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Big Summer Muddy Guide 2018


School holidays are on the offing and I don’t want you to miss a thing. So here’s my definitive guide to all the fun stuff this summer in Cornwall. Choose from world-class outdoor theatre, al fresco feast nights, free-range fun for the kids and even the Duchy’s very first unicorn derby. Grab a diary and plan your summer!

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100 UnEarth  by WildWorks, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, until 22 July (every day except Monday)

WildWorks 100: Unearth

Photo: Charles Francis

War is over. It has changed the lives of everyone it has touched. The men are coming home but death is never far away. In 2014 WildWorks created a one day, outdoor landscape theatre event at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.  100: The Day Our World Changed focused on an unknowing generation walking into battle in 1914. 100: UnEarth looks at the devastating aftermath of conflict, telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and live through war.

Shows at Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, throughout summer

A busy summer is in full swing at Penlee Park Theatre. Kids will love The Lonely Lighthouse Keeper, Illyria’s Dr Dolittle, The Princess & The Giant and Diggory Piper: The Worst Pirate Ever. While for the grown ups, there’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice and a spot of Shakespeare. Live music from The Fisherman’s Friends and Sarah MacQuaid and outdoor cinema are also on the cards.

Miracle Theatre touring with Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, throughout Cornwall, until 25 Aug

Miracle Theatre The Cherry Orchard, Summer 2018, Outdoor theatre Cornwall

Photo Kirstin Prisk

This summer Cornwall’s award-winning Miracle Theatre will set Chekhov’s classic comedy ablaze, skilfully treading the tightrope between tears and laughter with the story of a family facing ruin, as society teeters on the brink of cataclysmic change. Miracle’s outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ activity and pop up in unexpected and extraordinary, places including gardens beaches, castles and clifftops. See my review

Steel Magnolias, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, 8 performances from 5 Jul – 13 Sept

Sterts Theatre is marking the centenary this year of the first women being given the vote with a special all-gal production. The cast, director, stage manager, sound and crew of Steel Magnolias are all female. The 1980s play by Robert Harling was made famous by the film of the same name, starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton. It’s a touching and funny tale of a group of women who meet in a beauty parlour in Southern America and support each other through life’s ups and downs.  A universal story of female friendship could just as easily be set in Liskeard as Louisiana!

The Scummy Mummies Show, St Ives Guildhall, St Ives 26 Jul

A evening of comedy for less-than-perfect parents. Following their sell-out UK tour, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their popular comedy show to Cornwall for the very first time. The show covers a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Based on the UK’s No.1 Kids and Family Podcast, as recommended by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and BBC’s Woman’s Hour.

Kneehigh Asylum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 2 Aug – 22 Sept
The Asylum is back in a new site at The Lost Gardens of Heligan with three shows set to delight you! This year it’s all about breaking the rules in Kneehigh style, for a season of world-class theatre and epic live music. Would you cheer as daft dictators are overthrown and you hear a vast karaoke choir (you!) sing together in perfect protest? Then don’t miss UBU Karaoke! Have you ever wanted to witness lovesick amphibians hop to the beat? Look no further than our adaptation of Quentin Blake’s The Dancing Frog. Maybe you fancy going quackers for the return of Cornwall’s favourite, oversized duck and the most functional, dysfunctional family in all of the wild southwest? Then Fup is for you – Kneehigh’s glorious adaption of the Jim Dodge novel.

Shows at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, throughout summer

There’s nothing quite like watching an outdoor production at The Minack Theatre overlooking the ocean and there’s something for everyone in this year’s line-up of summer shows. From operetta Candide and musical Me & My Girl to Sweeney Todd, Wolf Hall and Alice (based on the Lewis Carroll classic). Plus there’s children’s storytelling throughout July and August.

