Fri 7 - Sun 9 Feb
Stilettos on (or wellies) but nowhere to go? Start your social search with our curation of the best things happening near you this week.
The Countrymen, The Poly, Falmouth (7 Feb)
Six seasoned musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some original material – we’re told there is no mistaking that they love their county with a passion.
Middle Eastern Night, The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay (7 Feb)
A long-table three-course mezze feast. Start with flatbreads for tearing with friends, sweet potato falafel, harissa houmous and baba ghanoush. Pass the chicken shish taouk, mint and lemon labeneh, spiced aubergine and spinach and Turkish Sehriyeli pilav rice. Then, for desert, rose syrup, cream and toasted pistachios over palace bread. Afterwards, there will be live music and a fire pit on the beach
Winter Gin Festival, The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth (8 Feb)
Get your gin fix visiting the suppliers at the festival before finishing the night in The Riverbank, to live music and, you guessed it, more gin! Tickets include a keepsake branded gin glass to hold all your favourite future tipples, samples from all the distilleries, music, masterclasses, and a G&T on arrival.
Beach Guardian & The Cornish Arms Beach Clean (8 Feb)
Join the Beach Guardian team for a beach clean starting from The Cornish Arms, St Merryn (Rick Stein’s pub) and ending at Harlyn beach. Either meet at the pub at 9.30am for a guided walk across the fields, or meet at the beach 10.30am. Walk back to the pub for hot drinks and Stein’s brownies afterwards.
Luxulyan Valley Circular Walk (8 Feb)
Cornish Ramblings is a friendly group of novice walkers, keen hikers, sturdy stompers, active explorers, fair-weather adventurers, hill seekers, coastal lovers, woodland ramblers and most importantly…walking addicts. Join them on Saturday for an easy three-miler circular walk.
An Evening of French Music, Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth (8 Feb)
Listen to Danny Jones and Truro Sinfonia playing Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor Op.33 as well as more from Faure, Bizet, Ravel and Satie, conducted by Patrick Bailey (pictured above).
National Story Telling Week (1 – 8 Feb)
A nationwide extravaganza of storytelling, rekindling the lost art of oral tales. Look out for events that include local storyteller Gary Cordingley in Falmouth town centre. The retelling of Tristan & Iseult, one of the great love stories, spanning the lands and seas of Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany by highly acclaimed storyteller Katy Cawkwell picks a clear, brilliant path through this many-layered legend, touching her listeners with the excitement, beauty and tragedy of this timeless tale at The Poly on Saturday 8th to bring things to close.
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (9 Feb)
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.
Cardinham Woods Winter Series 10k (9 Feb)
Winter Series, 3 different timed trail events on 3 different routes over 3 months, getting progressively more difficult, starting with a 5k and culminating in a 10 miler.
Snowdrop Sunday, Pencarrow House, Wadebridge (9 Feb)
It’s snowdrops in abundance over at Pencarrow House with the white bloomer springing up across the site’s fifty acres. This Georgian pile is the family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns and the season really gets going with the first of the wild garlic when the gardens properly open on 1 March, with the bluebells following in April. Halfway between Wadebridge and Bodmin, the gardens are running two charity ‘Snowdrop Sundays’ (9 & 16 Feb) with the suggested £5 entry fee going to CLEAR and Parkinsons Research. The Peacock Cafe will be open both Sundays.
Trengwainton Gardens, Penzance (9 Feb)
Spring comes early to this corner of West Cornwall, so expect to find a good amount of blooms when this exotic Cornish garden and historic house re-opens on 9 February. Find snowdrops nestled at the base of the trees lining the Drive and Long Walk as well as camellias and magnolias.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives. If you’re thinking, Er, Naum who? then read our review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (Until 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.