What’s On in Cornwall August 2020
Cinema and Theatre
Wavelength Drive in Cinema, Watergate Bay
Wavelength surf mag are hosting a series of cult classic surf movies from the clifftops of Cornwall, kicking off the weekend 24th July with a screening of Cornish surfing classic, Blue Juice, now 25 years old. Watch the sun go down, and then get stuck into a film – not all of them are surfing related, but if you’re into that sort of thing, Point Break is showing, as is Dogtown and Z Boys, plus Endless Summer. There’s other things on offer too.
Mr Pineapple’s Drive in Cinema, Newquay
Find Mr Pineapple’s at Hendra Farm near Newquay showing favourite films including The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction (and sorry you missed Dirty Dancing last week). Food is on offer from Newquay faves including Dough Selecta (pizza) and Beyonce the bundt van is selling coffee and cakes.
Newquay Drive-In, Dairyland, Newquay
Newquay is the place to be for drive-in cinema this summer, with this family friendly version open at Dairyland showing kids classics and Hollywood favourites.
Open Air Cinema, Various locations
Screenings in Polzeath, St Ives, Penzance and more, in some cases right on the beach, with a selection of family friendly films including The Greatest Showman, The Lion King, Moana, Finding Dory and so on, plus classics like Casablanca. VIP tickets include a chair, otherwise bring your own, and wear a coat if it looks like rain. Unlike some screenings, this one doesn’t need the darkness, so film times start earlier than sunset.
Cornish Cinema Club from Skylight, Caerhays
Spoilt for choice for outdoor drive-in cinema this summer, with the Cornish Cinema Club putting on screenings at Caerhays near St Austell. Films include more adult options – Bridesmaids, Back to the Future and A Star is Born. Sadly you’ve missed Ferris Bueller this time round.
Drive & Dine Theatre, Wadebridge, 6-16 August
The Royal Cornwall Showground will play host to a revival of the classic American drive-in cinema screenings. Guests can choose from an impressive selection of award-winning blockbusters, family favourites and must-see classics, all the while enjoying an exclusive menu curated by Paul Ainsworth, from the comfort and safety of your car.
A wide selection of films are on offer, including drive-in classics such as Grease and Back to the Future, and a number of maritime-themed favourites – think Jaws for the thrill-seekers or Finding Dory for the younger (or just more faint-hearted). Musicals such as La La Land and The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody should lift spirits inside your car while more recent blockbusters are also available including Le Mans ‘66 and Knives Out.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
Outdoor theatre, music, films and storytelling sessions for the kids is back at the stunning, world-famous Minack Theatre – in socially distanced fashion, of course. Highlights include the acclaimed 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, and performances by the Fishermans Friends. Be quick though, as there are limited tickets.
Rogue Theatre’s Wonder Walks, Tehidy Woods, 8 – 31 August
Known for their immersive theatre adventures, multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre are at last back doing what they do best, with a new experience Wonder Walks, a walking theatre experience through the wild woods, that celebrates re-awakening, re-emerging and re-wilding as we imagine our paths into the future. Rogue’s shows are billed as suitable for families, adults and children of all ages who hear the call of the wild. From experience, there is lots that will go over little heads but the music, costumes and magic still manage to hold them entranced.
Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, dates throughout August
Entertaining shows for all the family from Sterts Theatre include the BFG, a hastily rehearsed Twelfth Night for Shakespeare fans, Guys & Dolls and from Squashbox Theatre, Tales from the Trees.
Paulo’s Drive in Circus, Newquay
Go back to the 80s with Teddy’s Bogus Journey, a 1 hour show for you and your family to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Britain’s first & only drive in style performance created with the magic touch of circus.
Food and Drink
The Anti-social Dining Club, St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick
Nicknamed ‘The Anti-Social Club’, this new clever dining concept is essentially private dining rooms – somewhere between a private members club, private dining room, beach club and a summer pop-up restaurant. The St Moritz is playing on the idea that safe doesn’t have to mean boring with each party seated in an individual room or booth, with staggered dining times.
SkyBar, Polzeath, 21-22 Aug & St Agnes, 28-30 Aug
SkyBar takes the best of the aprés ski vibe and turns up the heat to create the highlight of your summer. Building on the amazing sell-out successes of recent years, it’s going big in 2020. With excellent music and plenty of drinks to compliment the awesome sunsets, find this pop up in some beautiful South West locations.
PLUS more restaurant openings in our latest Superflashy Newsflash
Falmouth Week, 12- 15 Aug
Falmouth Week is usually a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins in a local sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, Falmouth Week this year is only running as a slimmed down sailing event, and even then not for dinghies or for crews outside of the same household or bubble.
Cornwall Pride, Newquay, 29 Aug
Cornwall Pride is a celebration of diversity in Cornwall, now in its 13th year. Rainbow Fest will be running on 29 August this year – more details here.
Art and Exhibitions
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives
The Tate St Ives re-opens with new socially distanced one way routes through the galleries – and the Naum Gabo exhibition, due to close in May has been extended to be open for the rest of the summer. Bring a little culture to your beach holiday and spend a morning learning about what drew so many artists to St Ives – our review of Gabo from before lockdown is here.
Walking the Stone | Mark Surridge, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens (Nr Penzance) 12 – 29 August
We love the almost desert-like appeal of the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens where you can walk the gardens and admire the views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount whilst enjoying some large scale sculptures – but did you know they also have a small gallery?
Walking the Stone is a solo exhibition of work by renowned abstract artist Mark Surridge, in collaboration with Coates and Scarry, which references and takes its inspiration from ancient sites in Cornwall, either in the form of megalithic structures or solitary monolithic stones positioned in the Cornish landscape. Throughout his career Surridge has explored the mystery of these landscapes, with recent work culminating in this lyrical exploration of Cornwall’s legendary sites.
Open Studios Cornwall 2020 (29 August – 6 September)
More than 200 artists, designers and makers will be welcoming socially-distanced visitors into their studios in a celebration of artistic practice, with appropriate safety measures in place.
From Marazion to St Minver, St Ives to Saltash and Penzance to Penwithick, in leafy villages, seaside settlements and wooded valleys, painters, printmakers and potters; textile designers, sculptors and illustrators will guide you between granite gateposts, down gravelled driveways and along ancient footpaths – and to the Open Studios Cornwall website, enhanced with online studio tours and additional digital content by participants who are not able to throw open their doors, for reasons of limited space or personal vulnerability – to discover, discuss and purchase their work.
Olivia Dean, the Me to You tour in association with Clarks, various locations (15 & 16 August)
Olivia Dean – named as New Artist of The Week on Apple, is bringing her new socially distanced tour from the back of a yellow van to various locations in Cornwall including off-grid campsite Khudva (near Tintagel) on 15 August and Wavelength cinema’s pre-show entertainment at Watergate Bay on 16 August.