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What’s on this week in Cornwall?

Looking for fun? Then you'll be needing my curated guide to the best local events near you from theatre to cinema, autumnal feasts and exhibitions.

ART EXHIBITION:The Vanity of Small Differences – Grayson Perry, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (now – 2 Jan 2021)

Grayson Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, tackling subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality, religion. 

Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress six tapestries, each measuring 2m x 4m, chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells, and The Cotswolds for the television series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. 

In the series Perry goes on ‘a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain’, to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR: Autumn bonfire feast, Trefresa Farm, Rock (feast / music is on 24 October)

Head chef of the St Kew Inn, Andi Tuck, joins forces with the crew from Porthilly Spirit Festival to create an autumnal bonfire feast featuring wood fired cooking and an acoustic music set from singer/songwriter George Ogilvie – tables pre-booked only, max 6 per booking. Tickets on sale 7 Oct.

CINEMA: Open Air Cinema, Polzeath (9 Oct) and St Ives (10 Oct)

Screenings of Dirty Dancing in Polzeath and both Dirty Dancing and The Greatest Showman and St Ives, right on the beach. VIP tickets include a chair, otherwise bring your own, and wear a coat if it looks like rain. Unlike some screenings, this one doesn’t need the darkness, so film times start earlier than sunset.

PUMPKIN PATCH: Trevathan Farm, St Endellion, Nr Port Isaac (opens 9 Oct)

The pick your own pumpkin field (above) opens 9 October – no need to book, just head to the field to select your own. Plus farm shop, restaurant and play area.

FOOD: Gralefrit Restaurant pop-up supper evenings (10/11 October)

Gralefrit Restaurant pop-up suppers are run by Ethan Friskney-Bryer (head chef of Fitzroy & North Street Kitchen restaurants in Fowey) and his wife Hazel. Using produce from their walled garden across the river and locally sourced fish and some meat, these supper evenings will be held both at Fitzroy and its sister restaurant North Street Kitchen (above).

Email to book.

FOOD: Farm Suppers, Nancarrow Farm (10 October)


Nancarrow Farm are inviting guests to enjoy a special feast from the comfort of their own picnic blanket on the farm, or one of their tables by the pond or in the barns. Book online, bring your own cutlery and crockery and Nancarrow will provide the fully loaded hampers delivered to your table – drinks available to purchase from the bar (it’s not BYO) and also, sorry, no dogs.

SURF COMPETITION: 2020 Caravan and Motorhome Club English National Surfing Championships, Watergate Bay, Cornwall (10 – 11 Oct)

While you’ll need to be a member of Surfing England to actually compete, get inspired by the Junior Shortboard Divisions (U12, U14 and U16) and Longboard Divisions (U18 Boys & Girls, Men’s Open and Women’s Open) in this surfing competition at surfing beach Watergate Bay.

ART EXHIBITION: Movements, North Coast Asylum, Newquay (until 14 Oct)

North Coast Asylum, Newquay’s newest art gallery situated in a grade II listed Gothic Church Hall which has been renovated into a brand new Art Gallery & event space opens with their first exhibition ‘Movements’ – a celebration of our landscape, sky & sea. It honours what is created through its many changing forms. Contributing artists include Nina Brooke, Jack Davis, Martha Holmes & Justine Eavis. Open Mon – Sat 10:30 – 4:30pm.

THEATRE: Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, dates throughout October

Find outdoor theatre, music, comedy and opera at the stunning, world-famous Minack Theatre – in socially distanced fashion, of course. Highlights include Dark Stories (8-10 Oct) and Loveplay (14 – 23 Oct) which due to the intriguing sounding explicit topic of seduction, transaction and romantic aspiration that takes place on a single spot of ground across 2000 years, it is really only for older/mature teens and adults. For kids, the excellent Horrible Histories are heading to the clifftop theatre for half term. Be quick though, as there are limited tickets.

ART EXHIBITION: A Prehistoric Cornwall, Kurt Jackson, Jackson Foundation, St Just (until 7 Nov)

This autumn sees the launch of ‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’, the latest exhibition from Kurt Jackson, arguably one of Britain’s most celebrated living landscape painters. This body of work sees Jackson visit the relics of prehistoric Cornwall and captures the county’s extraordinary range of ancient monuments with a new series of paintings and sculpture. The landscape is full of these monuments, some are obvious and picturesque – a stone circle-while others are incongruous; hidden and overlooked despite their size and historical significance, cut-off and smothered by dual-carriageways, roundabouts and car dealerships.

‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’ is displayed beautifully within the award-winning Jackson Foundation gallery, an expansive carbon-positive ex-industrial building tucked away down a side street of the charming post-mining community of St Just-in-Penwith. Massive white walls and exposed black steel allow Jackson’s canvasses, as monumental as they are in their own right, space to breathe as the impressive 300m2 of polished concrete floorspace allow the viewer to

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2 comments on “What’s on this week in Cornwall?”

  • Hilary de Gast October 10, 2020

    Thanks for the info on whats on.
    How about including The Acorn Theatre Penzance….they are working so hard at putting on events.
    Also The Savoy Cinema, Penzance, they too are open
    Great to support local hard working venues!

    • rachelbuchanan October 10, 2020

      Thanks for this Hilary – we agree, these venues are doing a great job – and we’ve certainly included The Acorn’s events in our monthly what’s on guide – they just happen not to have anything I can see this week so they’re not in the weekly guide this week!


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