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7 Things To Do This Week In Cornwall

Se ya dry January! Cornwall’s in the party mood this week, with loads of great live music, comedy, supper clubs and exhibitions on offer. Now where are my dancing shoes?

Claire Martin OBE & Ray Gelato, A Swingin’ Affair, Hall for Cornwall, Fri 3 Feb

Claire Martin is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz vocalists. She was named ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best New Recording’ in the British Jazz Awards, and in 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her services to jazz. She is joined for this show by multi-award-winning jazz saxophonist Ray Gelato as they celebrate the release of their album We’ve Got A World That Swings. If you’re into jazz, don’t miss this opportunity to see some of its best-loved stars right here in Cornwall.

Book tickets at hallforcornwall.co.uk

Guest Chefs and Supper Clubs

On Fri 3 Feb, The Exchange in Penzance has its first supper club of the year, with Lafafa Catering putting on an amazing Middle Eastern feast. On Sat 4 Feb, Ryan Venning of Little Gem Catering (formerly head chef of the Porthminster Beach Café) is dropping in for the night at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen to whip up a four-course dinner, inspired by his travels round the world. And on Mon 6 Feb, Emily Scott will be in the kitchen at Oliver’s as part of the restaurant’s 12Nights12Chefs charity series.

Middle Eastern Supper Club at The Exchange – email to book: [email protected]

Ryan Venning at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen – email to book: [email protected]

Emily Scott at Oliver’s – go online to book

Disco Ball Yoga at Falmouth Yoga Space, Sat 4 Feb

Think yoga bods take themselves a bit seriously? Not so at the Falmouth Yoga Space, where they like to party like the rest of us. In fact this Saturday’s class is an early-evening number, so it could even be a warm up for more fun later on. Join Keren for a flowing 90-minute class with disco lights and a sweet, ‘70s disco soundtrack. And no boring black leggings please – party threads are essential.

Find out more at falmouthyogaspace.co.uk

Electric Swing Circus, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Sat 4 Feb

If you want to get into the party mood after a very dry January, book tickets for this super fun night out on the beach. Electric Swing Circus has played Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Festival and their blend of vintage samples, electro beats, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums and dirty synths is impossible to resist. The six-piece group is fronted by a sassy female double act with a range of vocal styles and their electro-swing sound is guaranteed to get you grooving.

 Book tickets at thewateringhole.co.uk

Kernow King’s Greatest Hits, Comedy at Hall For Cornwall, Sat 4 Feb

Head to Hall for Cornwall on Saturday for a mammoth night of Cornish laughs. The self-proclaimed King of Kernow has been touring for the last six years and following performances at Glastonbury Festival, Port Eliot, and even Australia, he’s back for one night only, with his greatest hits (plus a little extra new stuff). From pasties to dogging, politics to dialect, no-one can possibly love his gags as much as a Cornish crowd.

Book tickets at hallforcornwall.co.uk

Cara Dillon, Falmouth Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, Sat 4 Feb

Catch renowned Irish folk singer Cara Dillon this Saturday night at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts. The Derry-born star has a staggeringly beautiful voice and her performances mix traditional and contemporary elements, with classic folk songs alongside her own more modern compositions. The BBC said of her “Dillon’s crystalline, angelic voice, is an instrument of rare beauty capable of melting the sternest hearts,” so this is an exciting opportunity to see her here in Cornwall.

Book tickets at Amata

‘Hanging Out’ Carinthia West Photography Exhibition, Mon 6 Feb – 5 Mar

Scarlet Wines in Lelant is hosting a stellar photography exhibition this February, exploring the work of Carinthia West; muse, model, actress and photographer of icons such as George Harrison, Helen Mirren and David Bowie. The wine bar, deli and café will be showcasing portraits from Carinthia’s globe-trotting career, which has taken her from Washington to London, Los Angeles and finally to Cornwall, where she is now based. This exhibition provides a window into her extraordinary life.

Find out more at scarlet-wines.co.uk

AND DON’T FORGET TO BOOK AHEAD FOR … 

  • Ruby Wax is bringing her brilliant show Frazzled to Hall for Cornwall, on Thur 9 Feb
  • The Great Food Fight – chefs from sister hotels The Rosevine and The Old Quay House battle it out for charity over two nights of competitive cooking (the first on 23 Feb)

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