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What’s On This Weekend: Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug


The weekend’s almost here and there’s heaps of fun to be had in Cornwall. Head to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for the hilarious-sounding UBU Karaoke at Kneehigh Asylum, drink and er, eat gin at Knightor Winery, party on the island at St Ives and loads more…
UBU KaraokeKneehigh Asylum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Thur 2 – 25 Aug
 The Asylum is back in a new site at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, kicking off the summer of performances is UBU Karaoke! – a roof-raising, stark-raving sing-along satire! We all know an Ubu. Expect world-class buffoonery from Kneehigh stalwarts in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical! Featuring some of the most iconic rock & pop anthems of all time, by a belting Kneehigh band plus a choir of extras – you!* This will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness you won’t forget! (for ages 10+)

PlayFest, Truro Cattle Market, Truro, Thur 2 – Fri 3 Aug

PlayFest (part of National Playday) is a two-day festival to celebrate children’s right to play at the Cattle Market fields in Truro. Activities and fun include, circus skills workshops, have-a-go sessions, circus performance shows, entertainers, a variety of arts & crafts workshops, stalls, face painting, music, dance, yoga, fairground rides and more.  Entry is free of charge. Some of the activities require an Activity Pass (£3), adults go free with accompanying child. Rides and food charged separately.

Tarquin’s Gin Feast, Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Fri 3 Aug
Are you an adventurous foodie with a fondness for Cornish gin..? If so, this is the feast for you! Knightor has teamed up with Tarquins Gin for the ultimate summer feast; a unique evening of gin-inspired recipes and fresh, local produce. From the classic flavours of gin to the fruity punch of limited edition blends, this is a truly summer menu full of seasonal, home-cooked ingredients and delicious flavours. £27.95pp

Steel Magnolias, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Sat 4 Aug

Sterts Theatre is marking the centenary this year of the first women being given the vote with a special all-gal production. The cast, director, stage manager, sound and crew of Steel Magnolias are all female. The 1980s play by Robert Harling was made famous by the film of the same name, starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton. It’s a touching and funny tale of a group of women who meet in a beauty parlour in Southern America and support each other through life’s ups and downs.  A universal story of female friendship could just as easily be set in Liskeard as Louisiana!

Kaboli Campfire Curry Night, Truro, Sat 4 Aug

A new rustic supper club experience based around campfire cooking and homegrown veggies. Set in chef Henri’s kitchen garden, beside Trelissick near Feock, feasts are held outdoors and this week’s menu is curry – which tastes even better cooked on the campfire apparently.Includes starter, main course & pudding. £22pp for 3 courses.

The Summer Island Disco, Surf House St Ives, St Ives, Sat 4 Aug

The SurfHouse ‘Summer Island Disco’ is a chilled mini festival in beautiful St Ives.  Although this is only the event’s second year running, it is set to be bigger and better than the last, with an increased capacity, lots of live music and bands and even more local food and drinks stalls, including Lee Skeet, Bring Me Bubbles, SilCo Searoom and St Ives Cider.

Helford Passage Regatta, Helford Passage, Sat 4 Aug

A great day out for all ages, with beach events, fancy dress and sandcastle competitions for kids, all sorts of races on the river, BBQ and various other refreshments available, cake stall, tombola, raffle, face painting, RNLI display.

Unicorn Derby, Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Sat 4 Aug

Rescheduled from last week! To celebrate the summer holidays, Jubilee Pool is inviting adults and children from to take part in a sparkling and dazzling summer launch event. You are invited to attend the biggest ever gathering of inflatable unicorns at the pool. The pool and its café will be running a variety of unicorn-themed activities, seeing the summer holidays in with twinkling 1930s style. This will include a ‘Unicorn Derby’ at 2pm and an appearance from the St Ives Mermaid. Usual entrance price applies, you can bring your unicorn or buy one at the pool for £10.

Jamaica Inn, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Sat 4 and Sun 5 Aug

This adaptation of the classic Daphne du Maurier novel is brought to you by the award winning Helston Theatre Company.

Squashbox Theatre presents The Sea Show, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Sun 5 Aug

The Sea Show is the creation of Craig Johnson, an actor, musician and puppeteer, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre.

