What’s On This Week: Mon 23 – Sun 29 July
MON 23 - SUN 29 JULY
Pass me the factor 50! We’re sliding into the summer hols with exhibitions, outdoor theatre and loads of good Cornish fun for the kids.
A Servant To Two Masters, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Mon 23 – Fri 27 Jul
Presented by Global Theatre Company. When the trickster, Truffaldino, signs on to serve two masters at once in the hope of double wages and double dinners, chaos and hilarity ensue. Full of mistaken identities, broken engagements, re-united lovers and dodgy servants, this is classic comedy at its best.
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.
Romi Behrens: Selected Works, Tremenheere Gallery, nr Gulval Penzance, Thurs 26 Jul – Fri 27 Aug
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.
Sushi Sho: Presented by Tate St Ives & Carousel, Tate St Ives, Thurs 26 – Sat 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.
Miracle Theatre touring with Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, Isles of Scilly, Thurs 26 – Sat 28 Jul
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
The Scummy Mummies Show, St Ives Guildhall, St Ives, Thurs 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.
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, Fri 27 – Sun 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.
Polzeath Beer Festival, The Point Polzeath, Polzeath, Fri 27 – Sat 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.
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.
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.
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.
Oliver! Sterts Theatre, Sat 28 Jul
An in-house show from Sterts Theatre Company, 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.
Kaboli Campfire Feasts, Feock, Sat 28 Jul
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.