What’s On This Week: Mon 12 – Sun 18 June
MON 12 - SUN 18 JUNE
The forecast’s set for fun, fun, fun this week, with a raft of brilliant events on offer in Cornwall. Take your pick from outdoor theatre, local gigs, festivals, feast nights, art exhibitions and more…
Pride & Prejudice and The Emperor’s New Clothes, Minack Theatre, Mon 12 – Fri 23 June
Ilyria is bringing Pride and Prejudice (12-21 June) and The Emperor’s New Clothes (13-23 June) to the iconic Minack Theatre, with performances throughout this week and next. Billed as Illyria’s cheekiest show ever, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fab retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale in which two swindlers trick the emperor, offering him the ability to identify fools by making him clothes which only the wise can see. While Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen at her witty best) follows the classic, up-and-down love story of Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy.
Ben Thorpe, Sundowner Session, Lusty Glaze, Weds 14 June
Fancy a little mid-week music? Head down to Lusty Glaze on Wednesday (it’s looking like a blue sky day). Local singer songwriter Ben Thorpe will be in the house with his acoustic indie tunes. Inspired by Alex Turner, Julian Casablancas and Jeff Buckley, you may have heard Ben’s music on BBC Introducing, local radio or at gigs around the Southwest. See him live this week!
The Third Policeman, venues across Cornwall, Thurs 15 – Fri 30 June
This big summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy in the second half of the month. The production, written by Flann O’Brien, ventures into a world somewhere between Alice and Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage shaped and night is actually and accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety life, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. Sounds delightfully bonkers to me and even better to catch it at a unique and unexpected Cornish venue, like Bedruthan Hotel’s cliff top theatre, The Woods Café at Cardinham Woods or The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Bastille, Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Thurs 15 June
What a place to watch live music! And what’s more, the Eden Sessions line-up is better than ever this year. Dropping by this month will be Bastille (15 June), Royal Blood (22 June) and Blondie (23 June), there’s also a Madness gig on 16 June but it’s already sold out – soz! There’s more great gigs in July and early booking is advised, head to the Eden Sessions website if you fancy seeing Van Morrison, Bryan Adams or Foals in Cornwall this summer.
Revolver Rum Night, Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay, Thurs 15 June
Move over gin – all signs point to rum being the spirit of the moment. This bar event at Fifteen Cornwall welcomes Revolver Rum experts, Paola and Stuart who will be joining the Fifteen team behind the bar to shake and stir some classic rum-based cocktails and lead you to discover delicious new combinations. Drinks will be served around the bar, such as Rum Old Fashioned and Hemingway Daiquiri, alongside small plates from the kitchen. Limited tickets are available priced at £35 per person.
Indian Cookery for Vegetarians & Vegans, Philleigh Way, Fri 16 June
Due to the popularity of Philleigh Way’s Indian cookery course, they have now launched a new vegetarian and vegan Indian cookery course too and the first one’s this Friday. Vegetarian and vegan cookery is a way of life for the majority of Indian people and during this new full-day course, you’ll be taught how to make authentic Indian dishes by cookery teachers, Jasmine Sharma and Ben Martin of Mahamasala Spice Company. You’ll be whipping up delicious vegetarian and vegan curries, traditional side dishes and breads from scratch.
Suzie Mac, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Fri 16 June
Soulful Cornish songstress Suzie Mac is performing at the gorgeous outdoor theatre at Penlee Park this week (and so far the weather’s looking good). Nicknamed ‘Aretha’ due to her sweet but powerful vocals, Suzie has sung at festivals such as Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Port Eliot and Looe Music festival to name a few. She is currently commuting between Cornwall and London working on her first Album, with writers such as Ian Dench, who is a former EMF guitarist and has written for Beyonce, Shakira and Florence and the Machine. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door but booking is recommended!
Late at Tate St Ives, Fri 16 June
Discover dance, film, performance and comedy and experience the exhibitions at night. Programmed with artist Naomi Frears, the night will be kicked off by Radio 4’s Dr David Bramwell. He’s not a real doctor, but will examine the absurd and obsessive relationship we have with hands and feet. Tate St Ives also welcomes dancer and choreographer Kuldip Singh-Barmi for the evening, accompanied by Oak Matthias on the cello. There will be short films and surrealist animation and artist Chloe Cooper, will be performing Feeling Feelings in the new rooftop Clore Sky Studio.
Deep South Soul Food Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 16 June
A popular spot on the Cornish feast-night circuit, Knightor winery is hosting a Deep South Soul Food feast this Friday. Inspired by the creole cooking from the deep South of America and local producers Cornish Moonshine, expect Louisiana style crab gumbo, Jambalaya with boar sausage, oak-smoked chicken and roasted shrimp and Creole Cranachan. £20 per person for 3 courses and a welcome cocktail or £34 per person if you fancy taking the winemakers tour before dinner.
