What’s On In Cornwall: July 2017
Well summer in Cornwall is most definitely on. As the population of this fine county swells for the holiday season, so does the events calendar. This one’s a whopper! Choose from outdoor cinema, themed supper nights, exhibitions, live music and lit festivals galore.
And, if I’ve missed an event you’re running or one of your favourites isn’t listed, please email me at [email protected], with ‘Cornwall July’ in the subject line – there’s always room for more!
FOOD & DRINK
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.
Hidden Hut Feast Nights, Porthcurnick Beach, Fri 7, Tues 18, Sat 22 & Mon 31 July
The Hidden Huts legendary feast nights sell out fast, so note the ‘on sale’ date for tickets and link below. This unique beachside café hosts the most laidback (and affordable) feast nights in Cornwall. Held outdoors whatever the weather, guests bring their own plates, cutlery and wine – The Hidden Hut provides the food and fire. One dish is served on each night, which in July includes summer sardines, charcoal chicken, whole crab and woodfired paella.
Food Jam, Enys Gardens, Penryn, Sat 8 – Sun 9 July
This two-day family festival is a celebration of world foods and wild foods at the beautiful Enys Gardens, in Penryn. There will be a wide range of entertainment on offer for all ages, including family yoga, foraging walks, children’s art workshops, live music and a range of talks and demos. Plus a trail of world food stalls, all offering taster menus, so that you can spend the day grazing your way through the gardens. Entrance is included in normal garden entrance fee: adults – £5 and children under 16 free.
‘Best’ Woodfired Session, Philleigh Way Cookery School, Thurs 13 July
Philleigh Way’s ‘Best’ evenings are an authentic Argentinian Asado with huge amounts of Cornish beef and lamb cooking long and slow on their Argentine Parrilla or wood grill. The meat is all cooked over English oak sourced from Philleigh Way’s sustainable woodland. Within the ticket price (£30) guests will enjoy seasonal canapes around the fire pit before supper is served.
Oyster Masterclass & BBQ, The Arc, Hawksfield, Sun 16 Jul
Hands-on Shucking and tasting Oyster Masterclass (£60), all whilst supping specially chosen wines from Bin Two to accompany plentiful tasty oysters throughout the class. Class ends with a create-your-own ‘Shipwrecked Mary’, The Oyster Lady, Katy’s signature cocktail, which you can enjoy at the after class Oyster BBQ, open to all. And, you take home your very own oyster knife to carry on shucking!
Chilli 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 infused 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.
Lost Stories of Heligan, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sun 23 July
The latest in a series of special yet relaxed suppers hosted by Woodfired Canteen at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 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. Sam, Ben and the Woodfired team are planning something a bit different for this chapter and have yet to release tickets but if you wish to attend, email to book your place.
‘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
Sunset, Fire and Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 28 July
With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a unique dining experience, including 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: July is all about fresh Thai flavours. At £17.50pp, this is one of the more affordable feast nights on offer this month.
MUSIC & FESTIVALS
Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth Beach, Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July
Now in its third year, Tunes in the Dunes is back at the end of the month, with four stages and an awesome line-up. Dance on the sand to Primal Scream, Xavier Rudd, John Newman, KT Tunstall, Billy Ocean, Example, The Levellers, Izzy Bizu and loads more. You can also expect lots of cool, beach festival happenings – a kids area, yoga, a beach waterslide, a rum bar, a gin bar and a secret beach party. The world swell board championships will also be in town for the weekend, so there’ll be loads to keep you entertained on the sand and in the sea.
Ale & Anchor, The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July
A real highlight of the year at The Old Coastguard. This is a glorious garden party with a backdrop to die for. Formally known as Sea, Salts & Ales, the OC’s biannual festival was so successful last year they’ve decided to bring it back every year and have changed the name to fit. At Ale & Anchor this year you can expect the same laid-back vibe; a great line up of bands and delicious in-house BBQ.
Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Sat 1 July, Tues 11 July
What a place to watch live music! And what’s more, the Eden Sessions line-up is better than ever this year. Dropping by this month will be Van Morrison (1 July) with a stellar line-up of support acts, including Kezia and Ruarri Joseph and then the Foals are swinging by on 11 July. There’s also a Bryan Adams gig (6 July) but if you don’t already have tickets, you’ve missed the boat – soz!
Rock Oyster Festival, Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge, Fri 7 – Sat 8 July
One of North Cornwall’s hottest tickets, Rock Oyster Festival can be found in a new location this year. Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge is right on the Camel Trail, allowing access to the festival by foot or bike. In fact to incentivise this eco-friendly means of transport, the festival organisers will donate a pound for every person who arrives by bike. There will be a great line-up of music, kicking off with Electric Swing Circus on Friday night, and including The Showhawk Duo and Backbeat Soundsystem. And it wouldn’t be a Cornish festival without a good mix of niche foodie stalls, quirky workshops and yoga sessions.
Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Fri 14 – Sun 17 July
Tropical Pressure is a small, family-friendly festival with a global theme, celebrating the rich music, dance and food of three tropical continents. This intimate, family friendly event, with camping in the Eco Park’s spacious grounds overlooking the sea, will come alive with the sounds, sights and flavours of Africa, Latin America and The Caribbean. Festival goers can expect three days, packed with live bands, DJ’s, music and dance workshops, yoga, kids’ play & craft sessions, storytelling, healing treatments and World music films. It’s a real local favourite that’s not to be missed.
Bands In The Sands, The Wateringhole, Perranporth Beach, Fri 14, Fri 21 and Fri 28 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.
Jazz Picnic, Heartlands, Pool, Sun 16 July
The most chilled of all the musical events in this month’s guide is to be held in the beautiful and tranquil Diaspora Gardens at Heartlands. Local group Sonic Jazz Project will be performing and The Red River Cafe will be offering picnics to pre-order. Bring blankets and layers may be required as the evening rolls on.
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.
Courtney Pine and Omar, Hall for Cornwall, Weds 26 July
Courtney Pine presents Black Notes From The Deep featuring special guest vocalist Omar. Jazz Giant Courtney Pine CBE, was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene, with a style that integrates modern British sounds like drum n bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from across the Caribbean. Joining him will be UK soul star Omar, bringing together two of the UKs finest jazz and soul talents.
Port Eliot Festival, Thurs 27 – Sun 30 July
A celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion and flowers. Port Eliot is a unique family-friendly festival, set in the park and woodland of this beautiful, Cornish stately home. There is a ridiculous amount of good stuff to see – and notably to do. You can try 8 different types of yoga, oh and meditation, mindfulness and vision boarding, while you’re in the zone. Take in some literature, science or fashion talks, then go and try your hand at botanical illustration, pottery, headdress making or jewellery upcycling. The foodie contingent will also be out in force, with chefs’ demos and a great choice of food and drink stalls – and that’s before you’ve even looked at the music lineup (including St Etienne). Go!
SOMA, Penlee Park, Penzance, Fri 28 – Sat 29 July
What’s not to like about gin and jazz (especially when we’re talking Tarquin’s and Sonic Jazz Project)? This brand new festival is a bohemian celebration of music art food & drink, taking place in the secret gardens of Penlee House in Penzance.
Leopallooza, Bude, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July
THEATRE & CINEMA
The Third Policeman, venues and dates across Cornwall and beyond
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 for this month, including St Just, St Ives and The Isles of Scilly.
Wolf’s Child by WildWorks, The Trelowarren Estate, The Lizard Peninsula, Tues 11 – Sat 29 July
I can’t wait for this one! Not really a theatre but the venue for the summer’s most buzzed-about theatre production – a outdoor promenade performance of Wolf’s Child by WildWorks. After 10 years creating work around the world, the renowned theatre company is coming 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 Mikado, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 13 – Sat 15 July
Following the phenomenon which was Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake, another thrilling all-male version of a much-loved classic. Sasha Regan returns with one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, following her hugely successful all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance. The opera is set in 1950’s England, where a school camping trip takes us to the far away land of Titipu, where their penchant for poking fun at British Institutions combined with their inherent humour and timeless tunefulness make for, arguably, the most popular opera ever written.
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.
Shows at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, throughout July
This month at The Minack kicks off with Verdi’s La Traviata (3-7 July) performed by Duchy Opera. Sexy Cindarella story Nell Gwynn, presented by The Miller Centre Theatre Company follows, from July 10-14. The Next Stage Theatre Company brings a powerful dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong, from 17-20 July. And an exuberant performance of Kiss Me Kate ends the month, which is also peppered with storytelling from Squahbox and others.
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 (all detailed below).
2nd – Cornucopia Drive In (Grease)
8th – Caerhays Drive In (The Commitments)
24th – Penlee Open Air Theatre (Reservoir Dogs)
25th – Truro Cattle Market Drive In (Braveheart)
26th – Dairyland Farm World Drive In (The Big Lebowski)
27th – Caerhays Drive In (Guardians of the Galaxy)
31st – Truro Cattle Market (An Officer and a Gentleman)
Silent Summer Screenings:
20th – Camborne (Guardians of the Galaxy)
21st – Bude (Grease)
22nd – Redruth (Top Gun)
23rd – Helston (Dirty Dancing)
27th – Penzance (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
28th – Falmouth (Grease)
30th – Saltash (Guardians of the Galaxy)
ART & CULTURE
Penzance Literary Festival, Weds 5 – Sat 8 July
Known as the friendliest literature festival in the UK, Penzance Lit Fest returns to the vibrant Cornish seaside town this summer for its seventh year. From the 5th to 8th of July, the streets, theatres and public spaces of Penzance will come alive with an immersive programme of talks, workshops and events- from poetry to political discussion- all based on the theme of Unchartered Waters. Headliners of this year’s event include award-winning novelists Tim Pears, Cyan Jones and Stella Duffy OBE.