Scraww, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, 14 – 25 Aug

The birds of the world have gathered; join the flock on an epic quest to find the legendary Simorgh bird. A feather fuelled, technically immersive family-friendly journey into Persian poetry… prepare to elect your new king! This summer Trebah Garden and Gaggle Haus present the epic Persian tale SCRAWW, told via an immersive soundtrack created by international sound designer and composer Max Pappenheim. Audiences will don ‘silent disco style’ headphones, join a flock and put on their feathers as they get led through the garden, experiencing live performance blended with Max’s score. Recommended for ages 6+.
Wild & Firebird by Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods, 17 Aug – 2 Sept
This summer the fantabulous Rogue Theatre presents a double bill of spellbinding wild theatre in the woods. By day, catch family-friendly Wild – a fast paced, funny, mischievous and spellbinding show mixing some of Rogue’s favourite fairytales including: red riding hood, hansel and gretel, beauty and the beast and sleeping beauty. Then by night, don’t miss Firebird – a stirring, spellbinding, heart pounding, majestic and riotous feast for the senses combining vivid imagery, wild theatre that takes place all around you, incredible live music , breath taking dance, immersive battles, supernatural visions and a beautiful tale.

Shows at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, throughout summer

Outdoor theatre Sterts, on Bodmin Moor, has a packed programme for you this summer – including Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, Steel Magnolias, Little Shop of Horrors and Oliver! There’ll also be a smattering of Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice – and lots for kids too, such as The Midnight Gang, Treasure Island, The Reluctant Dragon and The Railway Children.

Skylight Outdoor Cinema, venues across Cornwall throughout Cornwall

See a great selection of crowd-pleasing flicks at the Caerhays Beach Cafe Drive-In, Dairyland Drive-In or on the beach at Porthmeor, St Ives this summer. Choose from films such as Paddington 2, The Greatest Showman, Coco, Jumanji and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.



A Summer of Live Music at Lusty Glaze, Newquay, throughout summer

The big gig, Morcheeba has been sold out for weeks but there’s loads more live music lined up at this amazing Newquay beach venue over the summer. Gigs include Sundowner Sessions with Ben Morgan-Brown, Andy Quick, The Sinking of the Good Ship Rosa, Velvet and Stone and The Grenaways. And Summer Jazz Sundays – afternoon tea and live jazz – are new for 2018 on the 29 Jul and 12 Aug. Reservations are required for those dates.

Gigs at The Wateringhole, Perranporth, throughout summer

Another venue you can be sure to catch some great live music through July and August (and my local), right on the beach in Perranporth. Some of the season’s biggest gigs have past but you can still see Sugar Hill Gang & Furious Five , Natty, Too Many Zoos, Jack and The Weatherman, Caravana Sun, Brushy One String and Mowtown Pirates. If you don’t know some of these names, hit YouTube and don’t blame me if you’ve suddenly lost half the day.

Wish Fest, The Land, Tintagel, 20 – 21 July

Wish Fest is a music and performance festival in north Cornwall, overlooking the beautiful Tintagel coast. Set over 2 days and nights there will be live music, DJs, dancing, performing, gourmet food and camping. Genres of music madness ranging from Dance, reggae, ska, hiphop, drum and bass, dub and more! All profits go to charities helping children with Cerebral Palsy.

Funky Soul Friday, Trerethern Farm, Padstow, 20 Jul 

A laid back ‘70s funk and soul inspired feast and party experience on the north Cornish coast. Relax and unwind with Retro Fizz on arrival whilst listening to the live Retro Sessions, watch the sun setting, take a seat and enjoy a field to feast, festival-inspired feed, cooked on the grills, then dance the night away at the Funky Soul Friday After Party.

The Barefoot Ball, Trerethern Farm, Padstow, 21 Jul

The Barefoot Ball comes to a new, exclusive and stunning destination on the North Cornish coast. Join the party in the wild tipi at Trerethern Farm, overlooking the Camel Estuary and on the doorstep of Padstow. Following on from the success of the Barefoot Ball in Croyde, this unique summer food and party experience includes live music, a three course feast from Woodfired Canteen and chilled after party.

Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, 26 – 29 July

Port Eliot Festival is the original free-ranging festival of ideas, which draws an unmatched collection of artists, musicians, writers, comedians, performers, thinkers, makers, protagonists, agitators and scribblers to one of the most beautiful corners of the country. The festival is held on the rolling park and woodland of the ancient estate at St Germans, on south east Cornwall’s Rame Peninsula. Don’t miss it!

Leopallooza Festival, nr Bude, 27 – 29 July

A super popular summer event, both with musicians and festival goers alike. Organisers haven’t made any announcements yet but guests can look forward to international headline artists, the county’s local musical talent supported by BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall, comedy, delicious food a dedicated children’s area and much more.

