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What’s on this week in Cornwall

Summer’s almost over but Cornwall hasn’t got the memo... despite the ever present cancellations of Kernow's best loved festivals and events, there's still plenty going on to keep us occupied.


Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Outdoor theatre, music, films and storytelling sessions for the kids is back at the stunning, world-famous Minack Theatre – in socially distanced fashion, of course. Highlights include the Wind in the Willows and Opera Under The Stars, as well as the sold out Simon Latarche Trio. You’ll need to be quick, as there are limited tickets.

Food and Drink

See this month’s restaurant openings in our latest Superflashy Newsflash

Art and Exhibitions

Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 27 September)

Last chance to the Naum Gabo exhibition – spend a morning learning about what drew so many artists to St Ives – our review of Gabo from before lockdown is here.

A Prehistoric Cornwall, Kurt Jackson, Jackson Foundation, St Just (until 7 Nov)

Jackson Gallery Opening Bees

This autumn sees the launch of ‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’, the latest exhibition from Kurt Jackson, arguably one of Britain’s most celebrated living landscape painters. This body of work sees Jackson visit the relics of prehistoric Cornwall and captures the county’s extraordinary range of ancient monuments with a new series of paintings and sculpture. The landscape is full of these monuments, some are obvious and picturesque – a stone circle-while others are incongruous; hidden and overlooked despite their size and historical significance, cut-off and smothered by dual-carriageways, roundabouts and car dealerships.

‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’ is displayed beautifully within the award-winning Jackson Foundation gallery, an expansive carbon-positive ex-industrial building tucked away down a side street of the charming post-mining community of St Just-in-Penwith. Massive white walls and exposed black steel allow Jackson’s canvasses, as monumental as they are in their own right, space to breathe as the impressive300m2 of polished concrete floorspace allow the viewer to become immersed in the artwork from a distance or inspect the minute detail up close.

New Landscape Paintings, Tremenheere Gallery (until 3 Oct)

For New Landscape Paintings, seven artists create a show about romantic contemplation, light, space and poetic transport. The exhibition features work by Richard Cook, Gareth Edwards, Anthony Garrett, Andrew Hardwick, Marie Claire Hamon, Michael Porter and Lucy Willow.

Tremenheere Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

Image: @_anthony_garratt

Nick Williams, The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives (19 – 25 September)

Local artist Nick William’s solo exhibition at The Salthouse Gallery is being held instead of his London exhibition which was sadly another cancellation due to the coronavirus. London’s loss is St Ives gain though, and this exhibition looks at an eclectic range of Nick’s oil paintings based around a previous trip to Cuba. The Salthouse Gallery is a leading contemporary gallery established in 1979. It is now a hub for Private Showings and is based at the centre of the art community, situated between the St Ives School of Art and the St Ives Society of Artists and 100m from the Tate Gallery.

Get outside

Geo-thermal warmth, Jubilee Pool, Penzance

The first geothermal lido in the UK opened to the public on 1 September at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance, with the natural salt water heated to a balmy 35C – and tickets are now on sale for September and October in one hour sessions. See our review here.

Coast to Coast fundraising, Saints Way (September)

It’s an iconic route in Cornwall that takes the walker from Padstow on the north coast to the south coastal town of Fowey. The 32 miles of the Saint’s Way provide a popular challenge and now Cornish health charity Cornwall Hospice Care is inviting people to make the journey over the month of September. More details here – the footpath is just under 30 miles long but you don’t have to do it all at once, although you can.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Run Around (26 & 27 September)

This September the Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround returns, but not as you know it. With the current pandemic runners are invited to complete the 5k or 10k run wherever they are – walk, jog, run or even cycle on the weekend of the 26th & 27th September. More details here.


People’s String Foundation, St Endellion (26 September)

The People’s String Foundation are a SouthWest based band who mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound, mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats the band are fast becoming the musical heavyweights of the South West. They encompass a grass roots level philosophy, working with local musicians, the community and schools right up to big Mid scale venues

Find more ideas here

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