What’s On This Weekend: Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug
FRI 24 - MON 27 AUG
It’s summer’s final hurrah – so let’s make it count! Here are a few of the hippest happenings across Cornwall this Bank Holiday weekend.
Scraww, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Tues 21 – Sat 25 Aug
Miracle Theatre touring with Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, Enys Gardens, Penryn, Thurs 23 – Sat 25 Aug
This summer Cornwall’s award-winning Miracle Theatre will set Chekhov’s classic comedy ablaze, skilfully treading the tightrope between tears and laughter with the story of a family facing ruin, as society teeters on the brink of cataclysmic change. Miracle’s outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ activity and pop up in unexpected and extraordinary, places including gardens beaches, castles and clifftops. See my review
Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, Thurs 23 – Mon 27 Aug
The bank holiday weekend is all about folk music in Wadebridge, with four nights and three days of concerts, sessions, folk clubs, dancing, workshops, craft fairs and children’s events in the beautiful market town. This year’s line-up includes local and international stars including Eddi Reader, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore and Flats & Sharps.
The Odd Folk, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Fri 24 Aug
“The best folk band you’ve never heard of!” say The Guardian. A passionately ramshackle quintet, playing their own brand of “triumphant folk” while journeying up and down the country in a vintage Renault 4! Recently seen supporting young troubadour Johnny Flynn and folk legend Steve Tilston, and equally at home on the main stage of the corner of an old barn, the boys treat each ‘giggle’ with the same gusto and aim to make people smile and bounce! £10pp
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Fri 24 Aug
The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in Illyria’s open air performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles. An ancient curse hangs over the Baskerville family of Dartmoor: all are said to die a brutal death, the victim of a gigantic ghostly hound. The case is brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes. But of what use is the detective’s scientific reasoning when confronted with a purely supernatural case?
Tag Rugby Tournament, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Aug
Lusty Glaze’s annual family friendly bank holiday rugby festival returns. There is a one-day event on the Friday and a two-day event over Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s competition has group stages followed by knockout stages and a gripping final. For the two-day competition teams have games on both Saturday and Sunday. The results from Saturday determine which level of competition teams play in on Sunday. Games are played through the day progressing to knockout stages and floodlit finals on Sunday evening, there will then be live music and Fireworks after the trophy presentation. The beach is open for spectators and friends to enjoy the spectacle with food and drink available.
SkyBar, St Agnes, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Aug
SkyBar is an exciting pop-up bar event appearing at various stunning locations around the South West. Inviting guests to enjoy the exclusive aprés sea atmosphere, SkyBar hosts sell-out club nights with great music, street food and themed bars. Popping up in two gorgeous Cornish spots this August.
Sustainable Seafood Saturday, Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Sat 25 Aug
Choose from the very best local seafood, exclusively caught by day boat fishermen from the harbours of Looe and Newlyn, perfectly partnered with a glass of chilled Champagne Pommery Brut Royal Champagne at The Idle Rocks, overlooking St Mawes harbour.
Cornwall Pride, Newquay, Sat 25 Aug
Now in its eleventh year, Cornwall Pride is a celebration of diversity in Cornwall. This traditional Pride event includes a colourful and vibrant parade from Towan Beach, Rainbow Fest with an afternoon of live music at Newquay’s Killacourt and a ticketed evening ‘Moonbow’ party.
Sea Swim Festival, Polkerris Beach, Sat 25 Aug
The Swim Festival is a mass-participation open water sea swimming event and a great chance to try a swim of a particular distance 1-3km. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly fit, strong and ready for an extra challenge you could swim two or even all three distances.