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What’s on guide Half term week

Pass me the tramadol! We’ve got the family coming to stay over half term. Thank all that is good and holy then for the Muddy Cornwall half-term survival guide: your one-stop shop for activities, culture, and everything in between. For those who don’t have children (don’t gloat), or whose kids are old enough to amuse themselves, there’s stuff here for you too – at the bottom of the post, but be warned, they are a bit rum soaked! (its English wine week, what do you expect?)

If you try something out and love it and feel like letting the rest of us in on its brilliance, be my guest in the comment box at the bottom!


Don’t wake the Fish Fest, The Gurnards Head, St Ives Fri 27 – Sun 29 May


Don’t wake the fish wins the prize for best festival name non? And you can Feast, drink and dance on a clifftop lawn at the Gurnards Head, Near Zennor (where the moomaid comes from). It’s a craft ale swigging, knee-high jigging, and hands-on making bank holiday shindig to remember.  Supporting Shelterbox and the Fishermans Mission, two hugely worthy charities with strong Cornish links. You can even rent a shelterbox tent ‘camping with a heart’, free parking, print workshops with Kiwi Print Studio, music from local favourites the Oggy Men, King Louis Sheelanagigm Foxes Fair and loads more, magical midnight feasts, a wild wine bar, real ales and ciders and for the mudlets, a Little Urchins Kid’s tent.

From £10 adult Don’t Wake the Fish, The Gurnards Head, St Ives, TR26 3DE Tickets: [email protected]


Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth  Fri 27 – Sun 29 May


This one should keep your muddy teens mildly less grumpy. Older kids will love Tunes in the dunes – one to warm up your summer festival mood. My god I hope the weather holds (I remember Reading. And Glasto), apparently its bigger and better this year. Friday night will see Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Tinchy Stryder, Backbeat soundsystem, The Scribes, Hedluv & Passman & Hein Cooper take to the stage.
Saturday, The Waterboys, The Stranglers (ok thems I have heard of), the Motown Pirates, Martin Harley, Josh Kumra & Ruarri Joseph.
Sunday night will finish the weekend in style with James Morrison headlining, Ella Eyre, Natty, Seth Lakeman, teenage dirtbags Wheatus, Andy Jordan and Kezia. There’s after parties, VIP options, camping, disabled access and shuttles – ohh and Muddy favourite Kernow Springs Pop-up Eco Spa will be onboard – you’ll find me in the woodfired hot tub.

Weekender tickets from £75 From 2pm Friday – Sunday, Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth beach, TR6 OBH


Surya Yoga Camp, Penryn Fri 27 May – Tues 1 Jun


If raving isn’t your thing, how about a bit zen and tranquillity this weekend? Surya is a small family friendly yoga festival on an 11 acre site near Penryn. Classes and workshops include diverse yoga traditions, meditation, kirtan, relaxing therapies, and other creative workshops with plenty of children’s activities geared to all ages including kids yoga.
There is a wholefood vegetarian cafe, solar powered showers, spring water on tap and a wood fired sauna on site. Tickets are super reasonable, and super flexible. Come for as many days as you like £33 for the day up to £130 for a full festival ticket (and kids only £20).

Surya Yoga Camp, Chyan Cultural Centre, Halvasso, Penryn TR10 9BT


Green Man Event, Mount Edgcumbe House Sat 28 and Sun 29 May


I could do with a bit of rebirth myself. Green Man Event is spread over two days with lots of entertainment for all the family. The giant figure of the Green Man returns to Mount Edgcumbe as a centre piece looming over the event sitting on his throne of leaves and bark – he will be presiding over the Pirates of St Piran, Black Friday, Age of chivalry Knights, BabaYaga’s Circus Theatre – merry mayhem with beer tents, hog roasts and traditional offerings like long bow archery, working Blacksmith, vintage fairground rides, Morris dancers and local choirs singing Green Man and Celtic choral pieces. Phew. Should come with a guarantee to wear out the urchins.

Free Entry, 10am Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Torpoint, PL10 1HZ 


Game On! Eden Project, Bodelva Sat 28 May – Sun 5 Jun


Get involved in a huge celebration of game-playing for all ages. From traditional favourites to the latest ways to play, there’s something to get every member of the family discovering, debating, creating – and having loads of fun!  From tropical games in the Rainforst Biome, to coding workshops in the Core Building, this is something for kids of all ages.