Boardmasters, Newquay, 8 – 12 Aug

Photo: Boardmasters, Callum Morse

Live music and pro surfing on the stunning Cornish coast. Boardmasters Festival is hosted across two beautiful locations. The festival site sits on the cliff top at Watergate Bay, home to arguably the world’s best festival view. Expect twelve stages, with a collection of acts ranging from local acoustic talent, to mind-bending visual performers, to international headliners. This year, catch Chemical Brothers, Craig David and Fat Freddy’s Drop to name a few. Oh and over at Fistral there’ll be pro surf comps, skating, BMX, live music, the Surf Village and much more.

SkyBar, Polzeath 17 – 18 Aug, St Agnes, 24 – 26 Aug

SkyBar is an exciting pop-up bar event appearing at various stunning locations around the South West. Inviting guests to enjoy the exclusive aprés sea atmosphere, SkyBar hosts sell-out club nights with great music, street food and themed bars. Popping up in two gorgeous Cornish spots this August.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, 23 – 27 Aug
The bank holiday weekend is all about folk music in Wadebridge, with four nights and three days of concerts, sessions, folk clubs, dancing, workshops, craft fairs and children’s events in the beautiful market town. This year’s line-up includes local and international stars including Eddi Reader, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore and Flats & Sharps.



Marie-Claire Hamon: We Want to Keep Dreaming, Tremenheere Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, until 22 Jul

This summer Tremenheere Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings by Marie-Claire Hamon. Inspired by a thoughtful and hopeful new mode of ecological thinking, the exhibition showcases a collection of exuberant, tangled forest landscapes. Responding to the naturalistic setting of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Marie Claire’s paintings point to a landscape unspoilt by the human claim on natural resources, depicting a dreamscape of a future where humans live in radical harmony with the natural world.

Kurt Jackson – Revisiting Turner’s Tourism, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, until 18 Aug

Kurt Jackson, Revisiting Turner's Tourism, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

A touring exhibition in which leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson walks in the footsteps of JMW Turner to visit the location of his iconic images; to track down the exact viewpoint, to see for oneself how it differs or reflects the source material.

Kurt Jackson – Seacrows, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, until 18 Aug

A new body of work by Kurt Jackson made over the last few years, whilst looking at and watching the population of shags and Cormorants seen along our coast and rivers.This series of studies of these extraordinary birds includes paintings, drawings and two large new carborundum prints made with master printmaker, Simon Marsh.

Entranced By A Special Place – The Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA, Penlee Gallery, Penzance, until 8 Sept

The Vale of Trevider, 1899. By SJ Lamorna Birch. Penlee Gallery Exhibition, Cornwall 2018

Image: The Vale of Trevider, 1899. By SJ Lamorna Birch (1869 – 1955). Private Collection, © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman Images

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall. Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch’s lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over 70 paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations.

Rose Wylie – History Painting, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn & Penzance, until 15 Sept

Rose Wylie Newlyn Gallery & Exchange Exhibition 2018

Rose Wylie is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are intelligent, funny, and quietly political. The large-scale paintings at Newlyn Art Gallery include three recent works inspired by the Pilgrims’ voyage aboard the Mayflower and at The Exchange, paintings inspired by celebrities and Quentin Tarantino films will hang alongside more personal memories including her experience of the Blitz.

Patrick Heron Exhibition, Tate St Ives, St Ives, until 30 Sept

Patrick Heron Five Discs

Patrick Heron, Five Discs: 1963. Private collection © Estate of Patrick Heron.

Celebrate one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work. The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the end of the 20th century. Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.

Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art, The Leach Pottery, St Ives, until 7 Oct

Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art Exhibition, Leach Studio Gallery, 2018

Photo: Matthew Tyas

The first solo show from Leach’s Lead Potter Roelof Uys, since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago. This exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots. It features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases. Eclectic in influence, ‘Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, responds to Roelof Uys’ early experiences as a potter in South Africa and to his work in today’s Leach Studio.

Romi Behrens: Selected Works, Tremenheere Gallery, nr Gulval Penzance, 26 Jul – 27 Aug

Romi Behrens Tremenheere Gallery Cornwall

A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Wiltshire-born artist Romi Behrens. Romi begun painting when she moved to Cornwall in 1959.  Inspired by her love of Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, she is largely self-taught. Romi’s talent is to instinctively capture the subject in a vibrant blaze of energy and colour. Her work has been exhibited from Cornwall to London, including the Royal Academy and the Arnolfini in Bristol.



