What’s on in Cornwall this week

PUBLISHED: 12:04 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 16 October 2018

Singer  songwriter  ends  a  ten-year  hiatus  with  a  gig  at  the  Acorn,  Penzance

Singer songwriter ends a ten-year hiatus with a gig at the Acorn, Penzance


There’s always plenty to do and see in Cornwall. We pick five fun things happening this week (15 October - 21 October)

Beth Rowley

18 October

It’s been ten years since Beth Rowley’s debut album Little Dreamer hit the top 10 and got a Brit nomination. Fans can finally stop wondering where she is as her second album Gota Fría is released supported by some low-key performances including a gig at the Acorn, Penzance.

Gota Fría is a Spanish weather describing sudden violent clashes of warm and cold currents. The album offers a heady fusion of rock, blues and Americana with ballads and songs that echo her country-folk roots alongside splashes of rock and soul.

Support comes from emerging UK singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon and Peter J McCauley.

Book online at theacornpenzance.com.


Give Me Your Love

19, 20 October

Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on ground-breaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.

Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule which he claims has successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.

Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.

Suitable for audiences over 13.

Give Me Your Love is at the Tolmen Centre, Constantine on 19 October and the Mylor Theatre, Truro College the following night.


At the End of the Land

20-21 October

A weekend of guided walks celebrates the work of the Penwith Landscape Partnership which has secured £2.5 million of funding over five years conserve and enhance the unique landscape of the area in a scheme called First and Last – Our Living Working Landscape.

The walks are free of charge and under three miles. Dogs are welcome and must be kept under control. Wear appropriate clothing and turn up about ten minutes before departure time.

On Saturday, 21 October Cornwall Wildlife Trust access officer Matt Watts leads a walk (10am-12pm) to Chun Castle and Woon Gumpus. Meet at Woon Gumpus car park. Aracheologist David Giddings leads a Men-an-Tol circular (2-5pm). Parking at Lanyon Farm.

On Sunday Matt will take a group to the Mulfra Vean settlement and Mulfra quoit (2-5pm). There’s limited parking at Grove Corner.

Information at penwithlandscape.com.


Hope and Strength exhibition

Ends 24 November

An inspiring new photography exhibition features the work of four leading photographers who travelled with response teams from disaster relief charity ShelterBox to meet families living through severe drought in Somaliland, devastation in the British Virgin Islands, and to meet Rohingya families living in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The work of Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace is on display at the Hope and Strength exhibition and illustrates how the work of ShelterBox gives support and strength to families living their lives after disaster. It shows people and communities working together to help each other, sharing what little they have, rebuilding their lives on a foundation of hope.

You can see the work on display at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre, Charles Street, Truro, until Friday 24 November. Admission is free.

For information go to visitshelterbox.org.


Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea

Ends 17 November

This month there’s a stunning exhibition of work by the artist Robert Borlase Smart (1881-1947) at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. Smart was originally from Devon but made his name as an artist in St Ives. During the First World War, he served with the Artists’ Rifles Regiment and as a Captain with the Machine Gun Corps, and, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, this exhibition features a selection of his war drawings. It also includes many of his marine paintings depicting the turbulent seas of the West Cornwall.

Visit penleehouse.org.uk.

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