What’s On This Weekend: Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb
FRI 16 - SUN 18 FEB
You’re a saint for surviving such a soggy half term – now let’s see it out in style shall we? Cornwall’s art exhibitions, foodie nights, theatre and snowdrop trails are calling.
National Trust Half Term Trails, venues around Cornwall, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
From Trelissick’s Snowdrop Trail to Trengwainton’s Fun Fitness Trail, The National Trust knows how to make walks fun for kids and many have beautiful gardens that are perfect to explore in early spring. Most have crafts and other children’s activities going on over half term too.
What Remains, a solo exhibition by Tim Shaw, The Exchange, Penzance, 10 Feb – 12 May
A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician. Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.
Early Man at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
Get ready for a prehistoric adventure of epic proportions at Eden this half-term. In association with Early Man, the major new film release from Nick Park and Aardman. Bring your tribe to Eden for intrepid adventures and behind-the-scenes fun based on the latest adventure by the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit.
Virginia Wolf, an exhibition inspired by her paintings, Tate St Ives, 10 Feb – 29 April
Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of celebrated author Virginia Woolf, who spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art – with works by over 80 artists
Love Birds, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
This February half term meet the owls, from Screech Owl Sanctuary and to learn all about Heligan’s feathered friends. Enjoy a fun family outdoor trail, explore the gardens, find all the bird sound boxes and test your knowledge to see if you can identify our Heligan birds from their calls.
Structures Residency, Newlyn Gallery, Sat 10 – 24 Feb
Structures Residency is a two-week evolving exhibition and residency of international artists whose practice is informed by networks, frameworks and systems. Bringing together 25 artists from the UK, Europe, and the US, the residency enables an exchange of methods, approaches and ideas. The artists will work together in an open-plan studio space in one half of the upper gallery, alongside an evolving exhibition of work made during the residency.
Train The Troops, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Mon 12 – Fri 16
Attention! Join the team at Pendennis Castle for a day of action and soldier training. Shape up before you ship out and be put through your paces in commando training. Step back to the time of the Second World War and face the Drill Sergeant. Sign up to the training camp and see if you have what it takes to conquer the obstacle course. Activities included with castle entry – £8.40 Adults/ £5 Children (5+).
Crazy For You, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 13 – Sat 17 Feb
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical. Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End & TV star Claire Sweeney appear in this multi-award winning, romantic comedy, with Charlotte Wakefield as ‘Polly’ (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), it features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. See our review, courtesy of Muddy Berkshire.
Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Weds 14 and Fri 16 Feb
Catch brilliant live music every Friday night throughout winter at unique beach venue Lusty Glaze. This week, folk-influenced singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Webb will be putting on a special Valentine’s show, followed by 19-year-old rising star Lucy Anna on Fri 16.
Family Woodland & Seashore Foraging, Gylly Beach, Thurs 15 & Pendower Beach, Sat 17 Feb
Join Cornish Wild Food for a foraging walk, tailor made for children. The focus will be on plants that are common, easy to identify and tasty. You will also learn how to forage safely, sustainable, and within the seasons. This course helps people immerse themselves in the countryside and engage with it in a new and exciting way. At Pendower, you will hunt down woodland and seashore species and at Gyllyngvase you will discover seaweeds and seashore species. Cornish Wild Food is a Children’s University Learning Destination, so bring your CU passport and receive a two hour stamp! Limited places, advance booking only. Half Price Adults (when accompanied by a child).
Curious Creatures, Half Term Storytelling, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Fri 16 Feb
Welcome to the ‘Curious Creatures’ wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him. Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned. Expect to meet curious creatures of all shapes and sizes: from performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils to irritable alligators, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan! Tickets on the door only.
Fondue Nights, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Fri 16 Feb
On a dark winter’s evening, there is no better way to warm up than with a steaming, oozy bowl of swirling melted cheese laced with white wine and Kirsch, accompanied with hunks of bread and cold cuts to dip in. Try something a little different to your usual three-course meal and share a fondue – perfect for groups of friends or a date idea for loved ones – on one of our Friday fondue nights. £17.50pp
Cider & Ale Fest, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb
The first ever Cider and Ale Festival at the Wateringhole on Perranporth beach. This is a free event happening all weekend. There will be three extra bars accompanying the main bar bringing you the finest ciders and ales from across the globe. Expect live music on Friday and Saturday from 5pm onwards and roast dinners served as usual on the Sunday.
