What’s On This Week: Mon 17 – Sun 23 July
MON 17 - SUN 23 JULY
It’s the last week before the school hols and there’s lots of grown-up fun to be had. World-class theatre, tick! Chart-topping bands on Cornish beaches – you betcha!
Birdsong, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Mon 17 – Fri 21 July
This week, Next Stage Theatre Company brings their powerful adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s novel Birdsong to the Minack Theatre. The play charts the tempestuous affair between a British Officer, Stephen Wraysford, and a French woman, Isabelle Azaire. Playwright Rachel Wagstaff uses flash-backs in her haunting production to juxtapose the beauty and passion of Stephen’s pre-war experiences with the horrors of war-torn battlegrounds. Performed a hundred years on from one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts, this production will stay in audiences’ minds for a long time. Don’t forget booze and blankets!
Woodfired at West, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, every Tues and Thurs
If you haven’t made it to one of Woodfired Canteen’s pop-up, mid-week suppers on Porthmeor Beach yet, July’s got to be the month! If the weather is dry, dinner will be served outdoors, so a few extra layers may be required. As always with Woodfired Canteen, you can expect super tasty food from the grills and a great community feel, with a single menu served to the centre of shared tables. There are two sittings, at 6pm and 8pm and the set menu (a meat or veggie option) costs £25, for nibbles, a hearty main with bread from St Ives bakery and a pud to take away.
Wolf’s Child by WildWorks, The Trelowarren Estate, The Lizard Peninsula, Tues 11 – Sat 29 July
Summer’s most buzzed-about theatre production is an outdoor promenade performance of Wolf’s Child by WildWorks. After 10 years creating work around the world, the renowned theatre company has come home to Cornwall. The stage will be set in the grounds of the historic Trelowarren Estate, on the banks of the Helford River and the audience will follow the drama from set to set as the story unfolds. This promises to be an unforgettable production in a very special part of Cornwall, particularly poignant, as WildWorks mourns the passing of its pioneering Artistic Director Bill Mitchell. Tickets cost £21 for adults, £16 for children and £19 for students.
The Third Policeman, various Cornwall venues, Wed 19, Thurs 20, Fri 21, Sat 22 July
This big summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy and beyond this month. The production, written by Flann O’Brien, ventures into a world somewhere between Alice and Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage shaped and night is actually and accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety life, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. I saw the show last month at Mount Pleasant Eco Park and loved it and there are lots more brilliant Cornish venues lined up, including St Austell, Falmouth, St Ives and Redruth this week.
Lost Gardens Summer Ball, Rogue Theatre at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, from Wed 12 July
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.
Razorlight, Sundowner Session, Lusty Glaze, Thurs 20 July
Every year Lust Glaze hosts a number of large-scale Sundowner Sessions on the beach, welcoming artists including, Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner. The first of this year’s big dates will see British indie rock band Razorlight take performing at this special Cornish venue. Think nostalgic ‘Electric Ballroom’ sounds set in one of the country’s most stunning venues with an unforgettable sunset backdrop.
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. This week’s line up includes:
Silent Summer Screenings this week:
20th – Camborne (Guardians of the Galaxy)
21st – Bude (Grease)
22nd – Redruth (Top Gun)
23rd – Helston (Dirty Dancing)
Cornish Chilis Cook-Off, Friday Feast Night, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 21 July
Knightor Winery hosts a calendar of feast nights throughout the year, teaming up with local producers on their themed menus. This month, Knightor is partnering with The Cornish Chilli Company for a chilli-infused feast sure to heat things up, even if the sun doesn’t! Kick off the evening with a chilli cocktail and nibbles, chat with the producers and learn about the varieties they grow and how they do it. The evening costs £30 for 5 courses and a cocktail.
Bands In The Sands, The Wateringhole, Perranporth Beach, Fri 21 July
Following Tunes in the Dunes and a star turn from Tom Jones last month, there are four more big music dates to know about in Perranporth this summer. July sees performances from Seasick Steve, The Stranglers and Feeder, then Jamaican group Toots and the Maytals will be dropping by in August.
Craftschool, Newlyn Art Gallery, from Sat 22 July
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, such as at spoon-carving, weaving on cardboard looms or crafting a wooden whistle. In the lower gallery there will be a display of work by makers based in Cornwall working in wood, metal and fabric, with an emphasis on purity of materials and function, alongside black and white portraits of the makers in their workplace.
Lazy Smoky Sunday Lunch, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sun 23 July
The latest in a series of special yet relaxed events hosted by Woodfired Canteen at The Lost Gardens of Heligan but this time it’s Sunday lunch and you can take the kids along. Woodfired Canteen bring stories to life through their menus and this month, the menu is a celebration of all that summer has to offer, showcasing produce from the gardens and surrounding farm.
‘Wild Woodland Walk’, Foraging at St Michael’s Mount, Sun 23 July
This summer sees the rare chance to forage in the Northern Woods on St Michael’s Mount , with wild food expert Emma Gunn and one of the St Michael’s Mount gardening team. If you have always wanted to know what food you can forage in the wild, or if you are an expert in foraging, this walk will be insightful and enjoyable with the opportunity to forage sorrel, sow thistle, bramble shoots (blackberries), dock, plantain and more. Following the walk Emma will provide delicious foraged nibbles to be enjoyed as you sit and relax, taking in the view across Mount’s Bay.
20 people maximum per walk. Phone bookings only – call 01736 710507.
Spanish Summer Potluck, Art of Wine, Truro, Sun 23 July
There are just a few spaces left to join Potluck Cornwall’s first Spanish-themed evening at Art of Wine in Truro. At this intimate and laidback supper, there will be just twenty guests. Everyone is requested to bring their favourite Spanish dish, to share between 6-8 – nibbles, starters, mains or desserts – labelled with the ingredients. When it comes to drinks you’ll be spoiled for choice, with an amazing selection at Art of Wine, where bottles start at £7.50 and glasses from £7.50.
RSVP at Potluck’s Facebook page including the course you’ll be bringing