King Edward Mine Museum Family Open Day, Cambourne, Sun 5 Aug

The Family Fun Day is back, from 10am – 4pm, with FREE entry to King Edward Mine Museum. Throughout the day there are a host of activities to entertain the family from guided tours of the Museum, Cornish storytelling*, Gold panning, mini mining games, into the cage – blackout room, live music, face painting, children’s bouncy castle and a local art exhibition. Learn about Cornish mining history, explore the Great Flat Lode by foot or by bike, discover the Nature Trail and unwind in The Croust Hut Café. Entry to the Museum is free, car-parking is free, extra charges may apply for activities.


On throughout summer…

Gigs at The Wateringhole, Perranporth, throughout summer

Another venue you can be sure to catch some great live music through July and August (and my local), right on the beach in Perranporth. Some of the season’s biggest gigs have past but you can still see Sugar Hill Gang & Furious Five , Natty, Too Many Zoos, Jack and The Weatherman, Caravana Sun, Brushy One String and Mowtown Pirates. If you don’t know some of these names, hit YouTube and don’t blame me if you’ve suddenly lost half the day.

A Summer of Live Music at Lusty Glaze, Newquay, throughout summer

There’s loads of live music lined up at this amazing Newquay beach venue over the summer. Gigs include Sundowner Sessions with Ben Morgan-Brown, Andy Quick, The Sinking of the Good Ship Rosa, Velvet and Stone and The Grenaways. And Summer Jazz Sundays – afternoon tea and live jazz – are new for 2018 on the 29 Jul and 12 Aug. Reservations are required for those dates.

Kurt Jackson – Revisiting Turner’s Tourism, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, until 18 Aug

Kurt Jackson, Revisiting Turner's Tourism, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

A touring exhibition in which leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson walks in the footsteps of JMW Turner to visit the location of his iconic images; to track down the exact viewpoint, to see for oneself how it differs or reflects the source material.

Kurt Jackson – Seacrows, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, until 18 Aug

A new body of work by Kurt Jackson made over the last few years, whilst looking at and watching the population of shags and Cormorants seen along our coast and rivers.This series of studies of these extraordinary birds includes paintings, drawings and two large new carborundum prints made with master printmaker, Simon Marsh.

Entranced By A Special Place – The Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA, Penlee Gallery, Penzance, until 8 Sept

The Vale of Trevider, 1899. By SJ Lamorna Birch. Penlee Gallery Exhibition, Cornwall 2018

Image: The Vale of Trevider, 1899. By SJ Lamorna Birch (1869 – 1955). Private Collection, © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman Images

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall. Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch’s lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over 70 paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations.

Rose Wylie – History Painting, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn & Penzance, until 15 Sept

Rose Wylie Newlyn Gallery & Exchange Exhibition 2018

Rose Wylie is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are intelligent, funny, and quietly political. The large-scale paintings at Newlyn Art Gallery include three recent works inspired by the Pilgrims’ voyage aboard the Mayflower and at The Exchange, paintings inspired by celebrities and Quentin Tarantino films will hang alongside more personal memories including her experience of the Blitz.

Patrick Heron Exhibition, Tate St Ives, St Ives, until 30 Sept

Patrick Heron Five Discs

Patrick Heron, Five Discs: 1963. Private collection © Estate of Patrick Heron.

Celebrate one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work. The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the end of the 20th century. Making use of the gallery’s new building, the show will include a number of large-scale paintings offering a unique opportunity to explore this modern master’s sense of scale, colour and composition.

Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art, The Leach Pottery, St Ives, until 7 Oct

Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art Exhibition, Leach Studio Gallery, 2018

Photo: Matthew Tyas

The first solo show from Leach’s Lead Potter Roelof Uys, since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago. This exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots. It features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases. Eclectic in influence, ‘Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, responds to Roelof Uys’ early experiences as a potter in South Africa and to his work in today’s Leach Studio.

Romi Behrens: Selected Works, Tremenheere Gallery, nr Gulval Penzance, 26 Jul – 27 Aug

Romi Behrens Tremenheere Gallery Cornwall

A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Wiltshire-born artist Romi Behrens. Romi begun painting when she moved to Cornwall in 1959.  Inspired by her love of Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, she is largely self-taught. Romi’s talent is to instinctively capture the subject in a vibrant blaze of energy and colour. Her work has been exhibited from Cornwall to London, including the Royal Academy and the Arnolfini in Bristol.

