What’s on guide: Thurs 7 – Weds 13 July
Ping Coombes Malaysian Cookery Course, River Cottage Thurs 7 July
Over the border in Devon on Thursday, MasterChef winner 2014 Ping Coombes will take you on a journey through her Malaysian childhood and life in Britain through the prism of her fantastic recipes. You will spend the day mastering Malaysian cooking using ingredients that are both local and seasonal. Set against the beautiful rural backdrop of Park Farm, your day will be a mix of practical lessons, demonstrations and chances to taste the fruits of your labour
£240, 9:30am – 5pm River Cottage, Park Farm, Trinity Hill Rd, Axminster EX13 8TB
Schools Will Rock You, St Joseph’s School, Launceston Thurs 7/8/9 July
Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It’s a safe, happy, Ga Ga world. Unless you’re a rebel. Unless you want to Rock. On iPlanet all the musical instruments are banned. The Company Computers generate tunes and everybody downloads them. It is an age of Boy Bands and of Girl Bands. Of Boy and Girl Bands. Of Girl Bands with a couple of boys in them that look like girls anyway. Nothing is left to chance, hits are scheduled years in advance. But Resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depths live the Bohemians. Rebels who believe that there was once a Golden Age when the kids formed their own bands and write their own songs. They call that time, The Rhapsody. I was treated to a teaser at St Mellion last Tuesday. Looks fabulous.
£8 7pm (plus Sat matinee at 2pm), St Joseph’s School, St Peter’s hill, Launceston.
Skybar, Truro Fri 8 and Sat 9 July
Did you go to Skybar last summer? It’s a concept Pop Up Bar that appears at various locations around the UK inviting guests to enjoy exclusive gigs in intimate settings. On Friday and Saturday its Truro’s turn again. Friday is sounds of the beach house – creating that balearic ambience, expect a mix of laid-back, feel good beats with classic tracks old and new all wrapped up into one evening of total summertime bliss that will have you dancing all night long. Saturday is Electro swing night with live accoustic #skysessions and banquets. Ca’Bolani Prosecco along with a custom gin bar to refresh you, fresh cocktails, DJ’s, live entertainment, great food and stunning views, the event is just a short distance from Truro City Centre.
£15 From 6pm, Skybar, Nansavallan Farm, Truro TR3 6AD
Electric Beach Festival, Newquay Fri 8 and Sat 9 July
This is the 5th Electric Beach Festival. With 90’s legends The Levellers (my uni days anthem) headlining on Friday, and hip hop hippies De La Soul headlining Saturday, dad dancing is totally allowed. Dubbed by many as the UK’s greatest beach party. After parties every night with Zion Train, DLS and Caravana Sun at the Koola Bar and Chy Bar. No dogs to this one, and no Mr tumble to keep the kids amused, but good for muso families. No camping, but discounts available to festival goers at Mor Surf Lodge and plenty of accomodation in and around Newquay.
The Wizard of Oz, Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross Sat 9 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 – look out for my review on Muddy this coming Sunday.
£10 7:30pm Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre, Launceston Road, Upton Cross, Pl14 5 AZ
Anyone for tennis? Antony House, Torpoint Sun 10 July
Those of you with Centre Court tickets cut the gloating! If you don’t have plans this Sunday, hold your own Wimbledon finals at Anthony House at Torpoint instead. Family friendly tennis day on the lawns. Equipment provided, the event is free – though normal admission applies.
12 – 4:30pm, Antony House, Torpoint PL11 2QA
Rockpool Yoga, Gwithian and Godrevy Mon 11 July
Yoga instructor Angelina Lambourn will lead the physically challenging Power Yoga sessions taking place every Monday at 9.30am starting this week. Classes will be held outside the restaurant which stands in the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy surrounded by breathtaking views.
The hour-long session will be in the vinyasa style featuring dynamic postures and flowing movement that will improve strength, flexibility and balance. Classes are suitable for all, including beginners, and there will be discounts for those paying for six sessions.
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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.
Leopallooza, Bude Fri 29 – Sun 31 July
2016 marks the 10th annual Grass Roots Festival award winning Leopalloza- dubbed the ‘greatest house party in a field’. Well, lush wooded valley near the beach actually. Voted one of the best boutique festivals byThe Guardian two years running, its grown from humble beginings – just 250 people showed up at the first party in 2006. 100+ bands, DJs and solo artists. This years theme is… Rio Leo! Outfits are a must apparently, so dig out your fruitbowl hat. Crystal Fighters and Kodaline will be headlining with DJ sets from Mylo, Little Dragon and DJ YODA. Leopallooza friends will be on the ground delivering a host of exciting activities; choose to get your blades on for the roller disco and cool down on the Slip ‘n’ Slide or watch with envy as world class professional mountain bike riders take on the track. Head for Palloozaville for a feast of noodles, gourmets burgers, burritos, crêpes and crumpets. This is a family friendly festy – drop your darlings at the Leopallooza crèche, or catch friend to singing veg – Mr Bloom from CBeebies in residence and swamp circus.