What’s on in Cornwall: March 2018
Spring’s feeling decidedly baltic so far but damn it, it’s here and we’re going out to play! March is jam-packed with foodie, theatrical, arty and outdoorsy happenings here in Cornwall. Read on for Muddy’s pick of the best…
Lee Skeet & Wild Supper Club, The Kitchen Table, St Ives, Thurs 1 Mar
Start the month being wined and dined at the Kitchen Table, with a collaboration from chef Lee Skeet and local expert on wild Cornish ingredients, Josh Quick of Wild St Ives. Guest will be treated to a six-course menu full of locally sourced meats and seafood, and a selection of vegetables foraged by Josh.
David Mynne presents Great Expectations, The Poly, Falmouth, Thurs 1 Mar
Based on a Charles Dickens favourite, David Mynne performs a one man show channelling Dickens’ epic story. Be prepared to be scared and amazed; to cry and laugh.
The People’s String Foundation Duo, Acorn, Penzance, Thurs 1 Mar
The Acorn host a rare duo performance from Cornish musicians Ben Sutcliffe and Zaid Al-Rikabi. The Cornish band represent the grass roots of British music culture, mixing world, classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment.
Comedy night: Lou Sanders and Luke McQueen, AMATA theatre, Falmouth, Thurs 1 Mar
In need of a laugh after the cold months? AMATA’s first comedy night brings you two talented comedians Lou Sanders and Luke McQueen. Lou is described as ‘refreshingly different’ (Fest) and Luke is known for burning the rules of comedy (Broadway Baby).
Sam Fender, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Fri 2 Mar
One of the UK’s most hotly tipped artists, Sam Fender, will be heading to the South West in 2018 to play his first two headline shows in the region. The first will be at Truro’s Old Bakery Studios. Sam Fender burst on to the scene with debut single ‘Play God’ in March 2017 and was hailed as one of Annie Mac’s new names on Radio 1.
India Electric Co, Acorn, Penzance, Fri 2 Mar
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation.
Charge by Motionhouse, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Fri 2-Sat 3 Mar
Premiering in Oct 2017, Charge, Motionhouse’s incredible new multi-media show is all about energy. From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.
Rock & Steel, Featuring Photographs of David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Sat 3 – Sun 25 Mar
Rock & Steel celebrates the work of photographer Carinthia West and artist Ken Gill. Focusing on the most famous musicians of the 1970s, Carinthia’s vast collection of original photographs includes portraits of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Carly Simon and Neil Young. The exhibition shares the fascinating and unique story behind many of the photographs. Alongside Carinthia’s photographs is a collection of recent sculpture by Penzance-based artist Ken Gill.
World Pasty Championships, Eden Project, Bodelva, 3 Mar
The seventh World Pasty Championships at Eden Project is the culmination of Cornish Pasty Week. Bring your best pasty along to be in with chance of winning the coveted title, or simply come along for a great day of eating and entertainment.
Knightor Feast Nights, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 2, Fri 16 and Fri 30 Mar
Knightor Winery brings you three fabulous cuisines from Dirty French on Fri 2 Mar, to Korean BBQ on 16 Mar and finally a Portuguese Feast on 30 Mar. Expect home-cooked style in a friendly environment, Knightor feasts are ones not to miss.
Hummadruz, Newlyn Gallery, Newlyn, 3 Mar – 2 Jun
An international group exhibition exploring the overarching and infinite rhythms of nature, folklore and the occult. Artefacts loaned by The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and private collections will be on display alongside key artworks from the 20th century and pieces by artists exploring these themes in a contemporary context.
St Piran’s Day, 5 Mar
St Piran is the patron Saint of Cornwall – said to have washed up on the shores of Perranporth tied to a millstone and credited with first discovering tin in the county. Many events are held throughout the county to celebrate this important Saint’s Day. Festivities include Skillywidden, a night of Cornish dance, at AMATA in Penryn (2 Mar), Redruth St Piran’s day festival (3 Mar) and St Piran’s play on the sand dunes at Perranporth (4 Mar).
St Mawes Hidden Cinema will be broadcasts live art performances direct from the world famous Royal Opera House and The National Theatre in London. This month see Carmen live from the Royal Opera and Julius Caesar live from the stage of The National Theatre.
