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What’s On This Weekend: Fri 18 – Sun 20 May

FRI 18 - SUN 20 MAY

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Fri 11 – Sat 19 May

A nine-day literary festival based in Daphne du Maurier’s beautiful hometown of Fowey, Cornwall. Featuring a wide range of guest speakers with talks, panel debates, workshops and concerts. This year, the festival welcomes Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit, authors Jane Corry and Sarah Winman, musicians Wildwood Kin and Al Marconi and famous faces, John Nettles and Charles Spencer.

Art Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Sat 12 – Sat 19 May

Art Scilly is a week long event, offering a chance to meet the local artists who are inspired by the light and scenery of Scilly and get stuck in yoursefl, with a variety of classes, workshops and activities.  From heat transfer fabric printing & silk scarf painting to linocut printing and stained glass – there’s something for everyone across the islands.

Gin & Jazz, Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Fri 18 May

Join us for a summer evening of cocktail demonstrations, delicious food and the very best of Cornish Jazz. Featuring the soulful sounds of Swingology and Licence to Swing. Booking Required. £12pp

Curry & Chat, Canteen, St Agnes, Fri 18 May

Canteen is all about connection and energy – bringing people together, creating a sense of community and making an impact. This month, they will be hosting an evening in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, alongside Chris, friend and founder of Mind Clear, to create an evening for local businesses to enjoy informal conversation about tackling stress in the workplace.  With a short talk by Chris, followed by Ben’s kitchen notes and conversation over a flavoursome feed, as well as resources to take away. £25 pp BYO drinks. Email hello@canteencornwall.com to book.

Art 8: Newquay Art & Culture Festival, Fri 18 – Sun 20 May

From photography to theatre, pottery to film, puppetry to dance, poetry to craft – and everything in between – Art8 promises something for everyone this year. It’s a community festival that looks to involve residents, visitors, businesses and local organisations – to celebrate and showcase the cultural and artistic activity already taking place in and around Newquay, as well as bringing in artists and performers and commissioning new work.

Thai Supper Night with Potluck and Punk Thai, Truro, Fri 18 May

With just 12 seats and a mouthwatering menu of amazing Thai dishes washed down with Prosecco, this is one to book up fast. The fourth collaboration between Punk Thai and communal dining group, Potluck.

Oyster Shuck Supper Club, The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Fri 18 May

This spring supper club at The Old Coastguard is all about oysters. Expect an evening of award-winning Porthilly Oysters matched to wines from our wine list. A laid back affair, sharing wine and excellent food, on two long tables. £45pp

Whisky Tasting, Tinners Arms, Zennor, Fri 18 May

A tasting at the Tinner’s in Zennor that is perfect for newcomers and whisky connoisseurs alike. An entertaining and delicious evening hosted by Jon Keast from Scarlet Wines. £12.50pp

GUN, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 18 – Sat 19 May

Director Phil Croft (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Annie) returns to Sterts with this exciting critically acclaimed One-Person-Comedy-Wild-West-Adventure-Story GUN. GUN is an ambitious comedy that is currently touring festivals around the UK and is performed by William Hartley  (‘Tracey Breaks The News’ BBC1, ’The One Griff’ BBC1 alongside Griff Rhys Jones, BBC3’s ‘Otherworld’, and BAFTA-nominated sketch show ‘FIT’).

Vegetarian Feast, The Old Market, Chacewater, Fri 18 May 

Using the finest quality ingredients seasonal goodies and expert knowledge of flavour we have created a feast to celebrate spring. Your menu will include asparagus/ romesco sauce, roasted butternut squash and ginger tomatoes, mixed seasonal greens toasted flatbread and much much more. We are fully licensed and offer a great selection of carefully selected wines for you to buy on the night. So grab yourself a ticket and come and enjoy with family and friends. Don’t forget to bring a plate glass and knife and fork.

Royal Wedding Garden Party, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Sat 19 May

Knightor Winery is hosting a garden party in honour of the Royal Wedding. From 11am doors will open for a day of quintessentially British celebration. Watch the wedding coverage on screens in the courtyard and after the ‘I dos’, stay into the afternoon for live music, kids entertainment and a good feed, including a hog roast with stuffing, apple sauce and crackling, plus homemade salads and sides. There will also be a cake table of British bakes and the bar will be well stocked with Pimm’s, Cornish ales and cider and Knightor’s own wine. £20pp / Children £5

Royal Afternoon Tea, Headland Hotel, Newquay, Sat 19 May

We’ll all be watching – but here’s where I’d recommend! Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in true Headland style. Arrive on the red carpet, before watching the ceremony unfold on the large screen with a glass of bubbly to toast the happy couple. Then, make your way through to the restaurant as a band plays for an Afternoon Tea celebration fit for the queen. £24.50pp

Patrick Heron, Tate St Ives, 19 May – 30 Sept

Azalea Garden, May 1956, Patrick Heron 1920-1999

A major retrospective, celebrating one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists. The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings. Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.

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.

LostFest, Lostwithiel, Sun 20 May 

LostFest is a quirky one day free festival in Lostwithiel with something for everyone! LostFest is an eclectic mix – there will be music and dance all over town to keep everyone entertained, stalls selling arts, crafts, antiques and food to browse, plus live demonstrations and workshops to watch.

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