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What’s On This Week: Mon 20 – Mon 27 Aug

MON 20 - MON 27 AUG

Whether you’re greeting the end of the holidays with a tinge of sadness or unbridled joy (it’s just days until the teachers take over again) – here are a few suggestions for this week in Cornwall.


Oliver! Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Mon 20 Aug

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

UBU Karaoke! and The Dancing Frog, Kneehigh Asylum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, until Sat 25 Aug
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. And stay tuned for Fup – Kneehigh’s adaption of the Jim Dodge novel –  coming in September.

Scraww, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Tues 21 – Sat 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+.

Claire Henley Pop-Up Exhibition, Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes, Tues 21 Aug

Come and meet the fabulous Claire Henley in the iconic Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes for a one-off popup exhibition. Claire will be there from 11am – 4pm and the whole collection will be live online from Friday.

Miracle Theatre touring with Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, Tues 21 and Weds 22 Aug, Restormel Castle Lostwithiel, Enys Gardens, Penryn, Thurs 23 – Sat 25 Aug

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

Skylight Outdoor Cinema, venues across Cornwall, Tues 21, Weds 22, Thurs 23 Aug

There are three great family flicks to see this week courtesy of Skylight outdoor Theatre. Catch the surprisingly hilarious Peter Rabbit at Dairyland Drive-In on Tues 21 Aug, Beauty and the Beast on the beach at Porthmeor, St Ives on Weds 22 Aug or The Greatest Showman at Caerhays Drive-In on Weds 23 Aug.

The Reluctant Dragon, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Weds 22 Aug

When a dragon is discovered up on the Downs, the Boy is not in the least surprised. He’s always known the cave there was a dragon cave, so it seems only right for a dragon to be living in it.  But this particular dragon is not a bit like the ones in fairy tales – this one writes poetry and doesn’t like fighting! When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend.

Aye Coyote! Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Weds 22 Aug

Here is a delightful and original summer theatre offering. Aye Coyote! Trickster Truths and a tale of two brothers and the dance for joy. A theatrical entertainment with song and dance and a sacred ritual of purification. Tim Dalling is the former kilted fall guy from The New Rope String Band and Kneehigh performer from early days, current revisiting for The Dancing Frog at Kneehigh’s Asylum. He tells autobiographical tales of brotherhood alongside myths of Coyote, the creative master of thoughtless self-destruction and crazy rebirth. Ghosts are healed with songs and laughter.

CAMP-OUT at the Eco Park, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Weds 22 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.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, Thurs 23 – Mon 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.

Pirate Day, Land’s End Landmark, Thurs 23 Aug

Follow the map to the westernmost point of Cornwall, where X marks the spot for swash-buckling piratical family fun. Bring your eye-patches and pirate hats if ye’ dare – treasure awaits for the best costume!

Cornish Summer Tasting Menu, The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, Thurs 23 Aug

The latest in a a series of gourmet events this summer at The Greenank Hotel and sister hotel The Alverton this summer. Enjoy six delicious courses that highlight summertime in Cornwall, by bringing the very best ingredients together with live open-air theatre cooking. The menu includes canapés cooked on the outdoor griddle, Bobby Southworth’s seafood speciality, Simon George’s signature beef fillet dish and more.

The History Boys, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Thurs 23 Aug

“History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men.” 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.

The Odd Folk, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Fri 24 Aug

“The best folk band you’ve never heard of!” say The Guardian. A passionately ramshackle quintet, playing their own brand of “triumphant folk” while journeying up and down the country in a vintage Renault 4! Recently seen supporting young troubadour Johnny Flynn and folk legend Steve Tilston, and equally at home on the main stage of the corner of an old barn, the boys treat each ‘giggle’ with the same gusto and aim to make people smile and bounce! £10pp

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 24 Aug

The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in Illyria’s open air performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles. An ancient curse hangs over the Baskerville family of Dartmoor: all are said to die a brutal death, the victim of a gigantic ghostly hound. The case is brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes. But of what use is the detective’s scientific reasoning when confronted with a purely supernatural case?

Tag Rugby Tournament, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Aug

Lusty Glaze’s annual family friendly bank holiday rugby festival returns. There is a one-day event on the Friday and a two-day event over Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s competition has group stages followed by knockout stages and a gripping final. For the two-day competition teams have games on both Saturday and Sunday. The results from Saturday determine which level of competition teams play in on Sunday. Games are played through the day progressing to knockout stages and floodlit finals on Sunday evening, there will then be live music and Fireworks after the trophy presentation. The beach is open for spectators and friends to enjoy the spectacle with food and drink available.

SkyBar, St Agnes, Fri 24 – Sun 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.

Sustainable Seafood Saturday, Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Sat 25 Aug

Choose from the very best local seafood, exclusively caught by day boat fishermen from the harbours of Looe and Newlyn, perfectly partnered with a glass of chilled Champagne Pommery Brut Royal Champagne at The Idle Rocks, overlooking St Mawes harbour.

Cornwall Pride, Newquay, Sat 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, Sat 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.

The Railway Children, Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, Mon 27 Aug
Heartbreak Productions’ outdoor adaptation of The Railway Children, a classic children’s tale by Edith Nesbit. Attention passengers! We are sorry to announce that all services out of Gigglesworth Station are delayed. Gather around Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis on platform one as they pass the time by sharing the classic tale of The Railway Children. Living by the railway line, the children spend quite a bit of time watching the trains and making some unexpected friendships. There is the old gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15 train and helps them solve the mystery of what happened to their father, and the Russian immigrant who teaches them that compassion and understanding cross all boundaries.

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