Guide to Wasson in Cornwall this Summer 2017
Our pick of the best entertainment Cornwall has to offer this Summer 2017… don’t tell me I didn’t warn you if you miss out! As usual, I’ll be adding to the guide weekly and monthly as the Summer progresses so please keep checking for new events and happenings.
Open Air Cinema & Live Music – 20th August – 24th September
- The Lost Boys (20th August)
- Greece (24th August)
- Top Gun (26th August)
- Dirty Dancing (21st Sept)
- The Gooneys (23rd Sept
- Cool Runnings (24th Sept)
Silent Summer Screenings bring us some outdoor cinema favourite’s, The Lost Boys, Greece and The Gooneys! You may have seen these movies a million times before but have you ever seen them sat outside under the starts (or under an umbrella, the way this summer is going!). You’ll even get wireless headphones so you can hear over people munching popcorn.
It’s not just a movie screening though; check out the award winning ‘loop pedal master’ Remedysounds before screenings start. Music starts at 7:40pm, film at 8:40pm. Bring something to sit on (a fold out chair may protect you from a wet arse) warm clothes and anything else you may need for an evening under the Cornish summer stars.
For more info on all outdoor cinema events in Cornwall, see here
The Hidden Hut Feast Nights (August & September)
More food news is always welcome at Wilderlife HQ. The Hidden Hut is the perfect edition to Cornwall’s growing number of fresh, inventive and locally sourced eateries in picturesque locations. This secluded hut is well and truly hidden down on the Roseland Peninsula. The hut was actually designed to be hard to find, even when you’re on the beach, as it was built just before the Second World War. Luckily they have great directions on their home page!
They’re open from 10am to 5pm all week till October, but they’ve started opening late for their ingenious feast nights! A few nights a month you can buy (very reasonably) priced tickets for an outdoor, fire cooked feast “whatever the forecast says!”. You bring your own plates, cutlery and wine and Hidden Hut provide the rest. Wear warm clothes and take an emergency umbrella for rain.
For more information click here and scroll down.
Woodfired at West (Now until Sept 21st)
If you want to experience the beauty of Woodfired Canteen’s perfectly BBQ’d produce, you better book soon because all of their other events have SOLD OUT! Luckily there are still some spots left for Woodfired at West and we were lucky enough to get a seat one balmy Thursday evening.
We took a drive down to Porthmeor in St Ives under darkening skies but we shouldn’t have worried. After parking up and wandering down towards Porthmeor West cafe the clouds began to clear and we took a seat outside to admire the awesome surroundings. Ben and the Woodfired team served up gloriously spicy mussels, mozzarella and peaches and fresh locally made bread which was the perfect accompaniment to the sun setting behind us.
We took a seat inside next to the huge windows for our second course, always fresh and never planned too far in advance to give the team freedom to pick the best produce on offer. I’ve never been to Porthmeor West before but the cafe was the perfect setting for a feast with friends. The rustic tables, light interior, incredible views and relaxed atmosphere means if you’re at the late sitting you’ll probably want to stay to enjoy your “takeaway” pudding (which you can if you want)!
The friendly team behind the events are clearly passionate about not only their cooking but the atmosphere that plates of good food and good company create. Meals are one-off and not published beforehand but if you’re a veggie don’t worry – they’ve got you covered too! If you haven’t yet been persuaded by @_awilderlife_ Instagram post of just a few of the mouthwatering courses we enjoyed, take a look at their site and proceed to book your tickets here.
The Third Policeman: Various Venues till 26th August
Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre presents a “world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift in the heart of rural Ireland.” Written by Flann O’Brien and adapted by Bill Scott, this is a twist of physical comedy, absurdity and unpredictability.
After being reinvigorated by outdoor theatre thanks to Wildworks, I’m hot on the tracks of this new production “with its hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and unforgettable plot twist”. Being a huge fan of Irish wit in general, the author Flann O’Brien has “a world-wide reputation as one of Ireland’s great comic geniuses.” I feel like this can’t go wrong…
All ages are welcome and you’re encouraged to bring along picnics cushions, blankets, chairs for those who can’t sit on the floor and weather suitable clothing (obviously).
