What’s On This Week: Mon 7 – Sun 13 May
MON 7 - SUN 13 MAY
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.
Flora Day, Helston, Tues 8 May
The people of Helston have been celebrating the ancient tradition of Flora Day for hundreds of years. It is a spring festival to mark the end of winter and arrival, vitality and fertility of spring. The shops and houses are decked out with bluebells, laurels, gorse and other greenery and the dancing begins from seven in the morning, continuing all day. Eighty couples dance through the streets – as well as several shops and houses – to drive out the darkness of winter and usher in the light of spring.
What The Ladybird Heard, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 8 – Weds 9 May
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs. Age 3+
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Weds 9 – Thurs 10 May
Six awkward but ultimately lovable spellers learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the world since 2005 with its effortless wit and humour. Featuring a wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this Bee is one unforgettable experience which will leave you with a real buzzzzzzzzzzz!
Hidden Hut Feast Nights, Porthcurnick Beach, Weds 9 May
This unique beachside café hosts the most laidback (and affordable) feast nights in Cornwall. Held outdoors whatever the weather, guests bring their own plates, cutlery and wine – the Hidden Hut provides the food and fire. One dish is served on each night, which in May includes ‘Headland Beef Grill’ and ‘Wind Chime Mackerel’.
Grown & Gathered, Mount Haven, Thurs 10 May
Mount Haven Chef, Ross Sloan has created a six-course vegan and vegetarian tasting menu for this special dining event. Each course will be paired with wines from local suppliers Enotria & Coe and expert Katie Rosser will be on hand to talk through the provenance of each wine. Highlights of the menu include, green and white asparagus, three cornered leek and hazelnut tart, aubergine & Miso, potato glass and salted black olives and butternut squash gnocchi, heritage carrots, fresh nettle cheese & malt (veggie and vegan options available). £45pp and a 5 glass wine flight at £25.
BBC Concert Orchestra and Truro Cathedral Choir with Cellist Natalie Clein, Truro Cathedral, Fri 11 May
A unique chance to hear all three in one special concert. The theme for the concert is ‘nature’ and it will feature independent pieces by the choir and the orchestra, before they come together with children from Richard Lander School, Truro School, Truro High School for Girls and Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir, to perform the premiere of a new work by Dobrinka Tabakova, written especially for the occasion. A rare opportunity to hear the BBC Concert Orchestra in the cathedral’s magical acoustic, with the full cathedral choir, lots of gifted students from local schools. The spectacular line-up will be further enhanced by world acclaimed cellist, Natalie Clein.
Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Fri 11 – Sat 19 May
A nine-day literary festival based in Daphne du Maurier’s beautiful hometown of Fowey, Cornwall. Featuring a wide range of guest speakers with talks, panel debates, workshops and concerts. This year, the festival welcomes Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit, authors Jane Corry and Sarah Winman, musicians Wildwood Kin and Al Marconi and famous faces, John Nettles and Charles Spencer.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival, Fri 11 – Sun 13 May
Prepare for a weekend of culinary treats on the sands of beautiful Porthminster Beach. There’s a great line-up of local and national chefs putting on demonstrations, including Tom Brown, Jane Devonshire, Simon Hulstone, Jude Kereama, Lee Skeet and Bens, Ambridge, Prior, Quinn and Tunnicliffe! In the week leading up to the festival there will also be the annual Food Trail in St Ives, for visitors to enjoy discounts with various local traders and businesses.
Sam Fender, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, Sat 12 May
One of the UK’s most hotly tipped artists, the incredible Sam Fender, will be heading to the South West in 2018 to play his first two headline shows in the region. Firstly, at a freshly relaunched B-Side presents night at the Old Bakery in Truro!
Art Scilly, Isles of Scilly, Sat 12 – Sat 19 May
Art Scilly is a week long event, offering a chance to meet the local artists who are inspired by the light and scenery of Scilly and get stuck in yoursefl, with a variety of classes, workshops and activities. From heat transfer fabric printing & silk scarf painting to linocut printing and stained glass – there’s something for everyone across the islands.
Brunch Club, Canteen, St Agnes, Sun 13 May
If you haven’t heard – Canteen’s brunch club get togethers are legendary…they’ve have created some all time menus and brought heaps of flavour to many a Sunday stroll! Only throwing the doors open for one brunch a month means these events get booked up super quick. So, grab your seats, order some sunshine and walk, run, bike to Canteen to enjoy a great feed to fuel your Sunday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Eden Classic Sportive 2017, Eden Project, Sun 13 May
Now in its third year, The Eden Classic Sportive is a mass-participation cycle ride with three route options, ranging from a short yet challenging ride of 35 miles, to a middle distance of 62 miles, and a long ride for the experienced sportive rider of 100 miles. Riders will pedal the length of Eden as they begin, then ascend steep hairpin bends before taking a choice of three routes along stunning coastal roads and finishing back at Eden. Family and friends of riders can enjoy free entry to Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (one of the stops) on the day. Limited on-the-day entries.