What’s On This Weekend: Fri 5 – Sun 7 May
FRI 5 - SUN 7 MAY 2017
Presenting your Muddy Guide to the cool, quirky and unmissable events happening across Cornwall this weekend.
Bluebell Festival, Enys Gardens, Sat 29 Apr – Sun 7 May
The historic Enys Gardens are famous for their incredible display of bluebells, during the annual Bluebell Festival, the gardens are open every day, from 11am-5pm. This year they’re kicking off the festival with an art exhibition inside Enys House, showcasing the work of 14 local artists. The exhibition will be on from Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May from 11am-5pm every day.
Seth Lakeman, The Minack Theatre, Thurs 4 and Fri 5 May
If you’ve never been to The Minack Theatre, it’s a Cornish experience not to be missed and May is a great time to go, before the summer crowds descend but when the weather (fingers crossed) lends itself to evenings outside. There are various events on through may but one of my highlights is West Country folk singer Seth Lakeman, who’ll be taking to the cliff top stage on 4 and 5 May. And the following weekend, Kernow King will be playing Cornish engineer extraordinaire Trevithick – the story of Cornwall’s greatest son.
St Moritz Fine Food and Wine Evening in partnership with Bibendum, St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Fri 5 May
The St Moritz Hotel, on Cornwall’s stunning north coast, is hosting a celebratory evening showcasing Head Chef David Williams’ exquisite cooking, alongside a selection of wines handpicked by the UK’s leading wine supplier Bibendum. Head Chef David Williams has a catalogue of Michelin-starred experience and boasts meticulously high technical standards, but it is his passion for home-cooked honest food that makes his food so exciting. The special menu put together for this event includes fresh lobster and local hogget, St Enodoc asparagus and Cornish cheese. Dining only is £95pp (including wine pairings) or £167.50pp to eat and stay.
Flora Day, Helston, Sat 6 May
An extremely well loved local festival, the people of Helston have been celebrating the ancient tradition of Flora Day for hundreds of years. It is a spring festival to mark the end of winter and arrival, vitality and fertility of spring. The shops and houses are decked out with bluebells, laurels, gorse and other greenery and the dancing begins from seven in the morning, continuing all day. Eighty couples dance through the streets – as well as several shops and houses – to drive out the darkness of winter and usher in the light of spring. It’s quite a sight if you’ve never seen it before.
Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Sat 6 – Sat 13 May
Celebrating its 21st festival, this year Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature is welcoming bestselling author Michael Morpurgo; musician and composer Sir Karl Jenkins; former war correspondent and politician Martin Bell and OBE and BBC broadcasting veteran Robin Lustig to debut authors, book launches, panel discussions, workshops and concerts. There is also an array of du Maurier based talks and discussions and the UK premier screening of Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca. New for this year is Gardeners Question Time, with experts from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Secret Gardens of Fowey, giving visitors a peek into some beautiful local gardens. There is also a festival Art Trail of local studios and galleries.
Trevithick, Starring Kernow King, Sat 6 May (St Gluvias Hall, Penryn), Tues 9 May (Hall for Cornwall), Sun 14 May (Minack Theatre), Sun 21 May (Sterts Theatre)
“Trevithick!” is the biographical comedy of Cornwall’s greatest son. It will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer. Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy. It was Trevithick’s his and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads – the first trains and cars in 1800s Great Britain. “Trevithick!” is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. This production is directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey and stars Kernow King and actress Mary Woodvine.
Eden Classic Sportive 2017, Eden Project, Sun 7 May
Now in its third year, The Eden Classic Sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles. Riders will pedal the length of Eden as they begin, then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along stunning coastal roads and finishing back at Eden. Family and friends of riders can enjoy free entry to Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (one of the stops) on the day. Pre-registration closes on May 1, for details of late registration, see the Eden website.