North Coast Collective Exhibition, Rock Institute, Rock, Fri 16 – Fri 23 June
North Coast Collective is a select group of Cornwall based artists, makers and musicians. They are exhibiting together at Rock Institute from this Friday. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-6pm and will feature furniture, contemporary jewellery, paintings and reworked lighting. If you like some tunes with your art, all are welcome to the preview night with live music from the stunning folk duo Harbottle and Jonas on Sat 17 June, from 6pm onwards. Also during the week, artists Ness Lannnen and Debbie Trant will be running sketchbook workshops at Porthilly Beach, finishing with an informal tea and chat at the Institute. These workshops are suitable for everyone from the beginner to the artist wishing to revisit the essentials. For more information and to book a place on a workshop please email [email protected]
Electric Beach Festival, Fri 16 & Sat 17 June
This popular Newquay festival has shifted beaches this year and can be found for the first time on the golden sands of Great Western Beach. Headliners include Badly Drawn Boy, Cuban Brothers and Backbeat Sounds System and on the Saturday afternoon, the festival welcomes the offical Dick Pearce & Friends Bellyboard Bash. Festivalgoers can also enjoy SUP yoga classes, fire shows, a surf simulator, Tarquin’s gin bar and fab local food stalls.
3 Wishes Faery Festival, Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, Torpoint, Fri 16 – Sun 18 June
‘A Gathering of the Celtic Faerie Clans’, this unique festival has been going for 11 years now. Head to Mount Edgecumbe Coutry Park this weekend for three magical days and nights of free workshops, talks and walks and live music on two stages. There will only by vegan & vegetarian food on site and you can dress up and join the Fairy World Record attempt too. Pirates and mermaids are also most welcome.
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Jun
One of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe. All over Falmouth you’ll find hours of free shanty performances, along with a special ticketed gala concert at Princess Pavilions, with all proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and community spirit. The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is held at multiple venues throughout the town but you’ll find the main stages on Custom House Quay (The Seasalt Stage), on Events Square (The Skinners Stage) and on The Moor (Seven Stars Stage).
SkyBar, Harlyn Bay, Fri 16 – Sat 17 June
SkyBar first popped up on St Agnes Head in 2014 and this year it’s back with Apres-Sea parties in more gorgeous locations. On arrival to SkyBar’s stretch marquees, you can enjoy street food al fresco or dine in the Food Marquee, where our DJs will get the evening going with some chilled, sunset sessions. Sumptuous surroundings and luxury furnishing will get you settled in nicely, while sponsor bars, from the Tanqueray Gin Bar to the Ca Bolani Prosecco Bar, will keep guests imaginatively refreshed. Tickets for these events are restricted to 500 per evening, so get booking.
Golowan Festival, Penzance, Fri 16 – Sun 25 June
For ten days the streets Penzance come alive with music, procession and street entertainment marking this traditional celebration of midsummer. The traditional festival was lost to Cornwall in the 18902 but revived by Penzance Town Council, Alverton School, Kneehigh Theatre and Penwith Peninsula College in 1991. Traditional festivities include the Feast of St John, The Mock Mayor Election, The Quay Fair and Seprpent Dances and many local businesses have cultural happenings to enjoy.
Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party, Sat 17th June
Rescheduled after rain stopped play in May, this quirky dog festival is held in the delightful grounds of Port Eliot. For dogs there will be some fun classes to enter, including an old favourite ‘dog who most looks like their owner’. Plus a highlight of the annual event is Roo and Lark’s Whippet Tea Party, where an invitation for lunch and canapés is extended to all whippet friends. For humans there will be an array of artisan food traders, plus cream teas and live music later on in the afternoon. The Dog Festival is once again being held in support of Children’s Hospice South West. Entry to the show is £4.00 per adult, Children under 11 free, and £1.00 per class entry in the dog show. All proceeds go to CHSW.
Caerhays Summer Fete, Caerhays Castle, Sun 18 June
Celebrate Father’s Day with a good old-fashioned fete at the beautiful Caerhays Estate. Last years Father’s Day charity fete was a great success, with over 3,500 people attending the event. Probably the largest public event at Caerhays since 1977, when Jeremy Brett and Joanna David opened a similar fete here following the filming of the BBC remake of Rececca at Caerhays.
Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, Headland Hotel, Sun 18 June
Indulge your Dad this father’s day with a savoury Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. They’ve given the classic Afternoon Tea a shake-up with a marvellously meaty selection of treats alongside traditional homemade scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches and Cornish loose leaf Tregothnan Teas (£37 for two). Then there’s the option of a friendly game of ‘clazer’ – laser clay pigeon shooting afterwards, £10pp.