Kevos ‘I Was Born But…’, Fri 16 (Calstock Arts The Old Chapel) and Sat 17 Feb (Newlyn Centre)
he film ‘I Was Born, But…’ made by renowned Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu in 1932, is one of the masterpieces of the silent era -beautiful, funny and profound. Kevos play music specially commissioned by composer Ed Hughes, live to the film for its 80 minute duration. Hughes’ delicate music perfectly captures Ozu’s touching story of the different generations of a Tokyo family navigating a fast changing world. Kevos features some of Cornwall’s finest musicians, all sharing a passion for performing new music.
The Man Engine Remembers, Book Launch, The Cornish Store, Falmouth, Sat 17 Feb
Meet Will Coleman The Man Engine Creator reading from his book The Man Engine Remembers. Discover more about the largest mechanical puppet ever built in Britain that will rise again this Easter in the ‘Resurrection tour’.
Dele Sosimi & Afrobeat Orchestra, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 17 Feb
Dele Sosimi is the UK’s multi award-winning Afrobeat Ambassador who has been consistently flying the Afrobeat flag in the UK since 1995. Dele’s pulsating live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat – one that is faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears Dele’s own DNA, expanding the horizons of the genre. A true pioneer, he is accompanied on stage by a 7-piece band; some of the best musicians you can hear in the UK right now, serving up an unforgettable mix of grooves over a 2 hour long set that will ignite the end of winter in style! La Cantina Cafe will be open on the night serving a delicious vegan and veggie pre-gig supper.
Some Like It Hotter, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Sat 17 Feb
A night of Circus, Burlesque, Valentine Vaudevillian thrills, and smoking hot Swing, brought to you by Airfish Circus, Company B and the Fantastic Miss Fanny. This Valentine’s day treat your sweetheart to the most exotic, unusual, and unforgettable evening’s entertainment in town!
Silent Disco Yoga, Hotel Victoria Newquay, Sun 18 Feb
A double-whammy Silent Disco Yoga event at Hotel Victoria in Newquay, beginning with the ‘uplift’ flowing vinyasa session, immediately followed by a ‘chillout’ class. If you haven’t tried Silent Disco Yoga yet, it’s a musical yoga experience not to be missed. Expect an all-levels vinyasa flow class with headphone, taking you on an immersive, musical journey as you practice. The class is taught using a microphone that you will also hear via the headphones and postures are choreographed to the playlist.
Brunch Club, Canteen, St Agnes, Sun 18 Feb
A sellout last month, Ben, Sam and the Canteen team are welcoming guests for their brunch club at Canteen. This time with a Middle Eastern, mezze feel. £15
Bhakti Fest! Falmouth Yoga Space, Sun 18 Feb
A day of ‘heart-centred practice’ at Bhakifest, Falmouth’s first ever bhakti yoga festival in aid of Heart Research UK. Come to connect back in with your own heart and community through bhakti-infused classes including dynamic yoga, insightful meditation, chanting, workshops, food, philosophy and fun! You will delve deeply into what it means to share love and offerings through expression, creativity and joy. £25 for the day.
Roots Reggae Roast, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sun 18 Feb
Head to Mount Plesant Eco Park this Sunday for a veggie roast with the most. Choose from 3 delicious main courses (one will always be Vegan). All roasts come with Seasonal Vegetables, Roasties, Yorkshire Pud and your choice of Rich Veg or our Special Jerk Gravy. No bookings required, please just turn up for some choice Reggae tunes, good vibes and totally out of this world Vegan and Vegetarian Roasts. Adults £10 / Kids £6.
Snowdrop Sundays, Pencarrow House & Gardens, Bodmin, Sun 18 Feb
Explore the gardens and see the beautiful display of snowdrops at this stunning Georgian Manor House near Wadebridge. This Sunday they are opening their gates for one of their charity ‘Snowdrop Sundays’. Entry is by donation and in aid of Cornwall Blood Bikes.