Titanic Stories, The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, opens Thurs 8 Mar
Major new exhibition, Titanic Stories, will examine the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15 Apr 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that linger. Working in collaboration with private collectors from overseas and national museums in the UK, Titanic Stories presents rare and never-seen-before objects and items, as well as retelling the personal stories of many of the survivors.
Duchy Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 8- Sat 10 Mar
Missing the festive season already? The Duchy Ballet are holding on to that magical feeling – combining realism and fantasy in a beautiful production of The Nutcracker. Commissioned by Duchy Ballet’s Artistic Director, Kay Jones and choreographed by Terence Etheridge.
Heligan Feast Night, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, 9 Mar
Feast nights are back in the recently refurbished restaurant at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. March’s feast menu will be designed around Heligan’s vast array of heritage root vegetables – from bulls blood beetroot to chestnut mushrooms. £25pp.
Pama International, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 10 Mar
Since its launch in 1968, Trojan Records has led the way presenting the best, classic Jamaican music to fans the world over and was instrumental in introducing reggae to the mainstream. In 2006 Pama International became the first new band to sign to Trojan Records in 30 years. Their show will have two sets; the greatest hits of the world’s most iconic reggae label, reimagined by Pama International, and their original Love & Austerity set. Every guest will receive a Trojan songbook, with all the lyrics and history of each song. The Eco Park’s café, La Cantina will be open for food.
Dogwood Productions: No Finer Life, STERTS Theatre, Liskeard, Sat 10 Mar
Celebrating 100 years since women were given the right to vote, Graham Harvey brings to the stage a ‘mini-masterpiece’ that is set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. A true tale of an unlikely hero and an enduring romance. Also at The Poly, Falmouth, 8 Mar.
Daffodil Days, National Trust Cornwall, various dates and venues, from Sat 10 Mar
Looking for something to do on the with the family at the weekend? Visit a National Trust garden or woodland and admire the spring flowers. With various dates on the website, pick one that suits you. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is also be holding a daffodil fair from 10 – 24 Mar.
Mother’s Day at Woods Cafe, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Sun 11 Mar
Woods Cafe and Cardinham Woods make a great day out any old Sunday but on Mother’s Day the cafe team will have an even-more-impressive-than-usual spread of cakes on offer, plus live music, free crafts for the kids and extra, wet weather seating.
Mother’s Day, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sun 11 Mar
Take a wander through the floral gardens at the Eden Project on Mother’s Day, mums and grans go free! Enjoy the many varieties of daffodils and other flowers, shrubs and trees, as they emerge in all their glory.
The Marriage of Figaro, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Tues 13 Mar
English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro. Blanche McIntyre directs this warm-hearted opera known for its elevated music and entertainment.
James Lingwood Talk, Falmouth University, Thurs 15 Mar
Curator and Co-Director of Artangel, James Lingwood will be giving a talk at Falmouth University this month as part of Groundwork. James Lingwood has commissioned numerous memorable site-specific works of art by artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller, Francis Alÿs, Steve McQueen and John Berger. Groundwork is a three-year project organised by CAST, bringing international contemporary art to Cornwall, supported by Arts Council England.
Roo’s Beach Fashion Feast, Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, Fri 16 Mar
Bedruthan Hotel hosts its third Fashion Feast in partnership with Porth boutique, Roo’s Beach. Enjoy a three-course Malaysian sharing feast, cocktails, live music and a presentation of the Roo’s Beach Spring Summer 2018 collection. There will also be special guests from the worlds of fashion and beauty.
Wine Tasting Dinner, Old Quay House Hotel, Fowey, Fri 16 Sun
Fowey’s Old Quay House Hotel welcomes wine expert Charles Steevenson to host March’s wine tasting dinner. Begin with welcome drinks in the lounge, followed by a 4-course supper created by head chef Richard Massey, paired with a range of wines. £65pp, with special room rates if you fancy stopping the night.
Beer & Mussel Festival, The Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Mar
The Cornish Arms’ Beer & Mussel Festival, in St Merryn returns with 40 different beers and ciders and an even bigger line-up of live entertainment, including music and food demos. Plus they’ll be screening the finale of the Six Nations rugby, so you don’t have to miss the big game.
