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What’s On This Week: Mon 1 – Sun 7 Oct


Pinch, punch! Events in Cornwall are taking an autumnal turn as we head into October. Pick from harvest feasts, new art exhibitions, intimate gigs and Truro’s Oktoberfest.

Many and Beautiful Things, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, until 5 Jan 2019

Many & Beautiful Things is concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences. This exhibition features work by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Binelde Hyrcan, Melanie Manchot, Santiago Mostyn, Joseph Szabo, with work by mid-career and emerging artists.

Nerina Pallot, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Tues Oct 2

With her acclaimed new album ‘Stay Lucky’ out now, Nerina Pallot has announced an extensive UK and Ireland headline solo tour for October 2018, will include a fully seated show at Truro’s Old Bakery Studios.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour, The Regal Theatre, Redruth, Thurs 4 – Fri 5 Oct – SOLD OUT

The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Cornwall with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. This collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers, who live for the sea’s salt spray.

North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion Church, Port Isaac, Thurs 4 – Sun 7 Oct

A treat for readers of all ages, at St Endellion on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. This year’s theme is ‘migration’ and guests include Joanna Trollope, Jill Murphy, Patrick Gale and Philip Hoare. Expect a long weekend of workshops, talks, performances, exhibitions and evening entertainment.

Autumn Weekender, Nancarrow Farm, Sat 6 and Sun 7 Oct

An autumn weekend of back-to-back Feasts at Nancarrow Farm, not far from Truro. Enjoy an aperitif and soak up the atmosphere in the courtyard next to a roaring fire before heading into the oak barn for dinner. There will be live music from some Nancarrow regulars and incredible seasonal food to tuck into whilst chatting to other guests.

Oktoberfest Cornwall, Truro Piazza, Fri 5 – Sat 6 Oct

Back for its fourth year, Cornwall’s Oktoberfest celebrations will take place in a German tent on Truro Piazza, pouring German Beer, serving German Food and playing more German Music than you can shake a pretzel at! The event has sold out for the past three years, so grab your tickets fast.

Harvest Feast Night, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fri 5 Oct

Heligan Feast Nights return for two exclusive nights in celebration of this year’s harvest. Expect an incredible atmosphere as the Heligan Kitchen team showcase their skills and Heligan’s finest produce in a mouth-watering three course meal. During your feast, members of the gardening team will join you, break bread and be on hand to chat about how the produce is grown. £27.50 pp.

Amber Leaman, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Sat 6 Oct – 4 Nov

Inspired by nature, by things seen at a glimpse and by the experimental process of painting, Amber Leaman will present a vibrant and powerful collection of new paintings, celebrating colour and form. Born in west Cornwall, where she still lives and works, Amber studied at Falmouth College of Art and has exhibited in London and Cornwall.

Fun PalacesSat 6 – Sun 7 Oct

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend in October. The campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and the weekend combines arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports, led by local people sharing their passions and skills. In Cornwall there’s a weekend of workshops at Krowji in Redruth and events at Wheal Martyn, Badger Forest School and more.

Holy Grit & Kid’s Crusade, Trevornick, Newquay, Sat 6 Oct

Could this be the grittiest weekend of your life? Contenders at beach obstacle race, Holy Grit can choose from 6, 12, 24 or 36 km courses on Cornwall’s leg-destroying sand dunes and towering sea cliffs, with 30+ epic, hell-themed obstacles. Sign up Little Gritters for the Kids Crusade, an exclusive 1.5 or 3km obstacle course full of mud, grit and Holy Grit inspired obstacles (ages 5 – 15).

Wildwood Kin, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Sat 6 Oct

One of several great live gigs on the beach this month. Before they officially formed as a band, Beth, Emillie, Meghann would harmonise to everything from songs on the radio, TV jingles, adverts – even the doorbell. They soon found their signature style, with Emillie playing guitar, Beth on bouzouki/keyboard and Meghann drumming. They all join forces for harmonies and take turns on lead vocals. The band credit musical influences such as Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor.

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