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The Fun Stuff To Do In Cornwall This Week

Contemporary dance, creative workshops and culinary delights, there are cultural happenings galore in Kernow this week — and there’s even been rumours of sunshine.  The fun starts here!

Ghost Dances, Hall For Cornwall, Thur 23 – Fri 25 Mar

London contemporary dance company Rambert brings Ghost Dances – the most popular work in its history – to Truro. Ghost Dances is the masterpiece of world famous choreographer Christopher Bruce and tells stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic “ghosts” – interrupts the daily lives of a series of ordinary people. Created as a response to political oppression in South America, it uses imagery from the Day of the Dead and haunting traditional songs and is presented as a triple bill that also features Transfigured Night (created by two-time Olivier Award winning-choreographer Kim Brandstrup) and Tomorrow (a new work by multi-award winning Australian choreographer, Lucy Guerin).

Book your tickets at Hallforcornwall.co.uk

Fluoro Wave For Mental Health, Great Western Beach, Newquay, Fri Mar 24th 6pm

Non-Profit Surf community OneWave is celebrating it’s 4th Birthday by creating the world’s biggest fluoro wave to raise awareness for mental health and local supporters in Newquay are joining the global gathering. Anyone is welcome to join the brightly dressed gang on Great Western Beach at 6pm for the ‘wave’ (and a swim if you’re feeling brave). This is the start of a weekly OneWave get together, using saltwater therapy and feel-good colours to raise awareness of mental health. Fluoro Friday’s started at Bondi Beach, Australia in March 2013 and are now held at more than 100 beaches worldwide, from California to India.

Find more on the group’s Facebook page

Winter Mountain, Sundowner Session, Lusty Glaze, Fri 24 Mar

Local favourite, Joe Francis (aka Winter Mountain) is kicking off the season of Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze this Friday. This intimate gig is part of Joe’s UK spring tour and he’ll be joined by a full band and supported by rising Cornish stars, Rue and Daisy Clark. Expect melodic songs and heartfelt lyrics from Joe, who opened for Seal and Elbow front man Guy Garvey last year and has contributed vocals to tracks by Seth Lakeman and Cara Dillon. Tickets cost £10, £5 of which will be donated to The Wave Project.

Book tickets at tickettailor.com

Palace of Culture, Newlyn Art Gallery, 18 Mar – 17 Apr

Ok – I have a small confession to make. I nearly added this to my What’s On guide last week because it sounded cool and er, cultural but I couldn’t really work out what it was. Following a series of social media posts, I’m all over it and am especially tempted by the workshops in week 4. The idea for Palace of Culture is inspired by Eastern European clubhouses for workers and will be hosted by a different Cultural Secretary each week. Expect workshops, performance and other stimulating pursuits, designed to fight ‘cultureless leisure’ (blogging’s cultural right?). All events are free but must be booked.

Find out more at Newlynartgallery.co.uk

Sunset, Fire & Feast Night, Bedruthan Hotel, Fri 24 Mar

The most unique and sophisticated Friday night curry you could wish for. On Friday, Bedruthan Hotel is hosting the first in a series of Fire & Feast nights that will stretch through the summer season and into autumn. With incredible views of the sunset over Mawgan Porth beach, these events offer a really unique dining experience with sharing platters and cocktails in Bedruthan’s beautiful private dining room and direct access into the sea-view garden for post-dinner marshmallow roasting. This Friday they will be serving up an Indian feast, including slow-cooked Cornish Lamb Curry, ginger & coconut chicken curry and a choice of equally delectable veggie options.

Find out more at Bedruthan.com

Bees in My Bonnet Exhibition, Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, opens Sat 25 Mar

A unique presentation of contemporary art and science, this exhibition, highlighting the importance and plight of bees and other pollinators, has toured from its initial prestigious opening at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (where it attracted over 100,000 visitors) to take up residence at the Jackson Foundation Gallery in Cornwall, a large new environmentally informed art space near St Ives. Acknowledging the dangers faced by British bees, Kurt Jackson has spent the past few years exploring the world of pollinators, producing a collection of pieces that are also informed by his grounding in the sciences and his experience as a beekeeper in Cornwall. The exhibition features new and unseen paintings and sculpture as well as material from the touring exhibition.

Find out more at Jacksonfoundationgallery.com

Lantern Lit Storytelling Evening, Caerhays Beach Café, Sat 25 Mar

If you’ve never been to Porthluney Beach and the Caerhays Estate, it’s definitely a day out to tick off this spring/ summer. And if you fancy popping down this weekend, the café is running a magical evening of delicious food, drinks and lantern-lit storytelling. On the menu you’ll find slow roasted brisket, paprika beans and garlic & rosemary mash and you can expect storytelling performances on the evening by Catherine Lake and Olivia Lowry.

Find out more on the Facebook page

Lee Skeet Supper Club, The Cornish Food Box, Truro, Sat 25 Mar

King of the Cornwall Supper Club, chef Lee Skeet returns to The Cornish Food Box this Saturday, following his sold out event here in January. For those who are unfamiliar, Lee is well known for working in some of the world’s best restaurants, with chefs Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing. Guests will be served a five-course tasting menu of new-season Cornish produce in the beautiful Food Box dining room. Dishes are expected to include ingredients like local lamb, crab, sole and more. Grab tickets quick, as they will fly if they haven’t already.

Find out more on the Cornish Food Box Facebook page

Mother’s Day Posey Making, Tremenheere Kitchen, Sat 25 Mar

Waaay more thoughtful than buying flowers for your Mum in a panic at the services, why not spend a relaxing and creative morning at Tremeheere Kitchen (the sculpture garden’s gorgeous café), drinking coffee, eating cake and arranging your own bespoke posey with Brenda from the Cornish Bunch? Tickets for this 2-hour workshop cost £12.50, including your flowers and the aforementioned refreshments.

Book by messaging the team on Facebook or calling: 01736448089

& find lots more ideas for Mother’s Day in Cornwall in my dedicated Mothering Sunday post

BOOO! Sold out supper clubs and feast nights – book these ones early!

I save all the events I think you’ll want to know about well ahead of time, in my clever online calendar but by the time I’m pulling together the weekly What’s On guide, they’re all sold out – which is no good to anyone! So consider this due warning of more great foodie nights coming up in April. Nancarrow Farm are planning back-to-back beefy banquets on 21 and 22 April, while Lee Skeet has exciting feasts planned in St Ives on 21, 29 and 30 April.

Find out more about events at Nancarrow Farm 

See full info on Lee Skeet’s upcoming evenings

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