Scratchworks Theatre: The Great Train Robbery, AMATA, Falmouth, Fri 16 Mar
Join the four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of this unlikely female four.
Game Over, Canteen, St Agnes, Fri 16 Mar
Marc Dennis of Duchy Game joins the Canteen team to celebrate the end of game season. Dine on a four-course menu and enjoy themed talks and tastings. An evening to support this special Cornish business – all proceeds will go towards a new charcuterie HQ.
Bold & Beautiful Wedding Show, Carbis Bay Hotel, Sun 18 Mar
A stylish, creative, interactive and alternative wedding show, full of swoonsome wedding inspiration and suppliers. Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings of this idyllic wedding venue, meet a selection of the counties finest wedding suppliers and enjoy the roaming catwalk and foodie displays. Free entry, free car parking and a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.
Cardboard Citizens: Cathy, Acorn, Penzance, Mon 19 Mar
Following its five-star hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, Cathy comes to Cornwall to tell the story of one woman’s fight for her home, her life and her rights. In association with St Petroc’s Society, Cathy is part of a campaign to end homelessness in the region.
Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? Regal Theatre, Redruth, Thurs 22 Mar
Join the star of Not the Nine o’clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.
Thai Cookery Course, Philleigh Way, Philleigh, Fri 23 Mar
This introduction to Thai cookery is a collaboration between Philleigh Way and Amy Nixon of Punk Thai. The course will cover two classic Thai dishes and a fruit carving demonstration. You will leave with the skills you need to whip up fragrant Thai dishes packed with flavour and texture at home.
Falmouth Spring Flower Show, Princess Pavillion, Falmouth, Fri 23 – Sat 24 Mar
Falmouth’s annual flower show is back, showcasing displays of locally grown flowers, floral arrangements, specimen plants, photography and local trade stands as well as classes for children and array of the finest spring flowers.
Greek Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth, Fri 23 Mar
Gather round sociable long tables for a themed feast overlooking the Cornish coast. This month and next it’s all about Greek cuisine, with a menu including lamb souvlaki, beef stifado and sardines wrapped in bacon with fennel. After dinner, guests wrap up and head out to the fire pit for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
Spring Feast, Camel Studio, Washaway, Sat 24 Mar
The first foodie fiesta of the year in the beautiful barn at Camel Studio. A spring-themed menu, created by chef Liam Smith-Laing (who has trained alongside top chefs including Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay) will be served at long tables, decked with spring blooms. Four course feast -£30pp.
Falmouth Folk and Cider Fayre, Events Square, Falmouth, Fri 23 – Sun 25 Mar
As Falmouth’s Spring Festival kicks off, toe tap your way to Events Square and to see the best of West Country folk and slug cider at the Annual Folk & Cider Fayre. Known for its great atmosphere and barrels of scrumptious cider.
Land of the Giants, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Fri 23 Mar
Since 2009, Land of the Giants have been pulling crowds to tents to groove with their foot-stomping beats. A brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, a heavy toe-tapping bass line and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals will make you wonder why you’ve never danced your socks off to The Giants before.
The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon, Portreath Millennium Hall, Truro, Sat 24 Mar
Anything’s possible in this warm and very funny story by David Almond, award-winning writer of Skellig and My Dad’s A Birdman. Some pretty odd ideas are floating around Paul’s street. There’s Mabel, whose brother hides under a brown paper bag. And Clarence the poodle who thinks he can fly. But Paul has the oddest idea of all. He thinks that the moon is a big hole in the sky and he’s going to climb into it.
Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, 24 Mar – 21 April & 4 Jul – 18 Aug
For this touring exhibition, contemporary artist Kurt Jackson walks in the footsteps of JMW Turner to visit the locations of his iconic images painted in the South West. Kurt Jackson picked a dozen of the locations where Turner painted to explore his artistic choices and make his own work in response to Tuner’s approach and the contemporary lie of the land.