Botelet Breakfast Club, Herodsfoot, every Monday through summer

If you haven’t got yourself down to Botelet’s brilliant breakfast club, don’t miss it this summer. Take your seat at the farmhouse table and enjoy a deliciously fresh set menu breakfast, each week with a seasonal twist. £15pp/ £7.50 for children.

Expedition Space, Eden Project, 21 Jul- 2 Sept

Don’t miss an all new adventure this summer – blast off with Expedition Space at The Eden Project. You’ll get to be a tourist in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and enjoy out of this world experiences. From live science shows to a mars mission and virtual reality experience, enjoy all of these intergalactic activities and more this summer at Eden – with so much happening both indoors and out, there’s limitless fun come rain or shine!

Pirate School – Interactive shows with Rattlebox Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, 23 Jul – 31 Aug

Swagger up for Pirate school for a broadside of pirate entertainment and learning.  All aboard shipmates and join the trainee pirate crew! In our fun packed sessions learn what every budding Buccaneer needs to know about being a pirate of the ‘Golden Age Of Piracy’! There’ll also be ‘make and takes’ and Pirate Parrot trails. Mon – Fri, 4 x shows a day at 11.00,12.00, 14.00 and 15.00. No booking required.

Magic in the Skies, Land’s End Landmark, every Tues and Thurs from 24 Jul – 30 Aug

Enjoy a thrilling cocktail of pyrotechnic wizardry that lasts all summer long, with vibrant explosions lighting up Land’s End every Tues and Thurs evening at dusk. Each of the twelve firework displays will transport you on a musical journey, retelling the ancient legend of the Lost Land of Lyonesse, featuring a vocal performance from BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes and an original orchestral score created by Cornish composer Christopher Bond.

Hands on History: Terrific Tudors, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, 25 Jul – 31 Aug

Get set for a summer packed with family fun as the Hands on History Crew bring Pendennis Castle to life. Join the crew for Tudor activities and storytelling during the school holidays. There are also Tudor Pageants and Medieval Jousts lined up on select dates through the summer.

Summer Adventures at The Lost Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 28 Jul – 2 Sept 

We never miss a trip to the Lost Gardens in the holidays. The team puts on the most lovely outdoorsy activity programmes inspired by nature. This summer, be inspired in ‘The Gallery of the Glorious Stick’ for your own stick crafts; build a bamboo stick den; climb, leap, swing and balance your way around our outdoor play and explore through your feet on a giant barefoot trail.

Tate Create, Tate St Ives, 28 Jul – 31 Aug

Get creative and have some fabulous holiday fun at Tate Create. This summer it’s all about colour at Tate St Ives.  Get your paint brushes ready and help us create an exhibition of artworks, inspired by Patrick Heron but made by you! Be prepared for pots of paint, lots of fun and a rainbow of colour.

Summer Sketch Club, Botelet, nr Liskeard, every Friday in August

Summer Sketch Club is for families – children and their parents/carers will have the chance to explore mark-making, colour-mixing, shape and composition activities under illustrator Sarah Hercod’s expert and wonderfully warm guidance, immersed in the natural landscape at Botelet. All ages of children (and grown ups!) welcome, and no experience necessary.  Places are limited so please contact @sarahhercodillustration to book.

Cool Summer at Camel Creek, nr Wadebridge, Tuesdays through summer

Over the summer, Camel Creek will be hosting Character Days every Tuesday, welcoming Peppa and George Pig and the Paw Patrol pups to the adventure park. They also have an emergency services and charity day on 16 Aug.

Summer Adventures at St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, various dates through August

A programme of events and activities for children is on offer at St Michael’s Mount this summer, including arts and crafts on the lawn, inspired by Cornish myths and legends every Tuesday; flower and insect-inspired activities on Thursdays, guided rockpool exploring on Fridays and craft and storytelling Sundays.

Summer of Sport & Play, National Trust Properties across Cornwall, throughout summer

The National Trust will be getting kids active in the open this summer with a programme of play and sport from Lanhydrock to Trelissick. Check the website for everything from cycling and croquet to hoopla, giant versions of Jenga and dominoes and junior archery.

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