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What’s on guide Easter week Thurs 24 – Wed 30 Mar

Huzzah for the end of term! No more uniforms to iron and sports kits to disinfect. For 3 weeks atleast.

To see you through the wilderness of the Easter hols, the what’s on guides will be pumped up on chocolately goodness. Rather than give you one mind blowing guide, it’ll be usual weekly format, but there’ll be a split of activities to tire out the kids and adults so you should be able to find something you enjoy. I’ve also sought out 25 places your darlings can hunt for eggs – all with the promise of something delish at the end – read my guide here. Any I’ve missed, do let me know and I’ll add them in.

Right, gin time x


Pirates Quest, Newquay Thurs 24 Mar – Sun 10 Apr

5 Kids love the chance to dress up and join their Pirate Captain for a tour at Pirate’s Quest, Newquay, CornwallPirates Quest is back! Yo ho ho me hearties. Me and the mudlets reviewed the new story at half term (here) and believe me – its swashbuckling fun.

Use your treasure map to find the clues to lead you to the Captain’s secret stash of chocolate. Suitable for all ages, the scare-factor will be tailored to your group.

Daily Pirates Quest, St Michael’s Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA

Easter egg workshop, Kernow Chocolate, St Eval Fri 25 and Sat 26 Mar

willywonkaLive out your Willy Wonka fantasies with Kernow Chocolate this weekend. In celebration of their first birthday in the factory at St Eval, they are offering an egg decorating workshop. Don’t care how, I want it nowwwwwwwwwww.

9am-4pm Kernow Chocolate, 755 Orion Drive, St Eval, Wadebridge PL27 7TU

Moosk, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Fri 25 Mar

Spring ASTO Race 1 2007 ©

Spring ASTO Race 1 2007 ©

A rare opportunity to be amongst the first to climb aboard this beautiful 110 year old newly restored Falmouth-built yacht, Moosk, before she heads of on 3 April on a Duke of Edinburgh trip.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY T: 01326 313388

Easter Eggstravaganza, Eden Project, Bodelva Fri 25 Mar – Sun 10 Apr


Are you up for the challenge of the Eden Easter Eggstravaganza? This year it’s bigger and better than ever! Scramble through the eggy obstacle course, hunt out hidden eggs, and dip in to themed games for all the family. You’ll explore the world of egg-laying creatures too. Fun for everyone in our Egg-stravaganza! All activities are included in Eden Project admission.

Eden ProjectBodelva, PL24 2SG T: 01726 811911

Easter at Heligan, Pentewan Fri 25 Mar – Sun 10 Apr


Take part in the Great Emu Egg Hunt and witness chicks hatching right before your eyes at the Heligan Hatchery! This Easter at the Lost Gardens is set to be the most egg-citing one yet!

Get crafty at Egg HQ Daily 10am – 5pm, Steward’s Garden

Have a go at our free Easter workshops. Add a splash of colour to your garden and make your own paper spring flower; Create your own Giant’s Head to grow at home; Decorate an egg and join us by hanging your creation on our Traditional egg tree; Try out some special egg sports; In the Steward’s Garden challenge your family to an Egg and spoon race.

Inside Egg HQ have a go at our Easter egg games. Challenge yourself in our game of ‘hook a duck’! Have fun in our egg rolling race and even turn into an ‘egg-head’ yourself in our Easter ‘peep through’ wall!

The Heligan Hatchery Daily 10am – 5.00pm

Visit the Heligan Hatchery and see the chicks and ducklings hatching before your eyes.  Learn more about the rare breeds of poultry that we have at Heligan.

Feed the Chickens Daily at 12noon

Come and join us in the Poultry Orchard where we will be inviting people to help us feed our chickens. Learn a bit more about our rare breeds of poultry and marvel at the size of a real life Emu egg!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN T: 01726 845100 

Training the Troops, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth Fri 25 Mar – Fri 1 Apr

traintroopsAttention! Join the Castle Guard for a packed day of action and soldier training. Shape up before you ship out and be put through your paces in commando training.

Throughout the day, there will be the chance to take part in the obstacle course, grenade practice, rifle drill, storytelling, commando kids and other activities such as When the Enemy Comes. Great fun for all ages whatever the weather.

Family ticket £20.50 11am-5pm  Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LP

One big Easter UV party Fri 25 Mar, Mon 28 Mar

glow partyAimed at the over fives, this Ultra Violet glow themed party has the wow factor. Wear something UV reflective and come dance sing and play games with kiddo faves Tinkerbell, Captain America, Cinderella, Baymax and Spiderman.

There will be a free bouncy castle, and extras like popcorn, a tombola, a photobooth, candyfloss and UV facepainting. This is a family event, with music and flashing lights and lots of energy and excited children. Sounds hellish wonderful. The kids will go nuts. Don’t worry, I’ll find you something nice to do once they’ve sugar crashed.

Fri 25 Mar – 2:00PM – 5:00PM, The Ritz, Queen St, Penzance TR18 4AW

Mon 28 Mar – 2:00PM – 5:00PM, Roche Victory Hall, Victoria Road, Roche, Saint Austell, PL26 8JF

£7 per child. Adults £1. Booking essential via the one big website:

Minions meet and greet, Flambards, Helston Weds 30 Mar


Everyone’s favourite Minions Kevin and Dave will be visiting Flambards Theme Park, Helston on Wednesday. They will be doing a meet and greet with families so don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Flambards is open from 10am every day of the Easter holidays, so if you can’t make it Wednesday, there will be fun to be had the rest of the week.

Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA

Easter egg hunts – there are chicken shed loads of egg hunts in the county – I listed 25 here before I ran out of steam, shouting for someone bring me something deep fried and smothered in chocolate. No need to thank me darlings…

SHREK 2, The Fairy Godmother, 2004, (c) DreamWorks



Taste, The Acorn, Penzance Thurs 24 Mar

New-Website-templateTASTE explores ideas and issues around social class and its relationship to taste in contemporary Britain, and is inspired by Grayson Perry’s exuberant tapestries ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, the accompanying BAFTA nominated television series and national tour of the works to galleries

£10 8pm, The Acorn, Parade St, Penzance TR18 4BU T: 01736363545

Easter Beer Fest, Red River Inn, Hayle Fri 25 – Sun 27 Mar

Chicago-Events-Lincoln-Park-Beer-Festival-at-Dank-HausHayle’s answer to Glasto starts prompt on Friday. Swagger down to the annual Red River Inn Beer Festival and join in the merriment. With 25 real ales and at least 10 real ciders, live music, food and camping in the village.

From 4pm Friday 25 Red River Inn, Prosper Hill, Gwithian, Hayle, TR27 5BW T:01736 753223

Trereife Easter Food & Craft Fair, Penzance Fri 25 – Mon 28 Mar

Trereife Easter 05The weekend kicks off at this historic Queen Anne manor house and its spectacular grounds with an amazing programme of entertainment.

Trereife attracts some of the finest local food producers, and this year they will be housed in large marquees – from Worthy Farm Cheeses and Fish sales from ‘Cadgwith Smokies’, to locally produced beer, cider and wine, as well as this there will be a selection of highquality art and craft from Cornish designer-makers such as Familly Silver jewellery and contemporary screenprint design by Esther Connon.

£11 family, £3.50 adult 10am-5pm Trereife House, Penzance, TR20 8TJ

Penzance Town Market, St John’s Hall, Penzance Sat 26 Mar

CapturePenzance IS the new foodie capital of Cornwall – My foodie crush on Bruce Rennie at The Shore (shh don’t tell him) will vouch for that. To showcase the best of the area, Penzance Town Market is launching this Saturday not only offering the best local food and drink, but crafts, home-grown musicians, demonstrations and refreshments too.

Get down to St John’s Hall and enjoy locally grown, reared and created products, with a plethora of stalls ranging from antiques and collectibles, to produce and crafts. This is going to be a regular occurrence: catch the market the last Saturday of every month. The event, organized by Penzance Farmers Market will also be host to Katie the Saddleback pig, lambs and chicks for all of the family to enjoy. MMMM mint sauce. Err I mean aww cute.

Cuban Brothers Rum and Moustache Party, Watering hole, Perranporth Sat 26 Mar


I know what you’re thinking – That’s a perma-tanned John Cleese on the right, with sleazy ‘tache yes? Nopes. That’s Miguel Mantovani – aka Mike Keat, the Scottish fake Cuban brains behind the unlikely b-boy and thongs bad caberet 1970s communism vibe that is Los Hermanos Cubanos! One time favourites of celebs like Elton John, Robbie – Vernon and Tess even booked them for their wedding. And this Saturday things are about to get extremely loose. Expect Spanish Lionel Richie, stripping, breakdancing and possibly naked stage diving at The Watering Hole. You have been warned.

£11-£15, 9pm The Watering Hole, 19 St Piran’s Road, Perranporth T: 01872 572888

Rocky Horror and meatloaf Tribute Show, St Dennis Sun 27 Mar

Rocky-Horror-Picture-Show-posterGet ready for a crazy wild night. Thrills and Spills with the songs from the amazingly weird Rocky Horror Show.

The tongue-in-cheek tribute to the music & spirit of The Rocky Horror Show. The cast & crew performed alongside the maestro himself, Richard O’Brien and the original Magenta, Patricia Quinn.
Also appearing is ‘Meat Loaf’ aka Terry playing character ‘Eddie’ played by Meat in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

£5, 8pm St Dennis War Memorial Institute & Working Men’s Club, Fore St St Dennis, Saint Austell PL26 8AD

Suffragette, Lost in Film Lostwithiel Mon 28 Mar

maxresdefaultLost In Film is the film society based in Lostwithiel, south-east Cornwall, screening the best of recent cinema.

I’m ashamed to say I’m not seen this yet. Starring the edible James McAvoy’s wife (Anne-Marie Duff), its a drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Having seen peaceful protest achieve nothing, they turning to violence as the only route to change, willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.

Rated: 12a

£4, 8pm Lost in Film, Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel PL22 0DD T: 01208 873242

ZONK FM, Liskerett Community Centre, Liskeard Tues 29 Mar

40557-ffb32573a9ce72be8ad826b4ccfe69cc-652x261Debbie is 33, lives at home with her mum and broadcasts Zonk FM from her bedroom. On the surface it sounds like any other radio station. But Debbie is making contact with others like her.

Zonk FM is a poignant new comedy featuring well-known Miracle performers Sally Crooks, Keri Jessiman, Steve Jacobs and making his Miracle debut, Jake Tindle.

This roller coaster of a show explores other people’s reality with fast paced physical humour, tenderness and disco lights!

£12, 7:30pm Miracle Theatre, Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard, PL14 4AP 

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