Pool, Scorrier House and Great Western Beach in Newquay.

EVENT: Firelight : Boatyard Café, Stranger Collective (29 July)

Firelight is back for 2021. From brands doing things differently, to changemakers exploring how stories can shift the dial, Stranger Collective will be lighting the kindling and watching the sparks fly. Back on the quayside at the glorious Boatyard Café in Gweek, four inspirational speakers share their insights and experiences of storytelling in today’s world. Tickets £15, booking essential.

MUSIC/BAR: SkyBar, St Agnes (29 and 30 July)

SkyBar takes the best of the aprés ski vibe and turns up the heat to create an outside place to dance with friends.  Building on the amazing sell-out successes of recent years, with excellent music and plenty of drinks to compliment the awesome sunsets, SkyBar are pleased to now be back for summer 2021.

MUSIC: Silent Disco on the beach, Great Western Beach, Newquay (31 July)

Pop up beach disco – grab your headphones and dance like no-one is watching! Booking essential. £5 deposit required on the night for the headphones. Three of the south wests finest silent disco goliaths (Ant D, Robin Parris & DeluxX) will battle it out and provide you with enough music to whip you into a musical frenzy of epic proportions.. as the sun sets at this glorious location. Think Echo beach 80’s vs Dance vs Anything goes!

EXHIBITION: Wheat – From Plough to Plate, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just (until Aug 14)

The building that now houses the gallery in St Just was once an integral part of Warrens Bakery, the oldest pasty-maker in Cornwall. From here, forklift trucks darted back and forth taking their loads to the bakery up the road, where the sweet aromas of baking bread and cakes, sausage rolls and pasties emanated, perfuming the town, filling the streets. In this exhibition, contemporary artist Kurt Jackson traces the journey of a staple crop – wheat – from ‘field to fork’, exploring how it has shaped the landscape (and our lives) in a range of media spanning paint, sculpture and poetry.

EXHIBITION: Robin Hanbury-Tenison: Echoes of a Vanished World, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just (until Aug 14)

Bodmin based explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a natural born storyteller. A founder of Survival International, his images speak directly to us in a voice that is fresh and clear. 

Echoes of a Vanished World, an exhibition of some of his best work from time spent in Africa, South America and the Pacific during the 1950’s – 1970’s.
There is nothing self-conscious or patronising here. Instead, there is a deep admiration, a sense of wonder, respect and desire to share what he sees with a world that has grown increasingly out of touch with the things that really matter.

Echoes of a Vanished World is presented in partnership with Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.

EXHIBITION: Laura Knight, Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance (until 15 September)

This major new exhibition celebrates the career of one of Britain’s best-loved artists. Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific British artists. Her career spanned nearly eighty years and the extraordinary breadth of her talent encompassed a huge variety of subjects, techniques and styles. Her achievements included being the second ever female Royal Academician, a highly acclaimed War Artist and being made a Dame of the British Empire.

The exhibition is an overview of Knight’s entire career and focuses on several different genres; beginning with her early years, the flowering of her work in Cornwall before the First World War, through her portraiture and on to her later years painting the Gypsy dynasties in Malvern.

EXHIBITION: Haegue Yang Strange Attractors, Tate St Ives (until 26 Sept 2021)

Berlin-based South Korean artist Haegue Yang has been taking the art world by storm and her largest exhibition to date in the UK opened at the Tate St Ives last October. Gloriously fun and chaotic, Haegue Yang’s exploration of the domestic, cultural and spiritual responses to the natural world is a definite conversation starter. Check out our review here.

& What’s Sadly, Not On for 2021

Penzance LitFest, Penzance (postponed to 6-9 July 2022)

Plans are afoot for this annual festival, although no details yet. Expect talks, workshops and more from writers and authors from Cornwall and beyond.


THEATRE: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth (3 July)

From the Quantum Theatre Company, Peter Rabbit and his naughty cousin Benjamin know very well that they are not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, but they cannot resist and soon they find themselves face to face with a snarling cat followed by Mr McGregor himself! Bring chairs, sun cream (fingers crossed) and a mask, and settle in for a wild adventure overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth.

EXHIBITION: Seaside : Photographed, The Exchange, Newlyn (until 3 July)

Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

This touring exhibition by Turner Contemporary looks at the relationship between photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. Images of the beach, hotel life, the holiday camp, dressing up and dressing down, wild waves and coastlines all combine to create a rich picture of British resorts, featuring photographers including Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash, Martin Parr, and Ingrid Pollard.

RACE: Gecko Gathering, Tamar Lake & Tehidy Woods (4 and 24 July)

Socially distanced trail running across 3 distances with no cut off time – choose from 2.5k, 5k and 10km, with all entrants receiving a Gecko medal.

MUSIC: Summer Sessions, The Alverton, Truro (8 July)

Cornwall musician Rue draws upon influences from soul, jazz, RnB and pop, resulting in an instantly identifiable sound. Listen to live music in the private gardens of The Alverton Hotel with a cocktail – pre-booked tickets only.

YOGA: Silent Disco Beach Yoga (18 July)

And the beat goes ohhmm! Join Ocean Flow Yoga for a silent disco style high energy beach yoga session to Ibiza beats, followed by total relaxation in a guided meditation – all held on Lusty Glaze beach so you’re outside drinking in the fresh air and sunset as you listen through headphones. You’ll need your own mat or towel – tickets here.

THEATRE: Macbeth, Pentillie Castle (21 July)

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, bring their fabulous production of William Shakespeare’s brilliant tragedy to Pentillie Castle this summer. Emerging victorious and decorated in war Macbeth receives a thrilling pronouncement from three weird sisters who prophesy he will one day be King of Scotland. Overcome by ambition and driven on by his powerful wife, Macbeth murders the king and sets in motion a terrible sequence of events from which there is no turning back.

FILM SCREENING & DIRECTOR Q&A: Supernova Regal Cinema Wadebridge (22 July)

Everyone’s favourite lockdown cocktail maker, Stanley Tucci, stars alongside Colin Firth in an extremely well reviewed exploration of what happens when forced to confront the question of what it means to love one another in the face of dementia. There will be a live Q&A with director Harry McQueen.

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