What’s On September
No plans? You need Muddy's monthly what's on guide with a mix of openings, events and online gems all from local venues to keep you entertained.
Summer’s almost over but Cornwall hasn’t got the memo… despite the cancellations of several of Kernow’s best loved festivals and events, there’s still plenty to be keeping us occupied.
Cinema and Theatre
Wavelength Drive in Cinema, Watergate Bay (4 – 6 September)
Wavelength surf mag have hosted a series of cult classic surf movies from the clifftops of Cornwall, all summer. Watch the sun go down, and then get stuck into a film – for one last weekend this summer. Choose from Dogtown and Z Boys, Jaws and Fishermans Friends, plus a surf-film fest on 4 September.
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 Oh Mary!, the Wind in the Willows and performances by the Fishermans Friends. Be quick though, as there are limited tickets.
Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, dates throughout September
Entertaining shows for all the family from Sterts Theatre include the Wind in the Willows, some Pinter, Guys & Dolls and The Countrymen – The Return of the Masked Crusaders.
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.
Meet me at the Edge, Wildworks, Botallack (Sunday 20 September)
Seven live showings of an immersive soundscape on the rugged cliffs of Botallack on Cornwall’s wild Tin Coast are scheduled for Sunday 20 September, from Cornish theatre company, Wildworks. This unique and site-specific set of screenings, aptly titled ‘Meet me at the Edge’ has been written by founding artist Mercedes Kemp and directed by Artistic Director, Mydd Pharo. In socially distanced groups, Meet me At The Edge will invite visitors to finally come and stand together at the edge of the world; the edge of solitude and loneliness, the edge of love, the edge of tolerance and endurance and the edge of meaning, all on the physical edge of the land and the sea. Tickets here.
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.
September Supper Series, Nancarrow Farm (12 Sept)
Nancarrow Farm are inviting guests to enjoy a special feast from the comfort of their own picnic blanket on the farm, or one of their tables by the pond or in the barns. Book online, bring your own cutlery and crockery and Nancarrow will provide the fully loaded hampers for collection – drinks available to purchase from the bar (it’s not BYO) and also, sorry, no dogs.
PLUS more restaurant openings in our latest Superflashy Newsflash
Rare Plant Fair, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden (6 September)
Midsummer Nights Market, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (12 – 13 September)
Outdoor socially distanced and full of great shopping, street food, bars and entertainment, open 10am – 11pm. Booking essential. Costumers and Cosplayers and musicians roam the event and attendees are welcome to wear fantasy cosplay or steampunk attire.
Newquay Fish Festival (18-20 September)
Every year Newquay Harbour hosts a fantastic fish festival, with stalls, cooking demonstrations and music, celebrating Cornwall’s huge fishing heritage and culture. This year the festival heads online for a Virtual Fish Fest.
Heritage Open Days Festival, various locations (11 – 20 September)
There’s heaps to explore across Cornwall at the Heritage Open Days Festival – a fantastic way to see our ‘hoods prettiest buildings and landmarks that are free to enter for the public, including St Lawrence’s Church – a unique opportunity to explore Cornwall’s asylum church-inside and outside – you can even have a go at playing the organ.
Also look out for Liskeard Unlocked – Making Space for Nature at Castle Park where they’ll be a short nature trail, litter pick and quiz for families as well as an ice cream van puppet show, and Landscapes in Lockdown at Wheal Martyn Clay Works.
Brick Making Workshops, St Austell (11 and 12 September)
Brickfield is an experimental brickworks inviting people to look again at the china clay tips and pits, with an eye on building a creative and sustainable future. St Austell’s iconic Great Treverbyn Tip at West Carclaze is running pop-up brick making workshops – learn how to mix clay and mould bricks at the foot of this landmark Cornish pyramid using waste materials from china clay extraction.
The Austell Project virtual festival (19 September)
The first of its kind for the town, this new online experience offers a specially curated collection of content that’s readily accessible online, for free, themed around the Austell Project’s Garden Route and Whitegold Projects – in a twin thread of content offering a ‘Window into Whitegold’ and an exploration into ‘Digital Digging’. The programme’s variety includes virtual art exhibitions, talks, workshops, interactive activities, roundtable discussions and short films – cleverly designed to dip in and out of and easy to navigate.
Digital Digging: Secret Gardens
Three of St Austell’s garden attractions, Hidden Valley Gardens, St Blazey’s Gardens Cottage and The Lost Gardens of Heligan have agreed to give Digital Digging a virtual tour of their garden’s special places, secret spots and their gardeners’ favourite plants. (Green) Fingers crossed we might even get an exclusive look into parts of the gardens, which are usually out of bounds to the public.
Window into Whitegold: Public Art and Placemaking
Meet acclaimed ceramic artists Sandy Brown, Marion Brandis and Susan Elliott in this round table discussion hosted by Whitegold Co-Curator, Alex Murdin.
All three artists are making soon to be installed ceramic public art works for St Austell, which they introduce to each other in conversation and discuss the value of art in public spaces, and what contribution ceramic work can make in connection with St Austell’s particular geographical context.
Digital Digging: Gardeners Question Time
A panel of horticultural experts answer questions from amateur gardeners as part of the Garden Route’s online celebration of gardens. Subject matter could include how to encourage the Cornish bee and other wildlife or what type of plants like to live in the clay soil and coastal climate of St Austell’s gardens.
Window into Whitegold: MC Teabag Insta Readings
Performance artist MC Teabag is hosting quickfire virtual tea readings on Instagram throughout festival on September 19th. To get involved simply send a photo of your tea to @mc_teabag and learn what your future holds (disclaimer: may be whimsical)
Art and Exhibitions
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives
The Tate St Ives has re-opened 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.
