What’s On This Week: Mon 29 May – Sun 4 June
MON 29 MAY - SUN 4 JUNE
Keep the kids entertained and save your sanity with this week’s very What’s On Guide – packed with stuff for the kids as well as the best foodie nights, art events and festivals for grown-ups too. Enjoy!
Pick Your Own Strawberries, Trevaskis Farm, Hayle, 8am – 7pm everyday
Set amidst 28 acres of beautiful countryside, picking your own strawberries at Trevaskis is a really lovely way to kill an hour or so with the kids at this time of year. And let’s face it, there’s going to be quite a few hours to fill this week. There’s no need to book, entrance is free, you just pay for what you pick – the challenge is getting the full punnet home, impossible in our family. There’s also an amazing farm shop at Trevaskis, packed to the rafters with delectable Cornish produce and a café for cake or lunch.
Fal River Festival, around The Fal River, Fri 26 May – Sun 4 June
This 10-day long festival celebrates the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by the river Fal. Now in its 12th year, there are over 150 events from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more. It is a not-for-profit festival, which raises huge sums for charity and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors.
See the full programme of events at Falriver.co.uk
Cornwall Open Studios, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
There are many galleries large and small across Cornwall, where you can see the work of local artists but during this special event, almost 300 Cornish-based artists will open their studios to visitors. Some of these artists may not show in Cornwall at all, giving a unique chance to see their work in their workspace and to meet and talk with working artists around the county. Many artists are also offering workshops throughout the week and if you are looking to buy a piece of art, this is a great opportunity to see a range of work or possibly commission something. Participating studios will display an orange ‘O’ outside, so you know you are welcome to pop in and say hi, though opening times vary, so check the catalogue before making a special visit.
A Certain Kind of Light, The Exchange Summer Exhibition, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Opens Sat 27 May
Get down to Penzance this weekend to see the major new exhibition opening at The Exchange. A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades explores how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. See paintings, sculpture, photography and installation, created from the 1960s to the present day, by fourteen leading artists. As part of the exhibition, and to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Exchange, Cornwall-based artist Peter Freeman has updated Lightwave, the dramatic lighting display illuminating the glass façade of the building that he first created when the Gallery opened in 2007.
Heligan Wild Week, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
Drag the kids away from the screens, Heligan Wild Week is all about encouraging fun, adventure and outdoor play. Hosted on Heligan’s East Lawn, you begin in the Wild Tribe Yurt, by choosing a tribe – frog, butterfly, fox or owl and getting decked out with face paints and headdresses before getting stuck into lots of outdoor activities. There are two assault courses for older and younger children, musical workshops with a tribal spin, wild arts and crafts and marshmallows and hammocks by the fire. All included in normal admission price.
Game On Half Term Fun, Eden Project, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
From the latest tech to classic board games, Eden’s half term theme is dedicated to games of every kind – for players young and old. They’ve super-sized a bunch of stuff, upping the challenge and novelty factor, such as a Nintendo controller, marble maze and battle ships. There will also be multi-player arcade games, a go-kart track and an exhibition on the history of gaming. Or if none of that takes your fancy, you can partake in the usual Eden fun, zipping along England’s longest and speediest zip wire or taking a stroll round the incredible indoor and outdoor gardens.
Circus Skills Week, Flambards, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
School’s out – why not learn some useless but impressive skills to dazzle your mates with? Head to Flambards to try your hand at stilt walking, balloon modelling and juggling in our drop in workshop sessions happening daily from 12 – 3pm. Get your face painted and catch performances from a team of circus pros, as they clown around on stage.
May Half Term, St Michaels Mount, Sun 28 May – Fri 2 June
Take the sprogs to St Michael’s Mount over the next few days, where a programme of good Cornish fun awaits. There’ll be storytelling, inspired by tales of the Cormoran, the legendary giant who lived on the Mount, giant colouring in to join in with, shell and pebble art and a big living frame, where kids can enjoying taking photos. The castle gardeners will be sharing their expertise, planting out succulents and Great Scott! Adventures will be leading rock pool adventures along the causeway.
Lobster and Wine Fest, The Kings Arms, Mevagissey, Sun 28 May – Sat 3 June
The Kings Arms is a historic pub in Mevagissey that does fabulous food and wine (see the Muddy review). This time last year they hosted their first lobster festival, which was so incredibly popular that’s is back, with 6 days of lobster dishes, wine tastings and live music in this picture-perfect fishing village.
Trebah Live Music Festival, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Mon 29 May – Sat 3 June
Trebah is one of my favourite Cornish gardens and their lovely amphitheatre comes alive over the summer months with gigs and plays performed beneath the trees. Kicking off the season is Trebah Live Music Festival and Cornish jazz and gospel group Grace Notes will get the party started this Monday (catch Suzie Mac and Fisherman’s Friends later in the week).
Lost Stories of Heligan, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Weds 31 May
As part of the celebrations for Heligan’s Wild Week, Woodfired Canteen will be back in the gardens for another night of feasting and stories. For this special evening, Ben Quinn and his team will be laying on a menu of wild food and produce from the gardens, cooked on their grills. Guests will dine at long tables within the gardens, so you are advised to dress for the somewhat unpredictable Cornish weather.
Stones and Bones by Squashbox Theatre, The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Fri 2 June
Storytelling with puppets and songs for families with young children. Stones And Bones is a marvellous mix of history and mystery! Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two. 50 mins long, Suitable children aged 5+ and their families.
The Great Estate Festival, Scorrier House, Redruth, Fri 2 – Sun 4 June
I’ll be there with bells on and I think you should come along too! The Great Estate is Cornwall’s newest festival, held in the beautiful and extensive grounds of Scorrier House near Redruth. Headline acts include English rock heroes Echo and the Bunnymen; YouTube cover star and Cornish gal Daisy Clark (you’ve seen this right?); DJ Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show; The Showhawk Duo and Electric Swing Circus. Festival-goers should also expect the unexpected – we’re promised sword-swallowers, burlesque, cabaret, a silent forest disco and a secret gin garden. And don’t forget to book a feast with the brilliant Wild Wine Club!
Berber & Q Weekender with Woodfired Canteen, Hubbox, Truro, Sat 3 and Sun 4 June
A super exciting, foodie team-up is hitting Truro this weekend, so grab some tickets quick. The team from hip London grill house Berber & Q is heading west to join Woodfired Canteen for two days of live fire cooking and music at Hubbox. As well as an amazing ‘Ottolenghi on a BBQ’ style cook up, there will be music from the resident Hubbox DJ and the folk from Berber & Q. Tickets are £30 and it’s worth knowing, this is an 18+ event – which has its charm at the end of half term.
WHAT HAVE I MISSED?
Is there something exciting going on that I’ve missed? Give us the scoop in the comments!