What’s On This Weekend: Fri 14 – Sun 16 July
FRI 14 – SUN 16 JULY
Tropical Pressure Festival and the two most anticipated theatre events of summer are here for your cultural pleasure. Enjoy!!
Wolf’s Child by WildWorks, The Trelowarren Estate, The Lizard Peninsula, Tues 11 – Sat 29 July
I can’t wait for this one! Not really a theatre but the venue for the summer’s most buzzed-about theatre production – a outdoor promenade performance of Wolf’s Child by WildWorks. After 10 years creating work around the world, the renowned theatre company is coming home to Cornwall. The stage will be set in the grounds of the historic Trelowarren Estate, on the banks of the Helford River and the audience will follow the drama from set to set as the story unfolds. This promises to be an unforgettable production in a very special part of Cornwall, particularly poignant, as WildWorks mourns the passing of its pioneering Artistic Director Bill Mitchell. Tickets cost £21 for adults, £16 for children and £19 for students.
Lost Gardens Summer Ball, Rogue Theatre at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, from Wed 12 July
Best known for their immersive theatre adventures in Tehidy Woods, multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre will be weaving its magic at The Lost Gardens of Heligan this summer. “The Lost Gardens Summer Ball is an exuberant, bewitching, and fun exploration into a world whose magic was lost in time, but not entirely forgotten!” Rogue’s shows are billed as suitable for families, adults and children of all ages who hear the call of the wild. From experience, there is lots that will go over little heads but the music, costumes and magic still manages to hold them entranced.
The Mikado, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Thurs 13 – Sat 15 July
Following the phenomenon which was Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake, another thrilling all-male version of a much-loved classic. Sasha Regan returns with one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, following her hugely successful all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance. The opera is set in 1950’s England, where a school camping trip takes us to the far away land of Titipu, where their penchant for poking fun at British Institutions combined with their inherent humour and timeless tunefulness make for, arguably, the most popular opera ever written.
Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Fri 14 – Sun 17 July
Tropical Pressure is a small, family-friendly festival with a global theme, celebrating the rich music, dance and food of three tropical continents. This intimate, family friendly event, with camping in the Eco Park’s spacious grounds overlooking the sea, will come alive with the sounds, sights and flavours of Africa, Latin America and The Caribbean. Festival goers can expect three days, packed with live bands, DJ’s, music and dance workshops, yoga, kids’ play & craft sessions, storytelling, healing treatments and World music films. It’s a real local favourite that’s not to be missed.
Bands In The Sands, The Wateringhole, Perranporth Beach, Fri 14 July
Following Tunes in the Dunes and a star turn from Tom Jones last month, there are four more big music dates to know about in Perranporth this summer. July sees performances from Seasick Steve, The Stranglers and Feeder, then Jamaican group Toots and the Maytals will be dropping by in August.
Festival of Children’s Literature, Kestle Barton, Helston, Sat 15 – Sun 16 July
The first Festival of Children’s Literature at Kestle Barton includes a schools’ day, with invited school children from five local primary schools, and a grand Family Day, open to all, with plenty of interesting workshops, activities and fun. Writer Christopher William Hill will introduce his wonderful series of books, Mary Evans has been will give a sneak preview of her Greek God tales, Chris Higgins will be launching the latest in her quirky and entertaining, My Funny Family series and illustrator Theo Carter-Weber will lead a workshop in which the children will produce and illustrate short stories. The gallery and garden will be open as usual with no entry charge.
Seaside Saturday, A Summer Sale by the Sea, Perranporth, Sat 15 July
Take a trip to the seaside for a summer sale event with some of Perranporth’s finest online businesses, along with some special guests. Join local companies Green and Blue, Atlantic Blankets, Going Loopy Crochet, Really Big Bubbles, and Ashortwalk, with guest companies Block and Hannah Turner, for a super sale by the sea. This one day only discount shopping social is taking place in Perranporth at Green and Blue’s HQ.
Oyster Masterclass & BBQ, The Arc, Hawksfield, Sun 16 Jul
Hands-on Shucking and tasting Oyster Masterclass (£60), all whilst supping specially chosen wines from Bin Two to accompany plentiful tasty oysters throughout the class. Class ends with a create-your-own ‘Shipwrecked Mary’, The Oyster Lady, Katy’s signature cocktail, which you can enjoy at the after class Oyster BBQ, open to all. And, you take home your very own oyster knife to carry on shucking!
Jazz Picnic, Heartlands, Pool, Sun 16 July
The most chilled of all the musical events in this month’s guide is to be held in the beautiful and tranquil Diaspora Gardens at Heartlands. Local group Sonic Jazz Project will be performing and The Red River Cafe will be offering picnics to pre-order. Bring blankets and layers may be required as the evening rolls on.