What’s on guide: Thurs 14 – Wed 20 July
Pysk woodfired session, Philleigh Way Cookery School, Truro Thurs 14 July
Pysk evenings celebrate fresh Cornish fish cooked on the wood grill or in the wood oven over oak sourced from Philleighs own sustainable woodland. Within the ticket price guests can expect seasonal canapes to enjoy around the fire pit, diners will then be seated and served sharing boards of fish cakes with sorrel, hot smoked trout with asparagus and soft hen eggs, soused sardines with fennel, carrot and granita, potted smoked mackerel, red onion jam and salted sourdough toast. Then mackerel with salsa verde, monkfish, chorizo and asparagus skewers, duo of seasonal fish cooked paupiette with potatoes, tomatoes and spinach. There’ll be dessert too, and there’s a licenced bar.
Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan Fri 15 – Sun 17 July
Tropical Pressure is a unique, intimate and family friendly festival, celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean on the cliffs of Porthtowan.
The festival is packed with world class live bands, Tropical DJ’s, music, craft and dance workshops, yoga, kids’ play and making sessions, healing treatments, world music films, talks and storytelling. 2016 Line has been confirmed as Sidestepper, Mo’ Kalamity, Vin Gordon, and Conish duo Eco Town almong others.
This is a 100% meat free zone – If it aint veggie, it ain coming in – World Street Food in the Market & Cantina Cafe, including Falafels, Fajitas, Wood Fired Pizza, Veggie Burgers and Fresh Salads. Set on a beautiful 42 acre organic farm, overlooking the sea at Porthtowan on the north Cornish coast, the festival site is contained, accessible and spacious. Camping pitches are all close to the main activities, with quieter family camping available in a dedicated field. With day tickets from just £25, and weekends with camping £80 they’ll soon be gone. Get yours here
Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan TR4 8HL
The Wizard of Oz, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross Nr Liskeard Fri 15 and Sat 16 July
One for the kids, follow the yellow brick road with Dot and Toto on a magical journey to the land of Oz. Packed with your favourite songs and colourful characters, this family show – a Sterts Theatre Co in house production is simply spectaucular – I took Muddy junior last week – read my review here
£10 7:30pm Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre, Launceston Road, Upton Cross, Pl14 5 AZ
Rock Oyster Festival, Wadebridge Fri 15 – Sat 16 July
Love, dance, eat, play – this is a big summer party for all the family. An oyster fest with music at the heart, you’ll also get a good dose of arts, yoga, children’s entertainment, comedy (invited back this year is Kernow King) and great cider. Expect Dutty Moonshine band, Wille and the Bandits, GypFunk, Sound of the Sirens and more.
If you’ve not got tickets yet, you can still buy weekend and saturday tickets on the gate.
Rock Oyster Festival, Dinham House, Wadebridge Pl27 6RH
Pokemon Go Meet Up, 8-BIT Gaming Bar, Falmouth Sat 16 July
Ok so I’m not 12 and I dont really get the appeal, but there’s no doubting this mobile app released in the UK today (Thurs) has become a global phenomenon with gamers taking to the streets everywhere – and yes in daylight! With six weeks of summer ahead of us, if it gets my gaming kids out of their dark bedrooms who am I to argue. This augmented reality experience uses a smartphone’s GPS location and real-world maps to track players as they move around. Players can visit Pokestops – typically landmarks or buildings – and collect free items in the game.
Quirky gaming bar 8-BIT are hosting Cornwall’s first meet up – jopin the fun on saturday from 12pm – do battle, swap tips and have some good old poke fun.
8-BIT Gaming Bar, 4 Quay Street, Falmouth TR11 3HH
Dodgeball Tournament, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay Sun 17 July
I got a fair few detentions playing this at lunchtime. Dodgeball was banned at my school (can’t think why), but thankfully not here. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an Average Joe or perhaps a win-at-all cost White Goodman, get your self a team together and get down to Lusty Glaze Beach on Sunday. The winners are the first team either to eliminate the other team or the team with the most players on the court at the final whistle. The contest will run all afternoon from midday until the early evening. Live music from the incredible The Big Sets.
Rehearsal for Murder, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Mon 18 – Sat 23 July
I remember the 1982 film as it had my then (wierd) crush Jeff Goldblum. If art imitates life, this is a play about a play, staring actors playing actors: Playwright Alex Dennison is left heartbroken, heartbroken when his fiancee and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. Alex can’t believe she’d kill herself, so on the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play, locking them in until the truith comes out…
Telly heart-throb Gary Mavers of Peak Practice and Casualty, Footballers’ Wives Susie Amy, and sixties pop-idol Mark Wynter star.
2:30pm and 7:30pm £14-30 Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL
See How the Dark of Night is Red, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, PZ until October
This summer these twin galleries in Newlyn and Penzance present a major exhibition by the highly acclaimed artist Imran Qureshi. Installations accross both venues plus a site-specific commission for Truro Cathedral earlier this month, make this arguably Qureshi’s most ambitious UK exhibition to date. The exhibition at Newlyn is quiet and reflective, presenting new and existing works, many on paper, reflecting Qureshi’s mastery of the processes and devices of Muhgal Miniature painting, but also the confidence with which he subverts them. For the single large gallery space at The Exchange, Qureshi has devised an installation where, characteristically, painted imagery spills from large canvases, across wall and floors.
Mon – Sat from 10am Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ and The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL
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Jaws, Tinside Lido, Plymouth Sun 24 July
Extra dates released for this one – get your tickets right now, or miss out. Mr MC and I have bagged ours – they’re offering a VIP fizz ticket for just £17.
10pm Plymouth Open Air Cinema, Tinside Lido, Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3DE
Burlesque in the Park with the Folly Mixtures, Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance Fri 29 July
Glitter and pasties at the ready ladies – Madam Jo Jo regulars The Folly Mixtures are bringing their Moulin Rouge, Gatsby and War Time Pin Up girls to town. Harking back to the golden era of this fascinating art form, the show’s gorgeous and gifted dance troop, The Folly Mixtures, sizzled on stage in their authentic costumes, enticing the audience with a carefully choreographed wink or wiggle.
£16 (or £18 on the door) 7:30pm Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 4HE