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Five things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Looking for inspiration for things to do this Bank Holiday weekend? Here are five fabulous ideas for things to do that may not be on your radar.

SUNSHINE BEACH YOGA

And the beat goes ohhmm! Get your body moving and join Ocean Flow Yoga for a silent disco style high energy beach yoga session to uplifting dance beats on Fistral beach. Feel the sunshine on your face, the music through your headphones and Jen’s expert guidance as she talks you through the flow. You’ll need your own mat or towel – tickets here but it is suitable for all types of yogis, including total beginners, as there are demonstrators to watch too.

THE BEST OF SPRING

Spring has sprung and now’s the time to get out and see the best of the blossoms and bluebells while they’re still at their blooming best. The National Trust has launched its #BlossomWatch campaign to celebrate the blossom and blooms of the new season – and we’ve rounded up some of the best places in Cornwall to see them including many of Cornwall’s Great Gardens.

bluebells Bodmin moor

If you fancy tiptoeing among the bluebells, now’s your chance. Surrey is blessed with some gorgeous bluebell displays from woodland and moorland walks showing off the native drifts to landscaped gardens where you’ll find some lovely displays of the little blue bobbers.

MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS

Bryn Martionec of Canada’s Atlantic Boy Choir (left) with Samual Steinert of Germany’s Ffortissibros and their choir pals on St. Michael’s Mount.
Image by Phil Monckton for Cornwall International Male Choral Festival

60 choirs have just arrived in Cornwall for the long weekend festivities for the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival which started on Thursday and runs until May 2nd. An eclectic mix of youth and adult male choral ensembles from all over the world the festival offers live music and diverse programmes of choral music. Find 50 concerts and competitions in more than 40 venues right across the Duchy from St Ives to Falmouth, Newquay to Saltash and at Truro’s Hall for Cornwall who welcome two headline acts – Only Men Aloud and the internationally renowned Voces8. Plus, there will be two days of competitions at Truro Cathedral to see who will be crowned the 2022 CIMCF champion choir.

CELEBRATE CORNWALL’S HERITAGE

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Trevithick Day (Sat 30 April) is part of Cornwall’s rich history and is day that the whole family will enjoy. The day celebrates Camborne town’s renowned industrial past. Join the town in their festivities admiring the magnificent steam engines, based on the life of local engineer Richard Trevithick who invented steam engines for the local and international mining industry. There will be dancing in the streets, a variety of music, an abundance of stalls and a fairground to entertain you throughout the day.

If you fancy seeing some traditional May Day celebrations, Padstow Obby Oss & St Ives will be making merry the old fashioned way. In usual years particularly keen revellers in Padstow can be seen singing in the streets from midnight on 30 Apr but the main Obby Oss celebrations begin the next morning with local people parading and dancing with their Obby Oss’ (hobby horses). St Ives’ May Day celebrations were revived relatively recently but involve choirs, brass brands, dancing round the may pole and the crowning of a May Queen and King.

CATCH SOME ART

Thao Nguyen Phan‘s most extensive UK exhibition to date comes to an end at The Tate St Ives this weekend. Internationally renowned for her poetic, multi-layered artworks Phan explores the historical and ecological issues facing her homeland Vietnam, while speaking to broader ideas around tradition, ideology, ritual and environmental change. The Last Weekend showcases a series of performances and creative workshops to bring the exhibition to a close.

Other exhibitions on offer this weekend include Ben Sanderson’s installation ‘Flattened Disk’ at Alma Art Space‘s current pop-up location in a surf-board factory in Newquay, David Hardy’s ‘Beyond Blue’, at North Coast Asylum, also in Newquay, as well as Kurt Jackson’s two exhibitions in St Just.

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