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What’s on: Thurs 1 – Weds 7 Sept


I got a new pair of (school) shoes and a new attitude! Just as well I’m officially kid free 9-3 again as I’m nearly out of tramadol.

There’s no shortage of things to do this week: one of the last few popup outdoor movie screenings on Carlyon Bay Beach (postponed from that horrible wet weekend we had a few weeks back) , get muddy at Pretty Muddy (best swap your stilettos for trainers though), or get creative and Lou’s Chalk Paint workshop.

Eating, festivals, surf riding, bellyboarding and loads of theatre too, plus our regular calendar of daily events (full calendar for the weeks ahead HERE) – search by category or by town.

Multiple day events are listed below (since they make my fabulous calendar messy), but I think you’ll want to know about them. #BacktoSchool!

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Aidan’s back! Season 2 of Poldark, BBC1 Sun 4 Sept onwards

Everyone’s favourite period drama is back on Sunday, after a 16-month break and it’s not so cheery a beginning. We left Ross and Demelza broke, mourning their child and Mr P facing jail time. Expect simmering tensions (Ross and Elizabeth), bitter rivalries (Ross and George) and class struggles (Ross and the wealthy toffs), but no more topless scything scenes (damn).

Here’s a teasy trailer for you:


Fantasy Festival, Ruan Minor, Helston Fri 2 – Sun 4 Sept


The festival season is still in full swing this week at Namparra Campsite near Helston. Music, side stalls, lots of food, several bars-including a tiki cocktail bar and workshops.The theme this year is Dragons and Fairies. Chose your side and come dressed up – take part in the games and tournaments, or just cheer on your side. While the magic happens all over this quirky little festival, plenty happens on stage: an eclectic mix of music, from ska and reggae, psychtrance and rock to blues and swamp boogie (what ever that is). Camping (obviously) but limited parking.

£30 for the weekend. From 12pm Friday Fantasy Festival, Namparra Campsite, Kuggar, Ruan Minor, Helston TR12 7LY 

Boombox Festival, Helford River Fri 2 – Sun 4 Sept

The Lizard is clearly the place to be for music fans as Chygarkey Woods is home to indie dance fest Boombox 2016. Expect some extravagant surprises and of course overly energetic dancing. 50 live acts and DJ’s, this is strictly an over 18’s event: the motto of this festival is Go Hard or Go Home. Yeah, you’ve been warned. I might wait for it to come out on DVD.

Boombox Festival, Chygarkey Woods, Helford River TR12 6LJ 


Bellyboard club championships, Holywell Bay, Newquay Sat 3 and Sun 4 Sept


This is my top tip for the week! Hosted by Grampy Ted’s Surf Shed and Down by the Sea, this is a gentile weekend of bellyboarding fun, camping (if you’re so inclined), classic motors and vintage and surf stalls. I’m heading down on the Saturday.

Weekend ticket with camping £35. Down by the Sea, Holywell bay, Newquay 


Save the last dance for me, Hall for Cornwall, Truro until Sat 3 Sept

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The jukebox musical with songs from the 60’s. One for fans of nostalgia and Dreamboats and Petticoats (actually its a spin off). Definitely a cheese-fest, however my spies tell me people have been dancing in the isles upcountry, so one to pencil in if you like losing a few pounds while watching a show. Here’s the blurb: ‘In 1963, sisters Jennifer and Marie go on holiday to a caravan in Lowestoft (sans parents). There they meet US airman Milton who is stationed at a local airbase and invites the sisters back to a dance.  At the base, youngest sister Marie meets and eventually falls in love with Curtis, a black airman from Tennessee’.

£20.50 – £28.50 2:30pm and 7:30pm Hall for Cornwall, Lemon Quay, Truro TR1 2LL  T:  01872 262466

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