What’s On This Week: Mon 15 – Sun 21 May
MON 15 - SUN 21 MAY
Pick from this week’s slew of special foodie nights, arty events, quirky festivals and outdoor theatre…
Lou Label Floristry Workshops, Hubbox, Truro, Tues 16 and Weds 17 May
St Agnes based florist Loulabel is known for its striking bohemian arrangements (check out the beautiful pics on Lou’s Instagram feed) and now you can learn to recreate them yourself, as Lou shares her skills in a series of workshops this month. They start at 6.30pm, at Hubbox Truro, making them a perfect after-work activity for spring, with topics including: plant hangers, concrete planters, flower crowns, kilner jar posies and terrariums.
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Fishermans Friends, The Minack Theatre, Tues 16 & Wed 17 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. Port Issac’s Fisherman’s Friends will be performing on Tues 16 and Wed 17 May. The 10-man shanty-singing group are lifelong friends and have all been fishermen, lifeboatmen or coastguards at some stage. Their repertoire includes traditional songs of the sea, handed down through the generations as well as a full catch of new material.
Nancarrow Farm Gate Feast, Tregassow Farm, nr Trispen, Wed 17 May
The brilliant team at Nancarrow is teaming up with fellow Truro farmers’ market founders – John and Jenny Keeler of Tregassow Farm for a special event this month. The first in a new series of Farm Gate Feasts, these unique events are aimed at growing the profile of local producers and boost farm gate sales. This one will be held in the heart of Tregassow Farm in the peak of asparagus season. The Keelers produce some of the freshest and best asparagus in Cornwall, which will star on the menu, alongside organic Nancarrow lamb. A perfect late spring feast!
Godolphin Bluebell Festival, Godolphin Estate, Nr Helston, Tues 16 – Sun 21 May
Managed by the National Trust, Godolphin is an historic estate, with a rich mining heritage and acres of glorious gardens and countryside to explore. For the next few days, the team at Godolphin will be celebrating the glorious displays of bluebells to be found here at this time of year. There’ll be walks, talks, a family trail and crafts to keep the kids busy.
Port Eliot At Night, Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Fri 19 & Sat 20 May
For two nights, Port Eliot will be lit by candlelight and filled with music, casting guests back to a time before electricity, when the Lords and Ladies of the past would hold lavish banquets and dances for hundreds of guests here. Expect performances from a cappella group Con Brio, Canoryon Lowen and fantastic local pianist, Jacob Kodicek. Port Eliot’s knowledgeable stewards will be on-hand to regale fascinating tales of the house and Port Eliot’s bar will be open for drinks and nibbles.
Aspall Polo On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Fri 19 – Sat 21 May
It’s the tenth birthday of Polo On The Beach and the organisers have a great event planned to mark the occasion. The three-day festival includes polo matches and demonstrations, a horse jousting display, Segway polo and a dog show, all of which are free to attend. On Friday night there will be a food-led event, with a ticketed Asado Argentinian barbecue, fireworks and live music. Saturday night is the beach party (£25) with three acts: William The Conqueror, Flats & sharps and Molotov Jukebox. You can also expect the typical trappings of polo – my favourite part – a Champagne garden and Aspall beach bar.
Wild Wine Club, By The Boat House, Harlyn Bay, Sat 20 May
Wild Wine Club is all about great food and wine, served in special Cornish locations and seriously, how good does this sound? May’s event will be held at The Boat House at beautiful Harlyn Bay, originally a pilchard fishing site. Emily Scott of The St Tudy Inn will be joining Wild Wine Club’s Adam Banks to whip up a five-course feast, inspired by the maritime heritage of the place, with a focus on seasonality and locally sourced produce. Guests will be served under the stars and treated to a perfectly matched glass of wine from Chateau Civrac to accompany each of the five courses (all included in the £60 ticket price).
Fox Fest, The Fox’s Revenge, Newquay, Sat 20 – Sun 21 May
This two-day mini festival is held in the lovely grounds of The Fox’s Revenge near Newquay. Enjoy a veritable indulgence of craft beers, ales and ciders, plus a cocktail bar and some fab food stalls. There’ll be also be lots of live music, from Ryan Jones, Joe Francis, Mikey Gray and ALBenAza. A two-day pass costs just £10 and includes your first half pint from the ale tent and a special festival glass. Cheers!
The Healing Light Festival, Heartlands, Pool, Sat 20 & Sun 21 May
Whether you’re a dedicated convert or just tuning in to the world of complementary and holistic therapies, there’ll be much to discover at this popular festival held at Heartlands. The Healing Light Festival showcases all you need to get familiar with the varied holistic therapies that are increasingly available, such as healing, reflexology, homoeopathy, reiki, sound healing, crystal healing, aromatherapy, massage and herbal remedies.There will also be lots of free workshops, as well as mediums, tarot card readers, crystals, lotions and potions, information and products relating to health and nutrition and more.
Open Garden in Aid of Freedom from Torture, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Sun 21 May
If you haven’t been to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens yet or fancy popping back, this weekend the garden will open as usual from 10 until 4, with 100% of ticket sales (excluding season tickets) donated to Freedom from Torture. Freedom From Torture provides counselling, group therapy, and runs supportive groups like gardening, music, creative writing and cookery for survivors of torture in the UK. Its` medical experts provide assessments of injuries to support survivors` asylum claims. FFT also researches and produces evidence to protect and promote survivors` rights and hold torturers to account.
Family Sundays, Tate St Ives, Sun 21 May
In the first of a series of family-friendly art events, the Tate St Ives is inviting under eighteens to come and get creative in their new learning spaces. Each month the will be a programme of creative activities, investigating art and hands-on play. There’s no need to book, just drop in – all the activities are free to take part in but gallery entry is not included. And you can come back for more on Sun 18 June and Sun 16 July.
Cornwall Air Ambulance, Spring Plant Sale, Trevithick Downs, Newquay, Sun 21 May
Lots of us are getting the garden sorted for spring and summer and if you’re borders are in need of a shrub or two why not hit this charity plant sale? Lots of popular local nurseries have donated plants, so that all money raised goes directly to Cornwall Air Ambulance. Plants, shrubs, seeds and other garden-related items will be on sale in the hangar and there will be a garden-themed raffle, pop-up charity shop, Teddy Tombola, teas/coffees and homemade cakes. If you have kids in tow, they’ll love seeing the helicopter up close and meeting the crew.
Trevithick, Starring Kernow King, 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.