What’s On This Week: Mon 21 – Sun 27 May
MON 21 - SUN 27 MAY
Get some fun planned for the week ahead with my lovingly curated What’s On Guide to the best stuff to do across Cornwall.
Cornwall Open Studios, Sat 19 – Mon 28 May
There are many galleries large and small across Cornwall, where you can see the work of local artists but during this special event, almost 300 Cornish-based artists will open their studios to visitors. Some of these artists may not show in Cornwall at all, giving a unique chance to see their work in their workspace and to meet and talk with working artists around the county. Many artists are also offering workshops throughout the week and if you are looking to buy a piece of art, this is a great opportunity to see a range of work or possibly commission something. Participating studios will display an orange ‘O’ outside, so you know you are welcome to pop in and say hi, though opening times vary, so check the catalogue before making a special visit.
Before I Wake, performances at Minack Theatre, Porthcurno & The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Mon 21 – Weds 30 May
In August 1914 a group of gardeners wrote their names on the wall of the Thunderbox, an outdoor toilet in the Heligan Estate. It was a last act of hope and camaraderie before marching off to fight in the first World War. Of the 13 men known to have enlisted, just four survived. The story of those men, their families, their friends and their community, is being brought vividly to life in a remarkable and heart-warming new play that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Hosted in two of Cornwall’s most iconic venues: the Minack Theatre and the Lost Gardens of Heligan itself, it is a story with great resonance for audiences of all ages.
Beauty and the Beast on Ice, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 24 – Sun 27 May
The incredibly talented Russian Ice Stars take us through the magical journey of Belle’s capture in the Beast’s castle. With romance, tragedy, and drama, Beauty falls in love and breaks the spell on the cursed Prince. As the classic tale comes to life on ice, this show combines music, ice dance and ballet, with heart stopping, high speed skating. Beautifully staged with breath-taking aerial feats, Beauty and the Beast on Ice will dazzle the whole family.
Isles of Scilly Folk Festival, Thurs 24 – Tues 29 May
A long weekend of music, song and dance on the beautiful Isles of Scilly, featuring some of the best folk performers from Scilly and beyond. Highlights this year include acclaimed four-piece band Kelly’s Heroes from the East Midlands, Totnes duo Harbottle and Jonas, a series of events on the off Islands and the infamous barn dance on 26 May.
Lamb Fire and Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Fri 25 May
Gather round sociable long tables for a feast overlooking the Cornish coast at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa. This month’s feast stars lamb which you’ll enjoy three ways – individual shepherd’s pie, stuffed and braised lamb belly and herb crusted rack of lamb. After dinner, guests wrap up and head out to the fire pit for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. £35pp
Gilmore and Roberts, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Fri 25 May
Contemporary folk/acoustic due Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, they have toured Canada and Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.
Bude Folk Festival, Bude, Fri 25 – Sun 28 May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival is a friendly festival by the sea in Bude, North Cornwall with the emphasis on enjoying & sharing traditional acoustic music. £55pp for access to all events all weekend, children FREE.
Mexican Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 25 May
Tuck into a tantalising Mexican spread at this long table feast at Knightor Winery . Highlights form the menu include Elotes, Chicken Mole Poblano and of course, Churros with chocolate and cajeta. £25pp
Janet Cardiff – 40 Part Motet, Richmond Chapel, Penzance, Fri 25 May – 27 Aug
Janet Cardiff’s internationally acclaimed sound installation Forty Part Motet(2001) is at Richmond Chapel in Penzance, a former Wesleyan Chapel and Grade II listed building, usually closed to the public. Cardiff has reworked 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis’s choral masterpiece Spem in alium nunquam habui by recording 40 individual male voices from the Salisbury Cathedral Choir (bass, baritone, alto, tenor and child soprano) and playing each individual voice through its own speaker. The speakers are carefully positioned in eight groups of five. Each group forms a choir of five singers with different vocal ranges so that the visitor can move amongst the 40 speakers to listen to single voices, or be immersed in the overall complexity of the ensemble. A Groundwork exhibition presented by Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.
Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 25th to Sun 27 May
Started by former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, The Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival has gone from strength to strength, establishing a reputation as one of the best and friendliest around. Now in its seventh year, the line-up for 2018 runs from the newest voices on the block to some of the UK’s most established and respected figures, alongside a programme of traditional and more experimental workshops.
The Masked Ball, Porthleven, Fri 25 – Sun 27 May
“A multi-layered wonderland of secret venues and twisted surprises, set to a scorching soundtrack.” The Masked Ball, an event that heralds the start of the great British festival season, is a bi annual event staged in West Cornwall, running since 2009. The Spring Ball is carved into the clifftops near Porthleven, overlooking stunning Mount’s Bay for one long weekend in May. Crazy costumes are encouraged and there’s the option of camping, which you’ll probably want to take, so you can dance till dawn.
Surya Yoga Camp, Chyan Cultural Centre, Penryn, Fri 25 – Weds 30 May
Now in its tenth year, Surya Yoga Camp is about getting away, trying new forms of yoga and movement and finding harmony, within yourself and with those around you. It’s a small festival which takes place once a year and welcomes families and single visitors alike.
Fisherman’s Shelter Exhibitions, Harbour Gallery, Portscatho, Sat 26 – Mon 28 May
Over the two May bank holidays, The Harbour Gallery will be hosting special exhibitions at the Fisherman’s Shelter in Portscatho. The first showcases the vibrant landscapes of gallery favourite Joe Armstrong and the second is dedicated to Julian Mason’s atmospheric vistas of Cornwall.
Invisible Worlds Exhibition Opening Week, Eden Project, Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June
A major new exhibition at Eden. Come and discover amazing interactive exhibits, extraordinary artworks, hands-on experiments and exciting events, which bring the invisible into view, uncovering the interconnectedness of life and the Earth’s environments at every scale. Ministry of Science, Sciencedipity, Mutant Circus and the Eden Project storytellers will be bringing the exhibition to life during opening week, with activities, theatre, demonstrations and more.
Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Sat 26 May – 23 June
Career-spanning exhibition of immersive large-scale paintings exploring themes from sewing bags with his mother to the world of London’s dub reggae clubs curated by Peter Doig and Matthew Higgs. Forrester is the Jackson Foundation’s first Invited Artist, chosen by the Jackson foundation because of the unique nature of their work – it being interesting, honest art that demands an audience.
Green Man Festival, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Sat 26 May
The Green Man is back for the 6th year, bringing the rebirth of the natural world with him. Created by artists and volunteers his massive figure will preside over this free family festival with live music, medieval knights in shining armour; archery; a celebration of British wildlife; circus acts; hog roasts and lots of entertainment for all the family. Free entry, all-day parking £5
Kurt Jackson: Seacrows, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Sat 26 May
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.
Lobster Festival, The Kings Arms, Mevagissey, Sun 27 May – Sat 2 June
The third lobster festival at historic Mevagissey pub The Kings Arms will take place over the second May bank holiday, showcasing lots of lobster dishes, wine, music and general merriment.