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.
A Change of Scene, The Byre Gallery, Rame Peninsula (until 20th September)
Five Cornwall based artists – Jill Hudson, Sophie Harding, Martha Holmes, Eleanor Lee and Sara Owen – have each produced some stunning new work full of summer brightness. The exhibition also features work in ceramics, glass and jewellery from makers based throughout the length and breadth of the UK, including the highly acclaimed Scottish ceramicist Michele Bianco who is showing her stunning hand-built vessels for the first time in the south west. Fellow ceramicists Lucy Burley, Helen Harrison, Remon Jephcott, Judy McKenzie, Hugh Perry, Kathryn Sherriff, Emily Olivia Tapp and Kate Welton make welcome returns each creating some lovely new pieces; as does glass artist Benjamin Lintell with some stunning new work.
A Prehistoric Cornwall, Kurt Jackson, Jackson Foundation, St Just (until 7 Nov)
This autumn sees the launch of ‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’, the latest exhibition from Kurt Jackson, arguably one of Britain’s most celebrated living landscape painters. This body of work sees Jackson visit the relics of prehistoric Cornwall and captures the county’s extraordinary range of ancient monuments with a new series of paintings and sculpture. The landscape is full of these monuments, some are obvious and picturesque – a stone circle-while others are incongruous; hidden and overlooked despite their size and historical significance, cut-off and smothered by dual-carriageways, roundabouts and car dealerships.
‘A Prehistoric Cornwall’ is displayed beautifully within the award-winning Jackson Foundation gallery, an expansive carbon-positive ex-industrial building tucked away down a side street of the charming post-mining community of St Just-in-Penwith. Massive white walls and exposed black steel allow Jackson’s canvasses, as monumental as they are in their own right, space to breathe as the impressive300m2 of polished concrete floorspace allow the viewer to become immersed in the artwork from a distance or inspect the minute detail up close.
New Landscape Paintings, Tremenheere Gallery (until 3 Oct)
For New Landscape Paintings, seven artists create a show about romantic contemplation, light, space and poetic transport. The exhibition features work by Richard Cook, Gareth Edwards, Anthony Garrett, Andrew Hardwick, Marie Claire Hamon, Michael Porter and Lucy Willow.
Tremenheere Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.
Nick Williams, The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives (19 – 25 September)
Local artist Nick William’s solo exhibition at The Salthouse Gallery is being held instead of his London exhibition which was sadly another cancellation due to the coronavirus. London’s loss is St Ives gain though, and this exhibition looks at an eclectic range of Nick’s oil paintings based around a previous trip to Cuba. The Salthouse Gallery is a leading contemporary gallery established in 1979. It is now a hub for Private Showings and is based at the centre of the art community, situated between the St Ives School of Art and the St Ives Society of Artists and 100m from the Tate Gallery.
Geo-thermal warmth, Jubilee Pool, Penzance
The first geothermal lido in the UK opens to the public on 1 September at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance, with the natural salt water heated to a balmy 35C. (Note, not the first geothermal bath in the UK – as that was done by the Romans 2000 years ago in Bath!) How’s it done? Well, warm water is extracted from a geothermal well (410m deep – the height of one and a half Eiffel Towers) and the heat distributed to the pool via a heat exchanger, before the cooler water is re-injected back into the ground. Fancy! And long awaited – this has been a ten year project and cost a cool (warm?) £1.8m. We’re off for a swim next week and will report back.
Coast to Coast fundraising, Saints Way (September)
It’s an iconic route in Cornwall that takes the walker from Padstow on the north coast to the south coastal town of Fowey. The 32 miles of the Saint’s Way provide a popular challenge and now Cornish health charity Cornwall Hospice Care is inviting people to make the journey over the month of September. More details here – the footpath is just under 30 miles long but you don’t have to do it all at once, although you can.
Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Run Around (26 & 27 September)
This September the Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround returns, but not as you know it. With the current pandemic runners are invited to complete the 5k or 10k run wherever they are – walk, jog, run or even cycle on the weekend of the 26th & 27th September. More details here.
Tall Ships Sailing, Charlestown Harbour (5 September)
Get a unique perspective on the Cornish coastline, and a fantastic day out, with refreshments included, with a sailing trip on Anny of Charlestown.
A transfer boat will take you out to Anny on her mooring, and the crew will pick the best cruising route to allow as much sailing as possible, before bringing you back to the harbour. Get involved and help the professional crew set the sails and perform manoeuvres, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle. (Over 10’s only).
WOMEN + WAVES Water Women Weekend (5 -6 September)
Women + Waves, the Newquay women’s surf collective, host an ocean indulgence, based on the Cornish coast for a weekend of surfing, swimming and paddle boarding.
Over the weekend, the sea and river will be the playground for sessions including surfing, swimming and paddle boarding, with tips from expert instructors helping you progress to the next level. This weekend is suitable for women of all experiences and backgrounds.
Garden Gatherings, Scorrier House (18 – 20 September)
Garden Gatherings from Great Estate is a brand new socially distanced event within the beautiful grounds of Scorrier House. Enjoy the blissful sounds from some UK based acts and local artists from the safety of your own bubble. Newton Faulkner will be headlining the first gathering at Scorrier House for bubbles of up to six to enjoy.
Saturday sees Daytoner bring their mix of funk, soul & breaks to Scorrier House, with local legends Penny Eyes in support, and Sunday it’s Mad Dog Mcrea.
People’s String Foundation, St Endellion (26 September)
The People’s String Foundation are a SouthWest based band who mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound, mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats the band are fast becoming the musical heavyweights of the South West. They encompass a grass roots level philosophy, working with local musicians, the community and schools right up to big Mid scale venues