Discounted entry for green travel Eden ProjectBodelva, PL24 2SG T: 01726 811911


Blackbeards Horrible May Half Term in Cornwall, Pirates Quest, Newquay Sat 28 May – Sun 5 Jun


A great one if it rains, and er a heads up, it will (boo), Pirates Quest in Newquay has a new adventure for half term.  discover the truth about Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and his notorious past. Tours take about an hour with the live pirate crew who will tell stories of Cornish legends, smuggling and give an insight as to what it takes to join the swashbuckling pirate crew. Follow a special treasure map to discover Blackbeard’s Hidden gold! This one was a favourite with the little muddies, though the crew can tailor the fright-factor to your group.

Flexible family tickets from £17. under 3’s go free. From 11am Pirates Quest, St Michael’s Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA


Heligan Wild Week, Heligan Gardens, St Austell Sat 28 May – Sun 5 Jun


A week full of fun, adventure and outdoor play. Get tribal! Choose your tribe and become a frog, a butterfly, a fox or an owl. Join in the fun, paint your face and make your tribal headdress. Take up the challenge of our giant outdoor assault course. Fly through the air like an owl, jump like a frog, be fast like a fox and balance like a butterfly. Test your hunter gatherer instinct and have a go at our catapult game. Do you have the skills to hit the target?

Wind down and chill out by the fire and toast your own marshmallow and try your hand at some wild art.

10-5pm Daily Free with garden admission, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN T: 01726 845100 


Half -term explorations, Trengwainton Garden, Madron Sun 29 May – Thurs 2 Jun

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Walk in the footsteps of the great Plant Hunters and explore Trengwainton via their trail. If you’re feeling inspired you can stop at the ‘art stations’ on route and try something creative. For all the family.

NT members free. Adult £8.50, child £4.25, family (2+3) £21.25, family (1+3) £12.75 Trengwainton Garden, Madron TR20 8RZ


Halfterm at Cotehele House, St Dominick Mon 30 May – Fri 3 Jun

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Credit: John Parker

Head over to Cotehele this May half-term for some outdoor adventures celebrating the wonder of nature. There’s a different set activity each day: Mon – pond-dipping; Tue – making paper; Wed – wild art; Thurs  –  ‘quoits’; Fri – wild art. They’re-ll be other stuff on throughout the week including ‘Tracker Packs’ chock-full of self-guided activities in the garden, a quiz trail at the mill, a family tapestry quiz trail in the house, a wooden climbing structure play area and ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ adventures, with a scrapbook and stickers for children. And while they are off doing that, you can take tea in the Edgcumbe tea-room, and browse the shop and gallery.

The activities will run from 12.30 to 3pm. All are drop-in so there’s no need to book; normal admission charges apply.

11am – 4pm Cotehele,St Dominick, Saltash, PL12 6TA T: 01579 351346


Bear hunt, chocolate cake and bad things, Cornwall College, Redruth until July

WGOABH_FAMILY_HILL_BG_lowresMichael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things truly reflects Michael’s energy and passion for education, creativity and writing. Younger children will be able to participate in a Bear Hunt trail whilst older children can go on a fun fact finding mission and create poems of their own to takeaway. Michael has collaborated on the project, and the exhibition will feature hidden rooms where clues can be found that reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing, including his Grandparent’s sitting room and his childhood classroom.

Parking free and they have a small cafe and shop to accompany the installation. Sessions start at 10am, 11:15 am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm

Family ticket £20 – Avalon Theatre, Merlin Building, Cornwall College Camborne, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth TR15 3 RD




Lusty Glaze Secret Supper Club, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay Thurs 26 May


An evening of great food – and great weather by the look of it – expect splendid local ingredients exciting dishes, suprises laughs and great company. No two LG supper clubs are the same and – clues in the name – the details, layout and menu are shhh top secret – only revealed to ticket holders on the night. The clubs are small – there’s only room for 12 and tickets sell out faster than a one direction concert (ish) so you’ll have to be quick. If you miss out this time, book ahead for the next event (23 June)

£45, 6:30pm, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay, TR7 3AE


The Winter’s Tale, Sterts, Upton Cross Thurs 26 May

14319644-large“A wild dedication of yourselves … To undiscovered waters, undreamed shores.” The Actor’s Wheel return to Sterts with a re-telling of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic work of love, jealousy and redemption. Inventive and compelling storytelling by this truly unique ensemble. If you’ve not made it to Sterts yet, you should take a butchers at the 2016 show list – they have some great in-house shows and visiting theatres and comedians. Bring a cushion (and a blanket). You can even add a two course meal for £15 .

£10 7:30pm Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, PL14 5AZ


Knightor Winery evening, The Art of Wine, Truro Fri 27 May


To celebrate English Wine Week (28 May – 5 June), Enora and Roland at The Art of Wine in Truro have organised two fantastic tasting events for you from two great vineyards right here in Cornwall.
On Friday the 27th of May at 6.30pm: Our first guest,  will be the well established and reputable knight or winery who will be showing a range of still wines and the excellent fizz they have become famous for.

