Mon 16- Sun 22 March 2020
Spring is here, the forecast for Cornwall is sunshine, so if you’re looking to get out and about, you need our Muddy picks for the week ahead.
Food & Drink
Oustanding in the Field Europe Tour – bookings open 19 March
Outstanding in the Field are famous for their roving restaurant without walls which is rebuilt in the morning in a new location and disappears every night. It is a momentary experience and a joyful celebration of human connection. Everyone gathers at one long table to share the most fundamental and universal human conversation: a meal.
Rather than source ingredients for a restaurant, they bring their restaurant to the source. Which in this case, excitingly, is Matt Chatfield’s Lower Town Farm on the Cornwall border. The event is listed for 11 July, with tickets listed to go on sale this week (19 March).
Host farmer Matt Chatfield is a passionate and conscientious sheep farmer and a staunch supporter of regenerative agriculture. For the last ten years, his Cornwall Project has established working relationships with some of London’s best chefs to shorten their restaurant supply chains and boost the local farming economies of Devon and Cornwall. On his 500 year-old family farm, Matt raises beef cattle and “cull yaws” – the Cornish term for retired sheep slaughtered at 5-6 years – and partners with famed butcher Phillip Warren to dry-age the meat. The result is what Gordon Ramsey recently called “the best tasting meat in the world.”
Botelet Breakfast Club (20 March)
Simple, seasonal and soulful, take your seat by the crackling open fire at the farmhouse table and enjoy a deliciously fresh set menu breakfast with a seasonal twist. Delicious, nourishing for both body and mind, and always someone interesting to chat to – booking is essential.
Nancarrow Feast with Dan Cox, Nancarrow Farm (20 March)
Dan Cox is back to collaborate with the Nancarrow team for a very special fundraising feast. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Pastoral Collective, a non-profit, grass-roots movement making meaningful change through Regenerative Agricultural practices, integral to what we do here on the farm.
At this very special feast, guests can look forward to a welcome tipple and canapés in the courtyard before settling into the Oak Barn for a three-course feast. The menu will feature Nancarrow’s Organic meat and plenty of local, seasonal ingredients – as ever there will be a delicious menu for those that don’t eat meat.
Gin & Cornish Drinks Festival, The Alverton Hotel (Sat 21 Mar)
The Alverton Cornish Gin and Drinks Festival is a celebration of Cornish producers. Grab a free souvenir glass as the first drink is free. Meet the makers and sample the very best in Cornish drinks. Enjoy live demonstrations where you’ll pick up handy hints and tips to create your own top-notch tipples at home. Makers include Trevethan, Tarquin’s and Curio, Knightor, Polgoon and Sharp’s.
Daffodil Week, Cotehele (14 – 22 March)
See the wonderful collection of daffodils grown on Cotehele Estate. Over the week there will be a range of activities including displays of historic and new varieties of daffodils, guided daffodil tour in the garden on selected days and daffodil sculptures too.
Daffodil Weekend, Trelissick, Feock, (21-22 March)
An array of daffodils are showcased from some of Cornwall’s finest breeders and growers in Trelissick’s annual Daffodil weekend. Admission charges apply, free to National Trust members.
Saturday Social, Nancarrow Farm (21 March)
Nancarrow Farm will be throwing open the gates for their Saturday Social & two family feasts in our Oak Barn. Meet the newborn lambs, enjoy outdoor activities, live music & more!
Art, exhibitions and workshops
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives
Make, play, explore and design as a family in the studio and visit the Drawing Station in the galleries. Each session has a different creative theme. Every Sunday in term time, under 18s free, no booking required.
Radical Botany, The Eden Project (until 17 May 2020)
Radical Botany explores the artist’s role in the collecting and recording of flora while uncovering stories about biodiversity, trade and extinction.
The current classification of plants, their taxonomy as we know it, is inherently linked to the acquisition of botanical collections. Artists travelling with scientists collecting evidence of newfound flora would record specimens on their travels and on their return.
Falmouth Spring Festival (19- 20 March)
Falmouth Spring Festival organised by the Falmouth BID, is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. Sponsored by the University of Exeter and includes a variety of activities for the whole family.
Music, Theatre, Comedy & Film
Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps – Travel and Comedy in The Danger Zone, The Acorn, Penzance (17 March)
Trigger Happy TV’s poster boy, writer and broadcaster Dom Joly is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011. Hear about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea to Chernobyl.
Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger. The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.
Medea On Our Hands, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno (17 March)
This performance is a visceral ensemble, a response to horror, to the extremes of human hurting and rage. Anger is an energy. Breathe stops… At the very edge of love… This is a collaborative interpretation of Euripides’ MEDEA, devised with members of The Actor’s Wheel, Plymouth Marjon University.
The South, The Acorn, Penzance (19 & 20 March)
The South is an impressive 9 piece band that features former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since Dave Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band.