Botelet Breakfast Club, Herodsfoot, every Monday through summer

If you haven’t got yourself down to Botelet’s brilliant breakfast club, don’t miss it this summer. Take your seat at the farmhouse table and enjoy a deliciously fresh set menu breakfast, each week with a seasonal twist. £15pp/ £7.50 for children.

Fire and Wine, with Gastropod and Buchanan Wines Cornwall, Cornish Tipi Holidays, St Kew, Sat 21 July

Join The Gastropod and Buchanan Wines Cornwall to celebrate the start of the summer holidays with an evening of wines matched with food cooked on the fire, served by the lake. Tickets £65pp, kids go free. Ticket also includes overnight meadow camping at Cornish Tipi Holidays and activities for the kids organised by St Tudy Forest School. Swimming in the lake optional!

Sushi Sho: Presented by Tate St Ives & Carousel, Tate St Ives, 26-28 July

This July, in collaboration with Tate St Ives, London based creative hub Carousel will be bringing their open kitchen ethos to St Ives for a one-off weekend of cooking, creativity and art with Swedish-Japanese chef Carl Ishizaki of Stockholm’s Michelin-starred Sushi Sho. Using the finest local seafood and produce, Carl will collaborate with Tate St Ives Head Chef Fraser Bruce and the Carousel team to create a unique Cornish-inspired sushi experience.

Knightor Winery Feast Nights, 27 Jul, 3, 24 and 31 Aug

Throughout summer (with a little gap in the middle) Knightor Winery will be hosting its popular themed feast nights. It’s all about South American cuisine on the 27 Jul, they’ve got together with the Tarquin’s team for a gin feast on 3 Aug and plans are afoot for a tapas feast and woodfired BBQ to see out summer. Tickets range from £15-£30 depending on the menu.

Polzeath Beer Festival, The Point Polzeath, Polzeath, 27 – 28 Jul

The 6th annual Polzeath Beer and Music Festival at The Point, sponsored by St Austell Brewery. Expect two days of beer, lager, cider, fizz, gin, live music and family fun! This year the event will be raising funds for the Cornwall Community Foundation and The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Kaboli Campfire Feasts, 28 Jul, 4 and 11 August

A new rustic supper club experience based around campfire cooking and homegrown veggies. Set in chef Henri’s kitchen garden, beside Trelissick near Feock, feasts are held outdoors and upcoming menus include Moroccan tagine, a curry night and a campfire roast. £22pp for 3 courses.

Wood Fire Sunday Lunch, Kudhva, Tintagel, Sun 29 Jul

This summer Tan&Mor is taking over the Kudhva kitchen to cook up ‘Wood Fire Sunday Lunches’.  For £35pp, chef Andrew will be providing an incredible three course meal, with fish to start and roasted pork, all cooked on open flames. It is BYO and there will also be vegan and vegetarian dishes available too. Two sittings are available at 12.30 and 15.30.

Potager Summer Feasts, Constantine, 31 Jul and 14 Aug

A brand new series of feast nights for you to enjoy at this very special, tucked-away Cornish venue. Potager Head Chef Daisy and her team will be serving up three delicious courses, showcasing the best of the season’s produce from the garden and local producers. £35pp

Sunday Social, Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, 5 Aug

Nancarrow Farm’s August gathering is set to be a relaxed affair, with an afternoon of street food, farm walks, activities for children, live music and lawn games. Guests are invited to mingle in the courtyard, wander around the farm and graze on tasty nibbles. Each ticket includes an arrival drink, canapés and a street food dish from the woodfired kitchen. The bar will be open and hot drinks will also be available. Plus some delicious homemade cakes. £15 per Adult, £7.50 per child

Hidden Hut Feasts, The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach, 7, 13 and 29 Aug

Ticket for the Hidden Huts insanely popular feast nights go on sale on 1 August and if you want a ticket or two, you’ll need to book pronto. This summer they have 12hr Greek lamb, rotisserie chicken and seafood paella on the menu and if this weather holds out, they promise to be three very special evenings of good food by the sea. £13-£17pp – BYO plates, cutlery and wine!

