What’s On In Cornwall This Weekend: Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug
FRI 18 - SUN 20 AUG
Roll on into the weekend Muddy style, with food, music, theatre and more, in the very best county there is.
Outdoor Cinema, dates and venues throughout Cornwall
When the sun shines, everything in Cornwall moves outdoors. Skylight Cinema and Silent Summer Screenings have a line up of outdoor film screenings around the county this month. Book to see cult classics at unique venues from castles to cattle markets.
Sun 20 Aug – Dirty Dancing – Cornucopia Drive-In
Sun 20 Aug – Lost Boys – Cambourne
Craftschool Weekends, Newlyn Art Gallery, Mon 14 – Sun 20 Aug
Craftschool is an exhibition and workshop space that explores the art of making, the connection to materials, the sharing of skills and the repair and recycling of objects to extend their functionality. The artists exhibiting in the upper gallery (including finalist in the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Celia Pym) will share the space with a practical workshop for one-hour ‘taster’ classes led by regional makers (free with admission). Visitors are invited to try their hand at a range of crafts. There are special events each weekend too. This Friday there’ll be a foraged meal (£5) followed by a free talk by Celia Pym 19.30. Then on Sat there’s a panel discussion, followed by lunch and a scrap heap challenge, to make stalls for a summer fete (£5 for the day, including lunch). Please book via eventbrite.
Lost Gardens Summer Ball, Rogue Theatre at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Weds 16 – Sat 19 Aug
Best known for their immersive theatre adventures in Tehidy Woods, multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre will be weaving its magic at The Lost Gardens of Heligan this summer. “The Lost Gardens Summer Ball is an exuberant, bewitching, and fun exploration into a world whose magic was lost in time, but not entirely forgotten!” Rogue’s shows are billed as suitable for families, adults and children of all ages who hear the call of the wild. From experience, there is lots that will go over little heads but the music, costumes and magic still manages to hold them entranced.
Tipping Point, by Ockhams Razor, The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Thurs 17 – Sat 19 Aug
As part of A Pinch of SALT dance festival, aerial theatre company Ockhams Razor will be performing Tipping Point at The Royal Cornwall Showground, with four shows over three days. The show is set on a circular stage with the audience gathered close around and the five performers use metal poles balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, lashed, climbed, swung from and walked along to tell their stories. The music is special too, with a multi-layered surround sound musical landscape, especially composed by Adem Ilhan & Quinta, who have previously worked with Radiohead, Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes.
SkyBar, Polzeath Thurs 17 – Sat 19 Aug
After a couple of events in Devon last month, Skybar is back in Cornwall to see out the summer. The pop-up, après-sea party – with its bar, eats and beats – will be in Polzeath for the first time in the grounds of The Point with three themed nights to choose from.
Zoe Young Exhibition & Workshop, Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Sat 19 Aug
Falmouth based artist Zoe Young will be appearing as a guest artist at the Alverton Gallery this Saturday, to showcase her work and technique through an interactive workshop. The immersive exhibition Freeing Up our Prayers in Sacred Places of Penwith will see Zoe explain the cultural, historical, spiritual and environmental inspiration behind her work, encouraging participants to consider their impact on the environment.
Wheal Kitty Presents, St Agnes, Sat 18 Aug
Head to Wheal Kitty Workshops (home of Surfers Against Sewage, Finisterre, Wood Fired Canteen and Walters Surf) this Saturday for an afternoon of music, talks, films and refreshments. There’ll be music from Ardyn, Tom James, Sailing Stones, James Shead and Louella Jade Eke, curated by Indie Kitchen; a brilliant Corners Film Premiere with Sam Bleakley from Finisterre, a talk on Plastic Free Coastlines with David Smith, fromSurfers Against Sewage;Woodfired festival favourites from Woodfired Canteen and Craft Beers by St Ives Brewery. Plus, Walters Surf will be hosting Nixon’s Weird Surfboard Shaping Challenge with the UK’s top shapers.
Afternoon Tea & Tunes in the Park, Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth, Sun 20 Aug
Indulge in a sumptuous Penventon Traditional Afternoon Tea and enjoy the relaxing tones of Oram & Latarche jazz, in the Penventon Parklands. £15.95 per person (children 7 – 12yrs £10.95). Limited numbers, booking essential.
Still going strong:
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of years of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space, offering a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
Summer of Science, Camel Creek, until Sun 3 Sept
Camel Creek Adventure Park has a summer of science themed fun in store for visitors. The Summer of Science is packed with fascinating facts, exciting experiments and silly scientists. Discover where we’ve come from, what we’re made of and some of the most mind-blowing scientific facts in the multiverse. With exhilarating rides, a gigantic indoor play centre, outdoor fun, water flumes and the UK’s most hi-tech 5D Super Sim Theatre (look out for the new time-travel film coming this summer!), Camel Creek is great fun for the kids, rain or shine. They’re also running a ‘7 days for the price of 1’ offer all summer. Book in advance to save a further 20%.
La Cantina Community Lunches, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Every Fri
Every Friday the fully vegetarian cafe at Mount Pleasant Eco Park will be open between 10am and 2pm, with a warm, relaxed atmosphere, long wooden sharing tables, wifi (if you can’t do without it!) and delicious seasonal food. All members of the community are welcome for coffee, cake, lunch or simply the chance to enjoy the site. The menu is small and changes each week and with the seasons (vegan menus always available). The lunch coincides with Volunteer Fridays: aimed at adults, these free sessions offer unique hands-on learning opportunities, and training in a variety of practical, and sustainable land-based skills.
Awesome Adventurers Week, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
From pirates to Vikings and mermaids – The National Maritime Museum has a fun-packed summer planned for your small folk, inspired by tales of the sea. Head over to the Falmouth attraction for live performances from Rattlebox and Squashbox Theatre, crafts and adventure trails, with different, exciting maritime themes each week. This week it’s all about Awesome Adventurers. Ooo Argh!
LAST CHANCE: Bees in My Bonnet Exhibition, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, until 19 Aug
A unique presentation of contemporary art and science, this exhibition, highlighting the importance and plight of bees and other pollinators, has toured from its initial prestigious opening at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (where it attracted over 100,000 visitors) to take up residence at the Jackson Foundation Gallery in Cornwall, a large new environmentally informed art space near St Ives. Acknowledging the dangers faced by British bees, Kurt Jackson has spent the past few years exploring the world of pollinators, producing a collection of pieces that are also informed by his grounding in the sciences and his experience as a beekeeper in Cornwall. The exhibition features new and unseen paintings and sculpture as well as material from the touring exhibition.