What’s On: Your Bank Holiday Weekend in Cornwall
FRI 28 APRIL – MON 1 MAY 2017
Whether you’re visiting Cornwall for the long weekend or you’re lucky enough to call this place home, there’s plenty to keep you busy this bank holiday weekend. Enjoy three days of Cornish music, art and food, ending with some traditional May Day festivities.
Real Ale & Pie Festival, Smuggler’s Den Inn, Cubert, Thurs 27 Apr – Mon 1 May
Always a local favourite, this real ale and pie fest is in its 18th year and seems to get busier every year. With 70 ales from around the country, plus 20 ciders, pies and pasties galore and a full line-up of live music, it promises to be a festive bank holiday weekend in Cubert.
Moroccan Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 28 Apr
One of a series of fire and feast evenings running at the gorgeous Bedruthan Hotel throughout the spring and summer season. Served from an open kitchen, with stunning sea views across the coastal dune garden, guests grab a plate and help themselves from the delicious selection of sharing food served by the Bedruthan Chefs followed by marshmallow toasting round the fire pit, under the stars. The menu includes lamb tagine, spinach & squash samosa’s, fattoush salad, lentil falafels, babaganoush, vanilla muhallabia and pistachio aish el saraya.
Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Sat 29 – Sun 30 Apr
Renovation plans in the offing? Perhaps you’re looking for something unique to spruce up your palace — get yourself down to The Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show. The two-day show brings together the best of the regions home, garden and lifestyle products and services all under one roof at the Royal Cornwall Showground this weekend. The event is free to enter if you get organised and do pre-registration online or £3 on the door.
‘Ingenious Pursuits’ Makers Event, Norton Barton Artisan Food Village, Bude, Sat 29 – Sun 30 Apr
If the big showground hoopla doesn’t take your fancy, why not head to Norton Barton Artisan Food Village this Saturday or Sunday to check out this new artists and makers event? Meet and admire the work of a select group of talented local artists and makers working in and around Bude, from lighting and furniture designers to print makers and sculptors. Entry is free, but the organisers welcome donations, which will support two local environmental initiatives — ‘2 Minute Beach Clean’ & ‘Bude Cleaner Seas Project’. Food will be served up by Beautiful & the Feast with coffee by Sabins Coffee.
Beach Finds Jewellery Making Workshop, Bedruthan Hotel, Sat 29 Apr
Spend a relaxing, creative and eco-friendly day making cool and contemporary jewellery out of found materials from the beach. Professional jewellery-maker Sarah Drew will take you beach-combing for sea glass, sea string, driftwood, pebbles and shells to make into quirky modern jewellery. This laid-back workshop is perfect for beginners with some challenges thrown in for more experienced makers too.
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 Saturday 29th April- Monday 1st of May from 11am-5pm every day.
Art8, Newquay Arts & Culture Festival, Thurs 27 Apr – Mon 1 May
Now in its sixth year, organisers tell us Art8 is set to be even bigger and better for 2017. From photography to theatre, pottery to film, puppetry to dance, poetry to craft – and everything in between – community festival Art8 has something for everyone. It’s a fantastic event to celebrate and showcase the cultural and artistic activity already taking place in and around Newquay as well as bringing in artists and performers or commissioning new work. For four jam-packed days there will be a range of activities and events across the town for you to watch, see, listen, enjoy… be inspired, challenged or motivated by… and plenty of opportunities to take part.
Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, performances throughout the county, Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May
The eighth time this choral festival has been held in Cornwall, the event will showcase 60 male adult and youth choirs from all over the world. The World’s Largest Male Choral Festival will feature keenly contested competitions, evening concerts and daytime events, held in all parts of the county at churches and major tourist attractions. Find details of all the events on the Hall for Cornwall website.
English National Surf Championships, Perranporth, Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May
A highlight of the English surfing calendar with extensive heritage, this is the title that the surfers want, to be crowned as an English Champion. The event sees an array of ages and talents but all with the common goals of taking the titles, having fun and competing against their peers, right through from under 12 to the over 45 year olds. A three-day event with a high entry level and a fantastic calibre of surfers. Held over the bank holiday weekend at Perranporth Beach in Cornwall.
Woodfired Canteen, Lost Stories of Heligan — May Day, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sun 30 Apr
The latest in a series of creative and thoughtful feast nights, catered by Ben Quinn’s Woodfired Canteen at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. These food and storytelling events explore the lost stories of Heligan and make the most of delicious seasonal produce, from the gardens and surrounding farms, brought together by amazing woodfired flavours. A welcome drink is included in the ticket price (£35) and Heligan runs a bar for the evening, with unique tipples on offer for adventurous drinkers. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather as part of the evening will be spent outdoors.
Padstow Obby Oss & St Ives May Day, Mon 1 May
If you fancy seeing some traditional May Day celebrations over the bank holiday weekend, Padstow and St Ives will be making merry the old fashioned way. Some particularly keen revellers in Padstow can be seen singing in the streets from midnight on 30 Apr but the main Obby Oss celebrations begin the next morning with local people parading and dancing with their Obby Oss’ (hobby horses). St Ives’ May Day celebrations were revived relatively recently but involve choirs, brass brands, dancing round the may pole and the crowning of a May Queen and King.