Falmouth Gin Festival, Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, 11 Aug

Falmouth’s first ever gin festival will be held at the historic Greenbank Hotel this August. Tickets include a G&T on arrival, samples from all participating distilleries, and a keepsake branded gin glass. Sample award-winning gins and chat to makers from Curio, Tarquin’s, Salcombe Gin, Monkey 47, Caspyn and more. Sip gin cocktails, share a tasting board of nibbles, then enjoy live music and DJ sessions through the evening. £11.50pp

Sunset Tap Takeover with Harbour Brewing Company, Tate St Ives, 30 Aug

Harbour Tate St Ives Takeover

Following the success of the sell-out Tate Modern Tap Takeover events, this summer Tate will be extending the series to Tate St Ives to celebrate local Cornish craft beer. An evening of beer, BBQ and beats, this month’s Tate St Ives sunset Tap Takeover in collaboration with Harbour Brewing Co. will be hosted on the Café Terrace with views over Porthmeor Beach. Tate Tap Takeovers provide a fun and informal space for beer makers and beer lovers to come together and enjoy the best of the UK’s brews with tastings, talks and activities. £15 for a flight of 3 beers or £20 for a flight of 3 beers + pint of your choice.



Expedition Space, Eden Project, 21 Jul- 2 Sept

Don’t miss an all new adventure this summer – blast off with Expedition Space at The Eden Project. You’ll get to be a tourist in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and enjoy out of this world experiences. From live science shows to a mars mission and virtual reality experience, enjoy all of these intergalactic activities and more this summer at Eden – with so much happening both indoors and out, there’s limitless fun come rain or shine!

Circus Workshop & Fire Show, The Rockpool, Godrevy, 22 Jul

Kick off the holidays in style! After a hugely successful event last month, Bruce and Betty Circus Duo are back at The Rockpool for another day of family fun. Enjoy a circus workshop for the family, circus performance from Bruce and Betty, music from Joe Francis, a great BBQ spread and a fireshow at sundown.

Pirate School – Interactive shows with Rattlebox Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, 23 Jul – 31 Aug

Swagger up for Pirate school for a broadside of pirate entertainment and learning.  All aboard shipmates and join the trainee pirate crew! In our fun packed sessions learn what every budding Buccaneer needs to know about being a pirate of the ‘Golden Age Of Piracy’! There’ll also be ‘make and takes’ and Pirate Parrot trails. Mon – Fri, 4 x shows a day at 11.00,12.00, 14.00 and 15.00. No booking required.

Magic in the Skies, Land’s End Landmark, every Tues and Thurs from 24 Jul – 30 Aug

Enjoy a thrilling cocktail of pyrotechnic wizardry that lasts all summer long, with vibrant explosions lighting up Land’s End every Tues and Thurs evening at dusk. Each of the twelve firework displays will transport you on a musical journey, retelling the ancient legend of the Lost Land of Lyonesse, featuring a vocal performance from BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes and an original orchestral score created by Cornish composer Christopher Bond.

Hands on History: Terrific Tudors, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, 25 Jul – 31 Aug

Get set for a summer packed with family fun as the Hands on History Crew bring Pendennis Castle to life. Join the crew for Tudor activities and storytelling during the school holidays. There are also Tudor Pageants and Medieval Jousts lined up on select dates through the summer.

Unicorn Derby, Jubilee Pool, Penzance, 28 Jul

To celebrate the start of the summer holidays, Jubilee Pool is inviting adults and children from to take part in a sparkling and dazzling summer launch event. You are invited to attend the biggest ever gathering of inflatable unicorns at the pool. The pool and its café will be running a variety of unicorn themed activities all day, seeing the summer holidays in with twinkling 1930s style. This will include a magical ‘Unicorn Derby’ at 2pm and an appearance from the St Ives Mermaid. Usual entrance price applies, you can bring your unicorn or buy one at the pool for £10.

Summer Adventures at The Lost Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 28 Jul – 2 Sept 

We never miss a trip to the Lost Gardens in the holidays. The team puts on the most lovely outdoorsy activity programmes inspired by nature. This summer, be inspired in ‘The Gallery of the Glorious Stick’ for your own stick crafts; build a bamboo stick den; climb, leap, swing and balance your way around our outdoor play and explore through your feet on a giant barefoot trail.

Tate Create, Tate St Ives, 28 Jul – 31 Aug

Get creative and have some fabulous holiday fun at Tate Create. This summer it’s all about colour at Tate St Ives.  Get your paint brushes ready and help us create an exhibition of artworks, inspired by Patrick Heron but made by you! Be prepared for pots of paint, lots of fun and a rainbow of colour.

