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What’s on guide Thurs 7 – Wed 13 Apr

Oliver! Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Thurs 7 Apr


One of the most successful British musicals of all time comes to Cornwalls most stunning theatre.  With a sensational score that includes such classics as ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, ‘Where Is Love?’ and ‘Consider Ourselves’, this is the perfect family musical singalong.

£9-11.50 (adult) £5-6 (child) 2pm and 7:30pm  The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU T: 01736 810181


Flambards Bush Tucker Trials, Helston Fri 8 Apr


Round of your holiday with Helstons answer to I’m a celeb – Join Ferdie the Fox at Flambard’s very own Bush Tucker Trial – are you brave enough to eat a barbequed bamboo worm?  What about salt and vinegar locusts? Curried crickets, black ants, meal worms are also on the menu.

Family ticket (includes a free 7 day return) is from £61.02 (online discount).

Shows at 12pm and 2pm Flambards, Clodgey Lane, Helston TR13 0QA T: 01326 573 404 


Low tide walk to St George’s Island, Looe Sat 9 Apr


Credit: YouTube

Its a super low tide this Saturday, so if you fancy a bit of an adventure, take your welly booted self down to RNLI station at Hannafore (Looe) and join the walk to St Georges Island. Usually only accessible by boat, the unique Island holds a very low tide one or two days of the entire year, making those lucky enough to be in the area, able to access the island by foot across the rocky sea floor. Its only half a mile – but the tide turns quickly so arrive prompt to avoid being washed away!  Here’s a link to last years walk (you’ll want to skip the long intro) so you can see what you might be getting yourself into.

Watch out for the tide! Little ones will need carrying over some parts.

12:30pm (45 mins before low tide), following the tide as it goes out. RNLI station at Hannafore, Church End, Looe PL13 1AH


Thali supper club, Pea Souk, Falmouth Sat 9 Apr


Be serenaded by a professional sitar player while you enjoy a delicious 3 course Indian Thali vegetarian feast on Saturday at the cosy and boho Pea Souk. Places book up quick, but there were tickets available when I checked.

£20 7pm Pea Souk19c Well Lane, Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG T: 01326 317583


Crabs and Critters, Bar Beach, Helford Sun 10 Apr

Masked Crab. Credit: Matt Slater

Masked Crab. Credit: Matt Slater

Prepare to get muddy (ha see what I did there?) looking for crabs and critters that live in the Helford Passage at Bar Beach on the Helford. Budding marine biologists can learn about sea potatoes, worms and molluscs from Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine biologist Matt Slater.

£3 1pm – 3pm Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Bar Beach (Ferryboat Inn side) , Helford Passage, TR11 5LB T: 01326 340961

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, Cornwall

Pirates Quest is running till Sunday. Me and the mudlets reviewed the new story at February 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 


The Absurdists, Bude Mon 11 Apr

Waiting crop-crop

Fascinated by the eclectic, the esoteric and the absurd? Then this exhibition in Bude on Monday is for you. Paintings of  the imagination, humour and depth. The absurbists are William Isaacs nd Wendy Parkyn. William’s paintings depict the unusual, the offbeat and the amusing. Wendy, a landscapist delves into the world of the eccentric and bizarre.

Free, 10am – 5pm The Absurdists, Bude Castle Heritage Centre, Bude, EX23 8LG


Camelia Day, Antony, Torpoint Tues 12 Apr


Join a guided spring walk with a focus on their National Collection of Camellia Japonica, in association with the Carew Pole Garden Trust.

The event is free, but normal admission prices apply.

£13.80 2:30pm – 4:30pm Antony House and Gardens, Torpoint, PL11 2QA E: [email protected]


Gangsta Granny, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Wed 13 – Sun 17 Apr

. CAST Gilly Tompkins - Granny Ashley Cousins - Ben Laura Girling - Mum Ben Martin - Dad Umar Malik - Raj Alison Fitzjohn - Matron Richard James - Doctor Louise Bailey - Queen & Female Undestudy Aaron Thiara - Male Understudy CREATIVE TEAM Adapter and Director - Neal Foster Designer - Jackie Trousdale Lighting Designer - Jason Taylor Composer - Jak Poore Sound Designer - Nick Sagar Choreographers - Paul Chantry & Rae Piper of Chantry Dance Company Production Manager - Adrian Littlejohns

There are cabbage farts galore in Truro on Wednsday when the Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny, by everyone’s favourite Little Briton David Walliams! There were still tickets left (last time I checked), but we can’t make any of the shows (boo!) Muddy Stilettos reported on the show when it appeared in Brighton last month. Check out the muddy review here.

From £10 (restricted view), Wed 13 – Sun 17 April, Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL


And the last few egg hunts for those of you not sick of chocolate (yep):

easter egg huntBuckland 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.



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