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What’s On This October


From German beer to big ideas, there’s an eclectic array of events and fun to be had in Cornwall this month. Mooch around new exhibitions at The Tate and Newlyn Art Gallery, feast in the barn at Nancarrow, discover The Scilly Isles on foot during Walk Scilly, be inspired to ‘wonder’ at TedXTruro and don’t miss all the Halloween fun and the first of the fireworks. I’m feeling autumnal already.


Many and Beautiful Things, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, until 5 Jan 2019

Many & Beautiful Things is concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences. This exhibition features work by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Binelde Hyrcan, Melanie Manchot, Santiago Mostyn, Joseph Szabo, with work by mid-career and emerging artists.


Nerina Pallot, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Tues Oct 2

With her acclaimed new album ‘Stay Lucky’ out now, Nerina Pallot has announced an extensive UK and Ireland headline solo tour for October 2018, will include a fully seated show at Truro’s Old Bakery Studios.


Ocean Film Festival World Tour, The Regal Theatre, Redruth, Thurs 4 – Fri 5 Oct – SOLD OUT

The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Cornwall with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. This collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers, who live for the sea’s salt spray.


North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion Church, Port Isaac, Thurs 4 – Sun 7 Oct

A treat for readers of all ages, at St Endellion on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. This year’s theme is ‘migration’ and guests include Joanna Trollope, Jill Murphy, Patrick Gale and Philip Hoare. Expect a long weekend of workshops, talks, performances, exhibitions and evening entertainment.


Autumn Weekender, Nancarrow Farm, Sat 6 and Sun 7 Oct

An autumn weekend of back-to-back Feasts at Nancarrow Farm, not far from Truro. Enjoy an aperitif and soak up the atmosphere in the courtyard next to a roaring fire before heading into the oak barn for dinner. There will be live music from some Nancarrow regulars and incredible seasonal food to tuck into whilst chatting to other guests.


Oktoberfest Cornwall, Truro Piazza, Fri 5 – Sat 6 Oct

Back for its fourth year, Cornwall’s Oktoberfest celebrations will take place in a German tent on Truro Piazza, pouring German Beer, serving German Food and playing more German Music than you can shake a pretzel at! The event has sold out for the past three years, so grab your tickets fast.


Harvest Feast Night, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fri 5 Oct

Heligan Feast Nights return for two exclusive nights in celebration of this year’s harvest. Expect an incredible atmosphere as the Heligan Kitchen team showcase their skills and Heligan’s finest produce in a mouth-watering three course meal. During your feast, members of the gardening team will join you, break bread and be on hand to chat about how the produce is grown. £27.50 pp.


Amber Leaman, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Sat 6 Oct – 4 Nov

Inspired by nature, by things seen at a glimpse and by the experimental process of painting, Amber Leaman will present a vibrant and powerful collection of new paintings, celebrating colour and form. Born in west Cornwall, where she still lives and works, Amber studied at Falmouth College of Art and has exhibited in London and Cornwall.


Fun PalacesSat 6 – Sun 7 Oct

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend in October. The campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and the weekend combines arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports, led by local people sharing their passions and skills. In Cornwall there’s a weekend of workshops at Krowji in Redruth and events at Wheal Martyn, Badger Forest School and more.


Holy Grit & Kid’s Crusade, Trevornick, Newquay, Sat 6 Oct

Could this be the grittiest weekend of your life? Contenders at beach obstacle race, Holy Grit can choose from 6, 12, 24 or 36 km courses on Cornwall’s leg-destroying sand dunes and towering sea cliffs, with 30+ epic, hell-themed obstacles. Sign up Little Gritters for the Kids Crusade, an exclusive 1.5 or 3km obstacle course full of mud, grit and Holy Grit inspired obstacles (ages 5 – 15).


Wildwood Kin, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Sat 6 Oct

One of several great live gigs on the beach this month. Before they officially formed as a band, Beth, Emillie, Meghann would harmonise to everything from songs on the radio, TV jingles, adverts – even the doorbell. They soon found their signature style, with Emillie playing guitar, Beth on bouzouki/keyboard and Meghann drumming. They all join forces for harmonies and take turns on lead vocals. The band credit musical influences such as Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor.


Falmouth Oyster Festival, Events Square, Falmouth, Thurs 11 – Sun 14 Oct

Now in its second year, this famous festival celebrates the beginning of oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and Cornish seafood in general. Expect four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.


