What’s On This September
Summer’s almost over but Cornwall hasn’t got the memo. With food, yoga and music festivals, gigs, exhibitions and outdoor theatre to pack in, September’s shaping up nicely. Shall we do something fun together?
Kneehigh Presents FUP, The Asylum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, until Sat 22 Sept
FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one. Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm.
Taste of Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Sat 1 – Sun 30 Sept
A month-long celebration of the very best in local food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. This year’s event will, in particular, showcase the tiny islands’ outstanding seafood, alongside other island-grown produce.
Scilly, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, from Sat 1 Sept
Kurt Jackson’s upcoming exhibition explores the aquamarine coastline, flower-filled fields and tottering dry-stone walls of the Scilly Isles, showcasing the quiet wildness of these little islands at the end of the world.
The History Boys, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Mon 3, Tues 4, Fri 7 and Fri 14 Sept
Alan Bennett’s The History Boys follows a class of gifted sixth-formers, in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at Oxbridge, generally in that order. It premiered on Broadway in April 2006 taking the Tony Award as Best Play of the Season.
National Trust Heritage Open Days, from Thurs 6 Sept
See some of Cornwall’s heritage gardens and stately homes free of charge in this series of open days. Including tranquil wooded garden Trengwainton near Penzance, Elizabethan manor Trerice near Newquay, Tintagel’s medieval Old Post Office and Tudor estate Cotehele.
Steel Magnolias, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Thurs 6 and Thurs 13 Sept
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling is a touching and hilarious story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a beauty parlour in Louisiana. Through scenes spanning three years the friends engage in small-town gossip, with a deep strength and purposefulness emerging as the women face life’s hurdles together.
Willy Mason & Emma Gatrill, Thurs 6 Sept
One of the world’s greatest singer/songwriters who last toured the South West with Ben Howard is playing an intimate gig at Truro’s Old Bakery Studios.
Electric Swing Circus, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Fri 7 Sept
With their own unique style of swing, The Electric Swing Circus always brings the party! A full time, touring band on the international circuit, the ESC’s live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats.
Groundwork Bumper Weekends, various events throughout Cornwall, 8 – 9 and 22 – 23 Sept
Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art organised by the Helston-based CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust), launches the final month of its programme with new exhibitions throughout September. With an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme includes presentations of new commissions and acclaimed works by internationally celebrated artists.
Newquay Fish Fest, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept
Every year Newquay Harbour hosts a fantastic fish festival, with stalls, cooking demonstrations and music, celebrating Cornwall’s huge fishing heritage and culture. BBC One’s Britain’s Best Cook will be looking for new applicants at this year’s fish festival and there’ll be proms on the harbour with the Mount Charles Band.
Redruth Mining & Pasty Festival, Redruth, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept
This three day family event pays homage to the Cornish pasty and to Cornwall’s mining heritage, including a memorial to miners who lost their lives in the county. The festival is held within the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, which encompasses Redruth and its outlying venues and museums.
St Ives September Festival, St Ives, Sat 8 – Sat 22 Sept
With the summer rush of holidaymakers over, St Ives draws down art and music lovers from all over the country for a whole host of exhibitions and events, from outdoor poetry and song in Norway Square to Celtic music in the Guildhall and earthy Blues in the Western Hotel.
Third Light, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Mon 10 – Fri 14 Sept
Combining immersive theatre, a live brass band and contemporary dance, Third Light tells the story of Cornwall’s ‘fortunate village’ through the memories of two old soldiers, Bert and Buzz, who find themselves reluctantly having to face yet another Remembrance Day parade.
Little Orchard Cider Festival, Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sept
A charming Cornish party with some big live bands, including Hayseed Dixie, The Wurzels and The Fratellis, a groovy silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping, secret cider walks and cider tasting featuring a huge range of delicious ciders from across the UK plus lots more.
A Passion For The Sea, Penlee House, Penzance, from Sat 15 Sept – 17 Nov
Robert Borlase Smart (1881 – 1947) was originally from Devon but made his name as an artist in St Ives. During the WWI, he served with the Artists’ Rifles Regiment and Machine Gun Corps. On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, this exhibition features a selection of his war drawings. It also includes many of his marine paintings and seascapes depicting the wild seas of West Cornwall.
Eden Arts Festival, Eden Project, Bodelva, 15-16 and 22-23 Sept
Back for a second year, Eden Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts and nature over two weekends, packed with performances, visual arts, music and family fun.
Henry’s Big Little Gig, Henry’s Campsite, Lizard Village, Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sept
Henry’s Little Big Gig is a fantastic live music and ale festival based at the award-winning Henry’s Campsite, in the Lizard. The three-day family festival, will run from September 21st – 23rd, 2018 celebrating Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and more.
Looe Music Festival, Looe, Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sept
Looe Music Festival is three days of superb live music (featuring The Waterboys, The Stranglers and Steve ‘n’ Seagulls) in a magical setting on the stunning Cornish coast. A ‘grown-up’ music festival where camping isn’t a prerequisite, where you can visit for the day or the weekend, stay in comfort and eat like a king.
Yoga Hub Fest, Coastal Valley Camp & Crafts Campsite, Porth, Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sept
Yoga Hub Fest is a not for profit festival, bringing together a fantastic collection of teachers in yoga, meditation and wisdom. The festival is hosted at Muddy award-winning campsite, Coastal Valley Camp and Crafts and guests can choose from a timetable of inspiring yoga workshops, talks, music and more.
Gyllyngdune Tea Festival, Falmouth, Sun 23 Sept
A celebration of all things tea and the heritage of the gardens, is an eclectic mix of pop-up theatre performances, tea tasting, tea dances, live music, craft activities, cream teas and afternoon teas, all with a serving of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
1978 Fest, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Fri 28 – Sun 30 Sept
Major national and international acts will descend on Perranporth beach in celebration of 40 years of the iconic beach bar, The Watering Hole.
Many & Beautiful Things, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, from Sat 29 Sept
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. Featuring artists Rineke Dijkstra, Binelde Hyrcan, Melanie Manchot, Santiago Mostyn, Joseph Szabo, with work by mid-career and emerging artists.
Proms at The Minack, Minack Theatre, Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sept
A real treat at the end of the season at The Minack is two days of Proms presented by The Mount Charles Band. Bring blankets and picnics, horns and flags for a good dose of traditional British fun.