What’s on in Cornwall this week

PUBLISHED: 15:36 17 September 2018

The Great British Beach Clean

The Great British Beach Clean


There’s always plenty to do and see in Cornwall. We pick five fun things happening this week (17 September - 24 September)


17 September

The Marine Conservation Society’s 25th annual Great British Beach Clean draws to a close on the 17th with an event at beautiful Constantine Bay.

The UK’s leading marine charity says it hopes more people than ever before in Cornwall will take part to ensure some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK aren’t being taken for granted.

The event is part of the MCS Beachwatch programme. It not only spruces up hundreds of beaches around the UK coast, but volunteers also record the litter they find, and it’s this aspect that has really helped MCS change policy and behaviours over the last quarter of a century.

It is sponsored by Waitrose for the second year in a row – cash from their carrier bag sales in England goes towards supporting MCS’ year-round beach clean programme – and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

There’s a beach clean at Constantine on 17 September 5-6pm.

For details of all events go to mscuk.org.



20-23 September

The disastrous cancellation of Looe Music Festival with less than three weeks to go has knocked the town sideways. The charity behind the festival since its inception seven years ago has ceased trading. But they are made of stronger stuff in Looe and raised more than £30,000 in less than 48 hours so that people who had expected a music festival – including those who paid for accommodation – would not be disappointed.

The community have put all their weight behind Looe Saves The Day – a community event spread across Looe with larger stages for the bigger bands.

The line-up is still being finalised, but you can check the details at looesavestheday.co.uk.

They deserve as much support as possible.



21-23 September

Truro-based Muntjac Theatre are touring their thoughtful new production, There’s No Country, inspired by the real stories of local migrants in Cornwall.

The play toured Cornwall last autumn and has received funding from the Department for International Trade, FEAST Cornwall and Arts Council England to develop the work for its current tour.

There’s No Country is an exploration of the complexities of immigration, as the audience join Zosia, a young Polish “everywoman” on her quest to reclaim a sense of belonging in a new community and a new life in England.

It’s performed by Performed by Iga Drzymkowska and Max Webb with original music by Christopher Burr and Scott Gray.

It is performed at Zennor Village Hall (21 September), Grampound Community Hall (22) and Illogan Village Hall (23). There are later performances at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and Truro (September) and Bodmin (October). Visit muntjactheatre.co.uk.



21-23 September

This year’s festival is the most ambitious ever when artists from the BBC Proms 2018 will perform. The programme includes former BBC Young Musician competition winner, international pianist Freddy Kempf, who flies in from Germany to perform Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov in St Fimbarrus Church.

Also appearing are pianist Joseph Middleton, who accompanies Baritone James Newby in a programme of song from across Europe, and Passacaglia who perform baroque music for flute and harpsichord. The artists Annabel Knight and Robin Bigwood infect their audiences with their enthusiasm for 17th and 18th century music. 

The festival Fowey Valley Music was founded in 2015 by Ambrose Miller who is also Artistic Director of the King’s Lynn Festival and Fowey resident and pianist, Dr Marlene Bowden.  Its objective is to bring world-class international artists to the beautiful town.

On the Saturday there will be a Young Musicians Concert in the church.

A full programme is on the website: foweyvalleymusic.org.uk or call the box office on 01726 879500.



22-23 September

An amazing weekend of theatre, comedy, music, creative workshops and exhibitions make up the second part of the Eden Project’s Arts Festival.

The event celebrates connections between the arts, science and nature and will feature two hit shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Colleen Cameron will be performing her solo show, Bottled Up, about Jeanie, who hoards plastic bottles, and explores eco-anxiety, our dependency on plastics in day-to-day life and the irony of living in a world of plenty.

Also on the bill is Yvette Saunders of Happenings Theatre Company who will be performing 10 Steps to Happiness, a touching and honest show which portrays the life of a millennial in the pursuit of happiness. 

There will also be rousing vocal performances by Vicky Abbott and her choir, Tuesday Night Fun Club, with a mix of original compositions and covers from Christina and the Queens to The Kinks.

All activities at the Eden Arts Festival are included with admission.

See full details at edenproject.com.


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