What’s On This Week: Mon 30 Apr – Sun 6 May
MON 30 APR - SUN 6 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.
The Cause: An Overture of Rebellion and Revolt, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Thurs 3 May
As featured on BBC Breakfast, The Cause considers the impact of a lifetime of political campaigning on an individual and marks the centenary year of the first votes for women in 1918. 1913 – revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet in secret. Their actions have divided them. Divided a nation. Split their cause in two. What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett?
Ale and Pie Festival, Smugglers Den, Cubert, Fri 4 – Mon 7 May
The Smugglers Ale and Pie Festival is back again for its 19th year. The festival that take place over the first May bank holiday promises a massive selection of ales and ciders, a selection of hand-held pies and burgers from Wild Food Kitchen as well as a full programme of live music. Acts lined up include Daisy Clarke, Backbeat Sound System, Winter Mountain and more…
Heligan Feast Night, Pentewan, Fri 4 May
The Heligan Gardeners and Chefs have united to grow and create some truly unique Heligan dishes which will travel just 157 yards from soil to plate. The second in series of feasts at The Lost Gardens, starring Heligan-reared lamb, vegetables and herbs. £25pp
Silent Disco Yoga, The Eden Project, Fri 4 May
Silent Disco Yoga nestled in the lush undergrowth of the Mediterranean Biome at Eden. Imagine a dynamic yoga class in one of the most memorable locations you could think of, with inquisitive birds hopping around and the smell of plants filling the air…and not having to rely on the great Cornish weather! 300 people all practicing yoga together really brings about a unique and special energy that will leave you feeling uplifted and connected with yourself and everyone around you. £18pp
World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships, Isles of Scilly, Fri 4 – Sun 6 May
It’s the 29th year of theWorld Pilot Gig Championships and each year it gets bigger, with more crews attending, from as far afield as Holland and the USA. The majority of participants, however, come from the South West where the wooden pilot gigs are still built locally and raced regularly. The “champs”, have become an island spectacle with a carnival atmosphere. The veteran’s race kicks off the proceedings on Friday night, followed by men’s and women’s races on Saturday and Sunday.
Steve McQueen Exhibition Opening, CAST, Helston, Sat 5 May
12 Years A Slave Director, Steve McQueen’s film ‘Gravesend’ is concerned with the mining of coltan, a dull black mineral used in capacitors, which are vital components in mobile phones, laptops, and other electronics. Juxtaposing an animated fly-by of the Congo River with footage of workers sifting through dark earth and robots processing the procured material in a pristine, brightly lit laboratory, the film’s disjunctions allegorise the very real economic, social and physical distance this material traverses as it moves from the third to the first world. Part of Groundwork – a series of exhibitions and events bringing internationally celebrated art and artists to Cornwall.
Fisherman’s Shelter Exhibitions, Harbour Gallery, Portscatho, Sat 5 – Mon 7 and Sat 26 – Mon 28 May
Over the two May bank holidays, The Harbour Gallery will be hosting special exhibitions at the Fisherman’s Shelter in Portscatho. The first showcases the vibrant landscapes of gallery favourite Joe Armstrong and the second is dedicated to Julian Mason’s atmospheric vistas of Cornwall.
13: The Musical, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 5 – 7 May
The British Theatre Academy brings their West End Smash Hit production of 13: The Musical to Minack, featuring talented young performers from the West End’s, Matilda, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot and The Sound Of Music. Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!
Bluebell Festival and Art Exhibition, Enys Gardens, Sat 5 – Sun 13 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.Within the 30 acre gardens lies an open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breathtaking. Once again this year there will also be an art exhibition during the festival from 5-7 of May and a craft fair, from 12-13 May.
Days of the Dinosaur, Flambards, Helston, 5 – 7 May
Visitors can explore the Jurassic Journey and meet life-sized dinosaurs including a terrifying T-Rex. Complete the dinosaur hunters spotter trail before visiting the Dino-Nursery & Hatchery to see the latest arrivals and then join the Dino-Dig to unearth fossilised remains in a special prehistoric boneyard. Throughout the bank holiday weekend visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to some real-life prehistoric creatures that still exist today!
Fox Fest Garden Party, The Fox’s Revenge, Summercourt, Sun 6 May
The second ever FoxFest Party hosted in a marquee in the grounds of the The Fox’s Revenge. Sip cocktails from the gin bar, sample lush street food or take high tea! The soundtrack will be provided by South West DJ Pete Isaac, aka Jelly Jazz rolling into a Silent Disco till the early hours! £12.50pp
Bluebell Sunday, 10 Acre Wood, Wadebridge, Sun 6 May
Come and walk in a British Bluebell Woodland and fill your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of spring. This delightful Ancient woodland, nestled in a beautiful valley in North Cornwall, is privately owned and managed for conservation and education. 10 Acre Wood will be open to the public on Sunday 6 May, with a £2 entry fee going to support the woodland habitat and Forest School. Children under 16 free. Dogs must be kept on leads. Tea and cake available in The Glade.