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival 8-19th September
Healey’s Cider Farm is hosting their popular festival again this year. In typical Cornish style, it’s small, very chilled out and family friendly. Expect good music, tasty local food vendors, fancy dress, pig racing, tractors, people dressed as pirates, hay pits, hot tubs and more.
The festival has upped its game this year with some bigger music acts like Scouting for Girls and Electric Swing Circus (both playing main stage, Saturday). You can just opt to go for the day or take a camper van/tent. There are glamping options too.
For more info and tickets, click here
Dairyland Drive In – 26th July
Not just a place of smiling children and friendly cows, Dairyland has branched out to offer “a series of summer events” not dairy related at all. First in line is an American style drive through showing of the crime comedy film The Big Lebowski. Luckily, as it’s a drive through, you won’t have to sit exposed to the gray, mizzly weather – instead you can sit, snug in your car munching on food and drinks provided by local suppliers. Don’t worry about not being able to hear it either, you’ll be able to tune into the frequency through your radio to listen through your car speakers. Charges are £5 per head for Adults. We will give everyone who buys a ticket the frequency you will have to tune into to get the sound through the car speakers.
The film start time is 9.40pm this with gates opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are available online here.
Boardmasters – 9th – 13th August
Is there anything we don’t know about the Boardmasters festival? It’s been going on for so long I was worried there wouldn’t be anything left to say… but they didn’t let us down, there is!
- Who’s playing? Alt-J – Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Stormzy are headlining.
- What’s new? Wild Oyster Restaurant run by Lee Skit has an on site restaurant serving everything from gourmet five-course taster lunches to extremely expensive breakfasts (£15 for porridge) if you can afford it, enjoy!
- The Health and Wellbeing offering is expanding to include more yoga sessions, massage and reiki.
For more info or tickets, click here.
Known for their creative and unusual storytelling, Wildworks is back in Cornwall for the first time in 10 years to perform their latest work, Wolf’s Child. The production was originally held at Felbrigg estate and co-produced by the National Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Festival. It starred volunteers from the local community and others from around the country as maids, crows and audience stewards.
Forget hammy amateur and overacted immersive theatre; this visceral performance by Wildworks hits a perfectly pitched how of a note. Be led around the woodland set by a murder of crows, accompanied by a haunting soundtrack. The rich earthy smell of forest mingling with fire and woodsmoke sets the atmosphere and pulls you into Wildwork’s net.
Wolfs Child invites us into a matriarchal world where a “mother” protects her charges from the wilds of the outside. When the mother is hurt by wolves, she sends her most trusted charge, Rowan in her place, to hunt down the lulpine culprits. We follow our heroine through a dark fairy tale of birth to a funeral as she battles for survival and with her destiny. The story is told standing, sitting and on the move so the thread of the tale is never broken – a difficult task for such an ambitious production. The setting at Trelowarren provides the perfect backdrop for the story, with the light casting powerful shadows into the smoke and trees as you gather around the natural amphitheatres.
Get there early to enjoy fresh, wood fired pizza and other food as well as drinks from the bar. For more info and for tickets, click here.
Leopallooza – 28th, 29th, 30th July
For the 11th year in a row Leopallooza is taking place in the beautiful Cornish countryside, apart from this year it’s for three days and nights instead of two. Over 100 local and international bands, DJ’s and solo artists are performing including The Cribbs, Maximo Park and Gabrielle Aplin. The festival is carefully curated to maintain its original “house party” festival; a festival for and made by festival lovers, concentrating on the music and corporate sponsorship is routinely turned down. What’s doubly nice is, unlike most festivals, camping is free! Families are also made welcome with childcare, kid friendly entertainment, kid raves, slip and slide and more.
For more info and tickets, click here.