What’s On This Week: Mon 7 – Sun 13 Aug
MON 7 - SUN 13 AUG
Is it just me or are the summer holidays rushing by in a mizzly blur? Blink and we’ll be ironing uniforms again (as if!)
Not to worry – Cornwall’s still got loads of fun in store this month, including the last of the big summer music fests, plenty of outdoor theatre and some fab foodie nights. Umbrellas up and out to play!
Falmouth Week, Fri 4 – Sun 13 Aug
Falmouth Week is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins in a local sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, the Week has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the SW but also an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions in the town. Plus The Red Arrows, a pink wig parade and fireworks? I’m there!
Simon Birch Dance – Shoreline, Watergate Bay, Praa Sands, Porthmeor, Sat 5 – Sun 13 Aug
In addition to the amazing outdoor theatre that’s been on in Cornwall this summer, August offers up some exciting dance performances too. Shoreline is a work that explores our mysterious connection to the sea. It is amphibious – danced on the sand and in the water to live choral music. It is a metaphor for the storms we all endure, the moments of tranquillity we seek and the borders and boundaries we fear or dare to cross. This Shoreline performance is part of A Pinch of SALT dance festival!
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of years of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space, offering a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
Monsters and Mermaids Week, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
From Awesome Adventurers to Vikings and mermaids – The National Maritime Museum has a fun-packed summer planned for your small folk. Head over to the Falmouth attraction for live performances from Rattlebox and Squashbox Theatre, crafts and adventure trails, with different, exciting maritime themes each week. This week it’s all about monsters and mermaids. Ooo Argh!
Summer of Science, Camel Creek, until Sun 3 Sept
Camel Creek Adventure Park has a summer of science themed fun in store for visitors. The Summer of Science is packed with fascinating facts, exciting experiments and silly scientists. Discover where we’ve come from, what we’re made of and some of the most mind-blowing scientific facts in the multiverse. With exhilarating rides, a gigantic indoor play centre, outdoor fun, water flumes and the UK’s most hi-tech 5D Super Sim Theatre (look out for the new time-travel film coming this summer!), Camel Creek is great fun for the kids, rain or shine. They’re also running a ‘7 days for the price of 1’ offer all summer. Book in advance to save a further 20%.
Shows at Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, all week
This historic outdoor theatre since 1948 seats about 300 people and is built on the site of the old Penlee House tennis courts, with a turfed area that acts as the stage and an enchanting fairy-lit entrance. This week is busy with a variety of shows, including Wind in the Willows, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, The Secret Garden and Squashbox’s Sea Show. Don’t forget to order a warming, pre-show curry and naan bread for evening performances.
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. This week, the listings include:
Mon 7 Aug – Dirty Dancing – Truro Cattle Market Drive In
Tues 8 Aug – Beauty & The Beast – Dairyland Farm World
Weds 9 Aug – The Lost Boys – Penlee Open Air Theatre
Thurs 10 Aug – Jurassic Park – Caerhays Beach Drive In
Milkshake Live, The Magic Story Book, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 8 Aug
Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical show, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.
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.
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, August’s, er…. balmy evenings are the perfect opportunity! 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.
The Third Policeman, venues across Cornwall, Tues 8 – Sat 12 Aug
This fun summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy 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 this quirky show earlier on in the summer at Mount Pleasant Eco Park but this week’s venues are equally idyllic, including Trebah Gardens and St Mawes Castle.
Summer of Sport, National Trust Godolphin, Weds 9 Aug
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.
Toots and the Maytals, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Weds 9 Aug
It’s the last Bands in the Sands gig of the summer (already!?) Toots and the Maytals are one of the best known ska and rock groups in the world. Frontman Toots is compared to Otis Redding, and named one of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time by Rolling Stone. With so many great hits, this is an act that’s perfectly suited to the beach bar vibe.
Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, Weds 9 – Sun 13 Aug
Situated across two locations along the beautiful Cornish coastline, Boardmasters is a surf and music festival with a big following. The Fistral Beach site, where surfing in the UK began, plays host to the best in action sports including surf, skate and BMX competitions. The party can be found at the festival site at Watergate Bay, where there will be eight music stages and acts this year include Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J, Flaming Lips and Stormzy.
Lost Gardens Summer Ball, Rogue Theatre at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Weds 9 – Sat 12 Aug
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.
My Fair Lady, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Thur 10 & Fri 11 Aug
Toasted by some as the ‘perfect musical’ Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady, tells the tale of Eliza Doolittle. The scruffy cockney flower seller in Covent Garden is transformed into the pride of London society through a wager between Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins and his friend Colonel Pickering. But once the bet is over, what’s to become of a flower girl from the gutter who is too eloquent for her profession? Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Arsenic and Old Lace are also on offer this month.
Claire Henley, Fisherman’s Shelter Pop-up Exhibition, Portscatho, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug
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). The last one, this weekend, offers the chance to meet and admire the work of artist and illustrator Claire Henley. 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.
La Cantina Community Lunches, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Every Fri
Every Friday the fully vegetarian cafe at Mount Pleasant Eco Park will be open between 10am and 2pm, with a warm, relaxed atmosphere, long wooden sharing tables, wifi (if you can’t do without it!) and delicious seasonal food. All members of the community are welcome for coffee, cake, lunch or simply the chance to enjoy the site. The menu is small and changes each week and with the seasons (vegan menus always available). The lunch coincides with Volunteer Fridays: aimed at adults, these free sessions offer unique hands-on learning opportunities, and training in a variety of practical, and sustainable land-based skills.
Science in the Square, Events Square, Falmouth, Fri 11 Aug
The University of Exeter is hosting Science in the Square in Falmouth once again this year. This fantastic free day out gives scientists from the Penryn Campus the opportunity to share their knowledge, passion and expertise for science with the local community. Children of all ages can experience the wonders of science at first hand through a series of talks and interactive sessions, and really explore the world around us in a fun, friendly and hands-on environment. Science in the Square provides everyone with the opportunity to not only learn more about the amazing science taking place in the inspirational environments of Cornwall, but also become scientists for the day.
Knightor Winery Feast Nights, Fri 11 Aug
This month’s themed feast nights at Knightor Winery include a Fowey Valley Cider Feast (this Fri 11 Aug) – with plenty of cider-infused dishes, with crab and woodfired porchetta starring, and a Revolver Rum Caribbean Feast (book ahead for Fri 25 Aug). At £25 for three courses and a pre-dinner drink, these are some of the more affordable feast nights around and set in beautiful surroundings. If the weather is good they will be held outside in the courtyard and guests can arrive early for a pre-dinner winemaker’s tour for a little extra cost.
Summer Nature Pop-up, Potager Gardens, Constantine, Sat 16 Aug
The Pop-Up Baby and Toddler Café is hosting just one pop-up this summer and it’s at the most magical, Potager Garden. Come join for a very fun summer holiday special with several craft tables out for you to create some lovely nature-inspired crafts, Nature Crowns or Masks, Nature bracelets and leaf rubbings. Plus the normal Pop-up loveliness of playmat, playdough table, hammocks and lots of tea and cake. £5 for parent & child including all crafts and endless hot drinks, £1 for extra children & adults.
Wild Wine Club at Port Eliot Estate, Sat 12 Aug
Wild Wine Club offer truly special feast nights in gorgeous Cornish locations. This month they are hosting two events in the beautiful Port Eliot Estate. The first, ‘By The Water’s Edge’ is this Sat 12 Aug and they’ll be pairing wines from the vineyards of the French Mediterranean with a five-course feast, inspired by the ‘fresh from the sea dishes’ of the South of France. A special summer’s evening, not to be missed!