Festival of Children’s Literature, Kestle Barton, Helston, Sat 15 – Sun 16 July
The first Festival of Children’s Literature at Kestle Barton includes a schools’ day, with invited school children from five local primary schools, and a grand Family Day, open to all, with plenty of interesting workshops, activities and fun. Writer Christopher William Hill will introduce his wonderful series of books, Mary Evans has been will give a sneak preview of her Greek God tales, Chris Higgins will be launching the latest in her quirky and entertaining, My Funny Family series and illustrator Theo Carter-Weber will lead a workshop in which the children will produce and illustrate short stories. The gallery and garden will be open as usual with no entry charge.
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.
COMMUNITY & KIDS
CotnaFest, Cotna Eco Retreat, Gorran Churchtown, Sun 2 July
The ten year celebration of Eco Retreat Cotna Barton. Enjoy live music, yoga and chanting, traditional craft workshops, Indian street food and local ales and ciders. There will also be Forest School activities to keep the children entertained.
Sparklylynne Jewellery Workshops, 6 July (Palacio Lounge, Falmouth), 28 & 30 July (Port Eliot Festival)
Feeling a bit creative this month? Upcyled jewellery expert sparklylynne is putting on severeal group workshops in July. Bring your precious treasures, heirlooms and broken jewels and make something fabulous (you can also raid sparklylynne’s very large stash !!) Fun, creativity and eco-empowerment guaranteed.
Maestro Tots Concert, Truro Methodist Church, Fri 8 July
Maestro Tots (classical music concerts for babies and pre-schoolers) is putting on its very first show at the Truro Methodist Church at 10.30am on 8 July, in collaboration with Cornwall Music Service Trust. As this is a pilot concert, admission will be free but the organisers invite donations and money raised will go towards further concerts. The first performer will be Barbara Degener, a wonderful cellist, who has a wide experience of performing, conducting and teaching all ages, including young children. There is a community cafe on-site which is open to the public, so you can stock up on refreshments and have a mingle afterwards if you would like.
5 k Race for Life, Truro, Sun 9 July
Thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Race for Life events happen all over the UK to raise money for Cancer Research UK to help beat cancer. 5k (or just over 3 miles) is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities. You can take part however you like and choose to run, jog or walk your way around the course. The Truro event begins at Richard Lander School.
Seaside Saturday, A Summer Sale by the Sea, Perranporth, Sat 15 July
Take a trip to the seaside for a summer sale event with some of Perranporth’s finest online businesses, along with some special guests. Join local companies Green and Blue, Atlantic Blankets, Going Loopy Crochet, Really Big Bubbles, and Ashortwalk, with guest companies Block and Hannah Turner, for a super sale by the sea. This one day only discount shopping social is taking place in Perranporth at Green and Blue’s HQ.
Summer of Sport, National Trust Godolphin, every Weds this summer from 26 July
Try your arm at archery, with ‘Arrows’ beginner level kits supplied by Archery GB and test your badminton and athletics skills at Godolphin each Wednesday throughout the summer. These activities are part of the West Cornwall summer of sport challenge. Pick up your summer of sport challenge card and see how many activities you can stamp off your list! This is a free event but admission charges for the venue apply.
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of year of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space. In time for the school summer holidays, this offers a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
Magic in the Skies, Land’s End Landmark, every Tues and Thurs from 27 July to 31 Aug
Vibrant explosions will be lighting up Land’s End every Tuesday and Thursday evening this summer. Each of the twelve fireworks displays will transport you on a musical journey, retelling the ancient legend of the ‘Lost Land of Lyonesse’ and featuring the vocal talents of BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes and an original orchestral score created by Cornish composer Christopher Bond.
Tate Create: Our Studio By The Sea, Tate St Ives, Sat 29 July – Sun 3 Sept
Get creative and have some fun investigating materials, making art and exploring the Tate exhibitions. Each holiday Tate St Ives investigates a new theme and this summer they’ll be taking inspiration from the fantastic artwork in The Studio and The Sea exhibition. All ages welcome.