What’s On This Week: Mon 24 – Fri 30 July
MON 24 – FRI 30 JULY
It’s the first week of the summer hols and we’re kicking off with a line-up of unmissable events in Cornwall. There’s two legendary local festivals to hit, Eden’s big summer space exhibition and lots of world-class outdoor theatre to take in (including the last week of Wolf’s Child – go see it!).
Craftschool Exhibitions & Workshops, Newlyn Art Gallery, from Sat 22 July
Craftschool is an exhibition and workshop space that explores the art of making, the connection to materials, the sharing of skills and the repair and recycling of objects to extend their functionality. The artists exhibiting in the upper gallery (including finalist in the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Celia Pym) will share the space with a practical workshop for one-hour ‘taster’ classes led by regional makers (free with admission). Visitors are invited to try their hand at a range of crafts, such as at spoon-carving, weaving on cardboard looms or crafting a wooden whistle. In the lower gallery there will be a display of work by makers based in Cornwall.
Kiss Me Kate, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Mon 24 – Fri 28 July
The last show of the month at the Minack is Kiss Me Kate presented by Ilkley Playhouse. This exuberant show-within-a-show throws together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements against a backdrop of a touring musical production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The terrific score is shot through with wit, charm and energy.
Awesome Adventures Week, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Mon 24 – Sun 30 July
A special week for the kids at the Maritime Museum with live performances from Rattlebox Theatre, crafts and adventure trails. Rattlebox Theatre will present ‘Tales of Awesome Adventures’, storytelling and puppet shows that weave a little magic and a lot of laughter on Tues 25 and Thurs 27 (11:30am and 2pm). There will also be ‘make and takes’ crafting, including a compass badge to find your way home; a sword or flintlock pistol to fight of dangerous animals, or fearsome pirates and a newly discovered tropical bird to wear on your shoulder (daily from 12 -3.30 pm).
Wolf’s Child by WildWorks, The Trelowarren Estate, The Lizard Peninsula, Tues 11 – Sat 29 July
I can’t wait for this one! Not really a theatre but the venue for the summer’s most buzzed-about theatre production – a outdoor promenade performance of Wolf’s Child by WildWorks. After 10 years creating work around the world, the renowned theatre company is coming home to Cornwall. The stage will be set in the grounds of the historic Trelowarren Estate, on the banks of the Helford River and the audience will follow the drama from set to set as the story unfolds. This promises to be an unforgettable production in a very special part of Cornwall, particularly poignant, as WildWorks mourns the passing of its pioneering Artistic Director Bill Mitchell. Tickets cost £21 for adults, £16 for children and £19 for students.
Lost Gardens Summer Ball, Rogue Theatre at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, from Wed 12 July (4 shows this week)
Best known for their immersive theatre adventures in Tehidy Woods, multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre will be weaving its magic at The Lost Gardens of Heligan this summer. “The Lost Gardens Summer Ball is an exuberant, bewitching, and fun exploration into a world whose magic was lost in time, but not entirely forgotten!” Rogue’s shows are billed as suitable for families, adults and children of all ages who hear the call of the wild. From experience, there is lots that will go over little heads but the music, costumes and magic still manages to hold them entranced.
Woodfired at West, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, every Tues and Thurs
If you haven’t made it to one of Woodfired Canteen’s pop-up, mid-week suppers on Porthmeor Beach yet, July’s got to be the month! If the weather is dry, dinner will be served outdoors, so a few extra layers may be required. As always with Woodfired Canteen, you can expect super tasty food from the grills and a great community feel, with a single menu served to the centre of shared tables. There are two sittings, at 6pm and 8pm and the set menu (a meat or veggie option) costs £25, for nibbles, a hearty main with bread from St Ives bakery and a pud to take away.
Outdoor Cinema, dates and venues throughout Cornwall
When the sun shines, everything in Cornwall moves outdoors. Skylight Cinema and Silent Summer Screenings have a line up of outdoor film screenings around the county this month. Book to see cult classics at unique venues from castles to cattle markets (all detailed below).
26th – Dairyland Farm World Drive In (The Big Lebowski)
27th – Caerhays Drive In (Guardians of the Galaxy)
31st – Truro Cattle Market (An Officer and a Gentleman)
Silent Summer Screenings:
27th – Penzance (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
28th – Falmouth (Grease)
30th – Saltash (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Summer of Sport, National Trust Godolphin, every Weds this summer from 26 July
Try your arm at archery, with ‘Arrows’ beginner level kits supplied by Archery GB and test your badminton and athletics skills at Godolphin each Wednesday throughout the summer. These activities are part of the West Cornwall summer of sport challenge. Pick up your summer of sport challenge card and see how many activities you can stamp off your list! This is a free event but admission charges for the venue apply.
