What’s On This Weekend: Fri 26 – Mon 29 May
FRI 26 - MON 29 MAY
As summer half term kicks off, Cornwall’s artistic community is opening its doors for ‘Cornwall Open Studios’, a major new exhibition launches at The Exchange and there’s more brilliant Cornish festivals to hit. Who’s for a little culture before the chaos?
Into The Wyldes, Week St Mary, Fri 26 & Sat 27 May
A much-anticipated series of music events is kicking off at North Cornwall’s The Wyldes this weekend. On the site of Leopalooza, you can catch multi-award-winning Rag ‘n’ Bone Man on Friday, alongside a handpicked gang of support acts, then on Saturday it’s Chase and Status and a raft of other great talent they’ve brought together for this special gig. The music kicks off at 4pm and adult tickets (we’re amazed there are any left!) are priced at £39.60.
La Dame Blanche, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Fri 26 May
A little further down the coast at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, there’s another great gig for music fans. Cuban singer and musician Ramos aka La Dame Blanche is visiting Cornwall for the very first time. This is the only date this lady is playing in the South West as part of her world tour. After La Dame, Sir Vinyl will be on the decks so you can dance long into the evening and the Eco Park cafe, La Cantina will be serving up a Cuban-inspired menu for the occasion.
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Sunset, Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 26 May
With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a really unique dining experience; sharing platters and cocktails in Bedruthan’s beautiful private dining room, with direct access into the sea-view garden for post-dinner marshmallow roasting. These long table feasts are served from an open kitchen and each feast night has a different themed menu. May is all about Mussels and Polgoon Cider and the first event on 12 May is already sold out. So without wanting to sound like a broken record – book on the double for the 26 May! At £17.50pp this is one of the more affordable feast nights on offer this month.
The Masked Ball, Porthleven, Fri 26 – Sun 28 May
A three-day dance party on the cliff-tops near Porthleven, The Masked Ball began in 2006 and has attracted acts such as Dreadzone and Groove Armada over the years. Organsiers describe the mini festival as a “multi-level party kingdom, where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury, where a mélange of fascinating entertainment emanates from many nooks and crannies in the ultimate ring-master’s den of iniquity: myriad rooms, dens, dance floors, hidden bars, bath-tubs, world-class dancelubs and an unrivalled line-up of underground, international DJS.” Crazy costumes are encouraged and there’s the option of camping, which you’ll probably want to take, so you can dance till dawn.
Cornwall Art Fair, St Ives Guildhall Fri 26 – Sun 28 May
The idea for the Cornwall Art Fair, which returns in 2017 for its second year, was born out of a realisation that there is a large disparity between the amount of quality artists in Cornwall and the opportunities for them to showcase their work in a central place, to meet potential buyers, shops and galleries and network together. This art exhibition aims to promote the vast talent of established and emerging Cornish artisans by providing an avenue for their creations. Whether you are a first-time buyer looking to start your collection or a seasoned collector searching for a new direction, the fair presents a vast range of artists working in a range of styles, with artworks starting at £50.
Fish ‘n’ Fizz Friday, Knightor Winery, Fri 26 May
There is no more decadent combination than fish and chips and a glass of bubbly on a Friday night. Yours to enjoy for £15 at Knightor Winery this week. Throw in another £10 and they’ll throw in a winemakers tour and tasting pre-dinner. The tour offers an in-depth look at all that goes into making wine, followed by a tutored tasting of our wines. It’s a great chance to ask any burning questions you have about vine-growing, winemaking and how to understand, choose and enjoy wine!
Chill At The Mill Festival, Retorrick Mill, Mawgan Porth, Fri 26 – Sun 28 May
Cornwall has a raft of small and characterful festivals lined up for summer. Tanks to the good folk at Retorrick Mill, there’s three days of reggae, funk and food to look forward to this weekend. Festival-goers at Chill At The Mill can expect live bands, DJS and afternoon acoustic sets and lots of great eats from all over Cornwall. Sunday is dress up day, so get your carnival costume ready.
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.
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.
Little Petherick, Little Festival, Little Petherick, Sun 28 May
This mini food fest is back for its second year. Hosted jointly between The Old Mill House and Little Petherick Village Hall, expect great local produce, street food and chefs demos, including Cornish Duck Truck, Padstow Brewing Company, Firebrand Bar and Restaurant and Trevibban Mill. The Old Mill House is a 16th century former corn mill, which is now a B&B and bistro.
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, an 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).
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