Walk Scilly Long Weekend, Scilly Isles, Thurs 11 – Mon 15 Oct

WolfRock - Scilly - July 2017 - Sunset Walk -Easter

Enjoy this special season on the Isles of Scilly, with a long weekend of walking the islands with expert guides showing the way. The wildlife is spectacular, with resident and migrating birds to spot, seal pups to catch sight of, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and shorelines are fantastic for foraging, too. New for this year are creative walks in collaboration with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust – including sound walks with sound artist Laura Denning, immersive flower walks with leading botanical artist Bee Watson and an extraordinary coastal walk with sand artist, Tony Plant.


Mid-Century & Vintage Fair, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Oct

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa’s popular Mid-Century vintage fair is back. Discover an abundance of vintage and mid-century delights – with 50 stalls of fashion, homewares, furniture and lighting, antiques, collectables and vintage-inspired crafts and design – there is something for everyone!


Bikelights, ‘Flying Circus’, Wadebridge, Sat 13 Oct

A magical and much-loved illuminated bicycle-based parade for all the family on the streets of Wadebridge. Now in its fifth year, as well as receiving local support and beginning to establish some exciting new partnerships, BikeLights and Wadebridge Creative Hub have gained Arts Council and FEAST funding to further develop the event’s artistic activity. Expect beautiful light creations and a fun community feel.


Eden Marathon & Half Marathon, Eden Project, St Austell, Sun 14 Oct

Cornwall’s biggest running event, the Eden Marathon and Half Marathon returns, with a multi-terrain route through spectacular countryside. The full Marathon is now fully booked, but you can register your place for the Half Marathon online by 30 Sept.


Heligan Halloween, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Sat 20 Oct – 4 Nov

This Heligan Halloween, experience the creepy but cool in a bug-tastic culmination of spooky Halloween activities set to make your spine tingle. Wander through the Gardens, following the Creepy Crawly Trail and discover what weird and wonderful creatures have made Heligan their home. Do you dare to enter the spider tunnel? Will you come face to face with Mama spider? And what else might you stumble across on the way?


Halloweden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 20 Oct – 4 Nov

An all-new Halloweden offer, Eden Project invites you into a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures. Come face to face with a dragon, browse the medieval market place, hear tales of magical, mythical creatures and more.


Nashashibi/ Skaer, Thinking Through Other Artists, Tate St Ives, Sat 20 Oct – 6 Jan

Nashashibi/Skaer Why Are You So Angry? film still. Courtesy of the artists.

Travel to Gauguin’s Tahiti and beyond through the work of two British artists. This exhibition combines films made by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer with their own curated selection of artworks that reflect and add new meaning to their work. Part retrospective, part artist-curated exhibition, five of Nashashibi/Skaer’s films are screened alongside a selection of modern and contemporary work by artists including Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Nash, Winifred Nicholson, Lee Miller and Rossella Biscotti.


Victorian Weekend, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Sat 20 – Sun 21 Oct

Journey back to the Victorian era with Bodmin & Wenford Railway and friends at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum. Celebrate our Victorian heritage, and come in costume or dress up on the day. The railway have partnered with Cornwall’s Regimental Museum to offer a range of themed activities.


TedXTruro, Truro and Penwith College, Fri 26 Oct

This year’s TedXTruro theme is ‘Wonder’. Talks aim to encourage the audience to marvel at the wonders of the world and take a moment to appreciate the beauty all around us. Speakers will spark the audience’s curiosity by posing questions, sharing stories, starting conversations and revealing insights into their work. Inspiration for anyone who has ever asked themselves the question: ‘I wonder?’


Beneath Our Feet, Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard, Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct

Carnglaze Caverns welcomes a unique dance and music performance to The Rum Store. Devised in collaboration with a steering group of archaeologists, geologists, historians, cavers and former miners, Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance that will use dance and live music to tell the story of the underground. This is the most recent work by award-winning dance company Made By Katie Green, with original music by Max Perryment and Lou Vilstrup and new writing by Anna Selby.


The Heron Inn, Riverside Fireworks Display, Malpas, Sat 27 Oct

The famous riverside fireworks extravaganza will take place on the water on 27 Oct, slightly earlier this year due to the tide times. Save the date for one of the best displays in the South West. The event this year will be an Halloween themed so fancy dress is essential!

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