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What’s on Thurs 16 – Wed 22 June

It’s been, quite the experience bringing out the Muddy Guide this week whilst in the throes of holding the Muddy Stilettos Awards. Who’s the idiot in charge of diary co-ordination? Oh hang on, that’s me. Oh well, the pain is over and here’s your curated digital best buddy, here to help you find the coolest things to do (with or without children) over the next week.

Sushi Night with Naoko, Penair School, Truro Thurs 16 June

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Naoko is one hot mama in the kitchen. Mr MC and I attended her valentine banquet a few months back. Yummer! On thursday you can learn from the master at her sushi night – cure, trim and chop salmon and learn the secrets of her special soy sauce with elderflower.

£15 6:30-8pm Naoko’s Kitchen, Penair School, Truro TR1 1TN


Life’s a dream: Miracle Theatre at Heligan Sat 18 June


Those stunning rhododendrons at the Lost Garden of Heligan play backdrop to this Spanish jewel on Saturday. A young woman, travelling through a wild and mountainous region, discovers a Prince who has been imprisoned by his father since birth, to foil a prophecy that he will bring disaster to the world and death to the King. Prompted by the Woman, the King is overcome with remorse and sets his son free, giving him the chance to prove his good character. But is it ever possible to escape one’s fate?

£14 7:30pm Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell PL26 6EN T: 01726 845100 E: [email protected]


St Ives Gin Festival, St Ives Guildhall, St Ives Sat 18 June

Following on from world gin day last week, its a muddy mission to include a gin event every week. So here goes: Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by some of the finest gins from around the world! Not just gin sampling , gin talks and presentations from some of the finest gin producers! – Cocktail Demos! – Indoor Gin Garden Party! – Live Dj and Saxophonist what more could you need?

£10 2-11pm St Ives Gin Festival, Street-an-Pol, St Ives Guildhall, St Ives TR26 2DS E:[email protected]


Wild Tribe taster day at Holywell Bay, Sat 18 June


Unleash your inner child, or your actual children, with a charge through the golden sand dunes to the shore at Holywell Bay; explore a smuggler’s cave, or wander into the woodland and (if it’s raining) get marvelously muddy. If you want to get really wild and mucky, then let the experts from Trevornick’s hugely popular Wild Tribe show you how to build a brilliant bug hotel and a woodland shelter, enjoy a seaside safari, all followed by toasting some yummy marshmallows on the log fire. It’s the truly perfect setting to explore the nooks and crannies of Cornwall’s most sensational coast. After a wonderfully Wild Tribe session, enjoy a low tide rock pool adventure. Creepy crabs and sneaky starfish; swaying seaweed and wriggly worms will delight young seafarers as you uncover marvelous marine life where the land meets the sea. Wild Tribe is suitable for over 5s. Make a bird box – perfect last minute present for Father’s day non?

£5 10am-4pm Trevornick, Holywell Bay, TR8 5PW


All things vintage and lovely, Cotehele, St Dominick Sat 18 and Sun 19 June

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Credit: Matt Stockman

On Saturday and Sunday Cotehele house are playing host to over 60 vintage and artisan exhibitors, live music, a catwalk and theatre act (saturday), workshops, classic cars and plenty to keep the kids out of your hair. The weekend coincides with the opening of the ‘Through the Looking Glass’ exhibition in Cotehele Gallery. No Johnny Depp, but works by painter Michael Hill, metal artist Spencer Larcombe and glassware artist Ed Burke

£4 10:30 – 4:30 Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TA T:01579 351346 E:[email protected]


Father’s day events at the National Trust

Trengwainton Garden, Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ

Drop in any time on Father’s Day and make dad a card as unique as he is. Top off his day with a tasty treat in the tea-room. From 11am £12.75 for a family ticket (1+3).


Trelissick, Feock, TR3 6QL

WW1 Centenary Exhibition, part of an arts programme connecting people with the first world war. From 10:30 £15 for a family ticket (1+3)


Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston, TR13 9RE

I dig Godolphin. Explore what archaeology there is to be found at Godolphin with the help of our archaeology themed trail, guided tours up Godolphin Hill and around the wider estate. From 10am £12.75 for a family ticket (1+3).


St Michael’s Mount, Marazion,TR17 0HS

Walk the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. Children will be fascinated by the history, legends and myths surrounding St Michaels Mount (will they be able to find the giant’s heart in the pathway up to the castle or the well where the legendary giant is said to have fallen to his death?) and are able to explore and learn within the castle walls with an entertaining quiz that leads them through the castle searching for clues. Check the tides! £18.50 for a family ticket (1+3).


Taxi Driver, The Poly, Falmouth Mon 20 Jun


Fancy this Scorsese classic? An alienated, battle-scarred loner embarks on a mission of misguided revenge in the seedy underbelly of nighttime Manhattan. Unbelievably this film is 40 years old this year and looking a lot less wrinkled than moi!

Rated 18

£5 7:45pm

Yoga on the beach, Porthtowan Tues 21 June


Did you know that it is World Yoga Day on Tuesday? Come practice your zen and enjoy an hour of peaceful yoga and meditation on the dunes at Porthtowanwith Kirsty Koral.

Donations, 9-10am Kirsty Koral,Meet at Porthtowan Village Hall, Beach Rd, Porthtowan TR4 8AD T: 07729978905


After school story time, Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance Wed 22 June


Second place (by one! ONE! vote folks) Muddy Stilettos Cornwall Best Independent Bookshop finalists are holding after school storytime with Chris Higgins. Suitable for little ones. hear the latest adventures of Matty and her wonderful Funny Family. In the eighth adventure in the heart-warming series, Matty and her family head to Oz and that must surely be a reason for her to stop worrying. There’s cake too if you’re good :).

4-5pm Edge of the World Bookshop, 23 Market Jew Street, Penzance, TR18 2HR


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Philliegh Way Shellfish course, Philliegh Way Cookery School 24 Aug


These small group cookery courses always sell out way before the event so book now for August (yes really).  George Pascoe – Philleigh Way head chef and Annie Sibbert – fish tutor and ex-fishmonger are ready to take you through the basics.

£110 10am – 4pm 24 August Philleigh Way Cookery School

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