What’s on this week in Cornwall: Mon 5 – Sun 11 Feb
MON 5 - SUN 11 FEB
Up to much this week? Read on for my best ideas – from themed food nights and new art exhibitions to fascinating theatre and half term fun for the kiddos.
Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge, Film Screening, The Poly, Falmouth, Thurs 8 Feb
Cornwall Wildlife Trust hosts the UK premiere of celebrated filmmaker Ian McCarthy’s award-winning new film: Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge. The film follows the turning year in Cornwall – “one of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Europe” – winning a prestigious Silver Dolphin Award at Cannes. It showcases the dramatic lives of many of our much loved species, including breeding seabirds and peregrine falcons on the cliffs, dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the ocean, and bats and otters hunting in the streams that flow from moor to sea.
Grasp The Nettle, Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, Thurs 8 Feb
Sterts Theatre’s Spring Season pays tribute to Vote 100, the celebration of 100 years of votes for women in the UK. The first of these events, held in Sterts Studio, will be Grasp the Nettle, a tribute to composer, writer and suffragette, Dame Ethel Smyth.
Japanese Izakaya (dude) Food Night, Porthtowan Beach Cafe, Porthtowan, Fri 9 Feb
Izakaya is Japanese pub food which is also called “dude food”. Japanese Dude food is going to be huge in 2018 so try it here first – with Naoko’s Kitchen at Porthtowan Beach Cafe. This is a two course event where you can bring your own booze and taste the stylish and hearty flavours of Tokyo.
Fondue Night, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Fri 9 Feb
On a dark winter’s evening, there is no better way to warm up than with a steaming, oozy bowl of swirling melted cheese laced with white wine and Kirsch, accompanied with hunks of bread and cold cuts to dip in. Try something a little different to your usual three-course meal and share a fondue – perfect for groups of friends or a date idea for loved ones – on one of our Friday fondue nights. £17.50pp
Rue, Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 9 Feb
Catch brilliant live music every night throughout winter at unique beach venue Lusty Glaze. This week, catch 23 year old singer songwriter from East Cornwall, Rue. Her fresh, unique style draws upon influences from jazz/soul, r’n’b and pop resulting in a sound all its own. Highly anticipated, her debut EP “Blinkers” dropped in May. With an ever-growing online presence, her vocal agility and songwriting skills are already receiving recognition internationally.
Tosca, Live Arts Season, St Mawes Hotel, St Mawes, Fri 9 Feb
St Mawes Hidden Cinema will be broadcasting live art performances direct from the world famous Royal Opera House and The National Theatre in London, as part of its new ‘Live Arts’ season. On Fri this week, they will be streaming Tosca – “Drama, passion & fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja & Gerald Finley.” £15pp includes complimentary popcorn.
Kernow King Celebrates Cornwall’s History, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Sat 10 Feb
A double bill of entertainment starring the Kernow King. The Cornish Caretakers tells the story of two caretakers who arrive for their final day of work at The Kernow Museum in St Just before it is knocked down to build retirement flats. But not all is as it seems. Trevithick! is the gripping story of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, whose life was tinged by tragedy and steeped in engineering achievement.
National Trust Half Term Trails, venues across Cornwall, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
From Trelissick’s Snowdrop Trail to Trengwainton’s Fun Fitness Trail, The National Trust knows how to make walks fun for kids and many have beautiful gardens that are perfect to explore in early spring. Most have crafts and other children’s activities going on over half term too.
What Remains, a solo exhibition by Tim Shaw, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 10 Feb – 12 May
A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician. Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.
Early Man at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
Get ready for a prehistoric adventure of epic proportions at Eden this half-term. In association with Early Man, the major new film release from Nick Park and Aardman. Bring your tribe to Eden for intrepid adventures and behind-the-scenes fun based on the latest adventure by the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit.
A Night of South East Asian Street Food, Brew House, St Ives, Sat 10 Feb
Lee Skeet’s 2018 supper clubs kick off this month with a night of South East Asian-inspired street food. Produce will include local duck, mackerel, cod and much more. There’ll be a full bar available with beers from the brewery below. £35pp
Virginia Wolf, an exhibition inspired by her paintings, Tate St Ives, Sat 10 Feb – 29 April
Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of celebrated author Virginia Woolf, who spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art – with works by over 80 artists
Love Birds, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
This February half term meet the owls, from Screech Owl Sanctuary and to learn all about Heligan’s feathered friends. Enjoy a fun family outdoor trail, explore the gardens, find all the bird sound boxes and test your knowledge to see if you can identify our Heligan birds from their calls.
Structures Residency, Newlyn Gallery, Sat 10 – 24 Feb
Structures Residency is a two-week evolving exhibition and residency of international artists whose practice is informed by networks, frameworks and systems. Bringing together 25 artists from the UK, Europe, and the US, the residency enables an exchange of methods, approaches and ideas. The artists will work together in an open-plan studio space in one half of the upper gallery, alongside an evolving exhibition of work made during the residency.
Sam Green & The Midnight Heist Unplugged, Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth, Sun 11 Feb
Discover Surf Roots music from the North Atlantic Coast with this unplugged 3-piece show from Sam Green & The Midnight Heist. With a new EP due for release; UK based roots/rockers Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are all set to share their music with the world in 2018.