A guide to wasson in Cornwall this February 2017!

Eeeeeer wasson is back with some banging events ranging from the best of Cornish comedy to extreme sports films and chamber music!

January was so miserable that I totally forgot to even think about writing a guide to what was on. It wasn’t miserable emotionally, but I just felt like it was disingenuous of me to write about a load of things I had no intention of going to.

Unless you’re super human or have managed to spend the winter in more tropical climates, most of us stay in all of January. It’s easy to display a kind of majestic indifference about going outside when it’s so cold – and on the days I would have gone out (the fabulous sunny ones just this end of the month) I was in London.

Everyone’s being boring and either not drinking, on some kind of ridiculous diet, living at the gym or/and devoid of cash.

Enough excuses, I’ve trawled the web and bullied my friends and colleagues into telling me anything I don’t know about what’s on in Cornwall and beyond this February.

Comedy

Kernow King – 4th February

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Tickets are already limited to see the master of comedy that is Kernow King and it’s no surprise. The King is performing his greatest comedy hits (with some new stuff mixed in) in the Hall for Cornwall for one night only. From pasties to dogging and the “where’m I to?” – you’ll be laughing until your December chub starts hurting.

For tickets see here quick, before they sell out!

Film

Banff Mountain Film Festival – Tickets selling out for March

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So popular that this year they’re showing it twice. Watch short adrenaline pumping, intelligent, eye opening and inspiring short films about peoples relationships and journeys around mountains and extreme sports. The films usually revolve around one or several protagonists and their quests or journeys in incredible landscapes. Although some are inevitably better than others, none of them are not worth watching. It’s one of the best film evenings in Cornwall and it’s something anyone who has been to before looks forward to every year.

Visit the Hall for Cornwall here to see if you’re still lucky enough to get tickets to the March showing on the 25th as all tickets for February are now sold out.

CLÉMENT COGITORE | THREE FILMS – 3rd February

Image: Still from ‘The Resonant Interval’, 2016, courtesy CAST website

The second CAST event in this post, this time award-winning French artist Clément Cogitore explores encounters with the sacred, supernatural and unexplained. The Resonant Interval (2016) examines the apparent sounds of the Northern Lights and the appearance of a mysterious luminous object in Alaska. An Archipelago (2011) uncovers the path of a British Army nuclear vessel that crashed into the Isle of Skye whilst Untitled (2014) is a story of symbols that may also be read as a metaphor for the act of creation.

Born in 1983 in Colmar, Cogitore lives and works between Paris and Strasbourg. His first film was selected for the Cannes International Film Festival. His work has been shown in exhibition in Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and MoMA New York. In 2016 he was awarded both the 18th Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard Prize for Contemporary Art and the Sciences Po Prize for Contemporary Art Award.

(Just an FYI, I copy and pasted that description to save myself A LOT of time)

Extremely tasty meal of something hot and something sweet is also available at the cafe for a ridiculously low sum of £6 if you want to eat before the event, otherwise the event is FREE!

The Eagle Huntress – 22nd February

Showing at the Polly, this is a film directed by Otto Bell that tells the story of a Aishlopan, a 13-year-old girl living in the Altai Mountains. Part of the Kazakh tribe who live in northwest Mongolia, Aishlopan refuses to conform to the traditional female roles of cooking, cleaning and looking after the animals. Instead, she wants to become an Eagle Hunter like her father, something no female member of the tribe has ever done. This will mean she must also compete in the all-male Golden Eagle Festival. Although her quest is  causing controversy in her tribe, as the year goes on she continues to conquer what seem like insurmountable odds.

Talks and Events

As one talks – 23rd February

As one talks an event in Truro in Cornwall about Mike Callis cycle trip

This was an event recommended to me by one of my lovely co-workers, Nicola at Stranger Collective. If you’re interested in tales of adventure, endurance and resilience then you’ll be delighted to hear about One Talks at the Old Bakery Studios in Truro. Created to “uncover epic untold stories”, this time you can hear the story of Mike Callis, a man who cycled unaided and alone from Dubai to England. Listen in awe to the highs, lows and unexpected trials Mike uncovered on his epic journey, alongside a fully stocked bar with live music.

The event costs £8 and runs from 7pm – 10pm.

Music

International Musicians Seminar | Oboe Quintet Concert – 2nd February

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 For those looking for a way to cleanse them self in some culture this month, CAST in Helston has a few great options. For a mere £8 you can watch the International Musicians Seminar, “renowned for its seminars and masterclasses at Prussia Cove”, play as part of their new tour.

Five talented and internationally acclaimed musicians will treat you to an evening of Mozart, Finzi and Bliss, giving you an appreciation of live and up-close chamber music rarely available in Cornwall. For anyone intrigued but feeling like they need a guide to classical music, the concert begins with an introduction to the music and the instruments. This is a great way for novices to introduce themselves to the classical genre, as well as for experts to appreciate the talented young musicians keeping it alive.

You can get excellent and healthy food in the cafe before the performance. Something hot and something sweet (always delicious) for just £6

 The Roving Crows –  4th February

If you fancy a bit of a folky, stompy jig (and who doesn’t) even those of you that can’t dance won’t fail to flail your legs around to The Roving Crows. A frequent player at some of the best beer and cider festivals in Cornwall for good reason, these guys have a fiddle in many a pie. Check them out at the Stithians Centre in Truro. You can get tickets here and check them out above, or below!

Gentleman’s Dub Club – 17th February


For those who like their music heavy on the bass, these brassy boys are back from my home town (Leeds) and they’ve brought their heavy reggae rhythms with them. Kick your legs and swing your arms at the Princess Pavilions on the 17th February after enjoying support from 8 man South West band Antimatador performing original music spanning hiphop, funk, jazz, electronica, soul, rock and DnB.

Food

Escape Winter at the Gurnard’s Head 1st Feb – 23rd March

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If you want to go on a Valentines escape this February, the Gurnards sounds like the cosiest, yummiest option out of all the ones I checked out (hint hint, Jackson). Nestled high on the cliffs above Zennor, the Gurnards Head has gorgeous rooms with views over the beautiful countryside. It’s the kind of cosy pub where you’ll find locally sourced food, friendly faces, open fires and dog friendly accommodation for the pooch!

Go for dinner and stay over from just £145 per couple (except Fridays & Saturdays). Contact them here.

ECO

Beach Clean Events – all month

If you’re feeling guilty about the amount of cards you sent and packaging you used up over Christmas, this is the perfect way to atone. Here’s a list of some of the beach cleans going on this month.

Community Beach Clean at Porthcurnick Beach from 10 – 11. The team meet on the first Monday each month at 10. Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided. No equipment needed, all ages welcome and dogs on leads.

Location: Porthcurnick Beach, Near Portscatho, Cornwall – South East Cornwall. 

Community Beach Clean at Pendower Beach, Roseland, from 2-4am. Again, gloves, bags and litter pickers are provided. No equipment needed, all ages welcome and dogs on leads.

St Agnes Marine Conservation Group are organising a beach clean at Porthtowan Beach on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Location: Porthtowan Beach, Porthtowan, Cornwall – West Cornwall

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