Courtney Pine and Omar, Hall for Cornwall, Weds 26 July
Courtney Pine presents Black Notes From The Deep featuring special guest vocalist Omar. Jazz Giant Courtney Pine CBE, was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene, with a style that integrates modern British sounds like drum n bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from across the Caribbean. Joining him will be UK soul star Omar, bringing together two of the UKs finest jazz and soul talents.
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of year of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space. In time for the school summer holidays, this offers a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
Magic in the Skies, Land’s End Landmark, every Tues and Thurs from 27 July to 31 Aug
Vibrant explosions will be lighting up Land’s End every Tuesday and Thursday evening this summer. Each of the twelve fireworks displays will transport you on a musical journey, retelling the ancient legend of the ‘Lost Land of Lyonesse’ and featuring the vocal talents of BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes and an original orchestral score created by Cornish composer Christopher Bond.
The Third Policeman, Isles of Scilly, Thurs 27 – Sun 30 July
This big summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy and beyond this month. The production, written by Flann O’Brien, ventures into a world somewhere between Alice and Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage shaped and night is actually and accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety life, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. I saw the show last month at Mount Pleasant Eco Park but I think IOS would be pretty special too!
Port Eliot Festival, Thurs 27 – Sun 30 July
A celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion and flowers. Port Eliot is a unique family-friendly festival, set in the park and woodland of this beautiful, Cornish stately home. There is a ridiculous amount of good stuff to see – and notably to do. You can try 8 different types of yoga, oh and meditation, mindfulness and vision boarding, while you’re in the zone. Take in some literature, science or fashion talks, then go and try your hand at botanical illustration, pottery, headdress making or jewellery upcycling. The foodie contingent will also be out in force, with chefs’ demos and a great choice of food and drink stalls – and that’s before you’ve even looked at the music lineup (including St Etienne). Go!
Fisherman’s Shelter Pop-up Exhibition, Portscatho, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July
Muddy award-winning art gallery The Harbour Gallery Portscatho is hosting a series of pop-up exhibitions at the Fisherman’s Shelter (just 50 metres away). This weekend, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July offers the chance to meet and admire the work of still life painter Penny German. The first exhibition day will be from 6.30 – 8pm with a wine open evening where you’ll get chance to chat with both the exhibiting artists and the Harbour Gallery staff. Then on the following two days, the artist will be there from 11am – 4pm.
Sunset, Fire and Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 28 July
With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a unique dining experience, including sharing platters and cocktails in Bedruthan’s beautiful private dining room, with direct access into the sea-view garden for post-dinner marshmallow roasting. These long table feasts are served from an open kitchen and each feast night has a different themed menu: July is all about fresh Thai flavours. At £17.50pp, this is one of the more affordable feast nights on offer this month.
Feeder, Bands In The Sands, The Wateringhole, Perranporth Beach, Fri 28 July
Following Tunes in the Dunes and a star turn from Tom Jones last month, there are four more big music dates to know about in Perranporth this summer. July sees performances from Seasick Steve, The Stranglers and Feeder, then Jamaican group Toots and the Maytals will be dropping by in August.
SOMA, Penlee Park, Penzance, Fri 28 – Sat 29 July
What’s not to like about gin and jazz (especially when we’re talking Tarquin’s and Sonic Jazz Project)? This brand new festival is a bohemian celebration of music art food & drink, taking place in the secret gardens of Penlee House in Penzance.
Leopallooza, Bude, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July
This independent North Cornwall music fest is dubbed ‘the greatest house party in a field’ and known for showcasing the most exciting new talent around. For 3 days and nights, there’ll be 100+ local, national and international acts performing across seven stages in a beautiful Cornish valley setting. Headlining are The Cribs, Maximo Park and Gabrielle Aplin but you’ll want to keep your ear to the ground for the less well-known names too.
Tate Create: Our Studio By The Sea, Tate St Ives, Sat 29 July – Sun 3 Sept
Get creative and have some fun investigating materials, making art and exploring the Tate exhibitions. Each holiday Tate St Ives investigates a new theme and this summer they’ll be taking inspiration from the fantastic artwork in The Studio and The Sea exhibition. All ages welcome.