Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Cornwall
Woohoo, the weekend is around the corner (Friday totally counts) and I have a line-up of fun for every palette in the Muddy Guide this week. From beer, mussels and rugby to art auctions, tattoos and beautiful Cornish daffs — take your pick!
Tattoo Exhibition, National Maritime Museum, Opens Fri 17 March
For a giant dose of cool, get down to The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, where a ground-breaking exhibition, delving into the history and future of British Tattoo Art, opens this week. Items from three of the most important private collections of tattoo material in Britain will be on show, among more than 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artifacts. There will also be specially commissioned works from stars of the tattooing world Tihoti Faara Barff, Matt Houston and Aimée Cornwell, displayed on hyper-realistic body sculptures. The exhibition is curated by Dr Matt Lodder, lecturer in Contemporary Art History at the University of Essex, who says, “tattooing is a romantic, exciting and often-misunderstood art-form, and we hope that our exhibition will communicate some of that magic.”
Sleeping Beauty, Hall for Cornwall, Fri 17 – Sat 18 Mar
Come see this year’s big performance from the Duchy Ballet. Sleeping Beauty tells the entrancing tale of Princess Aurora, who sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by her handsome Prince. Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s score, choreographer Terence Etheridge has reinterpreted the classic tale to create this bewitching spectacle. Cornwall’s talented dancers will entertain with sparkling performances, honed to perfection. The youth ballet company was originally formed to celebrate the opening of the Hall for Cornwall in November 1997, offering local dancers the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform in a professional setting alongside artists from the national and international stage.
Beer & Mussel Festival, The Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Mar
My idea of a perfect weekend feast! At Rick Stein’s North Cornwall pub, The Cornish Arms the team will be serving up signature mussel dishes accompanied by a choice of 40 local beers and ciders all weekend at their annual festival. There’ll be lots of live music too, from the likes of Mowtown Pirates, Mango Tiger, The Stowes and Josh Curnow, cookery demos and a big charity quiz. And never fear rugby fans, the Six Nations games will be showing on big screens for all to see. To whet your appetite, dishes will include Rick’s moules mariniére, mussels with beer and bacon, and mussels with black bean, garlic and ginger.
Porthleven’s Great Baulk Auction, The Atlantic Inn, Sat 18 Mar
During the ferocious storms of 2013/14, Porthleven was battered by thirty-foot waves that smashed through the harbour defence baulks. These two-ton beams floated around the harbour damaging boats and many local fisherman were unable to go to sea for up to 6 months. The Fisherman’s Mission provided much needed emergency grants at this time. Salvaging something beautiful from the experience, the charity broke up the huge pine baulks and enlisted many artists, makers and creatives as well as famous supporters such as Dame Judi Dench and Caroline Quentin to produce over 80 pieces of original art work. These will be sold at a unique auction this Saturday at 4pm at The Atlantic Inn, Porthleven and online at davidlay.co.uk.
Falmouth Spring Flower Show, The Princess Pavilion, Sat 18 – Sun 19 Mar
There’s daffs at every turn – it must be time for a flower show or two. First up in a string of Cornish floral celebrations is the annual Falmouth Spring Flower Show, which has been going for over 100 years in this thriving harbour town. Many exhibitors will gather at the Princess Pavilions to showcase the very best of locally grown Cornish blooms, flower arrangements. Specimen plants, photography and local trade stands. If you’re growing some impressive examples yourself, sorry but entry is now closed, you’ll just have to watch on. Entry is £3 (free for any under 16s you manage to drag along with you).
Land to Table, Spring Forage & Feast Event, Trelowarren, Sat 18 March
Few restaurants are blessed with the benefit of 1000 acres of estate land, woodland and foreshore from which to forage. But at Trelowarren, new head chef Jeff Robinson can take full advantage of Cornwall’s natural bounty. He and expert forager Zoe Hawes will be marking the seasons through 2017 with special forage and feast events. Guests will learn more about foraging, gathering delicacies such as fungi, herbs, wild watercress, three-cornered leek, kelp and sea lettuce and then assist Jeffrey in the kitchen, preparing a sustainable, locally sourced and delectable feast. The event costs £95 per person and runs from 11am to 3pm.