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What’s On: Thurs 31 Mar – Wed 6 Apr

Nearly half way you brave lot. You shall be rewarded in the afterlife with gin (and chocolate, oysters, Tom, Aiden etc)..


Meet the artist, Weird Fish, Newquay Thur 31 Mar


Tween muddie just about had enough of the hols? Here’s something they might not hate: Weird Fish is holding a “Meet the Artist” day at its store in Newquay on Thursday. Cartoonist and illustrator, Richard Skipworth will be in store from 10am until 3pm doing airbrushing demonstrations on T-shirts, and revealing how he brings the brand to life. There will also be a chance to win one of 10 original T-Shirt designs, as airbrushed on the day.

As well as this, there will be an additional 20 per cent off everything in store to celebrate the day and goody bags worth £20 for the first 20 customers. Retro nibbles and drinks will also be served throughout the day.

10am Weird Fish  16 Fore Street, Newquay TR7 1LN T: 01637 851850

Bunny Bungalows at Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith Thur 31 Mar

bunny-1149060_1280Hop into a creative workshop and build your own bespoke bunny bungalow this Thursday in the Vinery at Trebah.

£3 plus standard entrance fee 11am-2pm Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JZ T: 01326 252200

Training the Troops, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth until 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

Stones and Bones, Heartlands, Redruth, Sat 2 Apr


Come on a journey to Ancient Cornwall: a land of fiery volcanoes and strange prehistoric creatures, myth and legend, giants and druids, a land of Stones and Bones…

Stones and Bones is a marvellous one man puppet show mix of history and mystery. Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters

£2.50 2pm, Heartlands Theatre, Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3QY

One Big Easter UV party, Wadebridge Sat 2 Apr 

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.

Booking essential via the one big website:

£7 per child. Adults £1. 1pm-4pm  One Big Easter UV party Town Hall, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AQ

Truro Festival, various locations in Truro Sat 2 – Sat 9 Apr

Around Truro this week? This years family festival features music, art, exhibitions, theatre, dance, comedy, film, literature and photography.

Daily art workshops featuring local illustrators, comic book illustrators, manga artists, screen print-makers and puppeteers will be on offer for children and adults in the festival hub on Lemon Quay. Street art is also a big favourite and the city’s streets will be filled with creative flair once again.


Some highlights:

Super hero drop in, Festival Marquee Sat 2 Apr

super heroJoin Bazbo Comics in the Festival Marquee for a little inspiration and design your own Superhero or Alter-Ego!

Free entry, 10am -3pm, Festival Marquee, Lemon Quay


Comic Book workshop with Nick Brennan, Festival Marquee Wed 6 Apr


Join Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan in drawing a crazy cartoon version of Truro’s very own Mr Samuel Foote, described as ‘the funniest man in London’ – at least, he was in the 18th Century!
£2.50 10:30-11:30 for ages 5-10; 1-2pm for ages 11-16 Festival Marquee, Lemon Quay

Truro Festival, Lemon Quay, Truro

Pirates Quest, Newquay until 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 Eggstravaganza, Eden Project, Bodelva until 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.

From 10am Eden ProjectBodelva, PL24 2SG T: 01726 811911

Easter at Heligan, Pentewan until 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 

Egg hunts. There are still some local National Trust Cadbury’s egg hunts running:

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, PL20 6EY T :01822 856001 E: [email protected]

until Sun 10 Apr 11am-4pm

£2 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £27.50)

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake as you head out into the grounds of Buckland Abbey to discover hidden treasures. Think you’ve found them all? Hot foot it back to base camp to see if you can claim your chocolate reward.

East Pool Mine, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3NP T: 01209 210900 E: [email protected]

until Sat 9 Apr 10:30am-4pm

£2 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £18)

The trail will take you around the buildings and ruins of East Pool Mine, exploring this fascinating mine.  There’s plenty of sunny spots for a picnic and even the chirpy daffodils and waiting to welcome you.

Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston TR13 9RE T: 01736 763194 E: [email protected]

until Sun 10 Apr 10am-4pm

£2 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £19.25)

The ever-popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is back this year at Godolphin. Spot all of the eggs to win your tasty prize at the end. A fun day out for all the family.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, PL30 5AD T: 01208 265950 E: [email protected]

until Sun 10 Apr 10am-4pm

£3 plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £31.60)

Solve all the clues and become an Easter detective, then claim your chocolate prize.

Lydford Gorge, Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4BH T: 01822820320 E: [email protected]

until Sun 10 Apr 10am-4:30pm

£3, plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £20)

Follow the trail around the orchard. Bunny has left clues for you. Finish the trail to claim your Cadbury chocolate bunny gift.

Trelissick, Feock, TR3 6QL T: 01872 862090 E: [email protected]

until Sun 3 Apr 10:30am-4:30pm

£2, plus standard entrance fee (Family ticket £22.55)

Come and explore Trelissick Garden to complete their Easter Hunt and claim your Cadbury’s chocolate prize.

Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay TR8 4PG  T: 01637 839902 E: [email protected]

until Sun 3 Apr 11am-4:30pm

£2, plus entrance fee (Family ticket £21.25)

Explore the garden this Easter, with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. A chocolate treat for those that succeed.


Spotlight on Restormel Castle, Restormel Thurs 31 Mar


restormelThe almost-perfectly circular castle at Restormel, Cornwall was once home to the Black Prince as Duke of Cornwall and remains one of the most distinctive castles in Britain.

Join Head Properties Curator Jeremy Ashbee for an exclusive tour in which he reveals new research on what the castle was intended to do originally, what the many different rooms inside were used for, how lost elements can be reconstructed and how the conservation of the ruins in the early 20th century has sometimes added to the confusion.

£20 (members) 10am – 12pm Restormel Castle, Restormel Road, Lostwithiel, PL22 0EE T: 0370 333 1183

The Lady in the Van, The Liskerett Centre, Liskeard Fri 1 Apr


Liskerrett Community Cinema is showing Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van on Friday. The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of hisCamden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild, a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

Rated 12a

£4 (adults) 2.30pm and 7:30pm The Liskerrett Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard, PL14 4AP T: 01579 340 307

Bookmaking with Nina Fenner St Ives Arts Club, St Ives Sat 2 Apr

3560502_origNo, this isn’t a course on how to be a bookie – Learn to make hand made books and enjoy experimenting with structures and materials with Nina Fenner, a local book binder.

£30, 10am-4pm St Ives Art Club, Westcott’s Quay St Ives, TR26 2DYT: 01736 797 122 See also

The Knock Knock Stand Up Comedy Tour for Shelter Zafiros, Sun 3 Apr

KnockStand-up comic Damian Kingsley is traveling penniless from Lands End to Edinburgh on a 120 gig comedy tour to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter.
Damian won’t be able to use any money or public transport, so he’s hoping to be given shelter, food and maybe a few lifts on the road to Edinburgh!
Free with donations to Shelter, 8pm Zafiros, New Bridge Street, Truro

Jazz and Seafood extravaganza, Falmouth Bay Seafood Café, Truro Sun 3 Apr
I know we’re rather Trurocentric this week, but there’s just some much going on, I don’t want you to miss out! Jazz up your sunday, with three hours of Cornish-Russian Jazz band Gwelhellin AND a steaming bowl of mussels AND an all you can eat buffet with meat seafood and vegetarian options at the Falmouth Bay Seafood Café. What’s not to like?
£24.95 (adults), £10 (under 12’s) Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe, 53 Castle St, Truro, TR1 3AF  Book tickets via Evensi, or call the café T:01872 278884 

Cathedral Exhibition, Truro Cathedral Mon 4 Apr

JAmie_Stenhouse_exhib_at_cathedralJamie Stenhouse, a recent graduate from Falmouth University whose work is based on his own experience of observing and recording Cornwall’s Cathedral is on location. His work embodies repetition and familiarity, whilst also offering a sense of the unpredictability.
Free, South Quire Aisle, Truro Cathedral, 14 St Mary’s St, Truro, TR1 2AF

Looe Island guided walk, Looe Wed 6 Apr


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