Signs & Wonders Light Spectacular, St Day Old Church, St Day, Sat 24 Mar
The grand finale of the Signs and Wonders events will be in St Day this month. Throughout town you will find air-themed light installations, including illuminated kite flying and a lantern procession with projections. You will also discover the work from previous locations in a new environment and see performances from the Day-Light Choir.
Haunt The Woods (EP launch), Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Sat 24 Mar
A unique and magical place to see live music. Carnglaze Caverns is hosting Haunt The Woods for the launch of their new EP, Circle. Their sound incorporates an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar.
Wild Wine Club, Kudhva nr Tintagel, Sat 24 Mar
Explore the influence of architectural design on wine making at Kudhva (Cornish for hideout). Tasting five wines, selected by Sommelier Debbie Warner accompanied by a five-course feast. Wander the beach in great company and then enjoy a feast by an open fire.
Charlie Dore, STERTS Theatre, Liskeard, Sat 24 Mar
Charlie Dore takes to the stage in a rare solo appearance sharing songs from her new album as well as her personal favourites from her past six albums and unique takes on songs she has written for platinum-selling artists. The evening promises a multi-layered show as Charlie swaps between guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium.
Middle Eastern Mezze cookery course, Canteen, St Agnes, Sat 24 Mar
A cookery workshop with added fire, a great menu and loads to learn. This ‘Cook Together, Eat Together’ event is led by chef Ben Quinn and will be based around Middle Eastern Mezze this month. A sociable supper follows the afternoon of learning, when you can either lend a hand in the kitchen or just sit and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Evita, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 27 – Sat 31 Mar
Following its smash hit run in London, Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita returns. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary iconic status.
Milk Presents…Joan, Weds 28, The Centre, Newlyn, Thurs 29, Old Bakery Studios, Truro and Sat 31 Mar, Rame Community Hall
A fearless new play about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone – this is Joan of Arc. Award-winning cabaret artist Lucy Jane Parkinson unravels the intricacies of Joan’s defiance, subsequent demise and morphs into the men that put her there. A captivating new solo show about belonging, gender and finding our identity – with uproarious songs that breathes new life into this centuries-old legend.
North Coast Collective, Rock Institute, Wadebridge, Weds 28 Mar – Sun 8 Apr
This is the first of two exhibitions for 2018, from the North Coast Collective group, of Cornwall-based artists, makers and musicians. Up-cycled curiosities, reworked electric lighting and 3D printed jewellery will be shown alongside vibrant abstract paintings and contemporary seascapes. Art workshops and musical performances will be running during the exhibition too – find details on the group’s Facebook page.
Murray Lachlan Young, Acorn, Penzance, Fri 30 Mar
This is one for the children. Murray invites you all to listen to his cautionary tales, combining poetry, stand-up, storytelling and panto – sure to keep the kids entertained and get them dancing on stage. Murray also has a show for adults later in the evening, ‘How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?’. A romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.
The Leylines, Acorn, Penzance, Sat 31 Mar
Leylines is a West Country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. Enjoy a combination of folk and punk that creates an individual musical style.
Comedy Cupboard, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat 31 Mar
Easter weekend, sees headliner Murray Lachlyn Young return to the stage at Truro’s Old Bakery, supported by musical comedy genius Louis Burgess, and host MC Claire Rowley. There’ll also be live music, a well stocked bar, Thai Food and an after party. Only 150 tickets available, pre-booking advised.
Rogue Theatre’s Wild Spring Hare, Tehidy Woods, Thurs 30 Mar – Mon 9 Apr
The most gorgeous way to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Cornwall! Join the brilliant Rogue Theatre for their first show of the year, Wild Spring Hare in Tehidy Woods. Wild Spring Hare is a promenade performance of magical stories – including new ones for 2018. An Easter trail like no other, follow the stories and discover a new world of spring. The woodland king will be waiting in the heart of the woods with a chocolate treat for everyone.
The Man Engine, Resurrection Tour, from Sat 31 Mar
The Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, built to celebrate the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site’s tenth anniversary. After a sellout tour in 2016 – here’s your chance to see him on the streets of Cornwall again. On Sat 31 Mar, The Man Engine will begin his journey at Geevor Tin Mine. Check other dates and venues here.
Words by: Katie McVey