The best things to do in Cornwall this Spring 2017!

Spring is here (apparently) and although we’re all still wearing our winter clothes and shivering into our pockets every time we leave the house, there are things we can console ourselves with. The days are longer, wilted daffodils sit on every kitchen table and it’s now kind of ok to treat yourself to a packet of Cadbury’s mini eggs. Yay! As usual I’ll be adding to the guide throughout spring as things inevitably get passed down the grapevine so keep checking it!

On that note, let’s take a look at the very best of what’s going on in Cornwall this spring, starting with food!

Food

Bango Banquet – 10th March

Good sushi is hard to come by in Cornwall, but Bango Banquet are determined to change that. Bango Banquet bring Asian style street food to various pop ups around Cornwall. Find 6 course banquet dinners of sushi, dumplings and broths for just £30 per person and it’s bring your own bottle too! The next pop up is at Espressini but if you’ve missed this one – you can catch the next one on their Facebook page here.
TO BOOK NOW, PRIVATE MESSAGE BANGO KITCHEN, OR call 07904899807.

Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival – 17th-19th March

What is the event all about?

The famous Beer & Mussel Festival at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn in returning! Alongside some of Rick Stein’s favourite mussel dishes will be around 40 different beers and ciders, cookery demonstrations, live music, RBS Six Nations rugby on the big screen and a charity pub quiz. Entry is free!

“March is the best month in the year for mussels, any time is good for proper beer brewed by people who love what they do. A big marquee next to our lovely pub with some great bands, a selection of 30 beers and some of my favourite mussel dishes; what could be a better combination on a weekend by the coast in Cornwall.”  Rick Stein

For more info, click here.

Design

Mid Century Vintage Fair – 11th – 12th March

If you love mid-century style, get down to Bedruthan Hotel & Spa who are hosting a 3 floor show of mid-century homewares you can get your hands on. As well as stalls selling ‘antiques, collectibles, modern vintage-inspired homewares, fashion and beauty’ there will also be workshops, music and demos on both days. Definitely worth checking out before a walk on the beautiful Bedruthan Steps beach!

For more info, click here.

Talks

A Sea Monsters Tale – In Search of the Basking Shark – 23rd March

Conservationist and researcher Colin Speedie is coming to Penryn to give a talk on his recently released book “A Sea Monster’s Tale – In Search of the Basking Shark’ with a book signing and drinks afterwards. ‘Come and hear how centuries of hunting resulted in this iconic species becoming endangered, and how conservationists and scientists in the UK led the fight back that may have secured a far brighter future for our biggest wild fish.’

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

As One Talks – Ben Allen – 23rd March

Listen to Ben Allen – Leading pop, abstract and graffiti artist talk as part of the “As One Talks” series from creative champions who call Cornwall home. Most well-known for his “controversial” Pop paintings of ‘complex mash-ups of popular culture’ that ‘challenge the media’s view on sexuality and inspire a sense of freedom.’

With fans like Jade Jagger and Richard Branson, these images inspired by the cultural underground of surfing, street and skateboards, ‘Ben’s art captures the elusive zeitgeist’

There will be live music and a well stocked bar to enjoy before and after the talk. For tickets, see here.

Exhibitions

History of the Tattoo Exhibition, Falmouth – 17th March

“This highly anticipated exhibition offers a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. It tells a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time giving a voice to and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK.”

This will be “the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the United Kingdom.” The National Maritime museum in Falmouth has collaborated with national heavyweights such as the Science Museum, Museum of London, Royal Museums Greenwich, British Library, Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (University of Cambridge), the Palace of Westminster, Royal Cornwall Museum, Cornwall Records Office, and the National Archives  to bring together this one of a kind exhibition.

From showcasing private collections to bringing real histories to life, such as the amazing story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, even if you’re not a fan of tattoo’s you can appreciate the incredibly artistry and cultural heritage behind them.

As part of the 100 Hands Project, over 100 silicone arms have been tattooed with original designs from 100 leading tattoo artists. Curated by Alice Snape of ‘Things and Ink’ magazine, it showcases the ‘quality and diversity’ of UK artists. There will also be a “rare display of tattooing on preserved human skin” from the Wellcome Collection’s medical skin collection, on loan to the Science Museum.

For tickets & bookings visit the website here

Film

Dancer – 15th March

Dir. Steven Cantor | UK | 84 min | 12A

Remember that viral video dance to Take Me to Church by Hozier? That was this guy, Sergei Polunin – the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer until he walked away, age 25. Due to his incredible talent, he was thrust into the limelight and ‘driven to the brink of self-destruction’ by the pressure of his unique gift. See a film that takes an ‘unprecedented look’ into the life of this ‘urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel’ and his quest to be himself despite also being ballet’s ‘hottest property’.

Nominated for Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards 2016.

Music

Reggae Reachout Benefit Gig – 8th April

Shake your hips and swivel down to Mount Pleasant Eco Park where you can catch the Cornish reggae community coming together for a worthy cause. Konquerin Sounds, Kernow Vibration, Lionhat Collective and The Stalks are all performing live in aid of refugee charities Shelter Box, Refugee Rescue and Bude Refugee Support Group.

With tickets at £12 or £20 (including a tasty 5 star veggie meal) there’s more than one reason to support this awesome event.

Book your tickets here.

For more information on this event please contact reggaereachout@gmail.com

Comedy

Kernow King’s Greatest Hits –  15th April

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After seeing Kernow King for the first time last year, I’m now a massive fan. He’s playing in St Austel as part of the Festival of Fun. “From pasties to dogging, politics to dialect, there isn’t a subject matter that the King hasn’t talked and laughed about.”

The King will be performing a bit of extra new stuff alongside his Greatest Hits so if you haven’t seen him, book your ticket in advance now!
Standard : £9.00 ( £10.00 On The Door if there’s any left by then ! )

Find out more: www.crbo.co.uk

Jo Caulfield, The Customer is Always Wrong – 19th April

As seen on The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, award-winning stand-up comic Jo Caulfield is back cracking jokes about being wrong & how to deal with it. ‘From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team – nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Sharp, witty and insightful, Jo will make you think as much as she makes you laugh.’

To check times and book, click here.

Festivals

Festival of Fun – 14th, 15th, 16th April

Restormel Arts are bringing this 3 day festival to venues in St. Austell and in the town centre this Easter weekend. Everything from health and wellbeing taster sessions to circus and dance workshops. There are some event’s you’ll need tickets for like the Jazz Brunch at Wheal Martyn Museum, one off family film screening, classic film screenings and the live music gigs.

Find out more: www.restormelarts.co.uk

 

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