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What’s On This Week: Mon 22 – Sun 28 May 2017

MON 22 – SUN 28 MAY

Enjoy a spot of culture before the half-term crowds descend. Including bros doing ballet, a major new exhibition and laidback foodie nights.

BalletBoyz: Life, Hall for Cornwall, Tues 23 May

A dance performance co-produced by Sadler’s Wells in association with artsdepot. Following its triumphant premiere in London, Life is performed by an all-male company of ten amazing dancers and features two works by internationally acclaimed choreographers Rabbit by Pontus Lidberg and Fiction by Javier de Frutos. Life takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death presented in the inimitable BalletBoyz style. Come and find out why BalletBoyz have generated thousands of fanatical dance fans across the globe with their inventive, vivid and memorable shows.

Book at Hallforcornwall.co.uk

Foodie Thursdays, Godrevy Café, Starts Thurs 25 May

We love it by day for coffee and a bite after a beach walk, but starting this Thursday, you’ll be able to sample a delectable evening menu at Godrevy Café, one night a week. We’re particularly tempted by the hake and crab tacos, pulled lamb shoulder and chorizo and king prawn skewers. Starters from £6, mains from £10.

Find out more on the Godrevy Café Facebook page

Sunset, Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 26 May

With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a really unique dining experience; sharing platters and cocktails in Bedruthan’s beautiful private dining room, with direct access into the sea-view garden for post-dinner marshmallow roasting. These long table feasts are served from an open kitchen and each feast night has a different themed menu. May is all about Mussels and Polgoon Cider and the first event on 12 May is already sold out. So without wanting to sound like a broken record – book on the double for the 26 May! At £17.50pp this is one of the more affordable feast nights on offer this month.

Book at Bedruthan.com

The Masked Ball, Porthleven, Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

A three-day dance party on the cliff-tops near Porthleven, The Masked Ball began in 2006 and has attracted acts such as Dreadzone and Groove Armada over the years. Organsiers describe the mini festival as a “multi-level party kingdom, where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury, where a mélange of fascinating entertainment emanates from many nooks and crannies in the ultimate ring-master’s den of iniquity: myriad rooms, dens, dance floors, hidden bars, bath-tubs, world-class dancelubs and an unrivalled line-up of underground, international DJS.” Crazy costumes are encouraged and there’s the option of camping, which you’ll probably want to take, so you can dance till dawn.

Book tickets at Maskedball.net

Cornwall Art Fair, St Ives Guildhall Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

The idea for the Cornwall Art Fair, which returns in 2017 for its second year, was born out of a realisation that there is a large disparity between the amount of quality artists in Cornwall and the opportunities for them to showcase their work in a central place, to meet potential buyers, shops and galleries and network together. This art exhibition aims to promote the vast talent of established and emerging Cornish artisans by providing an avenue for their creations. Whether you are a first-time buyer looking to start your collection or a seasoned collector searching for a new direction, the fair presents a vast range of artists working in a range of styles, with artworks starting at £50.

Find out more at Cornwallartfair.co.uk

Fish ‘n’ Fizz Friday, Knightor Winery, Fri 26 May

There is no more decadent combination than fish and chips and a glass of bubbly on a Friday night. Yours to enjoy for £15 at Knightor Winery this week. Throw in another £10 and they’ll throw in a winemakers tour and tasting pre-dinner. The tour offers an in-depth look at all that goes into making wine, followed by a tutored tasting of our wines. It’s a great chance to ask any burning questions you have about vine-growing, winemaking and how to understand, choose and enjoy wine!

Book at Knightor.com

Chill At The Mill Festival, Retorrick Mill, Mawgan Porth, Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

Cornwall has a raft of small and characterful festivals lined up for summer. Tanks to the good folk at Retorrick Mill, there’s three days of reggae, funk and food to look forward to this weekend. Festival-goers at Chill At The Mill can expect live bands, DJS and afternoon acoustic sets and lots of great eats from all over Cornwall. Sunday is dress up day, so get your carnival costume ready.

Book your tickets at Chillatthemill.co.uk

A Certain Kind of Light, The Exchange Summer Exhibition, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Opens Sat 27 May

Peter Freeman Lightwave. Lighting display illuminating the glass façade of The Exchange

Get down to Penzance this weekend to see the major new exhibition opening at The Exchange. A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades explores how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. See paintings, sculpture, photography and installation, created from the 1960s to the present day, by fourteen leading artists.  As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman has updated Lightwave, the dramatic lighting display illuminating the glass façade of the building that he first created when the Gallery opened in 2007.

Find out more at Newlynartgallery.co.uk 

Heligan Wild Week, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June

Drag the kids away from the screens, Heligan Wild Week is all about encouraging fun, adventure and outdoor play. Hosted on Heligan’s East Lawn, you begin in the Wild Tribe Yurt, by choosing a tribe – frog, butterfly, fox or owl and getting decked out with face paints and headdresses before getting stuck into lots of outdoor activities. There are two assault courses for older and younger children, musical workshops with a tribal spin, wild arts and crafts and marshmallows and hammocks by the fire. All included in normal admission price.

Find out more at Heligan.com

Cornwall Open Studios, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June

There are many galleries large and small across Cornwall, where you can see the work of local artists but during this special event, almost 300 Cornish-based artists will open their studios to visitors. Some of these artists may not show in Cornwall at all, giving a unique chance to see their work in their workspace and to meet and talk with working artists around the county. Many artists are also offering workshops throughout the week and if you are looking to buy a piece of art, this is a great opportunity to see a range of work or possibly commission something. Participating studios will display an orange ‘O’ outside, so you know you are welcome to pop in and say hi, though opening times vary, so check the catalogue before making a special visit.

Download the catalogue at Openstudioscornwall.co.uk

Little Petherick, Little Festival, Little Petherick, Sun 28 May


This mini food fest is back for its second year. Hosted jointly between The Old Mill House and Little Petherick Village Hall, expect great local produce, street food and chefs demos, including Cornish Duck Truck, Padstow Brewing Company, Firebrand Bar and Restaurant and Trevibban Mill. The Old Mill House is a 16th century former corn mill, which is now a B&B and bistro.

Find out more on the event’s Facebook page

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