What’s on guide Thurs 5 – Weds 11 May
Cornish Food Box juicing workshop, Truro Thurs 5 May
I heard about these chaps at the Cornwall Home Show at the weekend – they weren’t there, but there were plenty of supporters blowing their trumpet. Anyway, not only do The Cornish Food Box Co ONLY sell food that has been grown, reared, caught or made here in Cornwall, they are holding a jubbly juicing night on Thursday, in collaboration with Kick Start Fatloss Cornwall. Try simple ideas for green drinks and health boosting recipes, hot family meals, snacks and goodies. You’ll be positively glowing, Madeline Shaw styleee.
Free 6pm The Cornish Food Box Co, The Stores, Walsingham Place, Truro, TR1 2RP
Guided walk, Lanhydrock Thurs 5 May
Loose yourself for an hour an a half on Thursday afternoon enjoying the sights sounds and smells of one of our most impressive estates. Bring your boots and outdoor gear – oh an your pooch if you fancy it – dogs on leads welcome. When you’re done, recharge at one of their pit stops – there’s a tearoom, stable bar and restaurant to chose from, so why not make an afternoon of it?
Free, 2-3.30pm Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Bodmin PL30 5AD
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Fowey Fri 6 – Sun 14 May
A jam packed celebration of words, music and art inspired by Daphne du Maurier, who spent a large part of her life in and around Fowey. The original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis will be hosing the du Maurier lecture and lunch, John Suchet, The Bookshop Band (that’s them behaving really badly in a bookshop above tut!) and more for music, workshops, art trails, meet the (publishing) experts and everything booky.
Those helpful chaps at the du Maurier Festival Society have put together a weekly calendar on their website, so you can click on the day and see the events. Buy tickets online or from the Royal Fowey Yacht Club – also acting as the Festival Café and bookshop.
Various prices and times Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Whitford Yard, Fowey, PL23 1BH
Velodrome pop-up at the Eden Project, Boldeva Fri 6 – Sun 8 May
The iconic Biomes of the Eden Project will provide a spectacular backdrop to three days of cycling when StreetVelodrome visits this weekend. Channel your inner Wiggins and challenge friends and family when you try out StreetVelodrome for yourself on Saturday 7th May. Free equipment loan and coaching will be provided and visitors can reserve a place in sessions held throughout the day. I’m no Michael Fish, but the weather looks like it’ll be on our side so don’t forget your suncream (and brolly, prolly).
Discounted entry for green travel Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG T: 01726 811911
Flora Day Spring Festival, Helston Sat 7 May
An early start for those of you full of the joys of spring! This ancient festival celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of the new vitality and fertility with the trees and flowers bursting into life. It tells the history of Helston with the participating characters singing about the challenge of the Spanish Armada, the English patron saint, St. George and the fight between St Michael and the devil.
When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at 7am on Saturday, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence. Eighty couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring.
Free Helston Flora Day, Guildhall, Helston TR13 8RL
WWE Pro Wrestling Pride and Glory Show, Penzance Sun 8 May
Weee have a winnnar… in the arrrrreeeena… Catch your favourite wrestlers (c’mon, really who doesn’t love Ultimo Dragon??) in Penzance this Sunday when WWE Pro wrestling comes to town. This cheeky event is suitable for all, and best bit, it is in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Grab your family in a choke hold and draggem down to the show. Nacho (Libre) anyone?
Family tickets £35, 6:30pm WWE Pro wresting Pride and Glory show, The Ritz, Queen St, Penzance TR18 4AW
Camel Valley Guided Tour, Nanstallon, Mon 9 May
And actually every weekday (whooo hoo!) at 2:30pm – those lovely people at Camel Valley will show you around the vineyard – get the know about the growing season, how grapes are transformed into nectar of the gods – and of course, a glass of wine is included! Allow an hour, if you have a schedule, or spend the afternoon trying wines on the terrace – don’t mind if I do! No mudlets allowed – this is an adult only indulgence.
£8.50 2:30pm Camel Valley, Nanstallon, Bodmin PL30 5LG
Dining in the Dark at The Brig, Falmouth Weds 11 May
Nope, you won’t be eating in jail, but you will be blindfolded (oooh err misses!). It works like this – you select an anonymous menu (meat or veggy), then you’re blindfolded. The concept is to provide a sensory experience for food enthusiast and help to gain a deeper appreciation of the different flavours used in different foods. The senses sharpen as aromas are intensified and textures suddenly pop on the palate. Oooh la la! As well as offering a chance to try new things. The Brig is Falmouth’s favourite basement bar, well known for its rum menu cocktails and good food. Ticket price includes 5-courses and a mocktail. Handcuffs optional.
£25 6pm The Brig, 30 Arwenack St, Falmouth, TR11 3JB
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A floral history workshop, Port Eliot 20-22 Sept
Those awesomely talented gals Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Co are holding another guaranteed to sell out workshop – this one is in September at port Eliot House – but blink and you’ll miss tickets. In collaboration with US floral designer Amy Merrick, the workshop will concentrate on collaborative arrangements as well as individual work, on the smallest detail and how to create large installs too. Seasonality will be key and the grand finale will be a banquet dinner in the drawing room of the house, which attendees will work towards styling with flowers and foliage as part of the course. Not to be missed – there’ll be ample opportunity to chat with Amy, Becca and Maz and photographers documenting the course Nina and Wes. Included in the fee are refreshments throughout the course, tour of house and grounds and afternoon tea on Tuesday afternoon, continental breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, lunch and farewell banquet dinner on Thursday. All florals, vessel, snips, ribbons from Lancaster & Cornish, personal imagery and workshop imagery captured by Nina & Wes.