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What’s on guide Thurs 10 – Wed 16 Mar

Silent auction, cheese and wine evening, The Globe, Fowey Thurs 10 Mar

wine-905098_1280What’s that you say? Drinking wine for charity? Sounds like my dream job! In aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, on Thursday The Globe are hosting a silent auction and wine and cheese evening. There are eight wines from Bosue, Polgoon, Camel Valley, Knightor and Trevibban Mill vineyard and 12 local cheeses to try, with special guest speakers. With 28 prizes of local produce in the auction, donated by Cornish producers. Its a win-win.

£20 on the door, 7pm, The Globe, Fore Street, Fowey, PL23 1AH 

The Snow Queen performed by Duchy Ballet, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Fri 11 and Sat 12 Mar


The Snow Queen is Duchy Ballets production for 2016. One of Hans Christian Andersens longest and best loved fairy tales – a battle between the cold dark winter months and the warm colourful summer months. Take your little one (or your big one). Sadly, no walking talking real life polar bear in this version.

From £12.50, various showings, Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL

Lanhydrock park run, Lanhydrock Sat 12 Mar
girls-381979_1280Wakey wakey sporty pants– for the energetic among you, its time for the monthly 5K run around Lanhydrock Park on saturday morning. Just for ‘fun’ – it’s not a race but you will get a time. Suitable for everybody and dogs on leads are welcome too. Might wear your mudlets (or you parents!) out a bit.
9am Lanhydrock House NT, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD

Snapshot Shirley at the Exchange, Penzance Sat 12 Mar

CdDRGLFW8AIS9wnIn Penzance on Saturday? Pop in to see the Blandy exhibition, and then get your photo snapped by Shirley – a super retro customised portable photo booth  imported from Japan. Hilarious props supplied. Come and have a giggle – bring your kids, your dogs, you alpaca if you like.

£5, 1 – 4:30pm Snapshot Shirley,01736 363 715

Family Farm Day, Duchy College, Stoke Climsland Sun 13 Mar

lamb-736834_1280Bring your little ones and celebrate the arrival of spring with Duchy College’s fun Family Farm Day. There’ll be tractor rides and new born lambs and piglets to coo over, refreshments and indoor activities. Because we’re hard core here in Cornwall, a bit of weather doesn’t stop us – the event will go ahead come rain or shine, so pack for all eventualities.

NB, if you are or might be pregnant, per general medical advice, avoid contact with sheep and lambs.

£3 adult, £2 child; under 3’s free 11am – 3pm Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Callington, PL17 8PB

Drop in and Draw, Barnoon Workshop, St Ives Mon 14 Mar


Fancy learning to draw overlooking Porthmeor Beach? Sounds awful *wink*. A short walk from Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum, cafes and shops you’ll find Barnoon Workshop – a dedicated space for art workshops in St Ives. They’re offering weekly stand alone drawing classes on Mondays for all levels of ability.  Exercise your drawing skills in these informal session with different themes, tools and techniques explored each week. Suitable for Complete beginners!  All materials included, so you can drop in and get drawing, come along each week or for just one session.  £10 inc. materials, or book 4 sessions for £30.

£10, 10am – 12pm Barnoon Workshop, Clodgey View West, St Ives, TR26 1JG


St Austell Circus Club, St Austell Tues 15 Mar

Circus-Club-Acrobatics-2Ha, this reminds me of my 30th, when my family kindly bought me one of those experience days – at the National Circus School in London. They must love me right? Apparently they hadn’t heard of ‘wine tasting’.  Well you don’t have to trudge up to the capital to give it a go – Swamp Circus Trust are running circus skills workshops in St Austell. ‘Fun’ – yes ‘gently challenging’ *snort*, they are ideal for kids of all ages.

These after school classes are subsidised by Swamp Circus Trust and only cost £3. No need to book, drop in and have a go.

£3, 4:30-5:30pm, St Austell Circus Club, Keay Theatre, Tregonissey Road, St Austell PL25 4DJ

London has fallen, Rebel Cinema, Bude Wed 16 Mar

londonThere’s something decadent about going to the cinema in the week. Feels a bit like bunking off. I’ve been wanting to try the Rebel Cinema for ages – just because of the name (I know, I’m shallow). Here’s my opportunity: Blockbuster new release London has Fallen is showing on Wednesday (MY BIRTHDAY) at 8:30pm. The blurb says: ‘In London for the prime Minister’s funeral, Secret Service agent Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders’.; and ‘Prepare for bloody hell’ (see what they did there? gotta love em!). Stars he of the liquid gold voice Mr Morgan Freeman and the gently rugged Gerard Butler. Exect explosions and gun fights etc. Has had mixed reviews on release. But like Diehard is some kind of documentary right? Judge for yourself.

£6.50, 8:30pm, Rebel Cinema, Treskinnick Cross, Poundstock, Bude EX23 0DT

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The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival, Padstow 18-20 March

Apparently, Mr Stein says March is the best month in the year for mussels, any time is good for proper beer. Over 30 different beers & ciders delicious mussel dishes, with a cooking demonstration by Jack Stein and talks from St. Austell Brewery as well as a charity pub quiz and music from Taz Djay Disco and The C90s. The England rugby match will also be screened.

The Cornish Arms, Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow 

Fal Oyster Gathering and Cornish Native Produce Festival, Falmouth 25-27 Mar

Cornish Pasty’s, Cornish Clotted Cream, Cornish Sardines and Fal Oyster making up the 4 current protected food names in Cornwall will be the focus of the menus, films including Feast Arts collaboration Any Resemblance that will make up the daily entertainments, the Lemon Air’s on Friday 7-8pm Rosie Vanier and Light Knife Band headlining Saturday should get you dancing between 9-10pm

Oyster gathering and seafood harvest, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, TR11 3DR

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