PlayFest, Truro Cattle Market, Truro, 2 – 3 Aug

PlayFest (part of National Playday) is a two-day festival to celebrate children’s right to play at the Cattle Market fields in Truro. Activities and fun include, circus skills workshops, have-a-go sessions, circus performance shows, entertainers, a variety of arts & crafts workshops, stalls, face painting, music, dance, yoga, fairground rides and more.  Entry is free of charge. Some of the activities require an Activity Pass (£3), adults go free with accompanying child. Rides and food charged separately.

Summer Sketch Club, Botelet, nr Liskeard, every Friday in August

Summer Sketch Club is for families – children and their parents/carers will have the chance to explore mark-making, colour-mixing, shape and composition activities under illustrator Sarah Hercod’s expert and wonderfully warm guidance, immersed in the natural landscape at Botelet. All ages of children (and grown ups!) welcome, and no experience necessary.  Places are limited so please contact @sarahhercodillustration to book.

CAMP-OUT at the Eco Park, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, 5 dates in Aug

Mount Pleasant Eco Park

You’re invited to CAMP-OUT with us at the Eco Park in Porthtowan this summer. Share delicious vegetarian campfire meals and music under the stars in this stunning location on the North Cornish coast. Followed by proper hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows by the campfire.Wild camp and be immersed in nature at these family-friendly evenings full of freshly made delicious food, twilight nature and wildlife watching, moon-gazing or stargazing and some all important acoustic music helping us to wind-down by the campfire.

Cool Summer at Camel Creek, nr Wadebridge, Tuesdays through summer

Over the summer, Camel Creek will be hosting Character Days every Tuesday, welcoming Peppa and George Pig and the Paw Patrol pups to the adventure park. They also have an emergency services and charity day on 16 Aug.

Summer Adventures at St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, various dates through August

A programme of events and activities for children is on offer at St Michael’s Mount this summer, including arts and crafts on the lawn, inspired by Cornish myths and legends every Tuesday; flower and insect-inspired activities on Thursdays, guided rockpool exploring on Fridays and craft and storytelling Sundays.

Summer of Sport & Play, National Trust Properties across Cornwall, throughout summer

The National Trust will be getting kids active in the open this summer with a programme of play and sport from Lanhydrock to Trelissick. Check the website for everything from cycling and croquet to hoopla, giant versions of Jenga and dominoes and junior archery.

BadgerFest, Badger Forest School, Cardinham Woods, 31 Aug

Badger Forest School was the winner of Muddy’s Best Children’s Business Award this year and they are celebrating their fifth anniversary this year with festive fun in the woods. There will be an ‘animal carnival’ vibe (fancy dress optional) and a range of activities, campfire cooking, face painting, scavenger hunts and more.
Suitable for all ages, £3pp with donations going to the STEPS charity.



Great British Summer Garden Fete, Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Torpoint, Sun 22 Jul

Turn back the clock and enjoy English tradition at its best at the Great British Summer Garden Fete, being held in the stunning grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.  Expect plenty of tempting food and drink, artisan stalls, art workshops, dance and live music and a charity dog show. Plus, for the kids there’ll be a bouncy castle, circus workshops and traditional games. £3 entry, plus parking.

Falmouth Week, Falmouth, 10 – 19 Aug

Falmouth Week is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins in a local sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, the Week has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the SW but also an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions in the town. Plus The Red Arrows, a pink wig parade and fireworks? I’m there!

Newquay Lifeboat Day, Newquay Harbour, 19 Aug

Join Newquay’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers for their biggest fundraising event of the year. Free admission, dramatic rescue demonstrations, live music, stalls and refreshments at Newquay’s historic harbour, in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Cornwall Pride, Newquay, 25 Aug

Now in its eleventh year, Cornwall Pride is a celebration of diversity in Cornwall. This traditional Pride event includes a colourful and vibrant parade from Towan Beach, Rainbow Fest with an afternoon of live music at Newquay’s Killacourt and a ticketed evening ‘Moonbow’ party.

Sea Swim Festival, Polkerris Beach, 25 Aug

The Swim Festival is a mass-participation open water sea swimming event and a great chance to try a swim of a particular distance 1-3km. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly fit, strong and ready for an extra challenge you could swim two or even all three distances.

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