What’s on this month in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 13:22 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 08 May 2018

St Ives Food & Drink Festival

St Ives Food & Drink Festival


We pick some of the best events and performances happening in Cornwall in May 2018


Based in Oslo, Norway, Panta Rei is known for fast-paced, colourful dance theatre performances and Promise of Departure is no exception. Playing only three dates in the Westcountry, this beautiful piece of work was created in collaboration with British choreographer Rachel Erdos and looks at how vulnerability and strength come to play in the relationships we have, and the struggles we are forced to overcome.

Promise of Departure explores the promise of connection and the departure from our comfort zone, and challenges the dancers to share personal stories and push their physicality over and over again.

Audiences can look forward to the magical atmosphere and intimate dance experience created by this supremely talented international company. The tour has been made possible by The Rural Touring Dance Initiative to bring shows to smaller venues.

Panta Rei are at Wadebridge Town Hall on 10 May and Liskeard Public Hall on 12 May.



Dartmoor-based writer Philip Reeve, winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, has had one of his early works revived for a theatre tour.

Philip wrote a musical, The Ministry of Biscuits, 20 years ago with Brian Mitchell (Those Magnificent Men), inspired by 40s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and the Ealing Comedies.

In Post-War London, The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson, a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.

The Foundry Group are touring the show with performers including Radio 4 regular David Mounfield (Geoffrey in Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show) and a filmed section by the internationally renowned film-maker Ben Rivers.

The Ministry of Biscuits is at North Hill Village Hall, Launceston on 11 May and Grampound Community Hall on 12 May.



Sun, sand, surf and sensational food are all on the menu for the annual St Ives Food and Drink Festival, which takes place on Porthminster Beach. Food lovers can now enjoy three days of gastronomic delights cooked up by a selection of top celebrity and homegrown Cornish chefs. Those appearing include local heroes Jack Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Ben Tunnicliffe. There will also be a variety of stalls all brimming with delights from artisan food and drink producers.

Alongside a menu of tasty treats, visitors will also be able to enjoy a set list of music with local performers taking to the stage alongside a number of well-known artists.

Tickets for this family friendly event are £3 for day tickets, £5 for a day and evening ticket combined and £12 for the full three-day event, which includes all day and evening entertainment.

To buy tickets and for information visit stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.

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Legendary The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton tours with vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and Andy Fairclough on Hammond and piano as From The Jam, currently on the road with the aptly-named The Public Gets What The Public Wants tour.

Over the past 11 years the band has played almost a thousand headline shows in the UK pelting out The Jam hits such as Going Underground, News of the World, That’s Entertainment and Town Called Malice.

Foxton and Hastings also had acclaimed albums Back In The Room (2012) and Smash The Clock (2016).

From the Jam are at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion Pavilion on 12 May



Top Cornish professional cyclist Chris Opie is championing the Eden Classic – the mass participation ride which takes place on his favourite roads in the world. His career has taken him to the Arctic Circle, the Saharan Desert and the Australian Outback, but the winding, undulating country roads of Cornwall, where he grew up near Truro, are a firm favourite.

Cornwall’s biggest bike event starts and finishes at the Eden Project near St Austell, taking in many miles of lanes where Chris was first bitten by the cycling bug as a young boy out for rides with his father. Chris, 30, is championing the event which returns for the fourth time.

The mass participation event covers routes that are 35, 62 and 100 miles.

To find out more go to edenproject.com.



The award-winning producer Ellen Kent brings two stunning traditional opera produtions to The Hall for Cornwll this month – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s La Traviata.

Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most popular operas – the heartbreaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

The set has a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan designed by the renowned Russian designer Felix Bessonov, from St Petersburg.

La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias by Alexander Dumas. Dumas made no secret of the fact that his book and play were based on his own affair with Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 of tuberculosis at the age of 23.

La Traviata is performed on 14 May and Madama Butterfly on 15 May. Box office 01872 262466 or visit hallforcornwall.co.uk



The decadent Masked Ball music event held on a cliff-top site overlooking Mount’s Bay has secured a license to allow partygoers to keep on dancing for 24 hours.

The Masked Ball kicks off on Friday, with the traditional warm-up, meet, greet and catch-up and music playing until 2am.

Then on Saturday it’s time to dress up and get down for the main Masked Ball - and rock right around the clock, before rolling into the infamous Sunday Service, where highly-trained hedonists with the stamina of endurance athletes, can get invariably twisted.

The mighty Underworld is back – a highlight of last year’s ball – but with an enlarged Coney Island, the micro-club that celebrates the excesses of New York’s underground gay scene in the late 1970s.

“Over the last 10 years, it’s usually just as the sun rises that the music stops. So for 2018, we are very pleased to present a 24-hour area on Saturday through Sunday which will include The Grand Ball Room, The Terrace and more,” said Masked Ball director Kelvin Batt.

The 24-hour venues will be confined to the Lower East Side of the Masked Ball, with music for those who want to wind up after an early start and those who want to chill out and rest their weary feet. The Enjoy Chill Out Café will be on hand with refreshments.

The Masked Ball takes place at Beacon Crag, Porthleven. Tickets are available from maskedball.net.



The late May Bank Holiday weekend kicks off this year’s 13th Fal River Festival. The festival is a chance to embrace the places, people, history. Culture, sport and industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.

The ten-day event is not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 activites, varying from music and drama, the arts and heritage to outdoor activities such as gig racing, swimming and walking.

With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.




Cornwall-based singer Liza Pulman is bringing her superb Liza Pulman Sings Streisand show to Big Top at Porloe Farm, overlooking the water at Mylor, for a charity concert.

Liza is a member of singing comedy trio Fascinating Aida and has appeared in the West End in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and on tour in Doctor Dolittle. She’s also developed a solo career with a succession of show. Everything’s Coming Up Roses was performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Young At Heart (packed with Disney tunes) was at Camp Bestival and she has toured the UK with The Songs of Hollywood and this new show, Lisa Pulman Sings Streisand.

The Mylor concert is in aid of Mylor Bridge School Music Fund and Cornwall Community Foundation and there has been support from local businesses including Sea Salt, Cream, St Austell Brewery and many others.

Book tickets online at mylorsessions.com

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