Advance book to for: Fri 3 Jun at 6.30pm: Trevibban Mill evening – The Padstow vineyard who grow and produce all their wines organically. Based on the delicious sparkling numbers Muddy tried at Prawn on the Lawn a while back, we have no doubt they are one to watch! £5 from the entrance fee will be given back to you on a wine emotion card.

£20 per event, of both for £30 – we love a bargain. 6:30pm  The Art of Wine, 7 Nalder’s Court, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2XH T: 01872270032


Fannie & Fox Summer Show, Penryn Fri 27 May


Penryn is a grand 800 years old this summer. To celebrate this, the fabulous Fannie and Fox offer Gallery will be hosting an open evening on Friday 27th May, between 5pm and 8pm.

The gallery offers an eclectic mix of fine and applied arts, all created locally and will be honouring their past tenants of the gallery with a new window display, winding back the cogs of time to celebrate a former clock mender-John Trennery that lived here. There will be new work from the co-operative artists alongside new guest artists.

Come along for free nibbles and a friendly welcome and toast a drink in honour of Penryns long and varied history.

5pm, Fannie & Fox, 7 Broad Steet, Penryn TR11 8 JL


NorthCoast Wine Co Wine Fest 2016, Bude Fri 27 – Sun 29 May



Wine-Fests are the new black! The North Coast Wine Co in Bude are hosting a wine festival – with over 50 wines all at £1 for a 50ml taster, you’re bound to find some new favourites. Wine of the month and a solid list of beautiful wines from all over the world, of course with some Cornish specials! Head down from 10am on Friday.

From 10am Friday North Coast Wine Co, 1 Lansdown Rd, Bude EX23 8BH


Summer with Helston Chamber Choir, Helston Sat 28 May


My Helston mole on the ground tells me this is a local choir that punches way over its weight. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. These guys are rather good though and on Saturday they’ll treat you to a bit of Buxtehude, Haydn, Holst, and Teleman.

£8 in advance, £10 on the door 7:30pm Helston Chamber Choir, St Michael’s Church, Church Lane, Helston, TR13 8GT T: 01209 831672


St Tudy Beer Festival, St Tudy Sat 28 and Sun 29 May


Chef Emily Scott will be hosting a beer festival at St Tudy Inn over the spring bank holiday weekend. Guests will be able to sample a range of drinks throughout the weekend and enjoy live music.

Caron and Des Archer of  Padstow Brewing Company will be showcasing a range of their beers, straight from the cask, and which will be available to taste, and to purchase by the pint and half pint. Beers on offer include Padstow May Day, Padstow Pride and St Tudy Ale which launched earlier this spring. If ale aint your thing, Bar manager Alex Rowland will be serving a variety of mojitos including spiced, raspberry and elderflower, as well as a Mojito Royale – and even better – he’s shared a few recipes with muddy here.

From 12pm Saturday, St Tudy Inn, St Tudy, PL30 3NN T: 01208 850656


South Pacific! Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Mon 30 May


This ageless family favourite oozes romance and great music with a smack of comedy to boot. With a talented cast and full orchestra, songs including ‘I’m gonna to wash that man right outta my hair’ and ‘There is nothing like a Dame’, are guaranteed to entertain.

£9-11.50 (adult) £5-6 (child) 8pm  The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU T: 01736 810181


Barefoot hike, Godolphin Hill, Helston Tues 31 May


I need a good dash of hoof oil and a pedi before I can bare my ‘bear’ feet. But there’s nothing like going foot naked to connect one to nature, so throw off those boots and stroll right on down to Godolphin on Tuesday. Enjoy a feast of textures for the feet and views to astound. Suitable for kids and dogs too. Bring easy on easy off sandals or flip flops for the rough bits (hey isn’t that cheating???). This is a free event, but booking is essential.

10am – 1pm Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston TR13 9RE T: 01736 761013 E: [email protected]


Open studios Cornwall, various locations Sat 28 May – Sun 5 Jun

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I love art week – any art week, partly because I love art, but mostly because I’m nosy and I relish the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of unique studio spaces. Open Studios Cornwall is a free art event, with a record 260 artists, designers and makers primed to showcase their extraordinary talents to the public. If you’re an art aficionado, or simply a nosy art lover like me, you’ll discover the inspiration, personality and processes behind emerging and established artists. Just follow the iconic orange Os to step into a world of creativity.

For details of all the participating artists across Cornwall, or to book your place in a workshop, check out Cornwall Open Studios

Cornwall Open Studios, Creative Skills, Kroji, TR1 1EA T: 01209 312501


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