Eeeer’s some of the most awesome events in Cornwall this October
It’s getting colder, the tourists have gone home and unless you surf, there’s feck all to do. In case you’re not ready to give up your social life in favour for cosy nights in around a warm pasty, I’ve tried to find out what’s actually worth going out for this autumn. I always find it incredibly difficult to find out what’s going on without having to sift through lists that include village fetes and jumble sales, so I created this. Here’s a little run up of some awesome and varied events in Cornwall this October, I’ll be updating the list regularly and if I’ve missed any, just mention in the comments and I’ll add them in this week.
I’ll also be doing the same for November and December! When I’ve got myself together and created an “Eeeer Wasson” monthly update, you can sign up to these if you fancy it.
Dheepan at Penryn Picture House (13th October)
If you love cinema, Penryn Picture House has monthly screening evenings where you can grab a bite to eat and check out a new film that probably won’t be screened anywhere else in Cornwall. This month it’s screening Dheepan, a film about Sri Lankan refugees pretending to be a family so that they can secure a better life for themselves in a Parisian housing project. They’re also serving a dish of Sri Lankan Thali with some traditional, tasty accompaniments (see the full menu on the site bellow).
Doors, food & music: 6.30pm
Falmouth Oyster Festival (13th-16th October)
The annual oyster festival comes to Events Square, where Cornish food and drink producers are out in force, showing off their salty wares and celebrating the native Cornish oyster industry (don’t worry, it’s not all oysters if you’re not their biggest fan). You’ll find celebrity chefs doing cooking demonstrations, real ale and wine bars, a parage, a working boat race, arts and crafts and all the other malarkey you’d expect at a food festival.
For more information, check the website out here.
Botallack O’clock Third Man Theatre (15th October)
With 5 stars awarded by Time Out, the Edinborough Fringe Review and Editor’s Pick, this play is worth a watch if you’re suffering from cultural anemia out in the sticks. This internationally acclaimed play is an intimate look into the mind of Roger Hilton, CBE, heralded as “one of the most unique voices in postwar British art”. At the peak of his career, just after representing Britain at the Venice Biennale, he moved to the coastal village of Bottalack with his family, where he began his descent into alcoholism. Edie Elks invites you into the artists past, present and imagination, resulting in a strikingly funny and intelligent insight into this well-known artist.
Falmouth Beer Festival (20th-23rd October)
Real ale fanatics can rejoice as Falmouth beer festival rolls around once more. Brought to you by CAMRA Kernow (Cornwall’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) you’ll have over 240 or more real ales to choose from and over 60 real ciders and perries. Clearly stomping all over wine when it comes to the variety of flavours and tastes (or so the real ale lot tell you) you’ll be able to wash it all down with hot and cold food served from the Pavilion kitchens.
The festival sprawls into the pavilion tents and obviously gets busier as the night goes on. If you want to get tickets (tickets include ale, obvs).
Company Chameleon Presents: Witness (21st October)
National Dance Awards Nominees Company Chameleon create a “mesmerising and powerful” piece of dance theatre, inviting us to witness the portrayal of loved ones dealing with mental health crisis. Six dancers synchronise “flawlessly formed movements” in a rich mix of dance and movement styles to offer a moving and unique look at an illness that affects one in four of us each year. Awarded four stars by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian, this is an “unforgettably good” show you shouldn’t miss.
Comedy Night at Blue Bar Porthtowan (22nd October)
This night has been running for years now, but there’s a new format and free entry! It’s either hysterically funny or not so much, but it’s always a fun and busy night. There’s loads of new material, acts and a chance for newbie comedians to test out their routine, head over for some dinner in the restaurant then shuffle downstairs to take a seat for the show.
Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South (27th October)
After starring on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Becket has gone from strength to strength appearing on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, BBC2’s Mock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle and Celebrity Juice. He’s now doing a tour that’s taking him to the bright lights of Redruth Cinema theatre, sweet times. These are a couple of the things that have been said about him…
“There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his” – Metro
“Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience” – Guardian
Crugfest (22nd October)
Find yourself with a farmers field overlooking the beach and a couple of marquees and what do you do? Throw a festival obviously. Crugfest have roped in some well known local bands to perform after two previously successful years had everyone asking for more. This small seaside festival is as Cornish as you come, with cheap tickets and proper good bands to have a stomp to.
For more info (but not too much more) check the website here.
Haloween Events in Cornwall
The Masked Ball (29th October)
Time to dress like a twat, freeze your arse off, spend the entire night lost and looking for your mates then pass out next to a portaloo, yay! Cornwall’s most famous rave-up is back and the theme is Coney Island. Even though most of us know how the night will end, we’ll be out dancing like fools and chatting rubbish till the early hours at the Masked Ball. Recently taken over by more commercial forces, the small town charm of this debauched evening escapade hasn’t yet been totally ruined. It’s the last of the big parties before Christmas and probably where you’ll find most 18-30-year-old Cornish residents as they throw a big “F*k you!” to the end of summer.
For more information, visit the masked ball website here.
Escape Room 13 (various dates)
This is less of an event and more of a “thing” you can do, but it sounded intriguing so I’ve included it in the list. Cornwall’s “Escape Rooms” have created a horror murder mystery that only you and your friends can solve. You pose as supernatural hunters trying to solve the gruesome mystery of Room 13 and the “suicides” that have been committed within its four walls. After three teenagers are murdered there, you must decide if the culprit is the accused Will Longmore, or the demonic child he insists did the deed. Check their website for more information here.
Halloween in Bodmin Jail (various dates)
As if you couldn’t think of a more depressing place to spend the onset of winter, the UK’s most haunted venue is inviting you to take a late night walk through its cells with an “experienced medium” to enjoy a 3-course meal and a telling of the jails creepy past. Dinner starts at 8.45pm, and spooky workshops run through the night till you’re delivered back to the real world at 5am