What’s On This Weekend: Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jun
FRI 22 - SUN 24 JUN
This weekend is all about midsummer, with countywide fun from parades and dance shows to a gin fest and fab floral workshop.
Golowan & Mazey Day, Penzance, Fri 15 – 24 June
Penzance really knows how to throw a street party and Golowan is the traditional celebration of midsummer, marked with music, serpent dances, fairs, greenery and banners. Come for fireworks on Mazey Eve or bring the family to Mazey Day to see the parade of incredible, giant sculptures.
The Trench Bodmin, Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway, Bodmin, Mon 18 Jun – Sun 15 Jul
An immersive theatre experience, The Trench Bodmin tells the true and personal stories of local Cornishmen who fought in the First World War. Follow in their footsteps, enlist at Bodmin Keep and take on a real soldier’s identity. Board a steam train at Bodmin & Wenford Railway and head off to our replica WW1 trench to experience the chaos of battle. Return and discover your fate, before entering the Trench Exhibition, followed by short plays on selected evenings. Suitable for ages 12 and over.
Floral Workshop, Garden Tour & Lunch, Pentillie Castle, Fri 22 Jun
Pentillie Castle has teamed up with Miranda Hackett Flowers and The Gardens Trust for the Repton 200 celebrations (Celebrating Humphry Repton) with a Guided Garden Walk, Floral Workshop and 2 Course Lunch. At the workshop artisan florist, Miranda Hackett, will demonstrate how to create a beautiful, softly designed hand-tied bouquet, in the very fashionable loose and eccentric style inspired by Constance Spry. The day will finish with a delicious 2 course lunch and a glass of wine in the Castle dining room. £110pp
Celebrate the Solstice, Family Event, Badger Forest School, Cardinham Woods, Fri 22 June
Join the award winning team at Badger Forest School for a Midsummer celebration at their wonderful woodland site to enjoy it in all it’s evening splendour. Expect campfires and cooking, themed celebrations and activities, outdoor games and songs, nature crafts & more! £10 per family.
Shakespeare’s, The Merchant of Venice, Trebah Gardens, Falmouth, Fri 22 Jun
Enjoy Shakespeare’s comic courtroom drama in a bucolic garden setting. The Merchant of Venice is a comedy that deals with serious issues – in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Suitable for ages 10+. Tickets £8-£12.
Lamb Fire and Feast, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Fri 22 Jun
When you arrive you will be seated around long wooden trestle tables for a delicious feast with a view of the Cornish coast. Sharing platters of fresh seafood and Cornish lamb curry will be served from the open kitchen. Once the feast has been devoured you can wrap up warm and sit around the fire pit roasting marshmallows amongst the dunes. Tickets £35.
Argentinian Asado, The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay, Fri 22 Jun
Make like a Gaucho cowboy and gather round the Argentinian barbecue for a taste of the Andes. Feast on three-courses of grilled meats including sweetbreads, morcilla y chorizo con salsa criolla, Cordero a la Cruz lamb con chimirchurri, short rib beef and grilled veggies. Dinner will be served inside, on long banquet-style tables, with a bonfire on the beach and live music to follow.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Sat 22 – Mon 24 Jun
One of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe. Expect over 60 shanty groups, 25 venues and 350 hours of shanty singing! The town will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit! Groups coming from far and wide including Netherlands, France, USA and right across the UK. The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is held at multiple venues throughout the town but the main stages are Custom House Quay, Events Square (Discovery Quay) and The Moor. We also have a variety of venues such as public houses, King Charles the Martyr church, cafes and mobile performing spots throughout the main streets.
SkyBar Watergate Bay, Fri 22 – Sat 23 Jun
This summer SkyBar is hosting their famous aprés-sea night out overlooking Watergate Bay’s 2-mile long golden sand beach. Just a short walk from the beach you can grab drinks from a choice of six pop-up bars and enjoy brilliant live music while the sun goes down. Tickets £20 on Fri / £25 on Sat.
Passage for Par, Par Beach, Fri 22 – Sun 24 June
Passage for Par is a dance performance created specially for and presented on Par Beach, conceived and directed by choreographer Rosemary Lee. At the turn of the tide 30 women will rhythmically snake their way across the tidal landscape, tracing meandering pathways through the wet sand, their outlines etched against the sea and sky. This work is commissioned by CAST for Groundwork.
The Maker’s Market, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 23 Jun
Mazey Day is Market Day at The Exchange. Expect an excellent selection of local and regional makers, with work in ceramics, jewellery, textiles and print. Free entry.
Cornwall Gin Festival, Truro, Sat 23 Jun
Gin and live music – what’s not to love? This year’s gin festival will have a day full of learning about science of botanicals, the nuance of garnish and the way to make a perfect gin sling – while the evening is all about the music. Day and evening sessions are £12 each.
Midsummer Dance at Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jun
Midsummer Dance celebrates the life of local dance artist Marcia Pook, with a vibrant showcase of dance from professional dance artists and companies, curated by Lois Taylor. Saturday tickets: Full £8, Concession £6. 2-course supper – £15. Sunday is all about youth dance, with performances from several talented local companies. Sunday tickets £3.
Summer Market at ECO Park, Newquay, Sun 24 Jun
A celebration of contemporary craft and design culture – local artists, makers, creators, inventors and repairers are the heart of this popular event. There will be stalls selling local and ethically produced products, everything from jewellery and skincare to food! Pop-up performances and workshops will also be held on site. Entry is free.
Mevagissey Feast Week, Mevagissey, Sun 24 – Sat 30 Jun
Mevagissey has been celebrating the Feast of St Peter (patron Saint of Fishermen) for generations. Highlights include Sunday’s Fish Festival where fish dishes, ales and live music will be served up in the harbour and the colourful annual parade.
A Beautiful Day Out, Eden Sessions, The Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 23 June
Levellers, New Model Army, Reef, Dreadzone and Ginger Wildheart. In a first event of its kind at Eden, this is a one-day version of the award-winning grass roots festival Beautiful Days.