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5 things to do this weekend

Nearly half term but not quite - but no need for boredom, here's our curated suggestions of what to do with your October weekend.

HEAD TO THE THEATRE

If comedy if your bag then skip up to Launceston to see SEANN WALSH’s Back from the Bed tour at Launceston Town Hall (Friday 15 Oct) – it’s is postponed tour with a new name and some additional content, as, he puts it, “sticking with ‘Same Again?’ felt a bit triggering after the year we’ve had. So it is now called Back from the Bed. Some of the material will be the same as I had always planned and some of it will be new because it will be difficult to avoid mentioning the last year in which millions of decent people tragically lost their lives to TikTok”. Love him, or indifferent to him, it’s nice to see national names in comedy making it down to the south-west.

Prefer theatre? Miracle Theatre’s Everyman Tour brings Carol Ann Duffy’s electric adaption of the fifteenth century English morality play right up to date, creating an intense, exciting, multi-media experience with live music, projection, choreography and a high-energy cast of 4. It’s on in St Ives all weekend.

GET OUTSIDE

It’s the final weekend of the Heligan Harvest, at yes, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, thinking about their past, present and future. Going back in time, eavesdrop on the ghosts of the Victorian garden. Relish the present with delicious food and drink, as well as celebrate the current team who tend the gardens, farm and estate. The future also beckons with demonstrations to develop your own harvesting skills for next year and thinking about Heligan’s future, be it further restoration of the Flower Garden or combatting climate change with cows! Expect an exciting array of displays, demonstrations and autumn inspired menus.

Also check out our walks page for more inspiration, and cycle trails here too.

CULTURAL GOINGS ON

Plenty of cultural happenings this weekend – if you can get to the scillies then the Creative Scilly Festival sounds ace, with the five inhabited islands hosting 60 live events across all 5 inhabited isles; a schedule of immersive events; an eclectic and whimsical mix of home-grown Scillonian artists, interspersed with mainland creatives and performers, offering al fresco pop-ups, workshops, creative courses, imaginative talks and performances in some of the most unique locations in the British Isles.

Back on the main land, the Falmouth Book Festival is underway in, you’ve guessed it, Falmouth, until Sunday, featuring a dynamic line-up of authors, poets and storytellers throughout the town and sets out to celebrate books, sharing ideas, and bringing people together. There’s plenty of evening events for the adults, and more daytime weekend activities for the little ones.

Arty things are also on offer – the big one is Petrit Halilaj’s first UK museum solo exhibition Very volcanic over this green feather (he usually lives between Germany, Kosovo and Italy) at the Tate St Ives – his work revisits 38 childhood drawings that he made in Kukës II refugee camp in Albania during the Kosovo war (1998–99), when he was thirteen years old.

At the other end of the Duchy, head to the Byre Gallery for Siobhan Purdy’s collection Lost for Words explores the recurring themes that predominate much of her work: vulnerability, isolation and a childhood spent retreating into secret worlds of nature and imagination. Siobhan describes painting as still being her ‘happy place.’ Lost for Words also includes work by fellow Cornwall artist Sue Kinley, Jayne Armstrong and ceramics from Lucy Burley and John Pollex.

SCIENCE & NATURE

Three fun sounding exhibitions on a science theme, the first in Bodmin is the inaugural weekend of Reimagining Reality at Narisa Hall, Priory Park, which is billed as an innovative exhibition for Cornwall that will turn your world upside down! Explore the weird and wonderful peculiarities of science with interactive exhibits. Be prepared to be left wondering what you really know. If you think science really isn’t your thing, come for the art! Experience an immersive journey along surreal passageways leading to quirky exhibits that are an artwork in their own right.

The second is down in Porthcurno, at PK Porthcurno, called Lights out for darker skies – which supports West Penwith’s application for International Dark Sky Park status. Focusing on Porthcurno valley, the exhibition features stunning dark sky images, nocturnal wildlife footage, and local artist collaborations. It invites visitors to explore their own relationship with the night and to consider their individual actions for promoting darker skies.

If you’re interested, more on Cornwall’s current Dark Sky areas in this post from earlier this year about star counts.

The last is Cornwall Space: From Steam to Satellites which opens this week at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Installed by Spaceport Cornwall, it is a follow up to the Story of a Satellite exhibition which was held at Newquay Airport in the summer, and tells the story of Cornwall’s rich pioneering history and promising future in the space industry. From John Couch Adams – who is credited with finding Neptune – through the innovation and heritage of Goonhilly Earth Station, to present day developments with Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit, which will be delivering the UK’s first ever satellite launch in 2022, this is an exciting follow up to the summer exhibition.

GO TO A MUSICAL

The long awaited re-opening of the new revamped Hall for Cornwall in Truro happens this week, with the world premiere of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical. There’s still a few tickets for this weekend’s shows – it’s a brand-new musical based on the true story of Cornwall’s favourite singing sea-shanty sensations and the smash-hit 2019 Universal Pictures film which grossed over £11.5 million worldwide at the box office. Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical will be the first co-production for Hall for Cornwall’s new in-house producing company, Cornwall Playhouse Productions, and produced in partnership with producers ROYO.

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